Family Outraged After Officer Shoots Their Dog

Reported by: Lynn Giroud
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Last Update: 9:57 am

storyCINCINNATI — A Blue Ash family is outraged after returning home to find their dog had been shot and killed by a police officer.

The dog was a Chihuahua-mix named “Jack” that Scott and Sharon Bullock had given to their 12-year-old son for his birthday a few years ago.

When the Bullocks returned home from a family member’s funeral on Friday, they found blood and three bullets on their front porch – along with a note to call the
Blue Ash Police Department about their dog.

The Bullocks were shocked to learn that Jack had gotten out of the backyard and two officers who tried to catch him, ended up shooting and killing him right on the family’s front porch.

thumb_1244520333742_0p9902066267891574“He was cornered on the porch and scared,” said Sharon Bullock. “The officer bent down bare-handed to pick up Jack, and Jack bit him.”

“My five-year-old cried himself to sleep the night before last,  wanting his dog,” said Sharon Bullock.

“He ‘barks’ for him” added Scott Bullock. “He’d ‘bark’ and Jack would always come to him, so he’s outside going ‘Bark bark bark,’ hoping he’s gonna come back. It’s heartbreaking.”

The Bullocks told their five-year-old and three-year-old sons that Jack ran away.

The Bullocks admit they were at fault for leaving their dog outside, and are sorry the officer was bitten, but they say their dog was not a vicious animal and had never bitten anyone before.

They’re wondering why the officers didn’t call the SPCA to catch the dog.

“They didn’t make that phone call other than to come scoop the dog off the porch after they shot him,” said Scott Bullock. “Two grown men that can’t gather up a five-pound dog – and they’re trained police officers – sounds ridiculous to me.”

That officer later explained to the family that he was following procedure.

Blue Ash police say one of the officers was bitten on both hands. One hand was bitten 17 times and the other was bitten nine times.

The dog was holding on so tight he left one of his teeth in the officer’s hands.

An officer attempted to tase the dog while another officer was holding him, but it did not work, so they had to shoot the animal.

Blue Ash police say the officers handled the situation according to department policy.

9News will have more on this story starting at 5 p.m.

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