Austin Police Shoot Pet Dog

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The fatal shooting of a family dog by an Austin police officer arriving at the wrong address has department officials reviewing their policies governing deadly force against animals.

Cisco, a blue heeler owned by Michael Paxton, was shot Saturday by an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call. Officer Thomas Griffin arrived at the wrong address by mistake and says he shot the dog after it charged at him, but Paxton denies that his dog charged at the officer.

Assistant Police Chief David Carter says the department has received a flood of angry emails and telephone calls, some from abroad, and promises that "every aspect of the incident" is being reviewed. Carter also said policies and training governing officers' encounters with animals also are under review.

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