Dog repeatedly shot during 911 medical emergency call

A man’s Labrador retriever was repeatedly shot during a 911 medical emergency call in Gulfport on Friday. The dog’s owner, Spencer Armstrong, claims there was no reason for the police to shoot his dog.

According to FoxNews25, Armstrong had gone over to his mother’s home to take her to the doctor for a medical appointment. When he arrived, his mother’s condition was grave.

“I found her on the first floor bleeding, semi-conscious and twitching. So I dialed 911 and I requested an ambulance. Within five or ten minutes later, I heard the front door just open,” explained Spencer.

And there were the Gulfport police rushing into his mother’s house and completely ignored the “Beware of Dog” sign posted in the front window next to the front door. Before Spencer was able to get to the door to secure his pet, the police had already let the dog outside. Spencer ran after the dog as the police yelled at him, and according to Spencer, the police started shooting.

The Labrador retriever, Chief had been shot several times in the head. He was rushed to an emergency veterinarian where he underwent surgery for his injuries and still may lose an eye. The police are taking no responsibility for Chief’s medical bills contending they were doing their job.

It is not known why police responded to the 911 as a “suspicious medical call” – or calling the dog out as having been aggressive.

Do police have the right to ignore a “Beware of Dog” sign? Couldn’t more dogs be saved if police carried mace or similar products to dissuade dogs? What do you think?

(Photo of dog repeatedly shot via StLToday video freeze shot)

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14 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Never heard of any police just entering a home without at least ringing the door bell so this man could have at least put his dog in another room. What gun crazed police do we have to just kill a pet without any warning. This man should sue the police department to pay for his dogs medical bills.

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  2. JEANETTE FOSSUM says:

    why aren’t these cops trained to handle dogs at the police academy? no reason to shoot the dog as the owner is running behind it.

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  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    Apparently the Gulfport cops are trigger happy out of control idiots which seems to be par for the course with many cops who are way too eager to shoot for no reason – they literally blew into this home like it was a drug raid, ignored the ‘Beware of Dog’ sign, let the dog run out, then shot it – for what??? Was the dog attacking them? Not according to the owner – the dog was shot as it ran out with the owner chasing after it – Gulfport cops then hid behind the ‘blue wall’ in order to pass the buck when in fact they were totally responsible for all of chaos – I hope Mr. Armstrong sues them for all the medical bills – I hope his dog recovers completely. This whole thing is absurd and unnecessary.

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  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    They let the dog out of the door and it’s owner was running after it, why did they need to shoot the dog? I’m sure Mr Armstrong, having found his mother in that shape, wouldn’t have probably thought to get the dog put away, and why did they just barge in the house? They need to pay the medical bills, this poor dog didn’t need to be shot!

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  5. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    This is BULLSHIT!!!!! Those stupid Officers need to be charged with this!!!! They had NO RIGHT to shoot that poor dog!!!

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  6. Christine Brown says:

    These officers needs to be charged. They are to gun happy over there. Shoot first ask questions later and made to pay the medical bill

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  7. pennysdachshunds says:

    Instead of attempting a dog for being frightened and whose owner was right on the site::: THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTING DOG FIGHTING GANGS! PSYCHOPATHS TORCHERING ANIMALS. AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE ABUSING ANIMALS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE… BUT HOW CAN THEY DO THAT!!! AS THEY ARE JUST AS GUILTY OF SHOOTING WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED…

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  8. BA says:

    AGAIN!!!!! These gun happy morons rush into a home for a medical emergency??? when the F does that happen????? then they ignore the sign and let the dog out ok are you kidding me “doing there job”????? they shot an INNOCENT DOG and they take no responsibility – they need to lose there jobs plus animal abuse & murder OMG..are they going to use the standard lie “dog was aggressive” “it was dogs fault”???? its sickening …they are 100000000000000000000% wrong….shame on them…a poor innocent dog was shot for no reason and they will stick together as usual amd lie, lie, lie

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  9. PAMELA D says:

    Tired of the BS when cops believe they must shoot. To prevent this from psycho subhumans dogs should not be able to run out or at least put away from jerks.

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  10. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I’m guessing the dog was running away from the police when they shot him? Depends where the bullets entered and when the owner was running after him, the owner wasn’t in danger. Police should take responsibility for this screwup, it was their fault, they let the dog out. They should have announced themselves but why was it a “suspicious” medical call?

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  11. Darla G says:

    WTF? “Beware of dog” doesn’t mean “shoot the dog” – I don’t care if it was considered a “suspicious medical call” or whatever they want to term it. I remember the first (and only) time I called 9-1-1 for my then husband who couldn’t breathe due to COPD (he ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and almost died). I didn’t even know that cops arrived before the ambulance but they do – just in case it’s a bogus call. The cops came into the house and asked me to secure my two Labs in another room. I didn’t even think moving the dogs because they’re soooo people friendly. At least the cop was nice about it in my case.

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