GRAPHIC: RCSO Receiving Backlash After Deputy Shoots Dog
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma - Controversy is swirling over the shooting of a dog in Rogers County.
A deputy said he shot the dog as it aggressively approached him, but the dog’s owner said there was no reason to shoot.
There’s still blood on the porch where Bruno, a 2-year-old German Shepard, was shot.
Deputies said they didn't have any other options, but the family doesn't agree. They now say their dog will have to live with three legs.
Angie Laymon said her children found the dog first. He was shot in the shoulder and bleeding on the porch.
“I lost it. I just sat down and started crying. I can't deal with that, I can't deal with that," she said.
Then, Laymon found a note left by a Rogers County deputy saying he shot her dog.
"The dog never touched the officer. He did not attack the officer. He literally ran up and came back down and the officer shot him," she said.
Rogers County sheriff, Scott Walton said, the night of the shooting deputies were canvassing the area to investigate a shooting. They came in contact with Bruno and said, with a few seconds to decide, the deputy shot the dog.
Walton said, "Nobody is proud of the fact that we had to shoot the dog. It's disturbing to the officer who had to do that. He followed protocol and immediately called a supervisor."
Since the shooting, the sheriff's office has gotten a lot of backlash. But one woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said that is unwarranted and that Bruno attacked her a year ago.
"I almost feel bad for the deputy and for Rogers County Sheriff’s Office as a whole, because they are getting the negative backlash from this, and people don't know the whole story as far just how vicious this dog has the tendency to be," the woman said.
Laymon said when Bruno attacked it was only after the woman became irate on her property.
The sheriff said, in the past three years, they've gotten at least four reports on the dog.
He said, based on where things stand now, the county isn't likely to pay for Bruno's medical expenses. If they do, the family said they'll donate the money that's been raised.