Witnesses question why family dog was shot by deputy in Alabama
(PENNY EIMS) A Baldwin County deputy claims that he shot and killed a senior dog who attempted to bite him this past Monday in Fairhope, Ala.
According to Wednesday’s MSNBC News, witnesses claim to have observed something contrary to the deputy’s version of what took place.
One witness, named Tyler Swafford, told the local News 15 that the dog, named “Maddie,” was sitting on her own porch, wagging her tail, when the deputy shot and killed her.
“The deputy got out of his car and knelt down by the side of it,”
“There was a dog sitting at the edge of the porch, wagging its tail, and he shot it. It looked like he did it for no reason.”
According to AL.com, witnesses stated that the deputy “hunted down” the dog, a 10-year-old pit bull, and shot her five times. The deputy was apparently in the area after someone reported that an ‘aggressive’ pit bull was running loose.
Other residents in the area are unhappy that the dog was shot, but are more upset that the deputy chose to fire his gun with neighborhood children in the area.
Ryan Holloway, a neighbor, told Fox 10 News,
“You know, I love dogs but this isn’t really about the dog,”
“This is about guns being fired in the neighborhood with my children at home.”
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.
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