Officers Enter Wrong House, Kill Innocent Dog


A Maryland couple’s dog was killed because Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputies went to the wrong address.

Pam and Frank Myers were watching a movie when deputies suddenly burst into their home. For 45 minutes, the deputies kept the couple hostage in their own home.

The Myers said the deputies knew immediately that they had entered the wrong house. The house that they had meant to raid was two doors down.

The couple then heard two shots from the yard, and Pam Myers knew that deputies had shot Pearl, the family’s five-year-old boxer. She said she wanted to go out and hold her dying dog, but she said deputies wouldn’t even let her go out to tend to her dog.

The deputy that killed Pearl said he feared for his life, but the Myers said Pearl was not a danger to anyone.

The Myers want the sheriff to apologize for killing Pearl, but they said they have not received an apology yet. They said the deputies left the scene without an explanation of what happened, and the Myers added the deputies did not even acknowledge that they killed Pearl.

The Sheriff’s Department said they are investigating the incident.

Source: WJLA

(Thanks Debbie)

31 Responses to “Officers Enter Wrong House, Kill Innocent Dog”

  1. tammy says:

    Sue them! THey have no right to kill an innocent dog. It’s beginning to be a habit with cops. They just do whatever they want and get away with it.

  2. JB says:

    I’m usually not in favor of flagrant suing…but these poor people need to take legal action against the sheriff’s department.

  3. catmom5 says:

    I agree that there needs to be some recourse. This is completely shocking and I would expect a lot more than just an apology. This sounds like something from a B rated movie ~ only it’s been happening way too often. Does anybody else wonder why we don’t often trust police anymore?
    I’m so sorry for this family and their poor innocent dog.

  4. Nancy G. says:

    Yep, lawsuit time. Most police these days think the only good dog is a dead dog. It is disgusting. This is tragic, Boxers are such sweet dogs.

  5. Janine says:

    I am so sorry for this family, to be utterly terrorized like that. The penalties for this should be the same as if the officer shot the family’s crying child for being scared. LEAVE THESE ANIMALS ALONE ALREADY!! In 45 minutes, they had way more than enough time to realize the mistake they had made.

  6. Becky says:

    I’d be contacting a lawyer and demanding a lot more than an apology. A full investigation of how and why the mistake was made….a course on how to read maps and house numbers for the sheriff….There are all sorts of civil liberties that were violated and now a family no longer has a beloved pet…

    Michael Jackson, Sheriff

    Prince George’s County
    Office Of The Sheriff
    1601 McCormick Drive
    Largo, MD 20774

    Phone: (301) 883-7000

  7. rainslynn says:

    What’s wrong with an animal defending the family and property. My shepherd sure would. They were the invaders. Even if they had the right address it does not give the police the right to shoot.
    Where are the pet lawyers…let’s stop this behavior now.

  8. kathy says:

    This makes me sick! We pay these cops, we give them all the power they need to do their job, and they abuse us and our pets with it. Only people who have had contact with the police know how they are, and only people who have never had police contact have the power to do anything about it. Having never had police contact, they still believe the cops are the good guys. And they can be, just in my experience they are not, it’s all about power.

  9. Nora and Rufus says:

    This was pure terrorism and then murder of a beloved family pet in her own yard. If this dog showed any animosity at all towards the ignorant, beyond stupid murdering punk of a deputy, it was because she knew the panic the family was experiencing and was doing HER JOB! On the other hand, the deputy was trespassing, terrorizing, and murdering under the cover of his job. If I were a family member, things would get VERY UGLY NOW. Someone needs to tear this Law Enforcement Office a new Ass O.

  10. EmilyS says:

    It seems we read these kind of stories more and more where police kill family pets

    We need to appreciate the work the police do in protecting us, and the dangerous situations they routinely encounter.

    BUT!!!! it’s obvious they need basic training in how to deal with dogs… even if Pearl approached the cops in a typically boxerish way, or even if they thought she was threatening them… they MUST be able to disengage themselves from the scene without killing family pets.

    This is so so so sad.

  11. Velvet's Dad says:

    The deputy said he feared for his life? However, since they were on the wrong property, they were trespassing. If not, the police can run amuck without any recourse by the citizenry. There should be an investigation and, if warranted, a civil suit.

  12. Stefani says:

    In Maryland, there is a $7,500 cap on recoverable damages for injury to or loss of a pet.

    The Toonces Project
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  13. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    $7,500 would be better than nothing, especially if those cops have to pay that out of their own pocket. Does anyone know, could they sue those cops directly, or would they have to sue the Sheriff’s Office?

    (PS: We’re kinda impressed. Thirteen posts, and still no one blaming George Bush for the problem!)

