Police Shoot Dog And Refuse To Let Owner Save His Pet
An experience with the DeKalb County, Georgia police has left dog owner Tim Theall infuriated. The police, who shot his dog through the jaw, refused to let Theall go to the vet to get his dog emergency care for over an hour. Theall said:
“No steps were taken by DeKalb police whatsoever to try to save my dog’s life.” [source]
The 9-year-old German Shepherd was let out of the back yard fence on Thursday evening and ran to the front of the house before Theall could catch up with it. Theall recalled:
“And before I turned the corner of the house, I heard two shots; I heard a cop go, ‘Holy [expletive].’” [source]
The police had been in the area responding to a false home alarm. The dog surprised the officer, and he shot it. Theall says he can almost understand why the startled officer shot the dog, but couldn’t comprehend why he wasn’t allowed to take his dog to the vet immediately. Theall said:
“The dog was still alive, clearly bleeding like crazy and the police officer blocked my exit.” [source]
“Finally he convinced me that I would be thrown in jail if I didn’t just stay where I was.” [source]
It took over an hour for other officers to arrive at the scene. Theall was finally allowed to rescue his dog, who was suffering in pain. The German Shepherd is likely to recover, however Theall’s wife had to create a gofundme account to help with the expensive medical bills. Theall was overwhelmed by how many people were willing to help, as donations exceeded the $8,000 he was trying to raise.
“It really does restore some faith in humanity, really; we’ve got friends out there.” [source]
DeKalb County Police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said the shooting is currently under investigation.