A Rogers County Oklahoma deputy shot a family’s German shepherd on Wednesday night and left the dog bleeding on the porch for hours with a note, stated the distraught dog’s owner, Angie Kaemmerling Laymon on her Facebook page.
There had been a call to the authorities from a home about a half-mile from the Laymon’s home. The person calling in stated they had heard gunshots and a bullet had struck the family’s home. As deputies went out to investigate, they concluded the shots came from the east, but for an unknown reason, a deputy pulled into Laymon’s home which is situated well to the north. Even with a posted sign about their dog, the deputy still decided to pull into the Laymon’s residence and within minutes, as Bruno came out to investigate, Deputy Logan Eller shot the dog. Faithful Bruno waited on the porch for three hours for his family to return. The family had been at church.
“We were investigating a crime and your dog attacked our deputy, The dog was shot and we need you to call us,” read the note left by Rogers County sheriff’s deputy Logan Eller.
A surveillance video, however only shows Bruno approaching the deputy as if the dog was investigating; after all the dog was on his own property and protecting his home. “The Deputy said he felt threatened and he panicked and shot the dog. He didn’t pepper spray the dog, he didn’t tase the dog……instead he used lethal force and shot my dog while Bruno was doing his job and protecting our property,” wrote Laymon on her GoFundMe page.
When interviewed, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton stated the deputy didn’t want to shoot the dog, but had to think of his own safety first and the “split second” response action. When asked why the deputy left the dog bleeding on the porch, the sheriff responded with they are not in the “dog ambulance business.” The Tulsa World reports the following statement from the sheriff’s office:
“I guarantee you we would have been bitten and injured if we would have tried to load that dog up. I’m not getting into the dog ambulance business. We can’t do that. We’re not going to do it. We have 88,000 people to take care of with four officers on duty. I’m not at all glad that we had to shoot a dog, but I’m very grateful that the deputy wasn’t tore up or put in a situation where he can’t work so I could be another deputy short. This question has been asked … couldn’t he have Tased it or sprayed it? He could have while he was getting bit,” stated Walton. “All these people who are offering suggestions on what could’ve or should’ve been done — I’d love to see them demonstrate how you do this.”
As horrible as the bullet that shot Bruno, perhaps even more disturbing were Kaemmerling’s children who found Bruno after coming home from their youth meeting at church on Wednesday night. The dog was covered in blood and not a scene anyone would want their children to see. Fortunately Bruno’s injury was not fatal, however the bullet lodged in the dog’s shoulder shattering two bones.
The family wants the county to pay for Bruno’s medical expenses which have added up to thousands of dollars. The Sheriff’s Office says they will have to file a claim with the county. The Facebook page for the organization has been very active with comments.
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