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Big probation officer shoots tiny terrier


A 300-pound probation officer in Southwest Georgia, saying he feared for his life, fatally shot a woman’s 12-pound dog last week while on a routine visit to check on her son.

Cherrie Shelton’s two-year-old dog Patches approached officer Antoine Jones as he arrived at her home, she told FOX 31 in Albany.

As she was explaining to the officer that the dog wouldn’t bite, he pulled out his gun and shot the dog, she said.

Patches died 30 minutes later.

Shelton said the officer told her he feared for his life.

patches“He stated that he gave the dog verbal commands to get back but the dog continued to come towards him in an aggressive manner so he fired one shot at the dog using his duty weapon,” a police report on the incident said. The report noted that the probation officer is 6 feet tall and weighs nearly 300 pounds.

The Georgia Dept. of Corrections said in a statement that the officer’s force was justified, and that the officer was “required to use of force against an aggressive canine during a field visit. An incident report was filed and it was determined that the Probation Officer responded appropriately.”

Shelton told FOX 31 she can’t understand why a such a large man would react that way to such a little dog, or why he couldn’t just scare off the dog by kicking his foot or stomping.

The bullet hit Patches on the left side. The dog then walked to the side of the house, where she died 30 minutes later.

Comments

Comment from reddawg
Time October 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Words fail except for…….a**hole… and that includes in toto The Georgia Dept of Corrections……

Comment from Jen Brighton
Time October 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hopefully the shame he will have to abide by his actions will make him think next time. Sound like he and his trigger finger need some time off. While I realize even 30 lb. dogs can do some damage, he lost any sympathy from me when he said he feared for his life. Let’s see a 300 lb. man with a gun and probably a really big foot vs. a 30 lb. dog with small teeth.

Comment from Jen Brighton
Time October 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Oh my gosh, I just re-read the story and it was a 12-lb. dog. There is NO EXCUSE for this guy!

Comment from vida
Time October 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

This is horrible, and the fact that apparently anyone in a uniform can kill, maim or otherwise torment citizens and their pets is frightening and outrageous. They know there is no excuse, they don’t need an excuse, they have power and if they chose to abuse it there are no consequences. Sad for us and for the good leos out there.

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