East Knox County, TN — Kenny Bailey had committed no crime and had done nothing wrong when multiple Knox County Sheriff’s deputies walked onto his private property and killed one of his three dogs.
The dogs were not on a leash, however, they all had on shock collars which would not allow them to go past a certain perimeter. The officers somehow managed to miss the 14, yes, 14 highly visible signs on Bailey’s property — warning visitors about his dogs.
Police say they were responding to a 911 hang up call in the 10000 block of Thorngrove Pike near Bailey’s home. However, Bailey’s family did not make the call and police trespassed and killed his dog for no reason.
“They panicked and they know they panicked and they shot an innocent dog and I’m mad,” Bailey said.
As the body camera footage begins, the officers are knocking on the door to Bailey’s residence when three dogs begin barking and walk around from the side of the house.
“For safety reasons, the officers parked away from the mobile home and knocked on the side of the residence. Three unrestrained dogs ran from back of the property with one pit bull charging the officers,” the sheriff’s department news release stated.
One officer then began to fire, killing one of the pit bulls.
“Those dogs were protecting those kids and this house. If I had been home it wouldn’t have happened,” said Bailey as he noted the officer shot his dog as it ran away.
The department is remaining steadfast in their decision to enter the property and kill the dog. According to WBIR 10, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones said the shooting was “clean.”
“It was legit,” he told WBIR 10News. “They were rushing them. They were very aggressive. (The deputies) had to protect themselves.”
Although they claim an investigation is underway, the officer who killed the dog remains on regular duty.
According to an unofficial count done by Ozymandias Media, an independent research group, a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes.
In an investigative report, it was discovered that a single police department in Buffalo, NY, shot 92 dogs in less than three years. In Southwest Florida, the News-Press discovered 111 instances of dog shootings among multiple agencies between 2009 and 2012, representing about 37 per year. According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Police shot approximately 90 dogs per year between 2008 and 2013.
It is an undisputed fact that cops frequently kill dogs. But they don’t have to.
Officer David Gomez from Idaho, learned to use his intelligence when faced with dogs — instead of his pistol.
The result was nothing short of heartwarming and astonishing as this officer, who’d been trained not to kill dogs, was able to successfully bring in two vicious dogs roaming the neighborhood with no violence.
Last August, officer Randall Frederick illustrated the positive effects of his training on how not to kill dogs when he was responding to a call out where a 4-year-old boy answered the door. As the 4-year-old opened the door, his overprotective Australian Shepherd darted out of the house and tore into Frederick’s leg.
Instead of shooting the dog, which would have been justified by the department, Frederick reached out with compassion to show the dog that he was not a threat to the boy. As simple as that, the incident was de-escalated.
Had Frederick not received this training, it is very likely that he would still have been bitten and Jillaroo, the family’s dog, like Bailey’s pitbull, would have been killed.