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The Laymon family returned home from church on Sunday to find a horrific scene on their front porch. Their beloved German Shepherd, Bruno, had been shot by Rogers County police. Not only had they not sought medical attention for the dog that lay injured and bleeding on his own doorstep, police simply left a note for Bruno’s family to find when they returned.
“We were investigating a crime and your dog attacked our deputy,” the note read. “The dog was shot and we need you to call us.”
Angie Laymon discovered that there had been a disturbance at a neighbor’s house and police were called to the scene.
“A deputy came over to ask some questions regarding the neighbor’s house and felt threatened by my dog. So he shot him on my porch. That was their story,” Laymon told Fox 23 News.
The Laymon’s home is more than a half mile from any neighbors, with wooded areas and a creek between one neighbor and several buildings separating their home from the building where a disturbance had allegedly occurred. Bruno was well within 100 yards of the edge of his property in all directions when he was shot.
Further, surveillance video that recorded the incident proved that Bruno did not “attack a deputy” as stated on the note left behind.
Bruno spent three hours suffering and bleeding on the porch before his family found him.
Bruno’s leg was amputated last Friday. And, although a GoFundMe campaign has been created to raise funds to pay for the extensive medical care he received and will still need moving forward, Laymon believes the police should have to pay.
Laymon says, “If Rogers County does the right thing and they reimburse Veterinary expenses then remaining funds will be set up as a Scholarship to provide life-saving funds for pets whose owners are financially unable to afford the care.”
In the meantime, veterinarians are hopeful that Bruno will survive, but he has a long and painful road to recovery ahead of him.