A Florida family is desperate for answers after police investigating the vacant home next door shot and killed their 30-pound Australian Shepherd.
Toni Waltz of Apollo Beach, Florida was in her backyard playing with her children and her dogs when Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to investigate a matter at the vacant home next door.
Waltz told WFLA that her 30-pound Australian shepherd began barking at the officers through her fence. Then, the dog ran and began to jump over the fence, but was shot several times in mid-air.
When she picked up her dying dog, Waltz said one of the deputies asked her “What are you gonna do with him, take him to the vet now?”
There was no time to take him to the vet for treatment and he died at the scene.
“How can somebody see something that quick, to shoot so fast. I mean, he didn’t even make it over the fence. There’s blood all the way down my fence and where he laid. And I just think that was excessive coming toward them,” Toni Waltz said.
The Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office is investigating the shooting and would not provide additional details surrounding the dog shot or their purpose for being at the vacant home next door.
Why are dogs – our best friends, our companions, our children – such a threat that police shoot dogs every 98 minutes; when not one single police officer in recorded history has ever been killed by a dog? Learn more about what some officials are calling an “epidemic” in this country, including what you can do to best protect your furriest family right here.