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Woman says Wake County deputy shot dog

Posted January 8, 2010

— A deputy did nothing wrong when he fatally shot a Wake County woman's dog, the sheriff says.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison says the deputy was responding to a complaint about several dogs fighting in an open yard on Snow Peak Court outside Raleigh Tuesday afternoon when one of the animals charged at him.

The dogs' owner, Heather Jones, said the 3-year-old pit bull named Boosie was shot three times and had to be put to sleep because of her injuries.

Jones said the dogs, which were family pets and friendly, were confined to the yard by collars paired to a hidden underground electronic fence system.

Harrison said the deputy did not know about the fence and broke up the fight because it was in the afternoon when school children could potentially be in the area.

When the deputy broke up the fight, several of the dogs charged at him. He used pepper spray on the animals, and all but one ran away, Harrison said. One continued to charge him.

The deputy made the best decision he could at the time, Harrison said, and shooting the dog was a last resort.

Harrison said it is not unusual for a deputy to respond to complaints about animal disturbances since they work closely with the county's animal control.

An animal control officer arrived at the home about 10 minutes after the incident.


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  • didisaythat Jan 8, 2010


    I have every right to make any comment I want...Just look at Journey and his comments. I don't own a Pit. I have dealt with them and every other dog and you are partly right. It doesn't matter the dog. i have had some of the smallest and some of the largest dogs charge at me. I have only had to kill a couple, but I did have to. Any dog can be dangerous...The problem is that some are more dangerous than others.

  • didisaythat Jan 8, 2010

    Journey with your statements it sounds like you were right there. I am sure the deputy thanks your help. I am sure if you would have been there that you would have done the right thing and known every aspect of the call before you would have let the dog charge at you. For the having to shoot three times, I bet you would have not had to shoot and would have been able to call the dog whisperer and get the dog to stop being mean all from a phone call. But if it would have (unbelievable as it sounds) actually had to shoot the dog, you would have hit the precise spot so not to cause the dog any pain. All while retreating backwards and aiming at a moving target that is only what 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall. You sir are amazing and if there was only one of you Wake County would be the safest place in the world. And to going onto a persons house without a warrant. I hate to waste my time on such a rediculous statement, but unfortunately some may not know. It is not needed in every instance.

  • MileageWarrior Jan 8, 2010

    dog got what she deserved, i hate to say (i'm a pit bull lover and owner). any dog that charges a human deserves to be put down, whether shot dead on site or euthanized later.

    it's a shame this happened tho. darn good looking pooch :(

  • xsummachicax Jan 8, 2010

    Anybody up here who is making negative comments about Pitbulls, you have no right to say anything unless you are a Pitbull owner. If you can not control your dog, that seems to be your problem. And once you realize you can not control them, then you should not own them.

  • leo-nc Jan 8, 2010

    "the deputy was in the wrong by going on to someones property without just cause"---

    Well that's a ridiculous statement, especially since you don't know WHERE the deputy was. Even so, it's irrelevant. Nice try, next...

  • All child molesters should die Jan 8, 2010

    Very sad story for all involved, including of course, the dogs. But, I think the deputy did the right thing. Absolutely, 100%.

    And as far as him being "concerned about children" in the area, (he didn't know at the time there was an underground fence), let's remember, adults are people too!!!!! Lets remember to include them, as well as other animals, when worrying so much about "children."


  • Mike in NC Jan 8, 2010

    I agree that not all pits are bad. In most cases, they are taught to act the way they do. In this case, it was bad enough for someone to call the police. The officer was attacked and protected himself...good for him! Build a real fence or a kennel if you care for your animals and be there to supervise them when they have access to the public. Obviously they did, or the deupty could not have gotten to them!

  • Welfareh8r Jan 8, 2010

    Trapped in a car by dogs. Get real run them over Sthernsassy

  • gandalla Jan 8, 2010

    My Akita would tear up a pit or a rot and even an officer who tried to shot at him.

  • oceanchild71 Jan 8, 2010

    latinagirrly - That is great that you realized the potential danger. I wish other owners were either more aware.