Deputy will not be suspended after shooting, killing leashed dog - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Deputy will not be suspended after shooting, killing leashed dog

Anita Gray saying her final goodbyes to Carebear. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Anita Gray saying her final goodbyes to Carebear. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed a dog in Raleigh, according to the sheriff's office.

SCSO spokesperson Earle Farrell said the deputy was serving civil papers at a home on Kenneth Street near Stage Road.

The dog's owner said the dog was there to protect her and was on a leash on the property.

"I've had her since she was two weeks of age," dog owner Anita Gray said. 

Gray got her last look Tuesday at her dog, her protector who she's known for almost a decade, her 'Carebear.'

"I know a lot of people out there may say it's just a dog, but she's my pet," Gray said.

The dog was shot and killed by a deputy after police said the dog charged him and bit him. The deputy said he had to shoot the dog for his own safety.

"All of us were in the house and all we heard was two gunshots and we came outside and saw our dog sitting on the driveway dead," Anfernee Talley said.

The sheriff's deputy, a 19-year veteran of the force, is now recovering from an injury.

"Dog was on a leash but was still able to get to the officer," SCSO spokesperson Earle Farrell said.

SCSO said the deputy did nothing wrong, followed procedures, and he will not be suspended. They said it all comes down to safety.

"You've got to protect yourself and he had every right to be there in the driveway serving these papers," Farrell said. 

But, the family is angry. They said Carebear is a good dog and there has to be more to it.

"It had to have been something because that dog is not a vicious dog," Talley said.

Deputies said every case is different, but pet owners have to take responsibility too. But, Carebear's family is calling it a tragedy.

"I don't even know if I want another pet after this," Gray said.

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