ARDMORE, Okla. – An Oklahoma family says they are devastated after they claim an officer shot and killed their dog last week for no reason.
According to a witness, the family says the officer then took delight in the killing.
Officers with the Ardmore Police Department say they received several complaints about the pit bull acting aggressively and shot the dog near a park to protect the public.
Sarah Brown says a neighbor witnessed the shooting after her dog, Cali, had jumped over the backyard fence.
Brown says the neighbor saw an officer use a shotgun to kill Cali.
She added that the officer allegedly bragged about how “awesome” it looked when her collar flew off.
Brown says nearly 15,000 signatures have been collected on a Change petition from people who are outraged by the shooting.
Many are demanding the officer lose his job.
Cpt. Eric Hamblin says that officer has received death threats, but a review of the incident showed he acted according to protocol.
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.”
Brown disputes that claim, saying her neighbors have never complained to her about her dog being aggressive.
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