Smyrna man says cops wrongfully shot, killed dog

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A Cobb County man says he is devastated over the loss of his dog, who officers fatally shot and killed while responding to an alarm call at his house.

SMYRNA, Ga. - A Cobb County man says officers fatally shot his dog while responding to an alarm call at his house.

Smyrna resident Robby King said he's torn apart by what happened at his home Sunday afternoon.

"I heard 'pop, pop' and I screamed out , 'Oh, God please don't shoot my dog, and walked to the door and he's just laying there gasping for breath," King told Channel 2's Erin Coleman.

Luke, King's 6-year-old chocolate Lab, was shot by police, when Cobb officers reported to his home after he accidentally triggered his alarm.  King said he was in a rush, on his way to a hospital to see his first grandchild being born.  While he was on the phone with his alarm company, he said he couldn't remember his password.

"I told her I'll just wait here at the front door and when Cobb County shows up and give them my ID let them know I'm the homeowner it was a false alarm," King said.

But officers came to the back door, which was unlocked, and they opened it. That's when Luke started barking. According to a police report, the dog chased one of the officers into the yard.

"He didn't try to bite the guy; the guy admitted that. (Luke) was just the most gentle animal you could ever meet," added the grieving pet owner, who plans to file a formal complaint against Cobb police.

Cobb police, meanwhile, said officers followed protocol and the case is closed.

King also told Channel 2 that officers need additional training when it comes to dealing with animals.

"I had to watch him bleed to death and gasp for air, and they just stood there looking at me like I was stupid," he said.

Coleman said a witness is documented, saying the dog bit her in the past, but she told Coleman the statement was untrue.

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