Cop Kills Dog ... for Barking at Him

Boomer wouldn't have attacked, says distraught son

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 22, 2010 12:01 PM CST

(Newser) – A Georgia family’s golden retriever barked at the wrong cop, and paid for it with his life, ABC News reports. “Boomer” barked and approached the officer, who was walking through the King family’s yard while investigating a disturbance, and ignored the officer’s commands to stop. What the officer didn’t know was that the dog was behind an invisible fence—so he shot, says 19-year-old Jonathan King: “My neighbor told me it happened so quick that he was speechless.” (Need some comfort now? Click for a more uplifting dog story.)

A golden retriever, not Boomer, is shown.
A golden retriever, not Boomer, is shown.   (AP Photo/Aberdeen American News, John Davis)
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