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.
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