Family of dog shot by MCSO seek help after death

Posted at 8:51 PM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 11:24:57-05

A Mesa family is asking for help after their dog was shot and killed by a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy. 

"They have freaking killed one of my family members and I'm gonna tell you now please, God anybody help me," Debbie Holm said. "Help me make this point." 

Holm says the point she wants to make is that MCSO deputies didn't have to kill her dog Blue.

"Just being gun happy, he just had to pull out his gun," she said. "Why? Because he's a pitbull?"

Sheriff officials say deputies shot Blue while serving a warrant at Holm's Mesa home.

Officer Courtney Palma with MCSO said deputies were walking towards the front door when the 3-year-old dog came charging out.

"Came straight out of the house at full speed at the deputy," Palma said. "The deputy had no other choice but to draw his weapon and fire on the dog."

Holm says that Blue was just being friendly.

"He didn't come straight at these guys," she said. "He went all the way around the cars and he was outside and his little butt was wagging."

"One of our deputies jumped in the back of a pickup truck in an attempt to retreat and the other deputy who was on the radio with dispatch turned to see the dog was right there and had no other choice," Palma said. 

"He wasn't being threatening of any sort," Holm added. 

Holm is asking for animal rights organizations or attorneys to contact her so that she can figure out what she is going to do next.