WAGONER, Okla. — A Wagoner woman is speaking up after her RING Doorbell captured video of a police officer shooting one of her dogs to death.
Lainee Carter said she’s had Diamond for three years, and she’s trusted the pitbull-lab mix around children.
“She’s never acted aggressive in the three years I had her,” Carner said.
Carner was at work, which is about 45 minutes from home, when she learned at least one of her dogs broke loose.
She said, “She had chewed out, and she had gotten out, and she was running up and down the roads, which I get that was my fault.”
Carner raced home, but while she was away, a police officer had walked onto her property. The officer noticed the dogs react, and they ran toward him. He held up a gun and eventually fired. Video from the RING camera was collected for evidence.
She said she lost her friend and protector.
“It just sucks. It’s a bunch of what ifs,” she said. “What if I had done this or that. I was in a domestic abuse relationship. My ex tried to strangle me. That’s where she became very protective.”
The Wagoner Police Chief says the video doesn’t show that they had gotten calls that day about the dogs being loose for at least an hour.
“Parents who have a couple of children called 911, saying they had been chased by those dogs and had nearly been bit. The officer went to the residence to verify that’s where the dogs came from and to tell the owners of the dogs to make sure the dogs were kept up,” Chief Bob Haley said.
Chief Haley said his officers have a right to protect themselves.
“We’re there to protect the public,” he said. “And part of the public is the officers themselves.”
Chief Haley also noted there is a leash ordinance in town, which requires dogs to be on a leash, tethered or in a fence.
“I think the officer had every right to defend himself,’ Carner said. “But I think he could have went about it in a different way. I don’t think he reacted properly, and he just reacted way too fast.”
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