In Nokomis, Florida, a family’s three-year-old dog was shot and killed in front of them, and local authorities have since closed the case. According to SSNNews, there will be no charges for the man who shot the dog while Rod and Cindy Jacobson stood and watched in utter shock.
The Jacobsons adopted their Staffordshire terrier mix from Manatee County Animal Services. At the time, the dog was very pregnant, and her spot at the shelter was running out. The family soon all became very bonded; she had been an excellent mother to her small litter, and Rod and Cindy took Candy everywhere they went. No one ever complained about Candy’s disposition.
On November 18, Candy had been walking freely around Jacobson’s truck as he decorated his boat for the Venice Boat Parade. For years he kept his boat at an enclosed lot with permission from the owner. And that’s when the property owner’s grandson, Zachary Deaterly approached the Jacobsons and Candy. The dog didn’t recognize Zachar, and according to Jacobsen, the dog barked and then Zachary kicked Candy. As the dog ran back to the truck, Jacobsen heard the gun go off the first time.
“At that point, I saw Candy turn and run away from us towards the boat, and he shot two or three more times because I saw them hitting in the ground,” Rod stated. “Out of touch with reality, I said to him, ‘Did you just shoot my dog?’ He said, ‘You’re damn right I did and I’ll do it again.”
When interviewed by authorities, Deaterly insisted Candy had been acting aggressively towards him, and he was afraid for his safety. He also claimed he told Ron to get his dog off of him, and berated Ron for having a pit bull. So did he shoot the dog just because she was a pit bull mix? And could something similar happen to any dog?
The problem remains that under the law of necessity a person can shoot another person or a dog if they believe an attack is imminent. Where it might be easier for another human to dispute the need for someone shooting them, what defense does a dog have? Obviously the law needs clarification. Even though Candy may have been retreating and posed no danger to Deaterly, she paid for protecting her truck and her people with her life.
Rest in peace Candy.
(Photo no charges for Candy’s death screenshot via SNN News)
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