JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Off-duty Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sergeant C. Bradley Shivers shot his neighbor's dog in the head Friday afternoon after the dog wandered into his backyard through a hole in the fence.
Posts began appearing all over Facebook Friday night as the owner of the dog sought what she viewed as justice against the killing of her dog.
Sgt. Shivers was the one who called police, and he explained to on-duty officers that the dog, named Goose, had ran into his backyard through a hole in his fence while he and his family were around the pool.
According to police, Sgt. Shivers told officers he promptly found a rake and attempted to run the dog off. He said he'd had several run ins with the animal and a rake usually did the trick.
However, according to Sgt. Shivers, the dog would not 'back down' and kept circling his pool, barking with aggression.
After that, Sgt. Shivers ran into his home and retrieved his agency-approved personal Glock .27 with JSO-issued rounds inside. Before opening fire, Sgt. Shivers told police that he tried to scare the dog off again with a rake.
At this time, Sgt. Shivers slipped in the soft dirt around his pool deck and fell, according to police. Sgt. Shivers then told police the dog lunged at him - and he opened fire, hitting the dog in the head.
Just after the shot was fired, Goose's owner, Chelsea Pavish, 23, came over to Sgt. Shivers's backyard.
Pavish took her pet to St. Francis Animal Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"We heard the shot… I feel sick, concerned… helpless," Pavish said.
Pavish said that she originally got Goose, a basset hound mix, from the city shelter four months prior to the shooting.
Pavish claims there are problems in Sgt. Shivers's narrative of the events, wondering how, if the dog was so aggressive and such a threat, he could run inside and find a gun before trying to shoo it away with a rake. She was not a witness to the shooting, however.
Pavish claims she's never had any problems with Sgt. Shivers in the past. Pavish blamed Sgt. Shivers saying the officer had a broken fence that he neglected to fix.
In trying to get in touch with Sgt. Shivers, a woman who identified herself as the family's nanny said neither Sgt. Shivers nor his wife were home but did speak through the door.
"This unfortunate situation. No one is happy about it. Please know that," the unidentified woman said.
A neighbor who said her dog goes into Sgt. Shivers' yard all the time and said she never had any problem with him. The woman said Sgt. Shivers was not the type of person to shoot a dog without a good reason.
Pavish thought otherwise. "I haven't even gotten so much as an apology so that would be a good start," she said.
Pavish started an online petition against Sgt. Shivers. As of 5 p.m. that afternoon she was more than half-way to her goal of getting 1000 signatures.
JSO spokesperson Melissa Bujeda told FCN, "Although the officer was on his personal property, off duty, and used his personal firearm, the JSO will be looking into this complaint."
Animal Control did not feel it necessary to respond to the scene.
No charges were listed against Sgt. Shivers in the incident report.
Brittany Dionne contributed to this report.
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