Target: Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton
Goal: Fire officer accused of shooting a family’s dog and leaving him to die slowly.
A police officer allegedly shot a family’s dog named Bruno and left him to suffer on a doorstep for hours before he was found. According to Owasso, Oklahoma resident Angie Laymon, a deputy entered her yard while searching for a suspect and shot the barking dog without provocation. The deputy then left the dog, a German Shepherd, on the porch where he was found three hours later by Laymon’s children.
Surveillance footage from Laymon’s yard shows that the officer took a mere four seconds to shoot the dog after entering the yard. The officer made no attempt to subdue the dog, which only barked and never moved to attack him, with non-lethal methods such as pepper spray or a taser. After shooting the dog, the officer made no effort to contact animal protection services but simply left a note on the door.
Bruno suffered heavy bleeding and shattered bones in his shoulder, but survived. He will require extensive surgery and may either have his leg amputated or his shoulder replaced. It is likely that he will never recover his full movement capabilities.
This deputy’s hasty and poorly-thought out decision not only caused unnecessary harm to the dog, but has caused severe trauma for the children who found him. The fact that the officer left the dog to die without calling for help demonstrates a disturbing lack of empathy. Sign the petition below to demand that the officer responsible is investigated and fired if found guilty of wrongdoing.
Dear Sheriff Scott Walton,
A deputy is accused of shooting a dog for little other reason than the dog was barking at him. According to owner Angie Laymon, the deputy entered her yard while looking for a suspect, shooting the barking dog within seconds of seeing it. Rather than alerting dispatch and requesting animal protection services, the officer left the dog to bleed on the porch where children found it three hours later.
This shocking lack of judgement not only resulted in severe physical harm to an animal, but trauma for the entire family, particularly the children. We, the undersigned, demand that the officer responsible is investigated and fired if found guilty of wrongdoing.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Angie Laymon