Georgia lawman resigns after shooting dog

Georgia lawman resigns after shooting dog

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:44am

Pitts said he felt in fear of his life and fired his gun twice

On July 24, a DeKalb County police officer was dispatched to a home on Mary Lou Lane in response to a burglary alarm.

Officer David Pitts encountered the dog, Doctor, and shot him in the throat. The police report said Pitts walked up to the front door to check for any signs of entry and it was locked.

Pitts then proceeded to walk to the other side of the home to check and suddenly he was approached by a large aggressive dog.

Pitts said Doctor ran towards his direction in an aggressive manner, showing teeth and growling at him.

Pitts said he felt in fear of his life and fired his gun twice at Doctor to stop the threat.  Doctor was not on a leash and he was let out by the owner, Timothy Theall, who was walking him around the house.

According to the family, the officer wouldn't allow them to drive Doctor to the vet.  "He even followed us in the police car and blocked us from leaving our neighborhood. He said we couldn't leave due to procedure," said Doctor's owners on GoFundMe.

The narrative on the fundraising page also said that animal control was called to "pick up a dead dog." Doctor survived his injuries, but has extensive medical bills. More than $12,000 has already been raised to pay for Doctor's care.

The officer involved in this shooting has resigned; however, the investigation into this incident continues.

The investigation will examine the actions of Ofc. Pitts leading up to the incident as well as the conduct of all responding personnel following the shooting, according to police.

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