This graphic video is hard to watch whether you are a dog lover or not. Body cam video, captured by Cleburne County Police Officer Kevin Dupre, shows an officer luring a tiny, docile dog over only to shoot it at point blank range. The pooch, named Maximus, was by all accounts an unaggressive, loving animal.
“I lived beside these people, the dogs were never, NEVER, aggressive,” said Cheyenne Morrison, a neighbor. “They loved on us almost every day and loved our dogs! Justice for Maximus!!”
Miximus’ owner was heartbroken over the death of the dog. A statement was made via Facebook after footage of the incident was released in response to a petition, called “Justice 4 Maximus.” The owner commented:
“I kept calling the chief of cpd asking why this happened how it did bc he should have waited for animal control… He said, ‘Ma’am, you do not know how your dog’s act around other people. The cop said in the report that the pup was aggressive and growling and charged at him… then we see the complete opposite in this video.”
City officials have released this statement in response to the incident:
The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog. As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story.
The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting.
The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.
The City of Cleburne takes the safety of our residents, their pets, and our officers seriously.
This incident is currently under review. The review will include interviews with witnesses and review of department policies. Once the review is concluded, any actions that may be warranted will be handled swiftly and appropriately.
The Cleburne Police Department is seeking the public’s help if anyone observed this incident, please contact the Professional Standards Unit at 817.556.8884.
How do you think the officer responsible for shooting Maximus should be dealt with? Tell us in the comments section.