In America, a dog is shot by a law enforcement official every 90 minutes.
This week, a Florida family was traumatized after a trigger-happy police officer knocked on their front door and shot their dog Duchess in the head 3 times when she ran out to greet him.
Duchess is a bull terrier mix that was adopted by her foster family, the Palacios, a couple of months ago. The two-year-old pup had a sweet disposition, with the Palacios family and their friends explaining how she wouldn’t harm a fly.
When Officer Marcus Terry saw that Gillian Palacios had left her car door open, he approached the house to notify someone. When Duchess ran out the front door, he immediately pulled his gun and shot her at point blank range.
As you can tell from the footage, there was no time for the family to react before Duchess lay dying on the ground. Gillian Palacios said, “Before I could even do anything, the officer had his gun out and shot her three times in the head.”
With little explanation, Terry simply told the Palacios “Your dog charged me,” and said that animal services would be around to collect the body before promptly leaving the scene.
Security footage, included in the clip below, supports Gillian’s claims that the dog wasn’t attacking the officer: “She was curious. She wasn’t barking and she wasn’t growling. There was no reason for him to think she was aggressive in any way.”
Since the footage was released earlier this week, the story has gone viral and angry animal-enthusiasts from around the country have been signing online petitions asking for the termination of Officer Terry. Terry was reprimanded in February for a hit-and-run in which he destroyed a mailbox with his patrol car and fled the scene.
Some people have been quick to defend Terry’s actions as self defense, but why is using a lethal weapon a first resort? New uniforms and equipment, and specific training of officers could help prevent so many unnecessary animal deaths by guns.
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In America, a dog is shot by law enforcement every 90 minutes. When will the insanity stop?