Owner had repeatedly asked police not to shoot her dogs
Sept. 25, 2013
A law enforcement officer in Jones County, Georgia, is taking heat for shooting a puppy in the head this past weekend after ignoring pleas from its owner specifically asking him not to shoot her dogs.
Miraculously “Ammo” the puppy survived after her owner, Anna “Chrissy” Music-Peed, was able to get her to a veterinarian in time.
Music-Peed had gone down to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday to ask officers to investigate what she believed to be a stolen vehicle on her property.
According to Music-Peed, she stayed at the station while police went to her property to inspect the vehicle. She says she told police the breeds of her two dogs and let them know neither dog was aggressive. “…the worse that would happen,” she told officers, “is they would be licked to death.”
“The puppy may jump, we have been trying to get her out of that and they laughed, said not to worry about it. I told them twice, PLEASE don’t shoot my dogs, they are my babies,” Music-Peed said to officers, according to a blog she created in support of Ammo.
Unfortunately, her attempts to prevent tragedy were for naught.
Music-Peed says when she arrived home, she found her roommate, Kyle Sewall, “sitting on the ground and Ammo in his lap.”
Sewall gave his account to PoliceStateUSA:
About 5 minutes later is when the sheriffs pulled up, came flying in. Sgt Little was exiting the vehicle and as he was exiting I noticed he already had his sidearm trained on Ammo who was just sniffing around the ground wagging her tail. And then she looked up at him, did not growl, did not bark, and before I could say anything he fired his weapon. Shot her point blank in the head.
“I went to go rush toward Ammo and he trained his weapon on me,” Sewall explained. “I identified myself saying, ‘I am Kyle, lower your weapon.’ He did and they allowed me to tend to Ammo.”
Music-Peed says when she arrived she asked the officer why he shot Ammo, despite her testimony that her dogs were friendly.
Sergeant Little, however, reportedly told Music-Peed he never heard her say that.
Rather than waste time arguing, Music-Peed quickly found an emergency pet hospital where the veterinarian was able to mend Ammo’s wounds. Ammo, however, required surgery after the vet was unable to locate the bullet or its exit wound with the help of x-rays.
The incident left Ammo with nerve damage causing her to suffer involuntary eye movements and difficulty walking.
Sewell’s account of what took place directly contradicts what police say happened. Captain Mitchell of the Jones County Sherriff’s office told Music-Peed the dog was shot because she “charged at” the officer.
Sgt. Little had also previously shot and killed a dog just last year.
Ammo’s Facebook support page says today she successfully underwent surgery and will be ready to go home within a few hours. Music-Peed says she plans to seek a lawyer soon and has notified PETA to ask advice on what else she can do.
Ammo is apparently a fighter. She had previously survived the highly-contagious and life-threatening parvovirus disease earlier in life.
(H/T: Police State USA)