Skip to comments.Farmville family stunned that officer fatally shot Golden Retriever
Posted on 07/17/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT by Altariel
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Va. A Farmville family is searching for answers after a Prince Edward Deputy shot their eight-year-old Golden Retriever, named Party, ultimately killing him.
The dog was at the same level of the officer when he fired, said homeowner Stephen Carwile, and indicated that the deputy was standing at the bottom of the deck.
The incident happened June 27 while the family wasnt home. A deputy was serving Carwile a civil warrant when he said he felt threatened by the dog.
I come home to blood all over the place all over my porch, said Carwile. He called the sheriffs office after he couldnt find Party, then saw his blood stained deck and the warrant.
The lieutenant called me and stated that my dog had tried to attack the officer and the officer had shot my dog.
The Prince Edward Sheriffs office put out the following press release:
On June 27, 2014 a Prince Edward County Deputy was charged by a vicious dog at a residence while he was attempting civil paper service. The Deputy tried to get away from the dog but the animal lunged at him so he fired his weapon as required by training. Animal Control was notified seeking medical assistance for the dog, but the animal later died.
The sheriffs department said the incident was investigated by the Virginia State Police, however a state police spokeswoman said that was not the case.
The resident did speak with Sgt. King, who explained that the Virginia State Police cannot investigate an incident involving another law enforcement agency without that agencys formal request, or the request of the Attorney General, commonwealths attorney, or grand jury, said state police. You will need to contact the sheriffs office for details concerning the incident.
Partys owner, Carwiles 14-year-old stepson Prescott Stewart, said thats not the dog he knew, and he cant imagine the dog lunging at anyone.
Its like a void that has been put inside of me I cant describe it; he was just that kind of dog that if he could be human, he could be my brother its just hard, Stewart said.
A necropsy shows Party was shot twice, and died of blood loss.
Anything after the first shot the dog was disabled, the second shot he was just shooting to be cruel, said Carwile.
The Carwiles said Party suffered on their deck for more than an hour before before he died in the care of the dog warden.
I know he suffered, he was trying to get in the house, he said. He wanted one of us to open that door and let him him so he could be saved.
I still have bullet holes in my house, blood on my porch and bullet casings laying in my yard that I have to look at everyday and it just keeps going through my mind without anybody doing anything about this, he added.
The Carwiles plan to file a civil suit. They want this case investigated and the deputy who killed their dog terminated.
I want to see him loose his job and never tow a firearm again, said Carwile.
I just hope he thinks about it and realizes he did wrong, said Stewart.
The family wants the deputy terminated. I reckon that would have a chilling effect on further shootings by JBTs
And they wonder why people call them pigs.
A golden retriever?
Is there such thing as a viscous Golden Retriever?
Well ... they are kinda thick.
Or did you happen to mean "vicious"?
Cops are happy to have their K-9 units attack people, but are cowardly in the face of a citizen's dog.
They aren’t afraid of dogs, or cats, or birds in cages (for the most part).
They shoot dogs (and cats), stomp cats, and kill birds *because they can get away with it*.
If you shot a K-9 “officer” because you “felt threatened”, you’d be locked up before you knew it.
If you lived.
This is the type of people they are hiring for police. Eventually, it won’t be just the dogs. The police are beating people up and killing at the slightest provocation.
I guess we are happy it wasn’t our dog so it doesn’t matter.
This is bull squeeze...
The police almost always USED to get the benefit of the doubt, but NO MORE!
Are you telling me an officer going to serve a civil paper warrant shouldn’t have a reasonable expectation that he may encounter a family pet? Should he also prepare himself with non-lethal repellant (pepper spay) just in case?
WTF? This officer is too STUPID to enforce the law but most especially to legally carry a firearm...
Charged my a$$... pets are becoming target practice...
Interesting combination of tag line and pre-judged hatred of cops.
No. The word "viscous" means thick or syrupy. Wouldn't apply to a dog. If you mean "vicious", probably so, as any dog can be made vicious by training or poor treatment or a combination of both.
Yep. a Golden Retriever. an EIGHT YEAR OLD Golden Retriever.
The most vicious kind.
Some cops shouldn’t be allowed to pack a weapon. Period.
Time to bring back civilian citizens groups to investigate ALL shootings and REPORT them to the public and embarrass these thugs & their superiors...
It’s also a good idea to remind them they live in our community along with their spouses & children...
“The police almost always USED to get the benefit of the doubt, but NO MORE!”
The police should never have gotten any benefit of the doubt *not typically afforded to any other individual, regardless of occupation*.
That is why we are where we are today.
The evidence is still intact, ie.. holes in the house??
UHhh,, how could he have been absolutely certain no one else was at risk when he fought for his life and blasted away?
