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Family angry after police shoot dog

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Moore says he put up signs to warn strangers. Moore says he put up signs to warn strangers.
DeoGee DeoGee
George Moore George Moore
Brian Ohler, right, says police were looking for his brother. Brian Ohler, right, says police were looking for his brother.

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Indianapolis - A family on the west side says they're devastated after sheriff's deputies shot their 11-year-old German Shepard Lab mix named DeoGee.

"I told him sorry it had to end like this," said DeoGee's owner George Moore, who tried to comfort the animal after it had been shot.

"I kneeled down and I was petting him and talking to him and was comforting him and he could hear me," cried Moore.

Marion County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Julio Fernandez says the deputies were serving a warrant for a man who never showed up for his jail sentence in Jennings County. Fernandez says they had a tip the man was at the Langley Avenue house.

"They were looking for my brother. He hasn't lived here in a long time. He lives actually in Kentucky," said Brian Ohler, who's also part of the family that owns DeoGee.

Fernandez says the deputies were looking around the outside of the house when the dog attacked and bit a deputy on the leg.

"I heard 'em yell dog. I came running out and then that's when they started firing," Ohler.

Fernandez says what happened is unfortunate, but not the first time deputies serving a warrant have had to shoot a dog.

"They were strangers. To him, they were strangers. That's why we got signs for strangers," explained Moore.

"Why couldn't they shoot him in the leg? Why did they have to put nine bullets in him? I mean, they shot him from the top of his head to his feet," asked Moore's girlfriend Toni Noland.

"Can't they tase him or can't they, you know, knock him out with something" asked Moore.

The dog's owners say the animal suffered for an hour in the yard until animal control got there, took the dog away and put him down.

"You done shot him nine times, you can't shoot him one more time and put him out of his misery?" asked Moore.

DeoGee's owner's say he was only protecting the people he loved. They say they're crushed they couldn't return the favor.

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