“Cali was family,” says Sarah Brown of her 2-year old Pit Bull shot and killed by an Ardmore, Oklahoma police officer last week after she jumped over the fence, escaping the backyard.
After receiving several reports of the dog running loose and acting aggressively, according to the police report, “It was determined that the dog had to be euthanized for the safety of the nearby park and neighborhood as the dog’s owner could not be located, nor could it be captured.”
Police say the shooting was justified. Sarah Brown and neighbors that witnessed the shooting tell a different story.
Sarah Brown told KFOR NewsChannel 4, a neighbor witnessed an officer using a shotgun to kill Cali. The neighbor then recalled that after shooting the dog, the officer turned to a nearby animal control officer and exclaimed, “Did you see the way her collar flew into the air when I blew her head off? That was awesome!” and then laughed.
According to other reports, the officer then bragged about a dog he’d shot two days earlier with his pistol.
Now, the family, residents of Ardmore, and supporters around the globe are rallying for justice. A Change.org petition has been created urging the Ardmore Police Station to relieve the officer of his duties. Currently, the petition has over 20,000 signatures.
According to the petition:
Cali was a fun-loving, caring, peaceful family dog. On March 19, 2014, she escaped the backyard fence and was roaming through the neighborhood. A neighbor called animal control to come and retrieve the dog. The cops showed up before the animal control. When the cops pulled up, Brice Woolley stepped out of the car.
He then went to his car, pulled out his shotgun and shot Cali in her neck. After he shot her, he laughed and bragged about how “awesome” it looked when her collar flew off. She had done nothing to provoke the officer. She died immediately.
Woolley informed the animal control that he had shot the dog. Woolley said, “We’ll just write in the report that she tried to attack you and others in the neighborhood.” If she was attacking him, then how did he have time to go all the way to his car and get a shotgun?
A Facebook Page has also been created in an effort to both help the family heal from their tragic loss and to bring the officer to justice for the senseless killing of their furriest family member.
See NewsChannel 4’s coverage of the story in the video below. Warning, images may be too graphic for some viewers.