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Claiborne Deputy shoots and kills dog

Claiborne Deputy shoots and kills dog

KTBS (Louisiana

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:34:26 AM by Altariel

Michaela McCowen says she was sitting inside her house Thursday morning when she heard two gunshots in the yard. When she ran outside, she saw her dog lying in a pool of blood.

"She's on the ground and she's been shot and she's bleeding," said McCowen while standing outside her home in Athens, LA.

McCowen's 6-year old Golden Retriever, Tera, later died. She was shot twice by a Claiborne sheriff's detective.

"He saw the dog coming at him full speed, and showing his teeth. He told me he thought he was fixing to bite him," said Claiborne Sheriff Ken Bailey.

Sheriff Bailey says authorities were tracking some men who'd just tried to rob the bank in Athens when the shooting happened. Bailey says the detective felt threatened by the dog. McCowen says Tera, who was wearing a shock collar at the time, wouldn't have hurt a flea.

"She was so well-trained to stay inside of her area. She knew if she left her area for anything, she was getting shocked," said McCowen.

McCowen says what made the heartbreaking situation even worse is authorities showed no remorse. The sheriff says he couldn't be more sorry.

"I told the McCowens and I apologized for what happened, It's just an unfortunate incident. I hate it," said Bailey.

The sheriff says the shooting is being investigated. Michaela McCowen says she'd like to see more training when it comes to handling animals.