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Shelbyville woman says her dog was shot by sheriff’s deputy

Posted: Jun 20, 2011 5:52 PM Updated: Jun 20, 2011 5:52 PM
By Maira Ansari – bio | email

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Shelbyville woman is heartbroken and upset. She says her family dog was shot and killed over the weekend by a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy after he responded to a burglary alarm at their home.

“We adopted Daisy about four years ago,” said Renee Lewis. “She became a part of our family immediately.”

Renee Lewis and her family have been going through pictures and remembering the good times they had with their dog Daisy.

“It’s painful to loose a pet anytime but, they way she died is so senseless,” said Lewis.

On Saturday, Lewis says she was with her family at her daughter’s softball game in Lexington. She got a phone call around 8:00 a.m. that her security alarm had gone off at her home on Eagle Pass Road in Shelbyville. The security alarm company asked if she wanted police to check it out.

“We had recent burglary in the neighborhood so, I said yeah send somebody out,” said Lewis.

Lewis says a Shelby County Deputy responded to the home and that’s when the deputy ran into Daisy.

“He walked in the backyard and then they had a face off and he shot her,” said Lewis. “She was protecting our home.”

“It’s a tragic situation no one got up that morning wanting to hurt a dog,” said Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong.

Sheriff Armstrong says his deputy had no other option than to shoot Daisy. He says Daisy was acting aggressive and his deputy had to make a quick decision.

WAVE 3 asked why the deputy didn’t use pepper spray or a taser.

“Yes, there are options that he had available on his belt but, it takes longer to retrieve those pieces of equipment,” said Sheriff Armstrong.

“She has never lunged at anyone or bitten anyone,” said Lewis.

Lewis’s 12-year-old Daughter Jenna, who was the closest to Daisy, felt she had to do something.

“I wrote a letter to the Sheriff about my dog and my memories of her and her personality,” said Jenna Lewis. “I don’t feel that it’s right and I don’t think she should have died like that.”

Lewis says there were no signs of a break in and doesn’t know exactly why her alarm went off that morning. She’s just hopes it doesn’t happen again.

“We encounter dogs in the course of the year, very seldom does something like this happen,” said Sheriff Armstrong. “I’m sorry it did happen and I wish it didn’t.”

Sheriff Armstrong says his department is investigating the incident. He adds that as tragic as this situation is, he hopes something good will come out of it.

Armstrong says it can be helpful if dog owners post a sign that a dog is on property and even let your security alarm company know that a dog is present if police are responding to a home