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South Carolina Deputy Shoots, Kills Leashed Dog

yellowlabA deputy says he was in fear for his life when he shot and killed Scarlett, a 9-year old Labrador retriever who, at the time of the shooting, was tethered to a run-line strung between two secure poles in her own backyard.

York County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jonathan Reed visited the South Carolina home of Alice Renee McGlone last week, at the request of McGlone’s daughter, a resident Virginia, after she had been unable to contact her mother for several days.

When deputies arrived, no one was home. There were no cars in the driveway and no one answered their knocks at the front door. When Deputy Reed noticed a broken window screen at the side of the house, he went to investigate.

According to The State, after Reed began knocking on the window, that’s when he saw the dog “charging” and “snarling with bared teeth,” with its head lowered. Reed says he saw that the dog was tethered, but that “the leash was long enough to allow the dog to reach me before I could get away.”

Reed further explains that he didn’t have time to either retreat or use less lethal force and “instinctively drew my handgun and fired once, striking the dog in the top of the head.”

Reed wrote in his report that as he walked toward the rear of the house, he saw no indication that a dog was present. However, in addition to the two poles and run-line that Scarlett was tethered to, there was a dog house in a back corner of the yard and a sign that read “Bad Dog.”

McGlone said the “Bad Dog” sign was posted to the dog house as a joke by one of her relatives because the 9-year old Lab, who she adopted from a shelter at 6-weeks old, was a total sweetheart and best friend to her two cats, Rhett Butler and Tara.

After reviewing the recording from Reed’s microphone worn during the incident, Captain Allen Brandon believes the deputy had no choice but to protect himself.

McGlone and neighbors that knew the dog, including young children that often played with her or helped to watch her while McGlone was away, can’t understand how the officer felt to threatened that he needed to fire his gun at her.

“It was a fairly nice day and it was good for her to be outside,” McGlone said. “Something told me to just bring Scarlett in and I didn’t. And I beat myself up for that.”

In the video below, McGlone’s friend, Ron Montana, who helped to bury Scarlett, shows the backyard and insists that the shooting was not necessary:

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  4. moose

    Mar 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    That cop is a scumbag he should be shot while he is sleeping and say that he was aggressive while snoring so I shot him … Sounds good to me this guy should lose his job!!!

    And all u fucksticks who say dog had it coming fuck u

  5. Marcus Welby

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Just wanted to take this opportunity to say that I am gay and that I Like young boys.

  6. Jockopfw

    Mar 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    This rabid mutt should have been put down long ago. Once again; irresponsible dog owners get away with it.

  7. Jocko.pfw

    Mar 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Dogs are not people you stupid libtards. I wish some of you would try pulling a gun on an officer doing his job and totally in the right. The owner of the dog got what was coming to her.

  8. Jesse Haddix

    Mar 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

    officer Reed needs to go arrest Doogie Houser he’s a threat so make sure you shoot first and ask questions later

  9. angel

    Mar 12, 2014 at 12:23 am

    So tired of police officers using the “I was feaerful for my life” EXCUSE. They ALWAYS get away with it. This is why so many people are giving up their citizenship, because of criminals such as the officer that shot this dog. That’s what he really is…a criminal that uses his badge as a way of getting away with his criminal activity. When does it stop? When will officers such as this be made to pay for their crimes? When they meet their maker. One day. this man will
    no longer be able to hide behind his badge. It’s police like this that make it bad on other GOOD police officers. May he be made to suffer as much as he caused suffering to both dog and the family of said dog. Remember, KARMA! THIS IS WHY I WILL NEVER ALLOW A POLICE OFFICER TO ENTER MY PREMISES, or EVEN TO BE ON IT, now. I will NEVER ALLOW MY ANIMALS OUTSIDE ALONE, either.

  10. AJ

    Mar 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    This police officer is simply a coward. If he is scared of a mild manner labrador dog, what else if he is going to be scared off? Police officers like him should not be carrying a gun.

  11. Dana

    Mar 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Doggie houser, you’re an idiot. The dog was protecting his house and was tethered. The policeman should’ve retreated. Generally labs are not mean tempered animals.

