Australian Shepherd Story … In 2014, the internet was outraged when Salt Lake City police officers shot a man’s dog dead on his own lawn. Last week, things could have taken a similarly tragic turn for a Texas dog owner.
Geoffrey was home with his 4-year-old son when he called 911 to report a neighborhood disturbance. He told the dispatcher that his dog, Jillaroo, was also home.
Jillaroo is an Australian Shepherd who helped protect her home while Geoffrey served two tours overseas; the pup is instinctively protective. Officer Randall Frederick arrived at Geoffrey’s home before there was time to secure the dog in the back room.
Geoffrey’s son rushed to answer the door, and that’s when Jillaroo jumped between the child and officer, biting Officer Frederick on the leg. But instead of acting aggressively toward Jillaroo like other officers would do without thinking twice, Frederick attempted to soothe the dog – much to Geoffrey’s surprise.
Officer Frederick is being commended by his police department for remaining calm, rather than reacting with haste and violence. According to KAGS News, “Frederick’s calm response represents a major step forward for a department that has faced criticism over how officers have handled aggressive dogs.
In May 2014, an officer shot and killed a Rottweiler inside a home after an alarm was activated. Stuart said Frederick’s handling of this situation sets an example for others to follow.”
Geoffrey says this is the first time Jillaroo has ever had an incident of this magnitude. While he says he wouldn’t have faulted the officer for reacting aggressively, he’s forever grateful to Officer Frederick for handling the situation with such care and kindness.
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