A police officer in Texas is under review for firing a bullet into the back of a 3-year-old trained therapy dog.
“This dog wasn't after him. This dog was just running up going, 'Hey what are you doing?' and they have a right to do that. This is my yard; this man should not have even been there. He could have killed my husband's best friend,” homeowner Renata Simmons told KVUE.
Leander police officer Woodson Blase claims that he was walking down the sidewalk Monday when the Simmons' two German shepherds charged at him, MyFoxAustin reports. The officer fired three bullets, wounding a male German Shepherd, Vinny.
To make matters worse, Blase was serving a traffic warrant at the wrong address when he encountered the dog.
The Simmons also tell KVUE they have never heard of the man police were looking for. The warrant was for a man named Bradly Neal Simpson, who is wanted for an expired vehicle registration.
The address on the warrant is in Cedar Park, not Liberty Hill, where the Simmons have lived for nine years. However, Leander police say their database shows Simpson’s last known address as the same one where the Simmons live.
Simmons, a dog trainer for more than 30 years, says she and her family hope that Blase is fired for the attack. The officer remains on active duty, according to the Associated Press.
The case is under administrative review.
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