Woman says Clarksville police officer shot, killed dog in her yard
Nov 19, 2012 10:36 PM
Judy Allen said a Clarksville police officer allegedly shot and killed her dog in her own yard on Saturday afternoon.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Judy Allen is calling for justice after a Clarksville police officer allegedly shot and killed her dog in her own yard on Saturday afternoon.
Allen claimed her five-year-old pit bull Bonnie was on a leash and tied up in her front yard as Clarksville police officers searched for a 13-year-old runaway.
While police searched Allen's yard, the officer encountered the dog.
"He [the officer] seen a pit and I guess he freaked out," Allen told Nashville's News 2, "Afterward I think he realized that she was on a chain, and that's only how far she could come and that is where she got shot."
Allen is not sure why the officer decided to shoot but said neighbors tried to stop him.
"He was over her with a gun and he told him not to shoot and that's when he shot her," Allen said.
According to Allen, her dog was not vicious or aggressive.
The scary scene played out in front of Allen's six-year-old son and several other children who were playing in her yard at the time.
Allen said she's just thankful none of the children were hurt.
"It's a very scary thought a bullet could have easily ricocheted and hit someone."
Clarksville police would not comment on their protocol for entering onto a homeowner's property but generally police do not need a warrant or even permission to enter a homeowner's yard.
"Yes, ok you [Clarksville police] have the right to run through here but I wish that they would have came and got me and I would have brought her [the dog] inside so they could run around and look for this child," said Allen.
Allen just wants answers as her family mourns the loss of their beloved pet, "Nothing replaces [the dog], that's like replacing one of my children, you can't."
Clarksville police are conducting an internal investigation.