Texas Game Warden Fatally Shoots Off-Leashed Pet Dog Running on Trails
A woman whose off-leashed dog was shot and killed by a Texas Game Warden suggested that signs be changed from "All dogs must be leashed" to "All dogs off leash will be shot on sight".
Now granted, I'm sure not all Game Wardens are going to shoot your dog, but on Saturday Cathy Tomsett witnessed her year-old dog get shot by a Warden at Cibolo Creek northeast of San Antonio, as it was chasing a deer about 100 feet away from her.
I am not filing a complaint against Officer Fuentes at this time. He is the man with the gun and I know I could never win that battle.
According to mySA.com, the Warden (whose name wasn't released by the state agency) was spooked and fired once with his pistol at an aggressive dog out of fear of being injured. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the game warden was out patrolling the area for poachers when he came across an un-leashed animal.
Tomsett says she won't be filing a complaint against the Warden and in a Facebook post even mentioned that her two dogs - Woodrow and Gus - were named after Texas Ranger characters from the novel and TV series, Lonesome Dove.
Here is her perspective on the story from Facebook:
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, Game Warden Javier Fuentes, shot and killed my dog because he was off-leash, had run ahead of me, and was (allegedly) scaring the deer or (allegedly) looking like he might attack Officer Fuentes. I'm not claiming to be a forensics expert, but it was clear my dog was shot from a distance, through the side, and although there was blood everywhere, Officer Fuentes didn't have a drop on him. I was within 100 feet when he killed my dog.
While dogs are supposed to be on a leash in this park, it is a rural greenbelt running between the suburban towns of Schertz and Universal City. It has become an evening ritual to load up our dogs for a romp in the park. Cibolo Creek runs throught it and we frequently meet other walkers and dogs with the same idea. I've not once met another dog walker who had their dog on leash. It is the norm and the beauty of this park.
I am not filing a complaint against Officer Fuentes at this time. He is the man with the gun and I know I could never win that battle. However, TPWD might consider changing their sign at the trail head that reads "All dogs must be leashed" to "All dogs off leash will be shot on sight." Another consideration might be to remove Officer Fuentes from duty in an urban, populated environment.
I hope this posting is not immediately removed by TPWD but I bet it won't last 20 minutes. Still, I want people to know what happened.
This has been a horrible ordeal for myself and my family. Woodrow possessed such joy and intelligence and, even though he had just turned one year old, he had the makings of a fine dog. In his short life, he traveled to over a dozen states, hiked with us, and sailed with us on our boat in British Columbia and the San Juan Islands of Washington. He loved to swim and fetch sticks from the water, sometimes swimming in circles for the sheer joy of it. We played fetch every day and he had just mastered catching snacks when I tossed them to him. He slept in my bed every night, happily taking up the majority of the space. He is sorely missed. RIP Woodrow.