  12. doggie Houser sucks

    Mar 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    The sheriff should be put down. He must have killed because he was an idiot. People should call and demand his job

  13. Liz DeMarco

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Kathy – you made a very good point about shooting in the air – with any luck the bullet would have come straight down and Reed would have shot himself.

    This is my email:

    Sheriff:

    I don’t know what kind of uneducated, reckless people you hire, but Policeman Reed needs to be terminated immediately for shooting Scarlett, a leashed dog on the private property of Alice McGlone. Anyone with a brain would have circled the property to determine whether there was danger present, but Reed just charges forward and proceeds knocking on windows.

    Reed needs to be terminated immediately on charges of stupidity, murdering a pet, and discharging a weapon on private property.

    Here in Texas, at the sound of a gun on private property, Reed would have been shot, and you would not have this administrative headache.

    I will be posting this on as many sites as I can find that actually care about police brutality.

    Liz DeMarco

  14. Liz DeMarco

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Please everyone email this sheriff – the email address is above.

  15. kathy

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I would think that if the officer was that scared and felt the need to pull his gun and fire .. if he fired in the air and not at the dog .. the dog might hv stopped which might hv given the officer enough time to get out of reach.

  16. Kat Thompson

    Mar 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Another case of excessive force by an officer toward a dog. I think since they dont get to shoot real criminals they use dogs as target practice. It is a real shame when a pet is killed in its own yard and on a tether. That cop could have backed away quickly unless he is 300 lbs and a slow moron. Im just sick of cops killing dogs and getting away with it. What if the owner was home amd thought the cop was an intruder and shot him. all hell would break lose against the home owmer. even if the cop was in uniform, thats doesnt prove he IS a cop. some bad people get uniforms… I just yhink that officer was wrong and he should be suspended. He is obvipusly gun happy.

  17. Stephen Swain

    Mar 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

    This officer obviously needs to be disarmed and placed on desk-duty, shuffling papers. He simply panicked, took careful aim, and shot this lady’s dog in the head. That’s a deliberate kill shot. It shows extremely poor judgment.

    What is happening in America with cops and shootings? Thousands of citizens are shot each year, and pets as well. This will not do.

  18. Pamela Boucher

    Mar 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

    the cop needs to be suspended without pay and plus learn that labs are good dogs and won’t hurt a fly. the cop needs to be taught a lesson bigtime

  19. Eddy Cheek

    Mar 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

    That deputy needs to be put down.

  20. Liz DeMarco

    Mar 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This is an outrage. There are too many senseless shootings of dogs, and the policeman who shot him should lose his job and his pension. Police think that it’s okay to shoot dogs anytime they like – if he was in my yard and shot my dog, I would shoot him.

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      And you would be in jail for shooting a police officer.

    • Jockopfw

      Mar 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      It was just some dumb dog….get over it.

  21. lablover

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:35 am

    the cop was probably a fatass munching on a doughnut and didn’t want the dog to get at it.. he’s a piece of s#!^ coward! as for the idiot Doogie, clearly he’s an immature bitch who’s trying to get everyones’ goat.. ignore him and he’ll go back to playing with his micropenis..

  22. Doogie Howser is a POS

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Doogie Howser, go troll somewhere else you spineless turd. You are probably the yellow bellied hillbilly that shot the poor senior lab.

    People don’t tether your dogs outside…they are pack animals…if you can’t keep them inside where they belong, do them a favor and don’t get a dog.

    And hey, Doogie the Dufus, unrational isn’t a word you ignoramus, but irrational is and describes your argument to a tee.

