An Australian cattle dog killed by a Texas police officer responding to a 911 call at a wrong address had been the subject of two previous complaints, local media reported Thursday.
Cisco, a blue heeler owned by Michael Paxton, was shot Saturday by an Austin officer responding to a domestic disturbance call. An address given in a 911 call turned out to be wrong -- the people who allegedly had been fighting in the street nearby had left the scene. But Officer Thomas Griffin said that when he arrived at the address he shot the dog after it charged at him. Paxton, however, denied that Cisco lunged at Griffin.
According to The Austin American-Statesman, Cisco had been the subject of two complaints made to animal control authorities, last month and in 2007. In 2007, a woman complained that the dog had nipped at her hand, but Paxton denied the charge. Last month, a man who was walking past Paxton’s house, said the dog lunged at him, but did not bite him.
Paxton refused to believe the complaints. “I will go to my grave saying he was not a vicious dog,” Paxton told the Statesman. “There’s more to the issue than this.”
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