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Raleigh man says sheriff's deputy shot his dog

Posted May 24, 2011

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— A Raleigh man is asking the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for an apology and help paying a $1,900 veterinary bill after a deputy shot his 6-year-old boxer, Rocky, last week.

Stan Bailey said Tuesday that the deputy was responding to a domestic disturbance call on Rock Drive in Raleigh on Friday when the dog ran up behind the deputy and started barking.

Bailey's sister, Michelle Bailey, was with Rocky at the time.

She said the dog was about 5 feet away from the deputy when he shot him in the head. The bullet traveled through his face and exited his neck, she said.

"I believe the (deputy) did what he thought was right, but, I mean, officers are trained to know what to do in a panic," Michelle Bailey said. "They just can't shoot a dog because they're scared."

She said the 85-pound animal is not aggressive and does not believe he was a threat.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the deputy, J. Collado, perceived the dog to be a threat and took appropriate action in the situation.

Rocky Raleigh man says sheriff's deputy shot his dog

"We see nothing that our deputy did wrong," Harrison said, adding that any restitution is a civil matter.

The Baileys said that, after Rocky was shot, he ran out in the road and disappeared into the woods.

They followed his trail of blood for a mile until they lost him in the woods. They found him seven hours later and took him to a veterinary hospital, where he underwent surgery Saturday morning.

"I thought he was dead," Stan Bailey said. "I'm ecstatic that he's alive."

Rocky was back home Tuesday, where he will recover for the next several weeks.

"I think the cop panicked and did the first thing he thought of, and that was to shoot him," Stan Bailey said. "I know that dog. He wouldn't have attacked him."

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  • randow23 May 25, 2011

    Sorry, if your dogs life is valued more than your average person then...I'm speechless for how that little sense that makes.

    About as much as your post. My dog is more important than some people. Live with that because I can.

  • thepeopleschamp May 25, 2011

    "for a domestic disturbance, shouldn't the proper protocol require at least two officers because of the dangers involved?" abylelab

    In a perfect world where there are not 10 deputies working and 30+ calls pending at a time. Deputies are probably lucky to have back-up on the worst of calls.

  • abylelab -BT- May 25, 2011

    for a domestic disturbance, shouldn't the proper protocol require at least two officers because of the dangers involved?

    the article stated that the dog was not being aggressive, therefore he should not have shot the dog. if you don't like being second-guessed as a public servant, QUIT. it's the public's right and DUTY to second guess everything that that our servants do.

    as far as harrison goes, he should not have commented the way that he did. speaking without referencing a proper investigation just shows he doesn't care about the people that he's supposed to be protecting.

  • thepeopleschamp May 25, 2011

    "Let us all be thankful it was a dog for now. Before long they'll be standing the 45000+ on Jones Street and using us as target practice." 1 awesome Dad

    Are you equating that because a Deputy shot a dog to prevent being bit, that citizens will be shot in the streets for target practice? I'm not following your logic.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 25, 2011

    Let us all be thankful it was a dog for now. Before long they'll be standing the 45000+ on Jones Street and using us as target practice.

  • thepeopleschamp May 25, 2011

    "And whomever it is that keeps commenting on domestic disturbances must not be in a relationship with someone because everyone has arguements weather there big or small." hartqueen1962

    Is it normal in your world to have the police frequently respond to what goes on in your house, and your sons? Not mine.

  • Weetie May 25, 2011

    You said it right Dsa G! My Boxer or any other I have ever seen would harm anyone.

  • hartqueen1962 May 25, 2011

    Hey Truth first of all you have no idea of what is in the SBI report of my son. So as far as I'm concerned you don't have no right to say that everyone was cleared. This case is not over by a long shot. There were other circumstances involved which I cannot talk about right now but it was total over kill and like I said if the officer was scared of a remote control he was close enough to shoot him with a bean bag gun or a stun gun. They didnt shoot the kid throwing drugs out the window shooting at the officers going down 40. If the officer responding to the house was afraid of the dog when she came out of the house he should have told her to put the dog back in the house. And whomever it is that keeps commenting on domestic disturbances must not be in a relationship with someone because everyone has arguements weather there big or small.

  • Das G May 25, 2011

    Sigh, it was a Boxer. What a brave deputy to shoot a barking Boxer. From all my experiences w/Boxer's, the only fear the deputy would have had is the fear of being licked to death.

  • superman May 25, 2011

    Sorry but I would have shot the dog too. I wouldnt wait until he had his jaws around my leg. Who is to say the dog would or would not bite. There is always a "first time" for a dog to attack and bite.

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