A South Florida dog shot by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department deputy died Wednesday in Jupiter after her left paw was amputated reported wpbf.com.
Chris Widmann, 28, had just finished working late Monday night and had let his dog, Pepper, out to go to the bathroom before retiring. At the same time, two sheriff deputies entered his Jupiter Farms' property responding to a noise complaint in the neighborhood. Widmann stated he assured the deputies that Pepper, a nine-year-old Akita and pit bull mix wouldn't bite when the dog started barking at the officers, but one officer shot the dog twice stating self defense.
According to Widmann, the deputy showed no remorse telling the dog's owner, "you should have gotten your dog."
Friends and animal lovers pitched in to help Widmann pay for Pepper's $5,000 surgery.
On Widmann's Facebook page this morning, he stated:
"Chris Widmann sweetest dog I've ever met...she only wanted butt scratches and belly rubs...anyone who knew her would say the same."
According to wpbf.com, the sheriff's office has stated the deputy's actions were "by the book."
Rest in peace Pepper.
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