Police Shootings of Dogs in TX, FL Rile Owners and Rally Facebookers


A Facebook memorial page for a dog shot and killed by an Austin police officer while responding to the wrong address on a domestic disturbance had more than 33,000 “likes” Tuesday morning. The city’s American-Statesman said the shooting happened Saturday afternoon as Michael Paxton was playing Frisbee with his blue heeler, Cisco. Police Sgt. David Daniels said Officer Thomas Griffin received a dispatch about a disturbance involving an intoxicated couple at the address of Paxton's triplex. When he encountered Paxton, Griffin drew his weapon and “advised the subject to 'show me your hands,'” Daniels said. “As soon as he did that, a dog charged him quickly and aggressively.”

Daniels described Griffin as “upset” about the shooting. A supervisor later apologized to Paxton. Meanwhile, another shooting of a dog by police is prompting calls for policy changes in Florida. On Feb. 24, an officer in Pembroke Pines, Fla., fired six shots at an Australian shepherd named Baxter, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Hit by three bullets, the dog died three weeks later. Baxter’s owners and hundreds of supporters are demanding change in how officers respond to animal calls. Lethal force, they say, should be used only as a last resort.

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