Dog owner speaks out after Tuscaloosa officer shoots canine

Dog owner speaks out after Tuscaloosa officer shoots canine

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Sonic, the chocolate lab shot and killed by an officer. Source: Owner/WBRC video Sonic, the chocolate lab shot and killed by an officer. Source: Owner/WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

After conducting an internal investigation, Tuscaloosa Police says one of its officers was justified in shooting and killing a dog after it allegedly started attacking him in Cottondale.

The owners of an 8-year-old Chocolate lab named Sonic tell FOX6 News that she's far from vicious.

"She wasn't the fastest dog in the world," Glenn Crumrine, Sonic's owner said. "And she'd never charge at anybody."

But a motorcycle officer with Tuscaloosa Police said the dog, described as a brown pitbull-lab mix, did charge at him while showing her teeth and snarling Nov. 3 on East Covington Drive in the Eastern Hills subdivision in Cottondale. Investigators said a white pit bull also charged the officer.

The officer says he was on a break at a home in the neighborhood and feared for his safety after the dogs started charging him. The officer says he had no choice but to shoot Sonic four times, killer her. We're told Sonic fell to the ground after the first shot, but the officer says she got back up and kept charging at him. That's when the second shot was fired. Then the officer says he shot two more times to stop the suffering of the dog.

"I'm at a loss for words right now. She's a part of the family," Crumrine said. "I mean a dog like that is not going to attack people."

Crumrine tells FOX6 News Sonic is a full-blooded chocolate lab, showing us her paperwork. Crumrine says he finds the officer's story hard to believe.

"You know if you did wrong, admit you did wrong," Crumrine said. "And to them this was justified and there's no possible way this was justified."

We're told Sonic went missing more than a week ago and her owners put out missing flyers around the neighborhood. Crumrine said he found out his dog was shot and killed a week after the incident.

FOX6 News also spoke to the owner of the other dog mentioned in this story. The owner says he's a boxer and not a pit bull and the dog would not harm anyone.

Crumrine tells FOX6, this case is far from over. Crumrine says he's thinking about getting other law enforcement agencies to investigate the case.

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