JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- UPDATE 2/20/14
By: Hillary Thornton
On Wednesday, WYMT told you about a Johnson County woman who says her dog was unnecessarily shot several times by a state trooper. Kentucky State Police are explaining what they say happened as troopers assisted the Johnson County Sheriffs Office on the execution of a felony arrest warrant for William Cliff Pelfrey.
Police say the Sheriff's Office had information that this was the home where Pelfrey was staying.
Trooper Shaun Little says, "As the door opened to the residence, the dog came out barking and charging toward one of the troopers. The trooper made attempts to avoid contact with the dog and then as a last resort to prevent a dog attack he pulled and discharged his service weapon. It has been under review by supervision here at the Kentucky State Police Post and the trooper did not violate any policies from the Kentucky State Police or any violations of law."
The 4-year-old great dane did survive.
Police say William Cliff Pelfrey was arrested at a different location.
ORIGINAL STORY 2/19/14
By: Michelle Heron
An Eastern Kentucky woman is outraged after she allegedly watched a Kentucky State Police trooper shoot her dog right in front of her.
But was the trooper defending himself or being careless?
A blood stain outside of Becky Pelfrey’s home in West Van Lear is a reminder of what she watch unfold early Monday morning.
“It was pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. Just five shots right in a row,” Pelfrey said.
She says she woke up to a Kentucky State Police trooper and a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy knocking on her door at 1:30 in the morning to serve a warrant for someone that no longer lives at her house.
Two other KSP troopers pulled up just as her 4 year old Great Dane named Boss got out.
“He ran past a sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper that was on the porch. He went down the steps on my sidewalk and he was out maybe five seconds, and then I heard gunfire,” Pelfrey said, “I looked out and Boss was lying in the road. And I said, ‘Did you shoot my dog?’ and [the trooper] said, ‘Yes ma’am I did, he was charging at me.’”
But Pelfrey questions the troopers’ claim, asking why he felt the need to shoot five times, if he was standing in the road and when Boss walked right by the deputy and trooper standing at her front door.
“They could have tazed him, they could have pepper sprayed him, I know they carry batons. They could have taken other precautions instead of drawing your weapon and firing,” Pelfrey added.
Boss returned home from the vet Wednesday after being treated for four gunshot wounds. The vet says Boss could lose one of his legs.
We reached out to Kentucky State Police for their side of the story, they declined to comment.
To follow Boss’ progress, click on the link to the “Justice for Boss” Facebook page.