  23. SL Johnson

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I am a retired Police Officer and I currently work in Rescue with Dachshunds, I can see both sides of this story. Although none of us were there I can Imagine what the officer felt. The Report said he saw the line and the dog house and sign that said Bad Dog but did not originally see the dog. When he DID see the dog, the dog was charging, teeth bared. The Officer had seconds to decide what to do. He DID NOT KNOW the dog, the only “info” he had on the dog was a sign that said “BAD DOG” which he did not know was a joke, so believed the Dog to be a “Bad Dog”. He believed his life was in danger and didn’t have time to run back to the car to get a bean bag gun, which would have been non lethal. But he did have to do something, and the really only weapon he had was his weapon and, even though all the tv shows cops shooting a leg, or shooting a gun out of someones hand, in an emergency, when adreline is pumping, you shoot to center of mass. When your life is in danger, you do what is needed to save your own life. No Officer (or other person) should have to put up with being bitten when in the right. When a dog is charging, usually the head is somewhat lowered and so would have been in center of mass where the officer was shooting. Now Even “Great Dogs” will protect their owners. IF the dog felt that his family was threatened by someone (in this case an Officer) messing with the windows, the dog COULD have charged with intent to injure or kill the “threat” to his family. So it could have been as the officer said it was. Sadly whenever an Officer uses his weapon, people are all to ready to rip the officer apart. But when an Officer doesn’t use his weapon and gets severely injured or killed, people call him an idiot for not using his weapon. Until you have been in the shoes of an officer and had the snot kicked or beat or shot out of you, it is tough to see their point of view. I am sorry that dog lost his life. The world has lost a beautiful animal. But the person who put up the “Bad Dog” sign is partically responsible.

    • Eddy Cheek

      Mar 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

      All cops stick together.

      • Stephen Swain

        Mar 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

        Sir, it was a head shot. It was not a center of mass shot. The dog was on a very strong restraint. All he had to do was move away. He was making a routine check on a house for a person who had not been heard from. There was no suspicion of foul play. He was not in a hurry. Why did he not thoroughly scope out the yard first.

        None of this makes the least bit of sense.

        • Jockopfw

          Mar 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

          Nothing makes sense to you.

    • Rick

      Mar 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      SL…thats what i call well worded hogwash. Im so sick of hearing of cops shooting family dogs for basically no reason and then making a fool of themselves with some outlandish story! It dont take a lot of smarts to look at a dog and determine pretty quickly what the dogs true intentions are…but no…its always shoot 1st and then make up a lame excuse to justify their actions. Family pets…being a dog…barking at an intruder…in their home or yard…cop or no cop…thats what dogs do! It freaks me out at some of the stories i have heard when a harmless family pet has been shot by a cop and its becoming more and more frequent! If i had shot every dog in my 58 years here on earth that barked or ran toward me i would be a mass murderer of dogs…but guess what…i havent shot one…Hummmmmmm

  24. Jockopfw

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Hey Doogie guess we all now know how you like it!!LOL- ROTFLMAO.
    Tinny winnie macaroni wiener.

  25. Jockopfw

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Judy Offut. I too come from a LE family and none
    Of them would have done this. But that was then- this is now.
    They all think they are swat-gotta get the kills. Do you know there are areas
    Of this Fdup country where the cops take all the poor souls from animal control out to a field and target
    Practice. We have monsters now wearing badges and carrying guns.

  26. Jockopfw

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Oh Marian- Sheriff Reed is just so happy- he finally got to kill something.
    You need a Reality check and get your head out of York, SC.
    Bubba cop kills a chained dog with one shot in the head- and you expect us to feel sorry for him?
    Go visit your pedophile preacher -pray together. Oh I bet you are
    One of those that whisper- you don’t know why anyone would be upset-
    Every family has one.

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      And every blog has one of you…a douche bag.

      • Marcus Welby

        Mar 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        Finally- Doobie looks in the mirror!

  27. Jockopfw

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Fred he couldn’t take a step backward- not educated enough and probably too fat like most of the inbred BUBBAS.
    A search on York SC shows 3 days ago they had a “preacher” having sex with a teen.
    Yee Haw!!! That must be Doogie!!
    Obviously the city hooligans have asked their idiot mouthpieces to come out and defend Reeds actions.
    Won’t work you inbred morons- the world knows who and what you are!! LOL!!

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      You might be right Jackoff, oh I mean jackopf.

  28. Sheri

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Is there any petitions started to punish this idiot??

  29. Sheri

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Is there a petition started to punish this idiot??

    • Jockopfw

      Mar 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      A petition to punish the dog owner? Why yes there is.

  30. carol boyajian

    Mar 10, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    this happens to often by cops who claim they were in fear for their life, bull these assholes don’t belong on the police force I would get a lawyer and sue the shit out of them and post this cowards name and what he did on the internet.

