A former San Benito, Texas police officer has a community outraged after he fired three shots at an American Pit Bull Terrier back in mid-May after he claims it got loose and attacked his dog on his property. The shot(s) hit the dog in the mouth and his jaw was broken.
The co-owner of the dog, who breeds the pit bulls, Fernando Baez (above, talking to a police officer called to the scene), says Gordo has never hurt a soul and that the entire ordeal should have never happened.
Property records indicate that former San Benito police officer Ezequiel â€œZekeâ€ Torres lives at the property where the incident unfolded, and is believed to be the one who fired the shots.
â€œThe guy went too far, heâ€™s a cop, he should know procedure,â€ Fernando said after an argument erupted between the two men the next day, bringing police back to the scene.
â€œHereâ€™s what scared me. The guy admitted to me that heâ€™s legally blind in one eye completely, and that his vision is going out in the other eye. And so he makes the decision. And instead of calling the pound, he goes inside and comes back outside with gloves and shoots my dogâ€¦ Why not let the cops do what they do? Just like he called them right now, why couldnâ€™t he call them yesterday? â€˜Hey, thereâ€™s a dog loose. Come pick him up.â€™ Weâ€™ll bail him out and everyoneâ€™s happy,â€ he added.
Gordo was taken to a local vet on the morning of May 15th to undergo emergency surgery to remove the bullet(s) lodged in his jaw. Baez said that the medical expenses were already at about $1,000.
The San Benito Police Department confirmed that the shooter was indeed a former San Benito police officer.
We have an email in to a San Benito newspaper asking for an update on the dogâ€™s condition, as well as any legal processes that have taken place since the incident.
Weâ€™ll update this story if/when we receive this information.
UPDATE: October 27, 2015
I just received word from the editor and writer of the original story in the San Benito Newspaper and he says:
“I regret to inform you that the dog passed away a few weeks after the incident.”
Upon then asking for any updates on the legal ramifications/processes in relation to the case, he replied with:
“The owner told me they closed the investigation citing lack of evidence.”
Fernando Baez, himself, the owner of the dog shot, wrote in our comments section below about Gordo’s passing, and also confirms that the former officer was never charged.
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