RCSO sheriff defends deputy shooting dog

Posted at 4:31 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 17:31:15-05

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. – The family dog that was shot by a Rogers County deputy  underwent surgery Friday.

According to the Roger County deputy, Bruno the German Shepherd was shot because the deputy felt threatened by the dog during an investigation.

Bruno was cared for by a veterinary specialists in Jenks. His family says the outpouring of support they've received for him has been overwhelming.

Friday morning, Bruno’s owner, Angie Laymon, says surgeons were working on doing everything they can to save Bruno's quality of life.

They say the bullet shattered his shoulder joint and they've been working to get that bullet out.

Since the shooting, Laymon's story has gained traction online and many have reached out in support of Bruno. A GoFundMe page has even been created to help the family with expenses, with many saying this never should have happened.

Meanwhile, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says his agency has been inundated with backlash over the shooting, including threats to his staff.

But he remains firm saying his deputy stayed safe and acted appropriately.

“I would make no apologies for the actions of that officer. He was doing what he could to keep from getting injured,” said Sheriff Scott Walton, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “If we had to do this situation all over again today, we'd handle it the same way.”

They say this entire case is still under investigation. Laymon is filing a claim with Rogers County over the matter.

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