July 22, 2013
An off-duty Seminole County (Florida) Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old Shar-pei who wandered onto his property, CFNews13 reported July 22.
The family dog, named Roxy, got through the barrier provided by an electric fence in her Longwood neighborhood, where she wandered on to property owned by the deputy. During past escapes, neighbors had always alerted the family their dog was loose.
The deputy says he shot Roxy three times because she had been aggressive in the past. The officer claims his daughter was once cornered by Roxy, and that he shot the dog on July 20 because it was attacking him.
Roxy was owned by David Fox, Sr. and his wife LaDonna. Roxy’s family describes her as a big baby, loved by both the adults and the children who played with her.
In an interview with CFNews 13, David stated
“He told me about two weeks ago, if one of my dogs stepped on his property again, he’s going to shoot it. He told me that two to three weeks ago.”
His son, also named David, told of her escape, and of how she was trying to get back home.
“I looked around and didn’t see Roxy and I stormed out my front door, and their she was bleeding, with multiple gunshot wounds.”
Fox, Sr. also has a videotape showing Roxy running home after being shot multiple times. It can be seen on the Local 6 article here.
Longwood police investigated the incident, where they determine the off-duty officer had fired his gun to prevent an animal attack. According to the investigation, SCSO stated
“the deputy was on personal property and was acting as a private citizen at the time of the incident. The deputy didn’t use his service weapon and hasn’t broken any laws or violations of the department policy.”
CFNews13 tried to get a statement from the off-duty officer, but a woman told reporters to leave the property. Local 6 News also attempted an interview, but no one came to the door when they knocked.
PETA’s director of animal cruelty investigation issued a statement to CFNews13
“Our hearts go out to the animal victim and his human family. Lethal force is rarely necessary or justified when encountering dogs at large.It is hard to imagine that this beloved, elderly dog posed any real threat to a grown man. Tragedies like this one are just one reason why PETA urges people to always supervise their animals when outside, and to never rely on electric fences, which are not just painful for the animals but as this case shows, unsafe and ineffective.”
Roxy was laid to rest in her backyard, only yards away from where her food bowl sat, half of the food uneaten.
What are your thoughts on this incident? Unfortunately, the investigation is complete and the case is considered closed. Was this an irresponsible dog owner or premeditated murder of a family dog? Does it really take three bullets to stop a 13-year-old dog?
Your comments are welcome.