Family devastated after officer enters property and shoots their 12-year-old dog

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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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29 replies
  1. Marni says:

    How wrong that is. This cop was wrong and now they are covering it all up. Disgusting and lack of integrity or honor in these cops

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  2. Adrienne says:

    Horrible that these happened to this family, and their loving Cali is now gone due to such careless and uncontrolled police officer. Remove this thing from the police force and be a school crossing guard or sit at a desk doing paper work. Being out among average people, many of whom are dog owners, you don’t shoot first and ask questions later.Hope they sue this guy as well as the town for having such untrained people walking around with guns.

    • Wild_N_Woofy says:

      Anywhere but a school crossing ! I damn sure don’t want an unstable sob like that around young kids . I say sue the ever living crap out of the city , the police department and that low life cop for everything they have .

      R I P dear Cali you did not deserve to die like that .

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  4. Pamela Garlisch says:

    There’s way to many of these incidents involving police. Hopefully the family sues the police and they don’t just forget about it. Everybody should be thinking about security cameras on their property to guard against this sort of thing because you can’t trust the police to do anything about it. Some departments are very good at sweeping things under the rug. RIP Cali, your life ended way too soon.

  5. Pamela Bolton says:

    I hope they sue the officer AND the department for this murder. Sick of hearing “ the dog was aggressive” BS. The dog was half blind!!! If it were me, I wouldn’t go quietly into the night. They would file charges on Mr Cop or I would haunt them till something was done.

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is sickening, I hope the owners are able to sue the pants off this POS officer. I highly doubt a 12 year old Rottweiler IS capable of “charging” anything. My condolences to Mr Rabon and his family, I hope they are able to get some justice for Cali!

    • Bunny Peters says:

      Agreed. You said what I was thinking……

      RIP precious furbaby. You were murdered by a total POS who simply wanted to kill an innocent furbaby……

      It’s absolutely heartbreaking how awful and callous some individuals can be to defenseless animals……

      I just know that anyone who is deliberately cruel to others (people and animals) will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty…… Here’s hoping they get there ASAP after suffering in pain, alone, terrified and worst of all, unloved as they die (as they did to others)…….

  7. Animal Advocate says:

    Sickening. I hope the poor dog was in the owners yard not the neighbors- it gives them a chance of winning their lawsuit. Justice will never be served taking an innocent animals life. Way to many trigger happy cops that are killing dogs . Pet parents need to keep their dogs inside or outside with supervision until the laws are changed. Seems like law enforcement officers can say the dog was aggressive just to cya themselves. ( covet their asses). Police need sensitivity training with animals like they supposedly have for people. I hope they sue the city as well. If their dog was in their yard ( the owners ) they have a better case. Was trying to
    determine by this article if Cali was in his own yard. Also cops need to be hired that are pet friendly and not frightened by a friendly fog approaching!

  8. Kathy says:

    If the dogs didn’t bark then they weren’t aware anyone was on the property until shots were fired. He saw a rottweiler and ASSumed it was a dangerous dog and opened fire. He needs to be relieved of duty until a full investigation is done! Sue his ass if the department finds he was within his right to shoot because he “feared for his life.” If a dog doesn’t charge, bear it’s teeth or growl at you, you have no reason to “fear for your life.” Rest in peace Cali, you didn’t deserve to die!

  9. J. Martin says:

    Cops are doing this WAY too much and are CONSTANTLY GETTING AWAY WITH IT!!!!. Shooting unarmed unarmed people .. cats/dogs. Maybe you clowns should learn to deal with a person’s pet or animals in general; Before blasting away. Trigger happy cops (fuckers are really starting to piss me off). And they wonder why people would want to shoot them. Don’t get me wrong … lots of decent cops out there who help animals. But .. you also have assholes like this. Who shoot first .. and deny or LIE later.

  10. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    This is BULLSHIT!!! That Police Officer had ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to go onto their property and shoot that dog!!!! There was NO REASON for this. He needs to be investigated and charged for this!!!! This is HORRIBLE!!!

  11. VICKI HOOD says:

    Big cover-up by Tallahassee police who shot an innocent blind deaf and old dog in the dog’s own yard. How dumb does the Tallahassee police think the public is? Police entered the yard unannounced. Why didn’t they go to the front door first? Big cop that has to shoot his gun over and over on an innocent, half crippled dog. There had better be a video–UNALTERED. There had better be an investigation and a dismissal if found the officer screwed up. BY PUBLIC DEMAND.

