According to Tuesday's KTVU News, the DeKalb County, Ga., police officer who shot a man's German shepherd and then allegedly refused to allow the dog to receive immediate veterinary care, has resigned from his department.
Officer David Anthony Pitts resigned on Monday - less than one week after he shot a nine-year-old German shepherd named "Doctor," in the face. According to the dog's owner, Tim Theall, after Doctor was hit, he tried to rush him away for veterinary help, but the police officer blocked him from doing so.
Theall described what happened last Thursday shortly after the shooting:
I said, ‘I’m going to get my dog to a vet because he is alive,’ and that is when he blocked my exit,
Doctor's guardians recounted the bizarre situation on the GoFundMe fundraising site which was established to help pay for the high veterinary expenses:
To make matters worse, the cop wouldn't allow us to drive him to the vet. He even followed us in the police car and blocked us from leaving our neighborhood. He said we couldn't leave due to procedure. Second cop arrived 20 minutes later and we found out that procedure was just to take pictures of the bleeding dog.
Theall was baffled by the officer's actions, especially after hearing the man claim to love dogs.
Doctor's family understands that the officer may have been started by their dog's presence - he had just been let outside for a potty break when the officer arrived at the home for what was described as a "false alarm." Doctor was running to the front door to go back inside when he encountered Officer Pitts.
Theall described what happened:
“He is coming around the corner, his tongue is hanging out of his mouth — he just had supper on his mind,” Theall said of his dog. “I can understand the officer being surprised….He wasn’t belligerent at all. I think he was in shock more than anything else.
The police chief did not request Officer Pitts' resignation, but he did accept it...he expressed concern over the officer's alleged refusal to allow the family to seek veterinary assistance for their dog. The investigation is ongoing.
Doctor is still recovering from his injuries. Donations of over $12,000 have poured in for the injured dog; according to the dog's guardians, if any funds are collected beyond what is needed for Doctor, they will be donated to a no-kill shelter or the ASPCA.
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