An 18-year-old Radford University student and his dog were with a friend and his dog at a dog park.
The two dogs were off leash, which breaks a city ordinance, and they were running around by a riverbank in a secluded section of the park.
After an argument with another dog owner about his dog not having a leash, the cop was called to the scene.
Once the officer arrived on the scene, the man's dog "charged" the officer so the cop pulled his gun and shot the dog in the leg.
The young man said:
"There was no barking or growling, that's the thing. They weren't at a full sprint; they were jogging toward him wagging their tails.
As soon as I see them, I start screaming. Before I could get any words out, the shot went off."
The cop did help take the dog to the vet's office at least.
The dog will survive his injuries, he just has to wear a cast for a few months.
The dog was a 70-pound pointer terrier so we think this cop freaked out because he saw a bully breed dog and thought he was going to die.
The cop even had a taser and pepper spray on hand but he decided to use his pistol.
This is ridiculous.
We hope there's disciplinary action for making such a poor decision.