DeKalb cop goes to wrong house, shoots family pet

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ATLANTA — DeKalb County police say an officer responded to the wrong address, where he shot the family pet to death.

WSB-TV reports that a DeKalb County officer went to a home on Silva Court around 9 p.m. Tuesday in response to a domestic dispute call with a possibly armed person.

The officer who showed up at the wrong address said the family’s German shepherd lunged at him, so he killed the dog. The recently rescued animal was chained in the garage when the shooting happened.

Homeowner Anthony Currie said the officer also pointed his gun at him and told him to put his hands up.

DeKalb police Lt. Dane Cunningham said police later determined the address the officer was looking for was actually across the street.

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JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/19/12 - 09:45 am
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I do not know it the

I do not know it the homeowner had the house number on the house but that is a good reason to along with the reason that if a you need EMT help they might not be able to find the right house quick enough. Having the numbers on the mail box is just not enough since mailboxes are not always in front of the house and they are sometimes clustered together.

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happychimer 01/19/12 - 10:13 am
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the dog was chained! That

the dog was chained! That officer did not have to kill it. I bet he is so proud that he shot the life out of that pet.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/19/12 - 10:15 am
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These police officers who

These police officers who shoot the wrong dog get into more trouble than those who shoot the wrong person.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/19/12 - 10:17 am
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I agree happychimer, just how

I agree happychimer, just how far can a chained dog lunge?

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Riverman1 01/19/12 - 10:20 am
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LL said, "These police

LL said, "These police officers who shoot the wrong dog get into more trouble than those who shoot the wrong person."

Hahaha

CABoatright
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CABoatright 01/19/12 - 10:51 am
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Wrong house or not...a
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Wrong house or not...a chained animal should NEVER have been shot!!! Mr Currie should sue the hell out of the DeKalb County police dept & this "officer" should be stripped of his badge, his gun, & his taser. What a coward!!!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/19/12 - 11:15 am
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Giving the officer the

Giving the officer the benefit of the doubt, based just on the story, he may have reacted before being aware the dog couldn't reach him.

Don't get me wrong, there isn't a one of you who loves their dog any more than I do mine; I'm just trying to draw a complete picture of this in my mind. I just don't see an officer deliberately killing a chained dog that poses no threat to them.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/19/12 - 11:39 am
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sad and unfortunate, but

sad and unfortunate, but thankful it was not a person.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 01/19/12 - 11:48 am
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Let's see, it is 9:00pm, in a
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Let's see, it is 9:00pm, in a garage, dog lunges at him. Shoot or don't shoot? Who has time to look for a chain? I would have done the same thing and I like dogs.

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FoxRox 01/19/12 - 11:52 am
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Once again, a weapon is fired

Once again, a weapon is fired upon reaction rather than action. What if this had been a child who jumped out of the garage and said, "Boo!". Would that child have been killed as well because an armed deputy reacted by instinct? A German Shepherd is SUPPOSED to lunge at someone on his property!! At least the owner had him restrained, thereby assuming he wouldn't harm anyone. Taking a life, even if only an animal, is still reprehensible.

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itsanotherday1 01/19/12 - 11:56 am
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"What if this had been a

"What if this had been a child who jumped out of the garage and said, "Boo!"

Come now, surely you are not equating a snarling, 100 lb. dog to giving the same impression as a kid saying boo?

FoxRox
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FoxRox 01/19/12 - 12:17 pm
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itsanotherday1, the point is

itsanotherday1, the point is that anyone with a weapon reacting at all rather than acting, is not good.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/19/12 - 12:35 pm
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Can't disagree there Fox.

Can't disagree there Fox.

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allhans 01/19/12 - 03:22 pm
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What about the uncaring

What about the uncaring people who CHAINED the dog. How cruel can you get.
Death might have been a blessing to the poor animal.

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Willow Bailey 01/19/12 - 07:20 pm
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Here's another side, this

Here's another side, this animal lunged at the police officer; do they not believe the dog could of/would of lunged at them, their children, or guest? They didn't raise him, so they don't know. Perhaps the reason he needed rescuing.

My parents rescued one years ago; he thanked them by nearly killing my sister who was 2 years old at time. Could be a blessing in disguise. I hope they don't make trouble for the officer. It was an honest mistake made while trying to protect.

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proud2bamerican 01/20/12 - 08:53 am
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You can make all kinds of

You can make all kinds of conclusions about what should have could have might have happened, but in my opinion this officer was not on top of things...He went to the wrong house to begin with - that is a very basic "step 1" that should have been confirmed prior to approaching. Something just doesn't seem right about the situation.

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