David Fox, Sr. said he wants to know why his dog, Roxy, was shot to death. He said it was his neighbor, a Seminole County Sheriff's deputy who killed the dog.
“I can't get it out of my mind. I can't imagine anyone shooting a defenseless animal,” said Fox.
The family has video that shows the dog running home after they say she was shot four times.
Fox said their neighbor shot their 13-year-old Shar Pei after it got loose and wandered next door.
"I looked around and didn't see Roxy and I stormed out my front door, and their she was bleeding, with multiple gunshot wounds," said Fox, Jr., who found Roxy after she had been shot.
The 23-year-old said the 13-year-old dog was friendly.
“She would scratch at my door to wake me up, she was basically my alarm.”
The family believes it didn't need to come to this.
“This is a neighborhood, bullets ricochet. It could have ricocheted and hit one of my kids,” said Fox, Sr.
He admits Roxy and their two other dogs, including a pit bull, have wandered past their electric fence and into the neighbor's yard. After one of the dog's went into the yard three weeks ago, Fox said the neighbor told him if it happened again, he'd shoot the dog.
“He is a police officer. He shouldn't be firing a gun in city limits unless his life was really in danger. If so, prove it,” said Fox.
The family said their neighbor claims the dog attacked him. Local 6 knocked on the neighbor's door to get his side of the story, but no one answered.
Longwood police said the off-duty officer told them his neighbor's dog had been aggressive in the past and once cornered his daughter. According to the report, the dog was aggressive when it came into his yard on Saturday afternoon and the deputy said he was in fear of a pending attack when he fired three times with his person .380 handgun.
Police determined the firing of the gun to prevent an animal attack was justified.
SCSO said the deputy was on personal property and was acting as a private citizen at the time of the incident. The deputy didn't use his service weapon and hasn't broken any laws or violations of the department policy, SCSO said.