MPD officer taking robbery report shoots family dog - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD officer taking robbery report shoots family dog

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV)  - A Memphis police officer shot a family's dog while taking a robbery report from the homeowner Saturday.

Rebekah Ross says the front door was left unlatched by accident, and when the officer arrived, her boxer mix, Buddy, escaped and ran towards him.

"He comes out the front door and kind of charges the officer, because any new people - he's ready to lick them," said Ross.

Ross' son says Buddy was just excited to see company, but the officer began kicking the 70-pound dog.

Ross said Buddy ran away from the officer, who drew his gun. Ross' son pleaded with the officer not to shoot, but the officer fired a shot at the dog from about 12 feet away, the family said.

Ross said Buddy was bleeding profusely, and her son's shoes were covered in blood. She says they're fortunate he wasn't hurt, too.

Family member Benjamin Ross said the officer was rude and unapologetic following the incident.

"I said, 'Why did you shoot my dog? He said, 'Well, you would have shot a dog, too," he said. "I said, 'No, I wouldn't.' He was very confrontational over the whole thing, like he was proud that he did it."

Police say the dog attacked the officer. A spokesperson said the incident is still under investigation.

Buddy will remain at an animal hospital until at least Sunday morning. Veterinarians hope Buddy's leg will not need to be amputated.

"When we were leaving, he was whimpering and crying," Rebekah Ross said.

The family says Buddy's medical bills will be in the thousands of dollars.


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