MARBLE HILL, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after using deadly force against a suspect’s dog.

And the sheriff says he was “just sick” to learn the victim wasn’t some large hulking breed — but a Chihuahua.

Bollinger county Deputy Kelly Barks resigned in March, several weeks after the incident that occurred during a domestic violence call.

Sheriff Leo McElrath told KFVS-TV the deputy arrested a man at the scene and got permission to search his home. Inside, the sheriff says, Barks confronted three growling dogs.

Barks believed the Chihuahua had bitten her and shot it once, then shot it again because it still appeared aggressive. When the dog went into its kennel, she fired the third and fatal shot.

The sheriff says he’s apologized to the Chihuahua’s owner.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

Comments (8)
  1. Michael Hardin says:

    So it went into its kennel to die and she had the presence of mind to shoot it again. Thank God for these civil servants that we pay. God bless their union.

  2. Elizabeth Whitson Flynn says:

    I guess it is vogue to criticize civil servants and the unions that back them. But wow, what an ignorant comment! You should thank God for the fire and the police – those civil servants and many more who aren’t paid much but put their lives on the line every day for people like you. I’m a dog lover, The fact that this little dog got shot to death was obviously excessive.. But neither you nor I were there. Domestic violence calls are the most dangerous for police officers.

    1. James says:

      First of all, who mentioned anything about the fire department?

      Secondly, “those civil servants and many more who aren’t paid much”? Aren’t paid much? There’s plenty of cops out there that pull in six figures – especially when you get into the administrative echelons.

      “[P]ut their lives on the line every day”? Are you serious? Being a police officer in America doesn’t even rank on the list of the most dangerous jobs. Hardly a day goes by where some legislator or a simpleton like you doesn’t call for some new curb on the rights of us mere mundanes in the name of “enhancing officer safety,” or some such nonsense. For every cop that’s out there, “putting his life on the line” for any of us, there’s at least ten obese slobs sucking down donuts and coffee waiting for someone to drive past them at a rate of speed greater than what the arbitrary value that’s printed on the sign says they’re allowed to.

      Talk about an ignorant comment. Why don’t you pack up and take your unquestionable State worship somewhere like N. Korea or China where it will be seen as more of a virtue.

      Just because someone puts on a funny costume and a shiny piece of tin issued by the State doesn’t make them infallible, doesn’t automatically make them some kind of hero, and it certainly doesn’t place them above you, I, or the commenter you’re deriding.

  3. Animal Advocate says:

    Why isn’t she being prosecuted? She needs to be put in jail for what she did I don’t care if the dog “bit” her. NO EXCUSE FOR USING DEADLY FORCE. She should have been fired and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  4. CP says:

    If the dog was viscous, it SHOULD have been shot, no matter what the breed, Chihuahua or Doberman! Our cops need to be respected and don’t get paid enough to take a dog bite. I’m sorry for the pooch’s fate, but a good officer shouldn’t have to lose their job over a dog! Survival of the fittest!

  5. exstlouis says:

    His name is Barks? How appropriate.

    1. msbayersclassrep says:

      It’s SHE

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