HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- A dog in Volusia County is recovering after being shot by police, its owner said.
Richard Stotlar said Lady, which he rescued more than a year ago, is now stitched up and in pain after being shot three times about midnight Friday on Elsie Avenue in Holly Hill.
"I was sitting in there, watching TV, and all of a sudden we hear three gunshots," Stotlar said.
Stotlar said he ran outside and saw officers in his backyard with Lady surrounded. Officers said the dog made an aggressive move.
"She is a big baby. She is not a vicious animal," Stotlar said.
He said it started when officers came banging on his door, trying to serve a search warrant on a prostitute who Stotlar said doesn't live there.
"I repeatedly told them that she didn't live here. They wanted to argue with me, so I just shut the door. Then they went over here and pried my gate open and went back there," Stotlar said.
That's when the gunshots cracked the late-night silence.
"(The officer) shot her so close, she had powder burns on her face," Stotlar said. "They knew they did wrong. They said, 'Don't worry about it. The bill is on us.'"
Stotlar said a bullet fragment is still lodged near Lady's ear canal.
"They tried to use the excuse that (the officer) is a rookie," Stotlar said.
Holly Hill police officials said they are conducting a use of force investigation, but the officer remains on duty.
Stotlar said he has contacted PETA and a lawyer because he feels Holly Hill police got sloppy with their job.
"They didn't even investigate to see where this person lived. I Googled her on my phone, and she was arrested on Nov. 28, so she might still be in jail," Stotlar said.
Stotlar said he has a $3,000 bill from the veterinarian for Lady's treatment.