Skip to comments.Florence family accuses police chief of shooting 2 dogs
Posted on 06/05/2012 12:32:32 PM PDT by Altariel
FLORENCE, Texas -- The Vybiral family are dog lovers; considering their four-legged companions members of their family. It started with Sassy, a six year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Now this family is mourning, Sassy is dead.
"She's crying, she's hysterical. 'There's blood mom. She's shooting guns.'" Louise Vybiral describes the phone call she received from her daughter Caren Friday afternoon.
Caren says she was watching a movie with her two year old daughter Lilly when gunshots rang out. She thought they were coming from across the street.
"Thought maybe Chevron was being robbed or something. I didn't have any idea what was going on," Caren Vybiral said. "And when I walked to open the door, there was another gun shot."
Caren said Sassy was lying in the door way bleeding. And standing above her was Florence Police Chief Julie Elliot-Abshire. After a short exchange, Caren said the chief ran to the back yard and shot the other family dog that was locked up, a two year old pit bull named Boomer.
"I asked her what is going on," Caren described, "and she said, um, the b-word, did you not hear me knocking on your front door. And I said no, why did you shoot my dogs?"
Apparently Sassy and Boomer got out of the back yard and walked to the Chevron. A city worker called the cops to report the loose dogs. A family friend put the dogs back into the yard, but Sassy got out again.
"It got out, I'm guilty of that, but it was laying on the porch when she shot it," Louise Vybiral said.
But what truly frightens this family, one of the shots went into the home. Fragments of a bullet still lie on the windowsill.
"For an officer of the law to come up into your yard, and fire a shot, or to draw her weapon and aim it towards a home. That shot could have hurt my granddaughter or my daughter, you know. I mean the bullet is in my house," Vybiral said.
"The bullet hole is only two feet from where we were standing, so I mean, it could have been us," added Caren.
KVUE News tried to contact the Florence Police Department, mayor and city council, no one returned our calls or emails. We also went to the police department for comment, but the door was locked.
"She doesn't need to be an officer. She's not upholding the law. Just because she wears a badge doesn't mean she can pull her gun and just shoot anything," Vybiral said.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office said they are aware that an incident involving the police chief happened in Florence, but it's not their jurisdiction. The Texas Rangers say they are not yet involved in the case.
Don’t towns have dog catchers anymore?
A man in California went to prison for throwing a dog onto a busy freeway. The dog was killed. This woman should be in prison.
As for cops shooting dogs, I’ve never heard of a mailman having to shoot one.
If this story stands as it was related and the dumb beeatch chief does not loose her job and the city sued, then there is no justice.
It's one of the many perqs that comes with the job.............
Call the dog catcher?
And miss out on the fun of terrorizing citizens?
Your priorities are mixed up.
This was a BIG topic on KLBJ in Austin Sunday and yesterday morning. Lots of angry callers about the “No calls were returned” issue.
If there was shooting outside my house, my dog came inside and died from a bullet wound and then a lone LEO showed up at my back door to threaten me and call me names, she’d be a goner even if I had to take a hit to make it happen. People like her don’t deserve to breath air.
Police shoot dog ping
It is pretty accurate as callers to KLBJ confirmed yesterday.
And what is it with cops killing pets in Texas? This is the third or fourth story I’ve seen in 10 days. I thought Texas was one of the last places where the USA was still like the USA used to be. I’d hate for that to change.
I’m thinking along the same lines. Kill my dog on my property, I will opt to use the Texas Law to defend my “Property” through the use of lethal force. And yes, I do value my animals more than people like that.
Why do they need them? The local constabulary seems to be more than up to the task.
It’s a damned shame that if a cop knocks on your door you have to make sure your little puppy doesn’t dash out and try to lick the cop’s shoes. And I guess if you have one in your back yard they can just go back there and shoot at will.
And these local yokels are the ones we think will be on our side in a revolution. I don’t think so.
Heck yes. I know my animals and they know me. An I know some LEOs like to stomp all over little people like me. So it's a no-brainer.
Plus, in that situation I would not likely be rational or in the mood to take orders from anyone. Some of us have less to lose than others and might make unexpected judgement calls. And some honest folk are handier with weapons than the usual street riff-raff. LEOs should be mindful of that.
Since New Jersey just passed a law that imposes $1000 fine if your dog is in your car and not in a seat belt.
This means the dogs now have the legal status of a child.
Can a cop shoot you child?
Only if he/she is snarling or barking.
LOL, who thinks that?! If TSHTF the barneys will hole up down at the station and only leave if they need to "procure" items like food or drugs or something nice for the missus (all at an M4 discount, of course). They will be nothing better than well-equipped gangs.
Not for long. They'll turn on each other almost immediately.
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