  31. Cristina Gloria

    Mar 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Don’t the police officers can use other sources of force? I think this is to extreme! They have the tasers, don’t they? I think that would it be less lethal. He over reacted, but he felt threaten. Probably, he did not have other more serious treats in his work.

  32. Angie D.

    Mar 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    This cop should be reprimanded and fired for his extremely poor judgement/actions. Scarlett was no treat to him. She was even tethered/leashed. The cop is uneducated when it comes to dealing with animals. The family should sue and bring better awareness to dealing with animals. Killing an innocent dog is never acceptable nor okay.

  33. Pam Sichi

    Mar 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I hope and Pray that this man is fired this is blatant Animal Abuse Owner should press Charges he is dangerous with a gun!

  34. Marian

    Mar 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    It is extremely sad that Scarlett was killed. But police officers often have seconds to react to things. It’s possible she was so close he could not run or use his mace. I’m sure he feels terrible about this.

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you.

  35. Tim

    Mar 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    and these clowns want to take away guns from responsible people!

  36. Linda

    Mar 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    So sad. The daughter should have checked on the mother herself. Why add to the drama by calling the cops. They have better things to do, like shoot docile pets. I drove two states away to check on my mother. Never dawned on me to call the cops when I couldn’t reach her. Either one of her dogs would have been protective of her or their home. One of the reasons for having a dog. This cop sounds to be trigger happy. I would have thought he would check the property thoroughly before entering or question a neighbor.

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  38. Esther

    Mar 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This is a bunch of BS…This cop probably didn’t like the dog and just shot him. because he want to… I too would hire an attorney and sue the Police dept .

  39. Heather

    Mar 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I wrote a letter to the chief to tell him Reed should be fired for being trigger happy. Tell him your thoughts too. Get Reed fired! http://www.yorkcountysheriff.com/contact

  40. Bar

    Mar 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I find it hard to believe that this officer did not realize that any dog would have done the same thing. He was walking around this dogs property and looking in a window. The dog was tethered and not running free. Surely the office could have taken a few steps back if he felt threatened or even called to the dog. There are too many pet dog killings by officers. More training should be given to insure that this does not happen again. What if it had been a child/kid that ran from the back of the property towards the officer….would he have been trigger happy enough to shoot??

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

      As a dog owner, I had signs posted on my front door, back yard, on utility pole; “Beware of Dog”, not because he is vicious, just to let people know he is there. Also, I never leave him outside when I am not home.

      Not blaming her for the loss of her beloved pet, just saying we all must take responsibility for our pets. She knew the police were on their way to her home. A 1 minute call to let them know she was fine and no need to go to the home from either her or her daughter should have been done.

  41. susan

    Mar 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    He should be fired! Such a senseless thing to do! Poor Scarlett!!!

  42. Susan Williams in SC

    Mar 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Hell yes the dog was charging him, he was lurking around his mistress’ house & he was going to protect her. Apparently this ‘cop’ knows nothing about dogs, because that poor baby should have NEVER been shot.

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      “Mistress”…really?

      • Marcus Welby

        Mar 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        It is a proper term in this usage, Oh Wise One. Master is the masculine, Mistress is the feminine. It is called reading, you should try it.

  43. Dawn

    Mar 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I am by no means excusing the policeman’s reaction, but I think there is more to the story and should be investigated. The cop was there on a welfare check. He saw a broken window and went to investigate further. So far sounds legit to me. The line was a standard rope which could be a clothesline and not necessarily a dog run. He was focused on the house which could mean he didn’t notice the dog house at first. The dog saw a stranger in the back yard….my lab would be protective in that case and not look like the friendliest dog even though he was. Due to the run being in the backyard, the officer probably did not know the length of the leash and where a safe spot was. I don’t condone the killing of any animals and this case is no exception, but before people get sue happy, maybe an unbiased view of the situation should be considered. There are a lot of what ifs in this situation….The woman knew the police were coming to investigate. ..could have contacted the police to say it was not necessary. Too many variables to just accuse the cop of a callous and unwarranted reaction.

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      You are the most rational person this blog. Thank you for your insight.

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thank you so much for your rational post. I totally agree with you.

