Tiffany and Lenny McGregor are mourning the loss of their dog Zeus. It is being reported that deputies from the Sheriff’s Office in Richland County, Ohio, were responding to a call to a suicide hotline from a woman who claimed she was going to take her own life. Not surprisingly, the caller hung up before giving her name or address.
WBNS reports that when the deputies used the location given to them by the dispatcher, they were given incorrect information. The incident report states that “dispatch… advised (the deputy) they completed a trace” to the McGregor’s address. Upon entering the McGregor’s home, they did not see the woman. Instead, they found nine-month-old Zeus, a mastiff-rottweiler mix, owned by the McGregor’s, at the top of the stairs.
Deputies tried to walk through the home and claim that Zeus began to “growl and become aggressive.” They left the home and contacted the dog warden, who did not respond to calls. Deputies then called Ms. McGregor and asked to enter the home in search of the mystery caller. She gave them permission, not knowing that they had previously entered the home, and had already had encountered Zeus.
When they entered the home the second time to search for the mystery caller, deputies claim that Zeus “aggressively charged” and a deputy was forced to open fire and kill the family pet. Deputies were forced to shoot the dog three times, while Zeus dragged himself to the McGregor’s son’s bed, where he bled out and died from his injuries. Deputies searched the home and did not find anyone in the house. Mr. McGregor believes they could have tased the dog instead of shooting it three times. The McGregors are planning legal action against the Sheriff’s Office. There are many unresolved questions in this case. The phone number for the Richland County Sheriff’s Office is 419-774-5881.