He needs to do time. Sorry for the dog loss,, but this is just way too obvious of a kid with a badge and a gun sent to do an adult job.
He felt threatened by a Golden Retriever? Threatened how? Threatened with the prospect of being drowned in dog slobber?
In 2011, an elderly man with dementia gunned down for “aggressive walking”?
They already taze and kill the human equivalent of golden retrievers.
Do you remember the mass protests? The outrage? The torches and pitchforks outside the police stations?
Looks like we need a new “gestapo” option on Facebook/games?
“I feared for my life” is the Official Excuse which must be used for the officer to have the backing of the department.
In the rare cases it isn’t employed, the officer is fired.
When the law enforcement officer comes to your house, someone or something is going to die. As evidenced by the Georgia case of the child that was killed answering the door. There were no dog[s[ for the officer to kill, the parolee was not home, thus the officer was unable to kill him. This only left the child to kill. And she did.
“Is there such thing as a viscous Golden Retriever?”
The only thing mine would do it lick you to death. That would be after he rolled over for a tummy rub.
Brings tears to my eyes. Some police are not worthy....maybe many.
Perhaps the best response would be to find out who the responsible officer is, then publicly shame him. Policemen know that they can do an awful lot before their own department will turn on them, but the same cannot be said of the public.
This should in no way constitute any threat to the life of the officer or his family, just that he should be ostracized by the public knowing who he is, and refusing to voluntarily have anything to do with him.
If he confronts someone on the street for any reason, that person should request a police supervisor be present; in many situations police are *required* to summon a supervisor is the public requests it. And when the supervisor shows up and asks why, the person can say that they “have no confidence” in the officer.
Police supervisors tend to get annoyed when they are told this, and not at the citizen. If it happens two or three times, they figure that the officer is more of a hassle than he is worth.
Here’s the deal. We own a 70 lb. rot/lab mix with the thick lab body and rot markings. She’s nothing short of adorable. 11 yrs. on she’s yet to bite anyone (just squirrels, groundhogs, and the occasional rabbit when she can catch them). Every delivery person is terrified of her because she runs out with her hackles up barking like fury when a stranger arrives. Soon as they get out of the car you have the wagging start that nearly bends her in half.
We’ve worried before if an officer came to the house she’d get shot because of her size and “alarm mode” she enters when anyone strange comes over. Yet once she is close to them it’s clear she’s just a loud mouthed baby.
Still, if I were an officer and saw Dixie running at me like that I would believe she was after me although she’s totally harmless.
Did you even notice how the puppy killers are almost never named in these stories.
Welcome to the police state.
Dogs are some of the best judges of character i’ve ever met.
So if you are a Police officer who has been bitten by a Golden Retriever ,I’d keep that news under your Hexagonal hat if i where you.
Then call Caesar Millan.
If the cop wasn’t beating the homeowner or the dog it would be pretty darn hard to get a Golden to be in vicious mood. Darn near impossible to my thinking.
If I was training a dog for attack duties, I’d pick a Yorkie before a Golden.
That’s because they don’t fear the dogs they shoot.
They fear those who’ve had enough of their sadism.
Why do you think schoolchildren are taught not to stand up to schoolyard bullies?
Excellent preparation when one of the State-approved bullies shoots their dog, their grandparents, throws a grenade in their baby’s crib....
And how many cops have actually been injured or killed by a dog?
The only “vicious” golden I’ve ever heard of is “Angel”.
The golden retriever who *fought off a cougar* to protect his master.
dfn. “A dish best eaten COLD”.
Definitely. Yorkies have no concept of how small they are. 10 pounds of pure attitude.
Beat me by 29 seconds.....
Ask and you shall receive.....thanks!
I used to give LEOs the benefit of the doubt: they do a tough job, deal with difficult to dangerous people in all kinds of unpredictable environments. But there's been a change in the last few years: Cops don't act anymore like protectors of the citizenry, but as the enforcers of the state, and that's disturbing. And when coupled with the radical militarization of police forces around the country, the entire business is downright worrisome.
And chances are, the cop blew the dog away because he can.
These stories make me angry. They are also troubling in a "first dogs, then people" sort of way.
This disregard for life and property, as well as what could be a willful desire to cause emotional trauma, perhaps in order to "keep them down", seems to be on the rise against we, the "civilians", here in this obamanation at the same time our GuvCo is building an ever growing police state.
These stories are yet another signpost along the road we've been put on. All roads lead somewhere. Where's this one going?
Barney Fife shoots one of my dogs, he best leave the planet because I will find him and return the favor...slowly
The time is rapidly coming in which children will be targeted as dogs are now. That's the type of oppressive society we are becoming.
“Puppy Killer” signs appearing a oh-dark-thirty in his front yard ...
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