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Indian River Co. deputy shoots dog

By Allison Bybee e-mail

VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A dog shot and killed. Indian River County Sheriff's Deputies say it was going to attack them or neighbors. The owner says, though it might be a relative of the pit bull, it would never harm anyone.

Monday, a call for help. A neighbor called 911, "My neighbor's dog got loose." Loose in their backyard, deputies responded. Jeff Luther with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office says, "They were in fear of them attacking them."

The fear was too much. Two deputies shot and killed Snowy. Now, Shawn Bagley must burry his beloved pet, "I don't think that anyone was unsafe for a four and a half month puppy that weighs 20 something pounds."

He wants to know why Animal Control wasn't called and why they chose to shoot, "Wait for the dog catcher to come. Don't run around and catch him because he don't know you or anybody."

But the Indian River County Sheriff's office says it's within their rights. Luther says, "If someone is in fear of their lives, the deputy has the right to protect themselves and the citizens." They thought the dog was going to attack them or neighbors outside, "These officers had seconds not minutes," says Luther.

Neighbors say the dog broke free from it's chain. Shawn says that's because it was taunted. Shawn still has Midnight, Snowy's brother, but says life won't be the same without his fun playful dog.

The case is now under review by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office. At this point no charges will be filed against anyone.

The Sherrif's Office says they frequently go on animal calls when Animal Control can't, which was the case this time.

Still, Shawn plans to file a complaint with the Sheriff's Office.

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