Family Dog Shot by Police During 5-Year-Old’s Birthday Party

Family Dog Shot by Police During 5-Year-Old’s Birthday Party

Police Officers in Oklahoma visited a home to issue a warrant but instead ended up killing a 5-year old’s beloved dog and best friend during his birthday party.

The officer claims the dog lunged at him through a fence, requiring him to pull his service weapon and shoot the dog in self-defense. The shot penetrated the head of Opie, the family dog, leaving him gasping for air. The officer returned to the scene seconds later with a high-power rifle he retrieved from his cruiser and fired two more shots to put the dog down, all while party-goers, mostly children, watched in horror.

Opie was a three-year-old American bulldog and pit bull mix. To many whose only experience with pit bulls is watching them maul unsuspecting victims in movies, or those who have false perceptions that the breed’s only purpose is to be trained to fight, Opie may have seemed to be a ferocious dog. But most pit bulls — including Opie — are sweet and gentle family pets, and even best friends to children.

Over the last year we have read about countless dogs shot by police officers who claim they felt threatened and their only recourse was gunfire. Upwards of 47% of households visited by police contain a dog, according to the ASPCA, yet the officers are woefully undertrained in handling the animals. Tragically, this results in far too many killings of innocent dogs. In fact, an estimated 50% of police shootings involves a dog.

Training police officers in how to approach and handle animals would decrease much of this unnecessary violence. Passing a law that penalizes officers for harming and killing animals would also contribute to a reduction in the lethal force used against these animals. It’s time that we each do our part and help put an end to these senseless killings. Please sign the petition to help pass legislation and get our law enforcement trained on how to handle our pets.

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  1. jimvj

    It would really inform readers if, instead of only emotional pictures, there was a picture of the fence showing whether the policeman was actually in danger or not.

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    • Sue

      Here is an excerpt from a news report: ” Wynnewood Police Chief Ken Moore stood behind the officer’s actions, saying the dog was vicious and had come around the corner of the house outside the fence and charged at the officer. However, Fox 25 said that the video from the scene of the incident they reviewed contradicts the officer’s story. Opie’s body is lying inside the fence with a gunshot wound to the head.”

      By the way, I worked in ‘law enforcement’ and this is my website:

      For my efforts to end the routine torture of K9’s, often for the handlers’ personal amusement, I endured a lot of harassment and retaliation, including deadly sabotage of my vehicle.

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  2. june bullied

    the officer shd be shot in the head.

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  3. Christine Lockhart

    why didn’t the police officer knock on the front door first,and the proceed to the back yard gate? It would of
    made a lot more sense. Shooting a dog through the fence when he was on one side and the dog was on the
    other doesn’t make sense. Why didn’t he call out and let the family know he was there? What a stupid s.o.b.
    He just lost his temper and took it out on the dog. Just because you are an officer doesn’t give you the
    right to shoot animals.

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    • Lorie Jackson

      My name is Lorie and I strongly agree that there should be a law passed to make law enforcement go through some extent long training to make them understand that just because they are law enforcement does not constitute treating an animal this way. I myself just experienced a brutal, malicious, and heinous crime towards my 6 year old dog committed by a Animal Control Officer in my home. I am definitely taking animal control to court for what their animal control officer did to my beloved Rottweiler.

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  4. Guy Szenasi

    Noah Malone was celebrating his h birthday on July 16 when a police officer shot and killed his pet dog.

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