      I owned a lab and my 90 lb. boy would lick you to death but if he felt I was threatened in any way you would definitely see his pearly whites not to mention the growl behind it.

      People with dogs should always have signs visibly posted on the gates and/or houses; “Beware of Dog” or some kind of warning there is an animal in the residence.

      I had done a welfare check on an elder relative and upon doing so, I also notified the police she did have a dog on the premises. Animal control was notified and went along with sedation just in case. Something so simple.

  44. Laurie de Leon

    Mar 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I want to file a complaint to the police department and how this is a wrong doing.

  45. Cindy

    Mar 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    If that SON OF A B*[email protected] cop had shot one of my loving Labradors on my property, you can be sure I’d be suing the whole effing police dept. This is complete BULLSHIT that these idiot trigger happy cops think they can go around and just shoot a poor defenseless animal who was obviously defending her home from intruders. They should all have to go through animal handling training for situations like this to prevent unnecessary tragedies! They seem to feel they need to “shoot to kill” not to maim or wound to stop them. I hope he rots in hell for what he did…….How would he like it if someone came and shot one of his children outside his home because the kid mouthed off or threatened someone….oh wait that’s right, he’s a cop so he thinks he can get away with murder while the average citizen must always be at the mercy of the police!

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

      First, defenseless and defending in the same sentence doesn’t wash. Either the dog was defenseless or he was defending his territory. But you did hit it on the nose with the second. This dog was defending his home from intruders.

  46. Michaelb

    Mar 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Release the audio from the body microphone to the public

  47. Judy Offutt

    Mar 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    What is wrong with these cops shooting dogs , I am sorry my husband was a police officer for 11 years before passing away and he would of never shot a dog unless it was attacking someone and could not pull it off. This cop should be released from his Job if he is that fearful of a dog on a leash whats next he is going to shoot a child coming around the corner because he thought it was some one else !
    Please remove him of his duties !

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Judy: Sorry for your loss and I thank him for his service.

      I am the mother of 2 retired officers, one due to injuries sustained in the line of duty after serving 14 years. The one thing they both are constant about is never take the written word in the newspapers as gospel. You can read the same story in 5 different papers and get 5 different scenarios. They both will tell you how easy it is to think “gee he could have stepped back” or “he could’ve done this or that”, but no one knows for sure unless you are in that exact same situation. And I do mean exact. As for what your husband would have done, the same applies.

  48. Sharon

    Mar 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    This is soooo very sad. I understand there are incidents where deadly force is necessary ( if a dog is chewing on a person or another animal ) but I don’t believe it was necessary in this situation. I believe that this officer saw a chance for live target practice on this families pet. I wonder if this particular Deputy has a history of unnecessarily discharging his weapon?

  49. Deborah

    Mar 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I never write or comment but this one has my attention; my dogs are never in my yard without me being home but if I did not answer the door, the police have a right to enter my rear yard and shoot my dog…ARE YOU SERIOUS??!! The dog was doing was natural and instinctive, and one of the many reasons the owner had the dog….why on earth wouldn’t the officer leave the back yardif there possible any threat of harm to him, the danger was that someone was in the home since supposedly the screen was out, or the homeowner was in some type of danger, NOT that her dog was on his own property, on a leash, under control, that was not the officers’ issue, this is not an officer, this is not a man, if I lived in this city I would be taking action and care that this didn’t possibly happen again to anyone. You can’t bring the family member back but you can take steps to assure this officer (not) isn’t allowed to have a gun, and possibly doesn’t happen to another family.

  50. lee

    Mar 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Yep if I was home and someone shot my dog (cop),I would shot them. Claim he was acting crazy and did not appear in the right frame of mind and I feared for my safety. It is disgraceful how unprofessional most police are and how quickly they resort to the last option avaliable. Imagine how much trouble you would get in for shooting a police dog that was chasing you.

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Then you would be charged for shooting a police officer, in the line of duty.

  51. Norma Benitez

    Mar 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    He has to pay or he is going to go around shooting randomly & next time is going to be a human, that’s if he hasn’t shit one already. The family needs justice.

