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Visiting pit bull fatally shot during drug raid


Police in Fayetteville, N.C., say they are still investigating an officer’s fatal shooting of a pit bull during a drug raid in July, but the owner — who had left the dog in the care of friends — thinks she is owed some answers.

“The police are supposed to protect and serve, not kill and destroy,” Victoria Thompson told the Fayetteville Observer. “I want the officer responsible for maliciously murdering my baby held accountable.”

Thompson has been waiting since July 17 to find out why Queen, her 4-year-old pit bull, was shot to death as officers executed a search warrant at a friend’s house.

Thompson was a friend of one of the house’s two occupants, and had left Queen with him while she was moving from Fayetteville to Atlanta.

The home’s occupants, Justin Bernard Harris and Taurean Forte, were charged with drug-related violations after the search, according to Fayetteville police.

Queen was in a bedroom asleep when police burst into the room, according to Thompson.

Assistant Chief Brad Chandler said one of the suspects was hiding in the bedroom closet. When officers entered the room, the dog came toward them in an aggressive manner, Chandler said.

The officer who shot the dog has not been identified.

Fayetteville police shot seven animals in 2011 and 12 in 2012, according to a report compiled by the Office of Professional Standards and Inspections.

Asked why non-lethal means weren’t used to control the dog, Chandler said, “If we’re using a Taser, we can’t defend ourselves. You’re going into a drug house and in a split second, you have a huge pit bull coming at you. There’s no way you have got that time. Do you want to risk that?”

Thompson said police offered her compensation for Queen’s death.

“That’s like asking how much is your daughter’s or son’s life worth,” she said. “I want a proper burial for my baby and an apology from the officer responsible, because he unjustly murdered her. But more than anything I want justice for my Queen.”


Comment from Maria
Time September 5, 2013 at 8:09 am

As the owner of bully breed dogs you have to be extremely careful who you leave your dogs with. If there is ANY chance that the police are going to have interaction with your dogs I don’t leave them there. Unfortunately the officers never receive any punishment for killing a dog especially during a drug raid. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Comment from Anonymous
Time September 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Just part of the job, officers ain’t paid to see what’s going to happen. They must control there environment or it will be a short carrier. Besides this person must of been to poor to have a dog. Who leaves a loved one behind while they move. Simple an unprepared and irresponsible person that’s who.

Comment from Southern Fried Pugs
Time September 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Anonymous, I think you are jumping to conclusions here. Moving is very stressful on pets. I admit, I am also jumping to a conclusion. However, the way I read this story, the woman was moving over the weekend. She left her dog at a friend’s house so the dog would be safer. Strange people coming in to your house, carrying out your stuff would freak most dogs out. Then the new place with new smells and the doors constantly open. When I have moved, I also leave my pets with a friend until all the boxes are inside and the movers gone. Too easy for a pet to escape a room then the house when many people are in and out.
Whatever the situation, a woman lost her dog unnecessarily. My sympathies.