A family is angry after police — searching for someone —showed up at their home Monday morning and ended up killing their dog, the family said.
Adrian Garcia says Charlie – a 2-year old American Bulldog – was a beloved family pet. Garcia said Miami-Dade police officers walked into his yard and Charlie reacted.
“If somebody comes in the house that he doesn’t know, he’s going to bark at them and tell them, ‘Hey. I’m here. Get out,’” said Garcia.
Garcia said Charlie barked and growled at the officers but stopped and stood next to Garcia’s mother.
“My mom repeatedly said, ‘Don’t come inside. There’s a dog. Let me put him away,'” said Garcia.
That’s when one of the officers opened fire, shooting Charlie in the neck, killing him.
Garcia said he was upset by a comment one of the officers made: “He said the shooting and death of my dog meant nothing. That he’s just an animal.”
The family took cellphone video through a screen showing officers in the front yard looking for something after the shooting.
Garcia said the officers showed his mother a picture of the man they were looking for. Garcia said it was a black man with dreadlocks and no one fitting that description lived at their house.
“We don’t know if he used to live here,” said Garcia, who says he and his wife moved into the home about six months earlier.
“We had absolutely no problem with them looking in here. It’s just that we told them — let’s tie up the dog first,” said dog owner Liznett Vila.
Miami-Dade police said they were at the address to serve a warrant on someone inside the home but they could not elaborate. A Miami-Dade police spokesperson told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that the details of the shooting and whom police were looking for will be investigated by Internal Affairs officers.
Garcia said they had a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign posted on the front fence.
“You don’t walk into a house without knowing there’s a dog. That’s a very rookie move of them,” said Garcia.
One thing is certain, the spokesperson said: No officer wants to shoot and kill someone’s animal.