  52. Don

    Mar 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Cops gone wild again. I’m sick of these out of control cops who have guns, and they have too much power. He will probably get away with this and feel no remorse. Sick! Check out this blog which posts articles of out of control cops. There are more posts there of cops killing animals.http://somethingwrongamerica.blogspot.com/2013/07/cops-gone-wild-in-america.html

  53. Valerie Haslett

    Mar 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Its not right to say just get another dog, They had that dog for years, it was part of the family. How in hell do the police in the USA get away with killing all of these pets I read about. Its a disgrace it really is, and i would shoot that bastard cop if I was allowed a gun and lived in that country. The trouble is you in the USA do like guns. and cops use them as if they are toys. I am pleased that we do not have cops with guns roaming our streets, and also that we do not have men out hunting down any, and every wild animal they see. That would really break me if it had been my dog. I am sorry for the pup and for the owners.

    • Jeanne

      Mar 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Valerie, I completely agree with you. I am an American and I am appalled at the love of guns in this nation of mine. I don’t know if we will ever wake up and realize the rest of the world doesn’t live this way. I don’t want to worry about my kids going to the mall and being shot; going to work and being shot; going to school and being shot. It is sickening. When will the cost become to high a burden…when all of us have lost a loved one to gun violence? Cops are just as bad…shooting dogs for trumped up reasons; shooting a knife-wielding mentally ill person to death; shooting blacks much more often than whites. Sad place to live at times.

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

      You must live in the U.K. If so, then I guess fox hunts and shooting pheasant may not qualify for “hunting down any and every wild animal they see”, but it is done for sport.

  54. How sad my hart goes out to this lady.

    Mar 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t understand how anyone could shoot a dog when it was tethered. I was a meter reader for many years and I an the crew I worked with came crossed many mean dogs. Never did we have to kill one. Not to say we never had to use Maze on them. He lacks training in how to deal with them. I feel that the governing body over him 1. Should see that he gets the training he needs. 2. He need to be made to get another Lab for her and pay for it to be trained.

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

      I don’t know where you were a meter reader but where I live, if a dog is the area of the meter they will not approach to read and leave a note on the front door; “meter not read because your dog was present”. They will use binoculars and estimate the bill. I also found this to be true in other states.

  55. Dina Salyers

    Mar 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I agree with Debra Mulhall, obtain a lawyer….We have a golf course, in South Carolina and had a professionally trained boxer to roam and protect our golf course(private property). Someone called the police stating they saw a huge dog running loose on the property.
    When the police arrived, Tank was on HIS OWN patio, NOT leashed and when the police approached him he just sat there as trained, but when the police officer pulled his gun, Tank growled as trained and the office shot and killed him on HIS OWN PATIO….Needless to say, we proceeded with action and the officer was fired and they had to replace our dog….of course nothing will replace him as he was one of a kind…he was family….Obtain an attorney.

    • Deborah

      Mar 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Agree…..first step obtain an attorney, second step, file suit against the city, civil suit against the officer (not), and get animal rights involved to assist, this is truly unbelievable….I am so sorry that this happened to you too…. it makes me never want to leave my babies alone… I would stand in front of them before I would let an officer (not) shoot them.

  56. Dina Salyers

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Scarlett will have her day during election time. Vote him out of a job!!!

  57. bess williams

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Seems a little trigger happy. A law enforcement officer cannot “shoot first, ask questions later” Is he even remorseful? Saying, “Hey, I made a mistake” is better than nothing. To claim he acted appropriately is just wrong. Man up, officer! And stay the hell out of MY backyard!

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Remember your last sentence and hopefully one day you won’t need emergency care while in your backyard.

  58. Rheflin

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

    What was the cop in the back yard to begin with

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Its called reading….try it sometime.

      • Beth

        Mar 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

        Doogie U need to crawl back to whatever hole you came out of. Bet it leads to hell. Go f….yourself and leave these caring people alone

    • Lyndy Hair

      Mar 12, 2014 at 9:13 am

      The officer was on a welfare check initiated by her daughter. When there was no answer at the front door, he went around the back to check there, which is a normal act when doing a welfare check.

  59. D

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Sickening … with an absurd explanation. Did this officer REALLY think this lab would kill or harm him in such a way that he feared for his LIFE? What the hell is wrong with these people… and the departments that employ them?!

