Officer Cleared in Dog Shooting
Investigation concludes that Officer Johnny Wooldridge was behaving in accordance with guidelines when he shot and killed Naive the dog
A July 3 memorandum outlining the investigation found that a park visitor had approached the dog, which was chained to a lawn chair, to pet her and that the dog bit the visitor on the hand. The visitor's mother-in-law called 911, and Wooldridge responded. When Wooldridge and a park employee approached the dog's family, the memo states, the dog – named Naive – stood up, growled, and charged them. According to the memo, Wooldridge shot the dog three times after she lunged at the park employee. A final shot, delivered four to five minutes later, killed the dog after her owner, Juan Moreno, asked the officer to put the dog out of her misery, the memo states.
The memo quotes Moreno as saying that Naive was tethered at the time of the shooting. However, investigators concluded that she had come loose from her chain. The investigation found that Wooldridge's gun was pointed toward the ground when he fired it and that the risk of human injury from his shots was minimal. It also concluded that use of a Taser stun gun would have been ineffective, because Wooldridge was not within the Taser's optimum range of 7 to 15 feet from the dog.