  14. Cheryl says:

    But the issue isn’t just the death of the animal. What if these folks thought they were in the middle of a home invasion by bad guys and tried to defend themselves? They were innocent and had no reason to think that police were going to be breaking down their doors. The cops had a responsibility to perform due diligence and get the address correct. I’m sure the ‘real’ bad guys, two houses down ,booked out of there during the melee. I’d be suing the cop that killed the dog, the police dept for not knowing it’s job and jeopardizing the safety of the neighborhood and the city and county for not controlling the police department that has no clue what it is doing.

  15. shibadiva says:

    What on earth did the cops say when they finally realized they were in the wrong place? How on earth could they just leave the scene?

    Kind of ironic that the Google ad that is on the page as I’m writing this message is for a police training school.

  16. Nancy G. says:

    I think legally, once they knew they were in the wrong house, they had no right to go one step further in the house or in the yard, without a search warrant for THAT HOUSE. The search warrant giving them the legal right to enter the premises and search was for another property. But don’t hold your breath. I live in the DC area and PG County is notorious for this kind of thing, police over stepping their bounds, even illegal conduct, and nothing is ever done, sometimes the police don’t even release information on a case.

  17. mittens says:

    our beloved Constitution protects us from this sort of hideous CRIMINAL invasion.

    4th amendment-”The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    the Constitution says nothing about” opps we made a mistake, wrong addy and accidentally killed your dog_ no harm/no foul.” note particullarly the last 15 words of the amendment. did they even have a warrant for the actual place they wanted to ‘raid’?

    they basically illegally held these people hostage then added the cherry on top by murdering ttheir dog for no reason. the couple implies they knew they were in the wrong apartment which renders any ‘ oopsy’ defence moot but i believe it wouldnt matter anyway. they have both a civil rights violation and damage to their property. people need to know their entire rights then act upon them when theyre so egregiously violated- then the cops have to release information on these sorts of crimes- or go to jail which it appears is where they belong anyway.

    people whine about the opinions of other citizens as if that constitutes a violation by the government of their civil rights and then this sort of thing flies by the boards. here in boston they want to completely violate the 4th amendment- and many people who should be outraged think it’s reasonable- most likely because it’s only to take effect in a largely poor minority neighborhood. i personally think (and i do not know what sort of neighborhood this is or what race the victims are)that this sort of robocop on crack schtick is particularly prominant in minority and poor neighborhoods wherein people may not have the resourses to do anything about securing their rights in the face of officially sanctioned guys with guns. this is the very event the founders wanted to protect the citizenry from-and it’s not ok anywhere it may happen . people with the means need to step in and champion litigation against such outrages that are really just a manner to whittle away at our rights.

  18. Carol Johnson says:

    I hope they sue and win very very big time. It sounds like they have been getting officers from the idiot ward…and then to lie about what happened with the dog?

    They are a disgrace to the many fine law officers.

  19. mzcelie says:

    Hope these people find a good lawyer… the cops need sueing !!!!!! I wonder if the cop thought the bulldog was a pitbull?? It seems 2 b open season on them these days?

  20. Lynn says:

    This is disgusting. Sue the crap out of them. And make them understand that wearing a badge doesn’t grant them full permission to do everything and anything they want. These cops need retraining in what limitations exist.

    I’m getting really tired of hearing about the gross errors cops are making. Granted, not all are like that, but there are far too many out there who do, which makes me wonder about their personality profiles…….and whether those who decide to give them a badge are making correct decisions.

    That poor, poor dog and family.

    Email your disdain and wishes for a crappy Thanksgiving, as I just did, to:

    Michael Jackson, Sheriff

    Prince George’s County
    Office Of The Sheriff
    1601 McCormick Drive
    Largo, MD 20774

    Phone: (301) 883-7000

  21. Anonymous says:

    SUE the deputies AND the county! Take them for all their worth!

    Pusue this to the end! The wagons are already being circled.

    Not even Barney Fife could screw up like that! (And Barney wouldn’t have shot the family pet.)

  22. 2CatMom says:

    Unfortunately, any restitution will actually come from the tax payers. It always does.

    They need to vote the sheriff (if he’s elected) out of office and if he’s note, vote out whoever appointed him.

  23. kaefamily says:

    Yes, indeed, the award to the plaintiff will come from the pocket books of all of us, the tax payers … we pay for someone else’s idiotic reaction. Sue the defendants and make them pay out of their own retirement accounts!

  24. Jay says:

    AND THE SICKNESS CONTINUES … saw this story on Drudge

    Idaho family is outraged after they say a sheriff’s deputy tried to murder their dog in their own front yard.

    The Barboza family has owned their dog Bobby for five years. A few days ago they say a Teton County Idaho Sheriff’s Deputy knocked on their door demanding to see the dog.

    Leonel Barboza, Dog Owner: “He says, ‘I’m here to put him down. I’m here to kill him.’”

    The officer told Leo Barboza there had been a complaint Bobby had bitten someone.

    Barboza: “I said, ‘Do you have any proof or anything?’ He says, ‘I don’t need any proof.’”

