FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - On Friday, October 11 a Foley resident said a Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy shot his dog in his yard, nearly killing the 8-year-old pit bull. Now, he wants to know why a sheriff’s deputy took such aggressive action against what he said is a non-vicious dog.
It all started when Christopher Jones, and his mom Trudy, made a call to the BCSO to file a report of missing property. It’s what happened when the deputy arrived at the home that shocked Jones and his mother.
“Upon approaching the house, a pit bull came from their doggie door essentially,” said Major Anthony Lowery.
“Boudreaux started barking and all of a sudden I heard this “pop, bang” and the most horrible screaming you’ve ever heard in your life,” said Trudy.
“She shot him because she was scared. He caught her off guard because he can come out of the doggie door at his will,” said Christopher.
Around 5:30 Friday evening the owners said Boudreaux the pit bull encountered the sheriff’s deputy here on the front porch where she then shot him in the head.
“She was able to get the dog off of her initially. She yelled for the homeowners to help her. At that point the dog attacked her again and she shot the dog one time,” said Major Lowery.
“As soon as she shot him, I see my dog laying on the ground bleeding out his head. He’s convulsing. I’m thinking he’s in his death throws. She said my dog attacked her twice. My dog has never attacked anybody. I’ve had him for 8 years. He is a pit bull,” said Christopher.
Deputies, however, said otherwise.
“In August of 2011, another sheriff’s deputy was bitten by a pit bull at that same address,” said Major Lowery.
“Boudreaux did not bite the first one. And it’s highly unlikely that he bit the second one,” said Christopher.
Christopher and his mom said if the deputy had abided by the signs and entered the house through another back entrance; the entire incident could have been avoided altogether.
“To go in where there are ‘Beware of dog signs?’ Why would she do that when dogs are barking? I don’t understand that,” said Trudy.
“It was just a bad choice. The dog scared her. It was a bad thing that happened but it seems like being an officer of the law that deals with people’s private property all the time. There’s a big gate, beware of dog, it just seems like a bad call,” said Christopher.
Boudreaux is alive, recovering at a local veterinary clinic until he is well enough to go home.
Sheriff’s deputies said the case is still under investigation.
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