When this family went to church, they didn’t expect to return home to find their dog shot and left in trauma, with a note attached to their front door.
Angie Laymon and her family returned home from church in Oklahoma to a devastating scene; their family dog, Bruno, was bleeding from a gunshot wound. They rushed Bruno to the vet, who was able to save his life, though one of the dog’s legs had to be amputated.
“While our family was away from home there was a disturbance at a neighbor’s house which resulted in a call to Rogers County Sheriff. The deputy who answered the call decided to come over to our house, but nobody was home,” Laymon posted to Facebook.
“The deputy encountered my German Shepard and disregarded the canine warning and continued to approach the house. Upon reaching the house, he felt threatened and shot my dog. Then he taped a note to the door to inform me that he shot my dog—and he left my dog bleeding out on the porch.
“The deputy had multiple options at his disposal—to get back in his car, use mace, get medical care for the injured animal that was suffering. Senseless … unnecessary … avoidable. The dog was 100 yards or better in the interior of my property doing his job,” posted an unhappy Laymon.
According to Fox23 News, attempts that were made by the Sheriff’s Department to contact the family were unsuccessful. However, there was no explanation as to why the injured dog was left on the porch traumatized and in pain.
“I do want Rogers County to take a good hard look at the protocol and realize that pets are family members and that this should have been avoided,” Laymon wrote on Facebook. “We truly hope that this brings about change. We would like to see each and every officer of the law receive training on how to deal with pets and animals—especially when they are on private property.
“We want to open their eyes to know that these are not just pets—they are members of the family. We want there to be protocol on support and treatment when an officer wounds an animal—something more than leaving it on the porch to bleed out with a simple note stating the obvious.”
Laymon told KJRH there is some consolation in that, “[h]e gets to come home. At the end of the day, leg or no leg, he will get to come home and that’s the silver lining”.