I confess I delayed in posting this story because I was convinced that it an April Fool’s joke but various media outlets are reporting that a police officer in Marble Hill, Missouri was forced to resign after she shot to death a threatening . . . Chihauhua. The dog was shot by deputy, Kelly Barks.
Bollinger County Sheriff Leo McElrath insists that “[w]hen I found out the dog that was shot was a Chihuahua, I really was upset.”
Barks shot the dog after she began to search a residence after an arrest. She says that she was confronted by three growling dogs and thought (apparently mistakenly) that the Chihauhau had bitten her. She shot the small dog once and went outside. She then concluded that she had not been shot and went back inside and shot it again — because it was acting aggressively. When the dog went into its kennel, she followed it and shot it a third and fatal time.
One of the reasons I was skeptical was that I could not see how the officer failed to kill a Chihauhau on the first two shots.