this story has been updated with information of a video showing the officer lied and shot the dog through the fence with a high powered rifle and the police chief stands by his action;
Noah Malone was celebrating his 5th birthday on July 16 when a police officer shot and killed his pet dog.
Opie in a family photo.
His mother, Vickie Malone, told The Huffington Post that she had just herded all the party-goers inside her Wynnewood, Oklahoma, home for cake and ice cream when they heard a gunshot.
“We weren’t in the house two or three minutes and there was a loud bang,” she said.
Opie, a 3-year-old American bulldog and pit bull mix, was lying on the ground “kicking and gasping for air,” with blood streaming from his head. Malone said the officer matter-of-factly told her 21-year-old daughter, “Ma’am, I had to shoot your dog.”
Opie in a family photo.
While nobody disputes the officer shot the dog, it’s not clear what happened in the moments leading up to it. Both Malone and her oldest son, 23-year-old Rio Youngblood, said the officer told them Opie tried to attack him “through the fence,” presumably referring to the chain-link fence that surrounds the yard to keep Opie from roaming off the property.
The Wynnewood Police Department did not respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post, but Police Chief Ken Moore has provided a different story to other news outlets.
He told news station KOKH that the officer was already inside the fence when the dog ran around the corner of the house and attacked him, and that the officer tried to kick Opie off before ultimately shooting him in self-defense.
Opie as a puppy, snuggling with one of the family children.
But Youngblood and Malone say that the dog, which Youngblood raised from a puppy, would always immediately run to the gate whenever any visitor showed up. There is no way that anyone could have gotten inside the gate without Opie being right there, they said, so it’s impossible Opie could have run around the corner of the house to surprise attack the officer.
And if the dog had really attacked through the fence, Youngblood said, it wouldn’t make any sense to shoot him, since the dog couldn’t get through the fence.
Malone said Opie never hurt anyone in the past and was skeptical there had been any attack at all, through the fence or not.
“These kids, they range from newborn to 8 years old,” she said. “They run around and play with him. My granddaughter, she sits on his head and takes food out of his mouth.”
Moore said the officer was on the property because he was trying to serve a warrant to a man whose last known address from 10 years ago was at the house. That man has no connection to the family living there now, the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat reported.
Malone and Youngblood said the cop has been to the house before, so he knew who lived there ― including the dog. Moore told FOX 25 that the department did indeed know Malone’s family lived at the house, but that the cop “had to start somewhere” with the warrant.
Malone said her young children miss Opie and don’t want to go outside and play anymore.
“Opie wasn’t a dog,” she said. “He was our family, he was our friend.”
Both she and Youngblood want to see the officer off the force.
“I respect what police officers do for our community,” Youngblood said. “But not the shit that happened at my house.”
A video obtained by Fox 25 in Oklahoma shows a police officer using a high-powered rifle to shoot and kill a family’s dog.
A Wynnewood police officer, who has not been identified, reportedly shot and killed a 3-year-old American Bulldog and Pit Bull mix. The owner of the dog, Vickie Malone, says her family was celebrating her 5-year-old son’s birthday when they heard a loud bang come from outside the house.
“He was over here kicking and gasping for air,” Malone said of the dog named Opie. The officer then proceeded to shoot the dog twice more in front of the children.
While the officer claims he was attacked by the dog who came around the corner of the house, video of the dog wounded inside the fence runs contradictory to the officer’s story, according to Fox 25.
The officer was there to serve a warrant for someone who had long moved out of the house.
“He said he was checking to see if a guy name Shon McNiel lived here and no one here has heard of talking about,” Malone said. “I respect what the police do, but this was senseless, but he didn’t show any remorse and didn’t even act like he was sorry or anything,”
Wynnewood Police Chief Ken Moore has defended his officer’s actions.