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Owner of Shot Dog Speaks Out
updated: Nov 02, 2013, 4:37 PM
By J. Morgan
My border collie Payton was shot and seriously injured Wednesday afternoon by a Sheriff's deputy inside
my home. I have a person living in my home that is on probation and is a non violent offender. We have
visits from the County probation department monthly and they do not require us to restrain the dogs
unless they intend to enter our home and conduct a search. I understand that any law enforcement
official has the legal right to enter my home and search the areas of my home that are regularly used by
this person. I am not disputing that. I am however horrified by what occurred and I feel that it was
These officers were from the Sheriff's Department and claim that what led them to our home was an
ongoing investigation, this is not true. The officer that initiated this incident happened to see the
probationer walking home from a required class and after taking his lunch break decided to return to
the station to check the probation order, finding it still in effect, he decided to gather his troops to pay
a visit. This was not a routine probation check. In fact it was anything but. It was a raid conducted with
the intention of picking someone up and taking them to jail. The officers arrived wearing their tactical
vests, backed up with their guns and an attitude of intimidation. Nothing was found, no one went to jail.
In fact, these particular officers have nothing to do with enforcing the probation of the person living in
These particular officers have never come to my home to conduct a probation check before. All of the
law enforcement vehicles were left parked on the street, again with the intention to intimidate. Believe
me, I was frightened and so were my dogs. Keep in mind that during routine probation visits to my
home the probation officers park in front of our house. When these officers arrived at my home, several
surrounded the house and the backyard. I opened the door and my dogs were barking. I tried to close
the door and asked if I could have time to get the dogs into the bedroom. The officer pushed his foot in
the door and would not allow me to close it.
The officers were very aggressive and refused to yield. I asked repeatedly if they could just give me a
minute. I was home alone and I told them that. When a regular probation officer has been told I was
alone they did not barge in my home they simply listened to me and went on their way. I got a hold of
Payton and as I was leading him down the hallway toward the back bedroom the officers kicked the door
open and entered my home. They kicked the door open so violently that they knocked over a piece of
furniture that we keep by the door.
Payton broke away from me and turned, returning to the living room area of my home. I yelled "wait a
second" several times and was right behind my dog still trying to grab him. He was barking, and at that
time there were two deputies inside my living room area. One deputy stepped back as Payton passed
him by and as I tried again to grab him, the deputy in the door way with his gun drawn shot him
through the open doorway. Payton then ran into the front bedroom of my home, bleeding profusely and
sat on the bed where my other terrified dog was hiding. I was unable to process what had just happened
and I said "you shot him with a gun?" To which he replied "yes I shot him, he was going to bite me." In
shock, I managed to put my other dog in the bathroom and led Payton out of the house to transport him
to the hospital as quickly as possible.
As I passed the officer that shot him, he said "you're welcome" still, I do not understand why he would
say something like this. I am compelled to speak up as these men are supposed to be protecting the
citizens of this County; instead in this case they were belligerent and rude, busting their way into my
home with a show of force that was completely unnecessary. This is far beyond what I have experienced
as a part of a routine probation check conducted by probation department officers. I did my best to
comply with the deputies demands and I tried to stay calm but, I was also very afraid.
According to the televised response from the Sheriff's spokesperson Payton chased one deputy down
the hallway and another into the kitchen and still had time to corner a third and that is when this
particular officer felt threatened enough to shoot my dog. This did not occur; it is a complete and total
lie. As I was alone in the house, I am the only witness. However there are other people that spoke to
some of the other deputies that remained outside, this officer's partner admitted that the officer that
shot my dog had panicked and fired.
Additionally, another deputy who took my statement while I was in the waiting room of Care Emergency
Veterinary Hospital said that he could hear me say "wait a minute" several times. He stated that he was
outside my house and could still hear me. I was standing quite close to my dog, barely five feet from
him when this deputy fired his gun and I find it extremely frightening that I could have easily been shot
if my dog had in fact lunged at this deputy. I was covered with Payton's blood. None of the deputies had
any blood on them, no evidence that my dog tried to bite them. I wonder next time will it be a person
that is injured or killed, when the deputy that shot my dog panics again with his gun drawn.
I would very much like to thank the people at Care Emergency Veterinary Hospital that saved Payton's
life. Also The Diana Basehart Foundation for their emotional support and well as their financial help with
Payton's surgery costs.
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