    So Leo got the dog while the deputy pulled out a rifle from his car. They walked a few feet from the Barboza’s home where Leo’s wife and his three year old son were inside.

    Leo and the officer tied the dog to a pole when the deputy fired three shots. The dog then collapsed. Leo’s son heard the gunshots and opened the front door. Meanwhile…

    Barboza: “A bunch of kids just got off the bus and they were all on the street. All the kids were watching the officer shooting the dog. My heart was broken seeing an officer killing my dog.”

    The deputy then got in his vehicle and drove away leaving the dog bleeding profusely from his head almost dead.

    Barboza: “I came back inside with my wife and hid. We were hugging each other crying about our dog because we were gonna miss him. He’s been with us for five years.”

    That night Leo’s father-in-law, who witnessed the whole thing, had a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized. When the family returned home from the hospital a few days later, they were shocked to see their dog alive.

    Barboza: “My wife called me up and she’s like, ‘Hey, the dog’s alive!’ I was like, ‘What are you serious?’ I was happy my dog was alive.”

    The Teton County Idaho Sheriff wouldn’t say much about this case except that it’s still under investigation. He also said there’s been numerous complaints about the Barboza’s dog. But when I checked court records, I could only find one complaint filed last year and that was dismissed.

    Nate Eaton, Channel 3 Eyewitness News: “Did your dog ever bite anybody?”

    Barboza: “Not to my knowledge. No.”

    Eaton: “And this was the first time you’d ever heard of any complaint?”

    Barboza: “Yes, this is the first time. I still think about it. You know my kid thinks all the cops are bad because an officer came and shot his dog. Honestly when I think about it I get mad too and I don’t trust that officer any more.”

    The Barboza’s took Bobby to the vet. He’s now on medication to get the wounds taken care of. The holes in his head will be sewn up after Thanksgiving.

    The family has hired attorney Josh Garner. I spoke with him this evening and he says, “If the facts are as they appear, the deputies behavior is disgusting, troublesome, and appalling. The officer needs to be held responsible.”

    Several sources say the officer is still on duty and still working in the county.

  25. Stabris7 says:

    Barbarious! Uncalled for, and YES this kind of act is becoming all too numerous…I’m sad to say it will only get worse in the coming time!! I would suggest do everything in your power to stamp out the sheriff as well as the deputy that murdered your beloved furbaby!!! By ’stamp out’ I mean to have them removed from their appointed duties!!! We do have a voice in such matters/incidents…we must stop this madness!

  26. Act Now says:

    Tammy said “It’s beginning to be a habit with cops.”
    Afraid it’s not just beginning! Similar thing happened to a friend of my sister’s over 10 years ago. Wrong house, cops stormed the door, guns drawn and held the entire household at gun point for a long time - including the four year old boy!

    Perhaps it is true that “In Maryland, there is a $7,500 cap on recoverable damages for injury to or loss of a pet,” however, this goes far beyond the loss of a pet as far as damages are concerned. It was undeniably illegal entry and malfeasance. I am sure that it didn’t take forty-five minutes for the cops to know they were in the wrong place - so they were illegally detaining the occupants leading to stress induced trauma from which they will probably never recover. It went from a stupid error to being malicious damage the moment they realized they were in the wrong place and continued detaining the occupants! So the family should have cause to sue for pain and suffering as well as actual damages.

    They probably took so long because they were trying to come up with a plausable excuse as to why they screwed up so completely!

    The family erred, too, by even opening the door to the cops and allowing them entrance to their home. Don’t believe me? Check this out:

    All I can say, is “better them than me,” because it wouldn’t have been my dog that was shot. It would have been whomever came through my front door without my permission.

    All of the cops involved in this incident should be fired. Investigating it will not change the fact that they acted illegally. Mistake or not - it was an illegal entry, an illegal shooting and illegal detainment.

    It’s time people knew what their rights are and started standing up for them, while they still have rights to stand up for.

  27. Don Earl says:

    Years ago I was having a casual conversation with an attorney and he made the comment he never takes lawsuits against the police. I asked him why. His reply was he has a family and was afraid something would happen to them. He started to talk about instances he knew about, realized he was talking to a stranger, and clammed up real quick.

    Welcome to America the brave.

  28. Sharon says:

    The dumbing down of America has resulted in a police force made up of high school graduates who can’t read and write. They are the lowest common denominator in our society. I would have killed the cop before I let him shoot my dog.

  29. Anonymous says:

    With all of the police/animal horrors we’ve read about, they need to go in for mental health checks, and only if they “pass” should they be issued water pistols, if that.

    The citizens of that county should be in an uproar, demanding the firings of all involved and anyone who clams up or tries to cover up.

    I like Kaefamily’s suggestion to sue the cops and take the money from their retirement accounts. That would hurt them most.

  30. Lynn says:

    Check this story out - different twist:

    Really think we need to get rid of ALL guns. Period.

  31. Dog Care Tips says:

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