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Officer Serving Traffic Warrant Shoots Therapy Dog

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:21 AM CDT
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Officer Serving Traffic Warrant Shoots Therapy Dog

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A Central Texas police officer faces an administrative review after shooting a family's trained therapy dog while trying to serve a traffic-related warrant.

Homeowner James Simmons said Tuesday that the Leander police officer had the wrong house.

Police said officer Woodson Blase felt threatened when he opened fire Monday and shot a 3-year-old German shepherd named Vinny.

Police said Vinny and another dog were running toward the officer.

Simmons said Vinny was shot through the neck as his 6-year-old grandson played nearby. The boy wasn't hurt.

The homeowner's wife has been a professional dog trainer for more than 30 years. Renata Simmons said people are always coming and going through their yard and Vinny, who's recovering from the wound, is not aggressive.

The officer remains on active duty.

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