Probation officer fatally shoots 12-pound dog

Patches, the two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. / Provided by family

An Albany woman is demanding answers after a probation officer fatally shot her 12-pound dog on Monday during a visit to her house.

Cherrie Shelton says the officer, who has been to her house on previous occasions to check on her son, was walking to the door when her 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Patches, ran outside barking.

When Shelton got to the top of her front steps, she says she saw Patches approaching the officer and began telling him that the dog didn't bite, but before she knew what was happening the officer had already pulled out his gun and shot the dog.

The bullet entered the dog's left side, exited through her stomach and went into the ground where a hole still remains.

Shelton says she immediately began questioning why the officer would shoot such a little dog to which he responded he feared for his life. After being shot, Patches went to the side of the house where she passed away 30 minutes later and Shelton says she's having a hard time dealing with the loss.

According to the report filed with the Albany Police Department, Officer Antoine Jones stands at 6 feet tall and weighs nearly 300 pounds. The responding officer quoted Jones in the report saying, "He stated that he gave the dog verbal commands to get back but the dog continued to come towards him in an aggressive manner so he fired one shot at the dog using his duty weapon."

Shelton says she can't understand why a man of his size would react that way to such a little dog and wants to know why he didn't make a kicking motion or stomp his foot to show that he didn't want Patches near him.

FOX 31 reached out to the Albany Probation Office who has directed all media requests regarding the incident to State Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan who has been updated on the case, but the office had yet to respond at publication time Wednesday.

Thursday afternoon, FOX 31 received the following statement from the the Georgia Department of Corrections:

On Oct. 7th, two Albany Probation Officers were conducting a field visit. During this time, an Albany Probation Officer was involved in an incident that required him to use use of force against an aggressive canine during a field visit. An incident report was filed and it was determined that the Probation Officer responded appropriately.

For more information on the incident report released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, click here.

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