Officer Shoots, Kills Girl’s Dog

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blood stains trail the drive where a 30-pound Boston terrier-pit bull mix named Bolt was shot and killed by police.

“I want him back,” 11-year-old Atlanta Perry said. “I miss my dog. I got him for my birthday because my mom knew that’s the only thing I really wanted. We named him Bolt because he looked like the dog off the video game, and they shot him.”

A Jacksonville police officer shot the dog in a parking lot about 9 a.m. Tuesday after police said they had received several complaints for days.

“My daughter sitting there on the concrete and couldn’t even breathe, screaming for her Bolt,” said Joanne Perry, Atlanta’s mother. “She didn’t even go to bed last night.”

The Perrys said the dog wouldn’t hurt a flea.

“They’re not aggressive at all,” Joanne said. “They would lick you to death, but that’s it. They wouldn’t hurt you. He wouldn’t bite nobody.”

“When I would get home from school, he would always come to me and jump and lick me in the face,” Atlanta said.

The dog’s brother, Max, which is also a Boston terrier-pit bull mix, weighs about 38 pounds. Bolt was about eight pounds lighter.

Contrary to the family’s story, police said the dog was acting very aggressive.

“The dog had literally trapped one of his employees in her car in the parking lot,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jimmy Judge said.

Judge said the officer had no other choice but to shoot the dog.

“The dog started getting closer and closer, and eventually the white dog charged at the officer, and as he was charging, he was also snarling and growling,” Judge said.

Judge said the officer didn’t do anything wrong.

“I think everything was done appropriately, and it’s unfortunate, but it’s something that’s part of our world in law enforcement,” Judge said. “You’re being attacked by a dog, and there’s a citizen next to you. You have no choice but to defend that citizen.”

Still, the Perrys said it wasn’t necessary for the officer to kill Atlanta’s best friend.

“She sat by that dog’s gravesite for seven hours last night, crying her eyes out, wanting her Bolt,” Joanne said.

The case is being reviewed by the police response to resistance board, which is standard procedure when an officer discharges a weapon.