Woman seeking attorney after State Police officer shoots dog [VIDEO]
Posted at: 02/23/2012 10:53 PM | Updated at: 02/24/2012 11:38 AM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexico State Police are investigating one of their own after an officer shot and killed a woman’s dog on her property.
It happened while the owner was away. Now she is demanding answers.
People in Glorieta will tell you it is not a bad idea to have a guard dog in the yard.
Mother of four, Victoria Baca wouldn’t live without one – in fact she had two until Thursday morning.
She had called State Police to file a report about an online scam and was told that an officer would be there eventually.
She told police she had errands to run with her young children and to give her a call when the officer was on his way.
A few hours later she got a call, but it wasn’t what she expected
“That the officer had jumped my fence and that my dog bit him and he killed her,” Baca said.
State police said the officer thought Baca was home and entered her property – that’s when the attack came.
Baca and her children rushed home to find eleven year old “Jilly” dead on the front porch in a pool of her own blood.
The dog’s body was still there Thursday afternoon when KOB Eyewitness News 4 arrived.
Baca said the dog’s body was too heavy for her to move.
“My four year old’s response was did they shoot our dog my son walked up the stairs and started shaking her, trying to wake her up,” Baca said.
Baca was heartbroken and furious demanding answers from police.
She said her property clearly has signs warning trespassers of guard dogs and the officer should never have trespassed.
“I called for help and instead I ended up with the loss of a family member,” Baca said.
State Police are investigating the shooting but said the officer was simply responding to a call when he hopped the fence.
They said he was acting in self defense and there is no training for this kind of situation.
“Was there things that could have done different? Absolutely however that’s the situation that occurred and so now we’ll deal with it,” said New Mexico State Police spokesman, Lt. Robert McDonald.
State police said they sympathize with Baca and apologize to her.
“It’s too late for an apology. She’s gone, an apology isn’t going to bring her back,” said Baca.
State Police said the officer wasn’t hurt in the attack and so far there is no cause for disciplinary action.
Baca said she is hiring an attorney.