Police officer kills war vet's dog

Nov 21, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WMBF

Before Horry County Animal Services arrived on scene, Calviera's mother took a photo of the dog after it was shot multiple times.

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Brandi Feemster

Clover, SC

#1 Nov 21, 2012
I'm a friend of the Wilson family. I've read your article and I am asking that you revise your story to include the other side of the dog shooting incident. Below is a statement from Mrs. Wilson, the wife of the officer involved. The story here does not reflect the fact that this dog had been terrorizing this young family of four multiple times over the course of a year a year. Ben Wilson had previously had to call the police because the dog had trapped his wife and kids in their home. He and his wife are both 25 years old with a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old. Can you image how scary that would be? Mr. Wilson is also a veteran himself and had previously asked his neighbor to tie up his dog for fear of his family's safety as you will see in the statement posted on Mrs. Wilson's Facebook page. This family is being villianized by the public and even threatened by people who have read this story. Please read what she had to say about the incident and make some effort to convey this to your readers. These people do not deserve this. They were the victims here.

"Ever since we bought our house, which we thought was going to be the perfect first home for us and our girls we have been tormented by this dog. The first incident was just about 2 months after my youngest daughter was born. I was leaving to have dinner at my parents when I walked outside to see 2 very large dogs in my front yard peeing and pooping all over. As soon as they saw me they ran full speed towards me and my infant, barking and growling. Luckily my 4 yr old was behind me and I was able to push her inside and slam the door. The dogs proceeded to jump on my front door barking and growling, trapping us inside for 30 mins. I called the police and they basically did nothing. No ticket for the owners violating the leash law or anything! Over the period of the next year similar incidents occurred and we would either be trapped in the house or car. My husband went and spoke with the dogs owner twice and warned him to keep his dogs on a leash and off of our property. When we saw the dog outside Tuesday after picking our oldest daughter up from school my husband told us to stay in the car while he went to check on our dog, who was on her chain in the back yard. With my husband as a lookout I was able to bring the girls inside, the oldest crying in fear of the dog which she had become accustomed to looking out for before leaving our home daily. My husband then came inside and got his gun as protection for him while he brought our dog safely inside. When he went to get our dog the other one barked and growled at him. He yelled for the dog to go away and the dog only came closer to him barking and growling. My husband is an animal lover. We had 3 adopted older dogs before we had children and fostered dogs from the SPCA while living in California when my husband served in the Air Force. But he was attacked by Rottweilers when he was a boy almost loosing 2 of his fingers and another time came away with bites on his arm. So he knows to use caution when approaching violent animals. He then fired 2 warning shots and the dog came at him. So in self defense, he shot the dog. This was never something my husband would want to do. He was very upset after the incident. He is a veteran and has been a police officer for 5 years and has never had anyone pull a gun on him. After a neighbor told the dogs owner, the owner came outside, yelling profanities and threatening my husband. He had a gun out and put a bullet in the chamber. My husband was unarmed at the time and told the man to calm down. Then the police arrived and took a report. Due to the violence exhibited by the dogs owner, we took our children and left early for our family's home for thanksgiving. The only reason we haven't said anything prior to this, is because the dogs owner said they were going to sue us for shooting his dog. I fully stand behind my husband and the extremely hard decision he made." 
NIGHTSHIFT

Irmo, SC

#2 Nov 21, 2012
BRING A GUN TO A DOG FIGHT.

Peeing and pooping all over.

This is exactly what the people I first talked too said was most likely why the man killed the dog in the first place he had had enough.
Let look at how all the other neighbors put up with the dog and how they tell a different story of how the dog is or should I say was harmless.
I believe the words of the wife of how the dog was Peeing and Pooping all over will now be come public record in the law suit.

I realize that some people are so afraid of the water and may never learn to swim just as the wife and her children just might be afraid of dogs and may always be that way but to go through life killing any thing and every thing that scares you is wrong. This family needs to find a better way to deal with conflict other than murder.
Oh thats right, it was self defense.

