Sheriff responds after deputies shoot dog during drug raid

Published: Jul. 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM CDT
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A photo of Aubie before he was shot (Source: Facebook)
A photo of Aubie before he was shot (Source: Facebook)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Many people have shared their outrage over a dog being shot during a drug raid at a Decatur apartment complex.

The owner alleged Morgan County deputies shot Aubie, a 3-year-old Golden Retriever, when they raided an apartment at Cedar Key Apartments on July 20th.

Since then, word about the shooting spread on Facebook and through email.

Sheriff Ana Franklin posted this response on her Facebook page:

"By now you have seen the pictures and read the posts about the dog being shot while the Morgan Co. Drug Task Force was conducting a search warrant for illegal sales/possession of narcotics and marijuana. There is no one that loves animals more than I do. This is a sad and unfortunate incident that I wish could have been avoided. The case is still open and I cant comment on the details, but I can say that the information that has been posted is false and we will seek legal actions about this. These images and posts were sent to inflame the public. The issue at hand should be that the owner of this dog was selling drugs in an apartment complex, where families and children live close by. Our first priority is the safety and security of our deputies, as well as the suspects. When there is a threat and an act of aggression to our officers, we will use the means necessary to stop that threat. I am angered that drug dealers would put their dogs in that position, and I am also angered that they forced us to take these actions. We will continue to do our job in an effort to make Morgan County a better place."

WAFF 48 News reached out to the creator of the "Justice for Aubie" Facebook page, which contains graphic images of the dog after he was shot. It's unclear who started the Facebook page. We have not received a response.

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