  60. Nancy

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I would shoot the officer if her shot my dog . . . no less on A LEASH!!

    • Chris

      Mar 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      You Nancy are a fool who has never had a gun pulled on them or been in any physical danger. Some cops are under trained, as this one seems to have been, but shoot him? Really?

  61. Debra Mulhall

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

    To the owner: Please, please obtain a lawyer and bring a suit against this police department and individuals involved. This happens way too often and police departments do nothing about it. Training needs to be done for all police officers and some officers should not be in uniform carrying a weapon. Only when police departments and individuals have to pay hefty lawsuit settlements will they take this matter seriously. Please do this to help save other pets.

    • Dee Kern

      Mar 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Debra Mulhall I agree with you 100%.

      • Mary

        Mar 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

        Debra, you are 100% correct!

        • Mary

          Mar 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm

          Kudos to you, Dee.

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      To the Officer: Get a lawyer and sue the dog’s owner for endangering him while he checked her unsecured residence and sue all of the people on this blog for threatening and slandering him.

      • Katie A

        Mar 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        Mr. Houser I do wish you would find another way to entertain yourself other than posting things just to make other people angry. If you have nothing constructive to say and just want to irritate people please go back to high school where you belong. There is enough negativity in this world please stop instigating more.

        I am truly sorry for the loss of the pet. I hope the officer did not do it on purpose but a deeper investigation is necessary.

        • Doogie Houser

          Mar 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          Mrs. A
          Thanks for your concern. No, no and its a free country. The poor dog is dead and the owner is responsible. Get over it.

          • Marcus Welby

            Mar 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm

            Doogie, the dog was on a tether, in the back yard. If the officer was so unaware of his surroundings that he did not see the dog, he should retire. If he is able to draw and fire faster than move away, he is the fastest draw on his force, or grossly obese. The owner had the dog where it should be, in their yard. The dog did it’s job, and detected the intruder to the yard, and attempted to notify the house. The officer panicked, and over-reacted. The only one clearly wrong here is the troll instigating high blood pressure. It is a free country, and there are those who take advantage of that, and contribute nothing of any value in return. I am sure you are one of those, and proud of it. As such, I will just wish you an infestation of fleas in all your body hair locales. Have a nice day, and stock up on Raid as a deodorant.

        • Mary

          Mar 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm

          Don;t worry about him, he is just trying to incite replies so he feels he is having a conversation with somebody. Just ignore him.

      • Jeff

        Mar 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        Go troll somewhere else. Perhaps if you troll hard enough, you can find information on how to get a life, Dickwad.

      • Kathy A Dottery

        Mar 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        MR.HOUSER YOU SOUND SO STUPID AND YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE AND GO JOIN A SELF HELP GROUP AS YOU SOUND FULL OF HATE AND YOU ARE MISERABLE

    • Rocker98

      Mar 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      You nailed it, Debra!

  62. carrie

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

    why dont we all bury Reed the person with no BALLS what a chicken

  63. carrie

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

    this bloody reed person has no BALLS at all n i damn u to hell Reed ASSHole

  64. Anne

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    these types of things scare me. It just proves we are not safe in our homes and yardfrom anyone especially from those who are supposed to be protecting us.

  65. Grace Paza

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Obviously that cop is a fucking moron,he shouldn’t be in the force,just get this dumb ass out of there,I wouldn’t be safe knowing there’s such an idiot out there.Who trained that moron.

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      I don’t think you have a dog in this fight. Oh wait….Scarlett, is that you?

  66. Jeff

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Unfortunately, and unbelievably, a study found that HALF of all intentional shootings by police involve dogs. If that is not an epidemic that needs to be addressed I don’t know what is.

    Read about the study here: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019809359_rosie02m.html?prmid=head_main

  67. fred steiner

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

    BULLS— ! in the amount of time it took that officer to unholster his weapon, draw & aim he had time to if nothing else jump backwards far enough out of the way! unless he was laying down on the ground or his leg was broken !

  68. Sherry Stanbery

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I can’t believe that a cop would shoot a dog that is on a tether! how stupid, but of course you know that he will get away with it. because he is a cop and they protect each other. I am so sorry for the loss of her dog. My heart goes out to you and may god bless u always!

