A probation officer, who presumably feared for his life, decided to shoot and kill a woman's small dog in Albany, Ga., reported Friday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The officer, Antoine Jones, described as a six foot tall man weighing nearly 300 pounds, shot the 12 pound dog, a Jack Russell terrier named "Patches," shortly after arriving to the home of the dog's guardian, Cherrie Shelton.
According to Shelton, before she could tell Jones that her two-year-old dog would not bite, the man fired his gun, hitting Patches in the side; the little dog died approximately 30 minutes after being struck by the bullet.
Shelton claims to have questioned Jones as to why he shot the little dog and has stated that the man insisted that he "feared for his life," somehow believing that the diminutive dog could cause him great harm.
In an incident report, an Albany Police Dept. officer, wrote:
He stated that he gave the dog verbal commands to get back but the dog continued to come towards him in an aggressive manner so he fired one shot at the dog using his duty weapon.
The Georgia Department of Corrections is standing by their officer, stating that he "responded appropriately," to the aggressive dog.
Patches' owner is grieving the loss of her dog and wonders why the officer could not have just scared her away, with something other than his gun.
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