  12. Sue says:

    People should know what goes on behind the scenes in K9 units. I was shocked when I became employed at a police department. Then I did some research and found out that virtually all of them do it, and virtually all of them deny it. Once found out, they will switch from denials to justifications (the title of one of the chapters of the following site)

  13. Justin kimbrough says:

    I had a really bad incident of my own when I was at work about 5 or 6 years ago the Humane Society was called to my house to confiscate my dogs just because they were in my yard not outside of my yard but in my yard running freely my neighbor got scared as she came home from grocery shopping she then called The Humane Society they came out and kneeled down in my mother’s driveway where I had my dogs and was living at the time,my dogs then charged for this lady officer n her 1st instincts were to run to her vehicle which is I’m sure the first thing they’re taught NOT to do,before they ever even start the job that’s the number one thing you do not do other than look them in the eye and of course they both attacked her putting her into the hospital.Apart of me truly died with my precious loved animals calls then I had to put them to sleep signing the paperwork to do so I was devastated for years after that they were like my kids it really really hurts deep down and after your family and you have a dog like that for so long especially it being so innocent because I knew Kali I’ve been over there a hundred times in the past while Orion has resided and had been living there with no problems whatsoever the dog from time to time would just get scared just maybe because she was asleep or just didn’t hear you or see you so their Basic Instinct would be to stand up in bark once or twice but the second she saw you or realized what was going on shed then would sit back down she was such a poor innocent by standard kali was a akc registered beautiful beautiful Rottweiler the male also was a really nice dog also,the first time I ever met them yeah they got up n barked at first but the second you walked up to them they’re little nubs for tails would start wagging back and forth but what everybody doesn’t get is these dogs are on their own f****** property n protecting what’s there’s the same thing that my dogs were doing this is absolutely utterly ridiculous I’m a convicted felon and still if that had been my dog I don’t care that officer would b n the dogs same situation cause I would’ve walked out of my house n shot this motherfucker I wasn’t at my house whenever my dogs attacked this person my dogs were not aggressive towards humans it was just pouring that day raining and lightning and lightning had struck right beside their kennel and that was the whole reason why they were out they were scared for their life but this has no matter in the situation you looked at as a vicious pitbull or in this case Rottweiler owner and that’s it this is absolutely devastating to Orion I’m sure I know him well he is a very loving caring father of two little innocent girls and if the dogs were so aggressive or mean he would never have a family like that around them please my prayers go out to this family and Orion especially I’m so so sorry brother it will probably take you years to get over this and my prayers are with you brother and what’s really really also another thing thats so wrong is the other dog is now going to have to be on the same dam porch n will now forever have to greive over losing his significant other n miss this dog each n every day and probably is terified now, that’s the saddest part now,this is so stupid for an officer coming on your property and being scared like a little b**** that’s just wrong,so who knows now,if this cop gets that scared that easily when hes frightened,then who’s to say he wouldnt now shoot an innocent kid who scared him I mean who knows now what this cop is capable of now he needs to be fired on the spot there’s no justification for what he did especially picking up the shell casing off the ground this is murder if u or I was to shoot at or even kill a k9 that’s what we’d b charged for so this is absolutely wrong in he should b charged the same!!!!Kali u so sweet baby girl RIP SWEETHEART!!!!! SOOOO DAM ????

  14. susispot says:

    I hope they sue the asses of that police dept. A 12 yr old Rottie has to be slow. That is the top end of a large breed’s life span. With the evidence removed is telling. They know they are in for a hail storm of public anger.

  15. Nancy Raymond says:

    How interesting that the cops managed to collect shell casings – and once again, an innocent animal is murdered because some idiot in a blue uniform killed Cali and their main concern was the cover up. Cali was obviously an innocent victim of a cop all to eager to use his gun – this happens over and over and there is never any punishment given to these assholes who must have been recruited from under a rock. I hope this family sues the pants off of the Tallahassee police department. There was NO reason for Cali to die.

  16. Diana Rowell says:

    While I have not experienced Police Officers using excessive force and getting away with it, I encourage everyone and their families, who have lost a loved one, including a companion animal to stand up. If EVERYONE, their family members and friends, would ALL take a stand at one time and DEMAND an end to these bullies with a badge and gun getting away with MURDER, we would see change. It cannot be isolated to a particular city/state, it MUST be everyone across the U.S. showing up in solidarity at their capitals on a given day/week. Then, when the next election comes around, gather again and vow to vote these sadistic, immoral bastards OUT of office. Those in charge are the ones who have the power to change how these hateful officers are treated when they shoot first, then ask questions, while conveniently turning off their body cameras at “suspicious” intervals. THEY WORK FOR YOU, YOU PAY THEIR SALARY AND BENEFITS WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO SERVE AND PROTECT. Do you allow your children to abuse your financial support while living in your house? Stand and many will stand with you, including me, to change the rules they take advantage of on weekly, if not, daily basis.

  17. Debbie says:

    It would be so hard not to blow his head off for committing such an act!!!! Wrong! Criminal!!!! He should be behind bars this minute. He had no right first off to trespass. The dog was where it belonged, his home. What a total piece of garbage this supposed human is!!!!!!! Doesn’t need to be among people. Save him for your Zombie Apocalypse!!!!!

  18. Debbie says:

    He deserves the same. The very same shots to the head!!!! Find him stone cold dead!!!!! He asked for it!!!!! The cover up and lack of accountability are in the same ballpark! They ate no better!!!!!!! THEY REALLY NEED TO ACTUALLY FEAR FOR THEIR SORRY DOG KILLING LIVES!!!! THATS MY OPINION!!!!!! NOTHING LESS WOULD DO!!!!!


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