October 25, 2013
Melissa Daughtry Loper, Pinch’s owner, described what happened that day on her Facebook page. Melissa was inside her home at the time Pinch was shot.
The Mooresville Police Department stated on their Facebook page that on October 17 at 1:12 p.m. an officer observed two dogs in the road in the 900 block of West Wilson Avenue. One of the dogs allegedly became aggressive when the officer exited his vehicle and attempted to get the dog to get out of the road. The officer deployed a Taser but missed the dog.
At this time, the dogs ran into a nearby residential neighborhood, and the officer called Iredell County Animal Control for backup.Officers then entered the residential neighborhood, where they were able to locate the dogs in a cul-de-sac.
Melissa claims the backup officer started to pull out her Taser, but before this officer had a chance to use a non-lethal deterrent on Pinch, the other officer fired his weapon. Pinch was hit by three bullets, and a bullet shattered the back glass of her Suburban.
Neighbor Shirley Simmons told WCCB Charlotte
“I thought it was a stun gun. I heard three shots, but I thought it was a stun gun. I’m surprised he used a gun.”
The Mooresville Police Department has offered to replace the glass on the Suburban, but not to cover Pinch’s vet bills, which have now reached more than $3000. Anyone wishing to donate to Pinch’s care is asked to call the Long Animal Hospital in Charlotte at 704-523-2996.
The department reported the incident is under investigation.
The Mooresville Tribune reported a similar dog shooting near Troutman on August 22, 2013, making this the second incident in less than two months.