Family traumatised after cops shoot and kill their dog

2014-12-24 00:00

POLICE intervening in a domestic ­dispute in Oribi Village shot and killed a family’s dog yesterday.

When officers entered the Aditi Lane property they were charged by an eight-year-old boerbull named Lucky. An officer shot the dog once in the head, apparently in fear that he would be attacked.

A visibly shaken Steven George (36) said his son Michael (21) called the police to quell a family dispute.

The tuck shop owner said the family have been living in the close-knit community for 25 years and their dogs have never bitten anyone.

When The Witness visited the scene, Lucky’s lifeless body lay on the grass ­covered by a blanket.

Recounting what happened, Michael said: “I wanted them to come and talk to my mother because we had an argument.”

He said two policemen arrived at the gate that leads to the back of the house.

He said he politely asked the police to wait while he put the dogs away.

The family own nine dogs, including boerbulls and fox terriers.

“I asked them to wait because we have big dogs. I walked away from the gate and they followed shortly after I left,” he said.

When he turned around he realised that the officers had entered the yard and Lucky ran towards them.

“He charged at them. I tried to pull him away but the police shot him in the head and then fled,” he said.

The family are shattered that they will be spending Christmas without Lucky.

Steven’s wife, Vanessa (43), sobbed ­uncontrollably. “Why didn’t they fire a warning shot?” she asked.

“What hurts me is that they didn’t even have the decency to stay and ­apologise for what happened,” said Steven, as tears streamed down his cheeks.

Yesterday, the family sent the dog to the vet to have the bullet removed and then be cremated.

“We are poor, we can’t afford lawyers but we want an apology from the police,” said Steven.

Colonel Jay Naicker said: “We asked the family to open a case but they refused. The police opened a case of assault and keeping vicious dogs at their premises.”

The George family denied this.

“The police came to our home yesterday and took pictures and statements, and said they would charge the officers,” said Steven.

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