  69. Lissie

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Cowards should not be allowed to carry guns or be police officers…sad… ;-(

  70. Sandra Allen

    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    If the deputy will shoot a defenseless dog who was not a threat to him…can you imagine what he would do to a human being…Sounds like he never had any kind of training..I will not go through York County, South Carolina if at all possible and warn all my friends and family to travel another route. This officer is a disgrace to the uniform. Can’t believe his illiterate bosses let him get away with this. This was a family pet.

    • Doogie Houser

      Mar 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Looks like a good shoot to me. Glad the deputy is OK.

      • Taserthis1984

        Mar 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        Go to hell you heartless Nazi bootlicker.

        • Jeanne

          Mar 10, 2014 at 8:35 pm

          Doogie Houser, you troll, hope you’re viewed as the POS you are, and some cop puts a bullet in your head.

          • Doogie Houser

            Mar 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            Hope you are viewed for what you are: Unintelligent, deranged, unrational slob. A cop won’t put a bullet in me because my owner takes care of me and doesn’t leave our house insecure.

        • Doogie Houser

          Mar 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

          …hopefully Scarlett’s owner takes better care of their next dog.

          • Kay

            Mar 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

            this guy doesn’t need another dog, the cop needs to be rehabbed

          • Gina Slawson

            Mar 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

            What! the dog was in its own yard and tethered….shame on this police officer. Another person with a gun that doesn’t think just acts….

        • Doogie Houser

          Mar 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

          Scarlett’s owner should pay for counseling for the officer.

        • Doogie Houser

          Mar 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

          Yahvol wench
          ..right away.

          • Jeff

            Mar 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm

            The cop should be fired, because he lied. Plus, if he is afraid of a 9 year old Lab, he isn’t much of a cop.

          • Mary

            Mar 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

            If you are going to pretend you are German, and also suggest that all German people are Nazis you racist, the least you could do is learn how to spell the German that you are trying to sling around rather than your faux phonetic attempt. Go get an education and a real name, so-called “Doogie Houser.”

          • Mary

            Mar 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm

            “Doogie Houser
            March 10, 2014 | 11:23 pm

            Yahvol wench
            ..right away.”

            If you are going to pretend you are German, and also suggest that all German people are Nazis you racist, the least you could do is learn how to spell the German that you are trying to sling around rather than your faux phonetic attempt. Go get an education and a real name, so-called “Doogie Houser.”

      • susan

        Mar 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

        Doogie, your an asshole. would like to target practise with you. hope you have no pets you jerk. the cop who did this is a jerk coward too.

      • Rose Boone

        Mar 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        @ Doogie Houser,
        I wish it was your dog that he shot, or you!

      • Maria Aurora Duran - Padilla

        Mar 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        I want to be the good shooter and put one on you, you SOAB, you have no HEART. I’m glad I do not own a gun, cause I would like to try my aim on your head.

      • Karen

        Mar 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Boy Doogie your ignorance is really showing. This was a family pet who was secured in her own backyard. All officers should be trained in dog safety. This was uncalled for and you know it. All he had to do is turn and walk away and that would have been it. This is shameful and that “officer” should not be allowed to carry a gun. Afraid for his life my ass, he just wanted to kill something. Probably the only time he ever got the chance to pull his gun. He’s a coward!

      • maria

        Mar 14, 2014 at 9:58 pm

        Actually, Doozie,lol,(misspelled on purpose, for there’s no respect your way to come),
        The deputy is not ok. See, he shit his diaper and now is crying to mommy. But, maybe you can go console him!!!

    • Patty Dove

      Mar 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I am not going near the Carolina’s anytime soon

      • Doogie Houser

        Mar 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

        Thank goodness. If you change your mind; please call them ahead of time.

    • Kathy A Dottery

      Mar 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      IF HE CAN SHOOT A HELPLESS DOG HE NEEDS TO FIND A NEW LINE OF WORK,HE IS TO SCARED TO BE A COP CARRYING A GUN.HE IS A SPINELESS MAN WHO KILLED A BEAUTIFUL DOG WHO WAS LOVED BY MANY

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