A Georgia woman is facing charges for failing to have her puppy on a leash, and no rabies paperwork, following the fatal shooting of her young dog by a Clayton County police officer, reported Friday’s WSBTV News. The fatal shooting incident took place in early May in front of Claudette Terry’s new home.
According to Terry, the local authorities had stopped to question a man, who was a friend of the family, who was sitting in front of the home. While Terry was speaking to two officers, a third officer, identified as Walter Dennard, walked up and shot her five-month-old pit bull/Labrador retriever mix pup.
Dennard claims that the puppy lunged at him, but witnesses in the area tell a different story. One neighbor told WSBTV News that Dennard took a step back and then shot at the dog – the same witness told WSBTV News that Dennard then started laughing about it. Another witness stated that the officer fired at the dog and showed no remorse for his actions.
Those who knew the pup, named “8-Ball,” have stated that he was friendly and loved by his family. The Clayton County Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of the incident. In the meantime, public outrage over the incident is growing, and multiple people have left angry comments on the department’s Facebook page.
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