An off-duty Florida police officer has sparked outrage for shooting dead his neighbor’s dog, after the animal ran into his backyard and, he says, wouldn’t “back down”.
Sgt. C. Bradley Shivers of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office called the police after killing his neighbor’s dog Goose and told the responding officers that the basset hound mix was “barking with aggression” at his family, including his daughters aged 3 and 7, according to the Sheriff’s report.
However, Chelsea Pavish, Goose’s owner, says that the officer’ account of her dog was out of character. She has since launched a petition against Shivers to “help bring justice”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Sgt. C. Bradley Shivers of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shot his neighbor’s dog Goose (pictured) in the head and killed him after the dog ran into his backyard and, the officer claims, wouldn’t “back down”.
Shivers told the police that the dog ran into his backyard through a three-foot hole in his fence and started barking at his family, including his young children, as they lounged on their pool deck, according to the police report.
The officer added that he had dealt with Goose before on “multiple occasions” and had previously been able to chase him off with a rake. However, this time the canine refused to “back down”, according to the report.
The sergeant then told his wife and children to get into the pool while he went inside to get his personal agency-approved gun, a Glock .27, WTSP reports.
When the officer came back outside, he said he kept swinging the rake at the dog, but he suddenly slipped and fell.
2. Shivers, pictured here being named “Police Officer of the Month” in 2009, said he had been on the pool deck with his wife and two young children when Goose began “barking with aggression” at them, the report states.
Goose then “lunged toward him”, Shivers said, while he was lying on the ground and he fired a shot at the dog’s head, the police report states.
Pavish, the dog owner, then came to the officer’s backyard and took her dog to an animal hospital nearby, where he was pronounced dead.
Pavish wrote on Facebook that she had never spoken to the officer prior to the shooting.
The dog owner wrote that Shivers knew she had two dogs but nevertheless took down “a huge part of his fence that went directly into my backyard”.
3. Chelsea Pavish (pictured, left), Goose’s owner, questioned Shivers’ claim that her dog tried to attack him and has demanded an internal investigation.
Pavish added that every day she had been setting up a makeshift fence to keep her dogs out of the officer’s yard.
The dog owner questioned Shivers’ claim that Goose, whom she called lazy and goofy, attacked him and wondered why he and his family didn’t go inside his home and close the door. She told News4Jax:
I don’t believe he ever tried to be aggressive. If Goose was scared, he would have run away.
I think the fact that he time to go inside and grab a gun, and the fact that he left his family in the pool while he went to get the gun just doesn’t add up.
4. A dog owner wants answers after a Florida police officer shoots dead her dog.
The Sheriff’s report states that the investigation has been closed and no charges have been filed.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda stated that, though Shivers was off-duty, on his property and using his personal gun, the department will still consider Pavish’s complaint.
The dog owner said that she plans to file charges and demands that the police department conduct an internal investigation into Shivers.
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