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Florida officer kills two dogs out for a walk

A St. Petersburg, Florida, police officer shot and killed two dogs Sunday night.

Chris Clark, 44, said he was walking his Rottweiler, Quincy, and his landlord’s Chesapeake Bay retriever, Missy, when he heard a police officer shouting at him — Officer Slobodan Juric, who was investigating a complaint about a suspicious person in the area.

When Clark stopped, a third dog, unleashed approached Missy and the two exchanged growls. Quincy’s leash got wrapped around him. Clark fell and the dogs started fighting.

Clark told the St. Petersburg Times that he was grabbing his dogs’ collars, trying to pull them away, when Juric yelled “mad dog” and pointed the gun at Missy.

Clark said Juric fired one shot into the dog, pointed the gun at Quincy and fired another round, then fired two more shots into Missy.

“We’ve begun an internal affairs investigation,” said St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman Mike Puetz. “There will be a statement taken from (Clark) and from everybody who was a witness in the case, to try and discern the totality of the events and the appropriateness of the (officer’s) action.”

Juric, 25, has been with the department for more than a year. He was formerly a freelance photographer for the St. Petersburg Times.


Comment from allison farr
Time September 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I am outraged, I live in tarpon springs and am so livid right now!!! that officer needs to be fired and arrested for animal cruelty. I am reading so many stories of cops shooting dogs it is unbelievable they have no right to take out a gun and shoot a dog especially when the owner is right there, they are not being threatened in any way, using a gun should be the last resort. it shouldnt even be an option, this is way out of line and I am not safe if there are cops like this in florida who will shoot at anything whenever they feel like it. it isn’t right it is criminal. they have no right just because they are cops doesn’t give them the right to wrongfully shoot whomever and what ever they like!!!!!!!!!! the dog who was loose was the one that needed for someone to get under control, like call animal control…. not shoot the dog being attacked by a loose dog, it is crazy that all they do now is shoot the dogs and forget that it is someone’s baby and pet and family member, what kind of sick cop is this?? he needs to be fired and arrested for animal cruelty.

Comment from carla
Time September 21, 2010 at 2:36 am

another police officer out of control!!!! take his gun rights away and then fire him then prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.i,m becoming more and more anti police!

Comment from We The People
Time October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I can almost guarantee (accepting bets! just kidding) that the officer in question is going to get a 3 week paid vacation under the premise of suspension or investigation, and lastly he WILL somehow, someway be justified. We The People no longer matter…just look around the news folks.

Comment from RubyB
Time July 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

The dog that was not killed was blind and OFF-LEASH! The owner is happy the police killed the other two dogs!

Comment from Nellie
Time March 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Too bad that police offerer didn’t shoot himself in the foot. I think they should catch bad guys then kill Dogs. There too gunn trigger happy.

Comment from Chris Clark
Time August 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

The story above is not quite correct, & does not include the wounds I received as well.