A family in Raleigh, Tennessee mourns the loss of their beloved tethered family dog who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy while serving a civil summons to a person who didn’t live in the home. According to the Local Memphis, Anita Gray’s nine-year-old Akita named Carebear had been on a leash as usual – 24/7.
“My dog didn’t have a chance to bark or growl like she normally does. It was just two shots,” stated Anita.
And so it was confirmed by Anita’s grandson, Anfernee Talley who stated:
“The dog is on the leash 24/7. Dog still on the leash while she laying here dead.”
But according to the spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the tethered family dog attacked him as he approached the porch and came at the officer barking. When the officer tried to put his hand out to allow the dog to smell him, Carebear went for the deputy’s foot and ankle and bit him twice. The officer is expected to fully recover, but there still remains a big difference in the circumstances leading to Carebear’s shooting death.
Anita has had Carebear since she was two years old, and the dog’s death reflects a significant loss to the family. The Commercial Appeal has Anita denying the reports alleging her dog bit the officer.
“He’s saying that he got bit, which is not true,” Gray said. “The paramedics came and said it was just a scratch. He’s saying a bite.”
The summons the deputy served was for Anita’s daughter, sent by a car dealership; her daughter no longer lives with her. What is to be said of a tethered dog being shot dead? What is to be said about a dog that might only be protecting her family? Is that the way Carebear’s life should have ended? And equally as tragic, Anita said the deputy never even apologized for killing her dog.
Rest in peace Carebear.
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