Miami-Dade County, FL — Imagine celebrating your father's birthday in your own backyard, with everyone having a great time, when all of the sudden an armed intruder comes onto your property and shoots your dog. Sadly, for a family in Miami-Dade, there is no need to imagine this scenario as it happened to them over the weekend.
Boris Fernandez was celebrating his birthday in his backyard over the weekend when police reportedly received a call about a noise complaint. When the officer responded, instead of going to the front door, he likely claimed that the noise complaint gave him probable cause to trespass, and entering into the family's fenced in backyard.
When the Fernandez' 18-month-old Belgian Shepherd named Luna heard the commotion at the gate, it did what dogs do and ran to the gate. Fernandez wife, Mariangel Manrique quickly ran to grab their puppy but before she could get there, the frightened officer pulled her gun and immediately resorted to deadly force — in spite of the dog posing no threat.
Police claimed the dog charged, but video shows that is simply not true. Luna had stopped just before the officer shot her.
“You can tell just by looking at the video she’s not on guard,” said Fernandez of his Belgian Shepherd.
As the video shows, the Miami-Dade cop then fired a round straight through the dogs bones.
"My dog approached her, and bang," Fernandez said.
"She never jumped on her," Manrique said.
“When I approached the officer, I said, ‘What did you just do? You shot my dog for no reason,'” said Fernandez.
Luckily, Luna was not killed and was rushed to the vet as their home was turned into a crime scene.
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"The bullet went straight through her bones," said Fernandez. "We're waiting to see what the orthopedic surgeon is going to say."
Fernandez pointed out the complete lack of warning from the officer and the fact that the officer never knocked, rang the doorbell, or even announced herself. Instead, she sneakily trespassed and shot their dog.
“When Amazon comes in here, they make themselves noticed. They tell us, ‘Hey, we’re here. We’re delivering a package,'” said Fernandez. “Can an officer not make themselves noticed, that they’re here so we can walk out side, and if there’s an issue, resolve it?”
Luckily, the entire situation was captured on the Fernandez' surveillance system and shows that the officer acted in careless disregard for human life. When the shot was fired, Manrique was only a few feet behind their dog. What's more, just a few feet behind her were several children sitting at a table.
The children witnessed a person who claims to "protect" them put their lives at risk by trespassing into their backyard, shooting their dog, and not caring at all that children were in the line of fire.
According to Local 10, the family is angry other measures weren’t taken, as now their 11-year-old son is shaken up by the shooting.
“If you’re not safe at your own home, what else do you have left?” Fernandez said.
These children will now likely have nightmares and possibly even PTSD from seeing their dog getting shot only a few feet away.
According to police, they are now investigating themselves.