A Broward County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a family’s dog in Tamarac Thursday after the deputy said the dog tried to bite him three times.
The dog allegedly tried to bite another person who walked by the home on the 6900 block of NW 76th Drive. That person called 911 and deputies came to the home. After the officer said the dog tried to bite him three times, he shot and killed the animal.
“It’s never a good reaction, all in all, in my eyes,” said neighbor Robert Bulcroft.
Crime scene tape roped off the area as deputies began their investigation. A worker from critter control took the animal’s carcass from the family’s home later in the day. Neighbors said the dog was a mixed breed and weighed less than 45 pounds. They were shocked by the shooting of the dog.
“They’ve never been aggressive. They’ve barked, but that’s what a dog’s supposed to do when someone comes around. They’re supposed to bark,” said neighbor David Mansell. “That’s why you have them. You love them and want them for protection.”
The person who initially called police on the dog said the dog didn’t bite into their skin, only into their pants leg. The deputy wasn’t injured. At least one neighbor had mixed feelings on the shooting.
“I don’t believe a dog should ever be shot,” Bulcroft said. “But hey, if a dog’s charging me, you gotta take your course of action and make the right decision in the end.”
Deputies haven’t released any more information about the shooting.
On Tuesday, a Miami Police officer shot and killed a dog that allegedly bit a police horse.