Parker County Deputy shoots and kills large dog after it charges at him

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Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy shoots a large dog after it charged in his direction. The family pet immediately succumbed to its injuries.

The dog’s owners say the deputy overreacted, but Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the dog’s viciousness left no other recourse.

Even so, Fowler said, “We’re extremely sorry about what happened.”

He said the deputy and deputy’s supervisor apologized to the woman, who told them the 90 pound yellow Lab had been “very aggressive the past two weeks and she didn’t know why.”

However, the owner, Sheyenne Knox told the Star-Telegram that her dog, named Johnny Cash, was not dangerous and was likely instinctively running to guard the front door when the deputy approached the home on Wednesday.

The deputy, whom Fowler did not identify, responded to a neighbors’ home after a report was received of two large aggressive dogs on her property. The neighbor said that she was afraid to go outside, authorities said.

Fowler says, upon the deputy’s arrival, “a big dog jumped on the side of his truck, barking and growling. He couldn’t get out.”

He waited for the dog to leave and talked to the woman, who said she believed the dogs belonged to a neighbor who lived a quarter-mile away.

The officer called for a tranquilizer gun and went to the residence. When he arrived, the tranquilizer gun had not arrived, but he didn’t see the dogs so he exited his vehicle to speak with the homeowner.

Knox said that she was inside asleep with her 7-month-old child when the deputy arrived and that she didn’t witness the shooting.

Fowler said the dog charged the deputy as he approached the door.

“Here it comes. This 100-pound dog was hell-bent to eat him up, coming at him, charging full speed. He was basically between the house and his vehicle, and he couldn’t get back to his vehicle,” Fowler said. “So the officer fired.”

Knox said the gunshots woke her up. Outside, she found Johnny Cash dead.

“I think it was excessive,” Sheyenne Knox said. “I’m sure Johnny was running and barking. I’ve seen him do it a million times when someone pulls down the drive. But he wasn’t running to attack or bite. He was a family dog.”

Sheyenne Knox acknowledged that, despite the countywide ordinance, her family let Johnny Cash and another dog run free on their Texas property. But she said that she lives on 100 acres on a dead-end street outside Weatherford and that only a few other houses are nearby.

“I realize we were in the wrong by not keeping him contained,” Sheyenne Knox said. “But he didn’t deserve to get killed.”

Fowler called the shooting unfortunate. But he pointed out that Parker County requires owners to keep dogs contained or on a leash at all times.

“If the dog was contained, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Fowler said. “I never want to see any animal hurt.”

Law enforcement in Parker County has an affinity for animals and has a long history of helping animals, he said. “It was just an unfortunate series of events,” Fowler said.

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Loyal dog who stood by body of friend run over in Los Angeles traffic reunited with family

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“OMG…Happy ending for one dog…But…If the family who owned Maggie cared for her, how did she get out & why wasn’t she micro chipped?  Moreover….were is the heartless scum that hit the yellow Labrador….he needs to be found & punished!”

A loyal Labrador retriever named Maggie, who was videotaped as she guarded the body of a yellow Lab hit and killed by a car in Southern California, has been reunited with her family.

Maggie’s family claimed her Monday from a Los Angeles Shelter, after she had been spayed and microchipped and dozens had offered to adopt her.

Loyal: Maggie was laying in the street next to another dog, which was motionless and had suffered obvious head trauma

A good Samaritan saw the incident in La Puente last Wednesday, called officers, put traffic cones around the dogs and took the video that touched hearts across the country.

Animal Care and Control Captain Aaron Reyes says officers were getting the dogs out of the street at the same time Maggie’s family was at the shelter looking for her.

He says Maggie can go home on Tuesday after shelter workers inspect her home.

The footage released on Saturday showed the female Labrador lying next to a motionless, yellow Labrador as vehicles pass dangerously close to them.

Blood can be seen around the injured dog’s head while the Labrador waits by its side

Animal control officials responded to the scene and took the frightened but unharmed dog to a shelter.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) said the two-year-old dog, who animal shelter staff and volunteers have named Grace, appears to have been well cared for.

But as no one came forward to claim her, and she did not have a tag or microchip implant, she went up for adoption.

DACC said in a statement: ‘(Grace was) laying in the street next to another dog, which was motionless and had suffered obvious head trauma,’ according the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

‘When I saw the video clip taken from a passers-by cellphone, it made me emotional,’ the shelter’s director Marcia Mayeda said.

Internet users were also moved by the sad footage which was posted on to YouTube. One person, who posted under the name mmamv83, said: ‘That’s sad as hell. Hope the dog finds a good home.’

While another named mjlbdad said: ‘I wish I could adopt this dog.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130854/Maggie-Loyal-dog-stood-body-friend-run-Los-Angeles-traffic-reunited-family.html#ixzz1sOD2rq4z

“You can click the above to watch a 22 second video OR watch the one below with more detail”

This news article was on Fox 8 news out of High Point, N.C. on 4-16-12. This loyal labrador wouldn’t leave his buddy’s side even in his time of need. The black labrador remained by the yellow labrador until animal control came and helped her out. Unfortunately the yellow labrador past away from being hit by a car. They couldn’t find the owners of the two. They took her to the shelter and give her a name. Her name is Grace. I hope Grace gets a good forever home with a great family

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