JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson Animal Control is defending it's right to shoot and kill dogs that they can't trap or catch. This after homeowners say "like snipers" animal control officers gunned 2 down out of the back of a city pickup truck. One was a pet, the other a non-violent stray.
One dog was gunned down in the front yard Wednesday morning by animal control officers. The homeowner declined to go on camera but said the female stray was not a problem, in fact, he had been feeding her on occasion. The shooting left him outraged.
"She came in my yard. I was sitting there watching the dog and there was a loud boom," he said. And when the bullet hit the dog, the force pushed the body down, knocked it over, pushed it over. The dog was screaming, making a lot of noise."
The injured dog made it down the street and collapsed. He said she was hit with 4-10 bullet. And minutes later, he heard more gunfire up the street.
The owner of another home had just let her mixed breed dog Charley out.
"Charley is not going to growl at you, Charley is going to wag his tail even if one of you guys walked up, he would just wag his tail," said Charley's owner. "So they could have just got out of the truck and picked him up. Instead, they shot him."
She witnessed this after she went outside with her child to call Charley back home, but before the dog could get across the street the pet was also gunned down.
"Yes, he was in the back of the truck, like he was a sniper cause he didn't get out," she said.
We went to Jackson Animal Control to get their response. Paul Perry, the manager, said his officers followed policy,that they can use lethal force after all peaceful means of capturing an animal have been exhausted.
That's a deadly force policy that some dog lovers say needs to be reviewed and changed.