You may get the media to hoop, spin and twist, but I think the courts and the Myrtle Beach police department my not be so easy to manipulate.

My words are just my opinion, but as you can see I unlike most of the easy to manipulate and con Horry County citizens have a mind of my own and seldom fall for the average typical twisted media spin.

I think this story will not be so easy to sell. I also think that the courts will not be so easy to manipulate as the slow minded citizens that believe all the bull that the Murder Beach media tries to spin.

Do any of you realize just how far a 22long rife bullet can travel. If the man had half a brain he would have grabbed a large stick, a baseball bat, a golf club or anything that he could have easily shooed the dog off with,
But know, like a young inexperienced cop he chose to bring a gun into a dog fight.
If I were the neighbors that lived down range from the gun shots I would join in on the law suit.
I suppose that we should all just be glad that this was not some drunk out of control angry neighborhood teenager that brought fear to the family or just maybe that teen would have ended up dead.

TOO QUICK TO PULL A GUN AND PULL THE TRIGGER PART 1.

PEEING AND POOPING ALL OVER. THE REAL REASON THE MAN KILLED THE DOG.

P.S. IF YOU PEOPLE ARE SUCH ANIMAL LOVERS THEN WHY ARE THE NEIGHBORS TELLING STORIES OF YOUR OWN DOG BEING LEFT IN THE YARD WITH NO WATER?
IF IT IS AS IF YOU LIVE IN SOME OTHER WORLD THAT IS DIFFERENT THAT THE WORLD ALL YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE LIVING IN.

SORRY BUT I AM NOT BUYING WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SELL. GET A GOOD LAWYER.
shut up nightshift

Clayton, NC

#4 Nov 23, 2012
Nobody wants your input on this NIGHTSHIFT. Go away.
Abt

Hillsborough, NJ

#5 Nov 23, 2012
Shame on you, Brandi and Lois. Shame on you and your families.
E46m3 e60m5

Serfaus, Austria

#6 Dec 8, 2012
This is News? Cop Shorts a dog?
bitsnpieces1

Gainesville, FL

#7 Dec 12, 2012
E46m3 e60m5 wrote:
This is News? Cop Shorts a dog?
All I can say is, "If a dog truly comes after me in my own yard it's dead." Now I'm not afraid of dogs, they just need to know you don't intend to, hurt them and they won't hurt you. At lot of the dangerous dogs are just doing what their owner trains them to do.
Craig

Wahiawa, HI

#8 Dec 17, 2012
What a looser cop. Why wasn't this issue first addressed to the local Humane Society?
Dustin Rowe

United States

#9 Jan 1, 2013
The Gustapos feel they are above the law, they feel we are lower citizens to them and if any legal action be brought up against them, he will be represented by the states best attorneys and will receive union benefits while suspended probably with pay as well!!! FECK THE POLICE
THE Enforcer

Hilton Head Island, SC

#10 Jan 2, 2013
police kill a vet`s dog!!!! do not judge by race color or country or job . the person that killed the dog its also a veteran of war.that have nothing to do with the gentelman dog got killed . the reason got killed its because the man "vet" can keep is dog in is yard and not trained properly to stay in is yard . remember the true always as two side .i`m a dog lover myself "i have 1/2 wolf /chow" very obbidient and well trained by me.do not judge before the fact. THE ENFORCER
Nick

Conway, SC

#11 Jan 3, 2013
THE Enforcer wrote:
police kill a vet`s dog!!!! do not judge by race color or country or job . the person that killed the dog its also a veteran of war.that have nothing to do with the gentelman dog got killed . the reason got killed its because the man "vet" can keep is dog in is yard and not trained properly to stay in is yard . remember the true always as two side .i`m a dog lover myself "i have 1/2 wolf /chow" very obbidient and well trained by me.do not judge before the fact. THE ENFORCER
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