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A Houston dog owner wants answers after officers were investigating a burglary at his home when police shot two puppies, a 6-month old and a 14-month old Akita, that were secured in their fenced backyard.
Houston police were responding to a burglary alarm at the home of Carnelius Allen when, they say, Allen’s two dogs charged them, leaving them no choice but to fire.
Allen, who was not home at the time of the break-in, told KPRC that police called him to say they’d been dispatched to his home to investigate a break-in.
“(The officer) asked me was it OK for them to secure the area. So, I said, ‘Yes, it’s fine, but please be aware there are two dogs in the backyard.’ So, he said, ‘OK. I’ll let the team know,'” Allen explained.
When Allen returned home, police made no mention of the shooting. It wasn’t until his 5-year old son discovered the puppies bleeding in the backyard.
“I’m asking them, ‘What should I do?’ They’re, like, ‘Well, we’re basically just here for the report of people breaking in. Yeah, we shot your dogs, but we don’t know specifically what to tell you,'” Allen told KPRC of his conversation with police.
Allen brought both dogs to an emergency veterinarian. The youngest, a 6-month old puppy, had been shot in the leg. The 14-month old pup was shot in the head. Miraculously, both pups were still alive.
Unable to afford the estimated $15,000 required to treat the pups, Allen surrendered both animals to BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions who assured him the dogs would not be euthanized.
Both dogs are being transferred to an Akita rescue in New Jersey to receive the care they need. Both dogs have long roads to recovery – the youngest has already had a leg amputation – but, both are miraculously in stable condition.
Giving his dogs up was a heartbreaking decision for Allen who said, “those dogs were my life.” But, with no way to provide the emergency care they needed, he felt he had no choice, that it was the only way to save the dogs he loved.
Allen and his attorney are reviewing potential legal options.