A Georgia woman outraged animal lovers when she posted video of a dog tearing apart her brand new car and urging police officer to shoot the dog to stop him.
“I’m like the most hated person right now because I said I wanted to shoot the dog, but I still stand by that,” 31-year old Jessica Dilallo said after video she posted of a dog nearly ripping the bumper off her car went viral.
In the Facebook Live video, Dilallo can be heard frantically pleading with a police officer to shoot the dog, despite the officer’s repeated attempts to explain that the dog was not behaving aggressively toward people and didn’t warrant being shot.
“If we just run the dog off, pepper spray it or tase it, it may turn on us and then we would be forced to kill it because it would be attacking one of us,”Dalton Police Lieutenant Matthew Locke explained to the furious car owner.
Lieutenant Locke, acting appropriately, refused to shoot the dog that, police later confirmed, was trying to reach two kittens hiding inside the bumper.
A police spokesman said, “Lt. Locke decided not to try to pull the dog off himself because he didn’t want to be in a position where the dog attacked him and he was forced to shoot the dog.” But, after a phone call to Animal Services, who told Locke it would take up to an hour for help to arrive, another officer arrived with a catchpole they’d found at the station.
The dog, it turns out, is one-year old Red, a sweet-natured young pup that adores people – but has quite the prey drive for cats.
Red’s owner, Ben Bonds said, “I have great-grandkids and grandkids, they play with him and my little great-granddaughter hugs him and plays with him so he’s not a mean dog. He loves people.”
Bonds was ordered to keep a closer watch on his young dog to prevent future escapes. He agreed to pay for any damage done to the vehicle.
Dilallo says she’s been getting death threats since posting the video.