On July 20th in Decatur, Alabama, Morgan County Deputies were conducting a drug raid at an apartment complex. Somehow in the process, the homeowners’ 3 year old Golden Retriever Aubie was shot and killed. Authorities are stating the dog lunged at the officers.
A Facebook page has been created in outrage. It contains graphic images of Aubie after she was shot. They claim the dog was killed while trying to run away from police.. You can view the page “Justice for Aubie” at your own risk
According to her personal Facebook page Sheriff Ana Franklin from The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office implies that the information on the Facebook page is false, and that legal action is being taken. She posted the following:
“By now you have seen the pictures and read the posts about the dog being shot while the Morgan Co Drug Task Force was conducting a search warrant for illegal sales/possession of narcotics and marijuana. There is noone that loves animals more than I do. This is a sad and unfortunate incident that I wish could have been avoided. The case is still open and I cant comment on the details, but i can say that the information that has been posted is false and we will seek legal actions about this. These images and posts were were sent to inflame the public. The issue at hand should be that the owner of this dog was selling drugs in an apartment complex, where families and children live close by. Our first priority is the safety and securtiy of our deputies, as well as the suspects. When there is a threat and an act of aggression to our officers, we will use the means necessary to stop that threat. I am angered that drug dealers would put their dogs in that position, and I am also angered that they forced us to take these actions. We will continue to do our job in an effort to make Morgan County a better place.”
Full story with video from WHNT News here.
I have a great respect for law enforcement, and a great love for golden retrievers. Without more facts, I can’t form an opinion on this situation.