Officer Kills Dog as Kids Watched, Owner Says:

Officer Kills Dog as Kids Watched, Owner Says

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011, 9:34 AM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011, 6:10 PM CDT

Adapted for Web by Tracy DeLatte |

ARLINGTON, Texas – A dog owner claims an Arlington police officer overreacted and shot his dog five times as his children watched.

Buck Yandle said two police officers and an animal control officer showed up at his home on Lake Jackson Drive last week. They were there about his dog Bucky, a basset hound and Rottweiler mix.

Neighbors said Bucky nipped a boy in the back after school. The dog never bit him, but it was enough to scare the 10-year-old.

Yandle stepped outside to meet with the officers. He said he closed the door and left his four children inside the house with Bucky. But the dog ran out because his 3-year-old son opened the door.

Bucky got agitated as police were talking to Yandle. Although he insists the dog did not lunge at or attack any of the officers, one of the officers shot and killed him.

“He’s barking and dancing around,” he said. “He shot pop, pop. The dog was down then pop, pop, pop. I said, ‘Man, you just shot my dog.’ And he said, ‘You [expletive] idiot. You let your dog out.’”

Yandle said the shooting happened with his toddler nearby. The rest of his children were watching from their living room window.

His wife, who had been running errands at the time, raced home when she heard what happened.

“I don’t understand why he did it. I don’t understand why he shot my dog five times in front of my children,” said Natalie Yandle.

Arlington police would not comment on the case. The officer’s use of deadly force is under investigation by internal affairs, but that is routine.

UPDATE: The Yandle family has created a Facebook page called Justice for Bucky.