A Florida family is devastated over the death of their 12-year-old dog, who died after being repeatedly shot by a Tallahassee police officer who entered their property on Saturday morning. As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, an officer entered the yard on Idlewild Drive through a neighboring resident’s property – it was there that he encountered the senior Rottweiler, named Cali, who used to be a show dog.
Orion Rabon told the news publication that the officer was responding to a dispute about trash between his family, and a neighbor – but he alleges that the family was unaware that the officer was on the property, until the shots were fired. Rabon stated:
“None of my dogs barked and I looked outside and saw a police officer basically shooting my dog in the head — three times to the head and two to the body — and when I went down there…he’s pointing the gun at me and I’m holding the dog in my arms and her blood is just…all over me.”
A family member recounted what happened on Facebook, writing:
A half an hour ago TPD came on private property and shot an AKC registered, show Rottweiler five times for no reason. They didn’t even let us know they were on the property and they still discharged a weapon five times on an innocent animal. She was not being aggressive and he still discharged his weapon. Cali is now dead from gunshot wounds repeatedly to the head! There’s is blood everywhere.
Cali was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic where she had to be euthanized – Rabon claims that during the ride, the grievously wounded dog bled all over the patrol car and she defecated. Rabon alleges that when he asked to be taken home in a different patrol car, the wasn’t covered in blood and feces, he was refused, so he walked home with bare feet.
By the time he was back on the property, all of the officers were gone – as were the shell casings. The family alleges that the police have not even filed a report about what happened. Family member Devan-Erin Isbell commented on the demeanor of the senior dog who was killed:
“I think the officer wrongly shot her. I don’t think it was fair. Cali wasn’t aggressive. She was very old…She was nearly blind. I would be surprised if she even saw him at first, to be honest. She wobbles up and down the stairs and (the officer) says she charged? Cali’s not capable of charging. She can barely run.”
The family has set up a fundraiser for attorney fees, and a burial for Cali – find it here.
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