Dog shot by Pembroke Pines Cop Dies

'Justice for Baxter' rally planned for April 4

Author: Barbara A. Besteni, Managing Editor, Local10.com, barb@local10.com
Published On: Mar 26 2012 08:22:20 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2012 03:46:56 PM EDT
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -

A 6-year-old Australian shepherd that was shot by a Pembroke Pines police officer has died.

On Feb. 26, police responded to the Lido Isle neighborhood after a neighbor reported the dog, Baxter, was loose in front of the owner's house.

The dog's owner, Frank Jones, said when police arrived, Baxter was already back inside the house but the front door was open. Jones said when police went to the door to talk to the family, Baxter ran outside.

Jones' son, Cameron, 13, went outside to talk to police. He said Baxter was barking at the officers, but police officials said the dog bit an officer's shoe.

The cop then opened fire on Baxter, shooting him six times. Cameron witnessed the shooting.

"The officer was being attacked," said Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. Chris Chacon-Chang.

Although Baxter survived the initial shooting, he died on March 19th.

"Words cannot express how devastated we are," Jones told Local 10. "We miss him greatly and as a father, I can't bear to see my children suffer they way they are suffering."

On a Facebook page dedicated to Baxter, neighbors, friends and animal advocates expressed their sadness at the dog's passing and outrage at the officer's actions, calling his actions "cruel and cowardly."

A Justice For Baxter Rally is planned for April 4 at Pembroke Pines City Hall.