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Update: Animal Cruelty Complaint After Sheriff's Deputy Shoots Dog

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The surviving dog released from the animal shelter Wednesday. The surviving dog released from the animal shelter Wednesday.

Update: The owner of the dogs has come forward and says he is heartbroken. We caught up with Dwayne Smith as he was picking up his surviving dog from the Rock Island Co. Animal Care and Control shelter in Moline Wednesday morning. Smith admits that his dogs got loose, but insists they are not aggressive.

"My dogs are very very friendly. I take them everywhere. I probably get so many people that see my dogs and say they're the best dogs in the whole wide world," Smith said.

It's his understanding that the dog that was shot was barking at a caged rabbit, but did not cause any harm. He insists the shooting was unjustified.

"There are other steps that should have been taken instead of putting a bullet in a dog's head," he added. Smith says animal control should have been called. The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office says animal control was not available.


The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office says it will take a look into a complaint of animal cruelty against one of its deputies. That deputy shot a dog in East Moline.

The aftermath was caught on camera by a KWQC viewer who shared the video with us, video that we want to warn you is graphic.

"Shot with a gun and bleeding out on the pavement," said Shelby Gosa. She says a deputy shot a loose dog in their neighborhood.

"It was so surreal just watching the dog bleed out in front of our house," said Gosa.

Her stepmother called 9-1-1 when she saw two Rottweilers trying to attack her neighbor's pet rabbits. She said when the deputy arrived, the first dog went into his squad car with no problems. So, Gosa went back inside her house, thinking the second dog would do the same...

"And then a couple of minutes later, we heard a gunshot," said Gosa. "There was blood all over the dog's mouth and the dog and the officer were kind of pacing around one another over in our neighbor's driveway and I immediately thought that the dog must have bitten him so I asked him 'Sir, did the dog bite you?' and he said no the dog didn't bite me, the dog was going after the rabbits again."

She said the deputy shot the dog on their driveway, then tried to lead the animal toward his squad car.

"The dog got about as far as the passenger side door and collapsed and began to bleed profusely everywhere," said Gosa.

Gosa said gravel was put down this morning, soaking up the blood stains from where the dog laid for 15 minutes bleeding the entire time.

The Sheriff's Office said it had received two separate 9-1-1 calls that morning about the two Rottweilers and that the deputy had trouble getting one of the dogs under control.

"He tried to again, corral the dog and the deputy says at that time the dog became aggressive and which time he did have to stop the dog from hurting him, so he did shoot it," said Capt. Gerry Bustos of the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Bustos said both dogs were taken to the animal shelter.

Shelby Gosa said she's still in shock from what she saw.

"When I was outside neither of the dogs were being aggressive," said Gosa. "They both came up to me and were willing to let me pet them."

Capt. Bustos said he believes his deputy acted correctly to protect himself, but the Sheriff's Office will still look further into the shooting.

The dog that was shot did die, but it's not clear if the dog died in the driveway or at the animal shelter.

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