State News

Jun 19, 2013 9:09 AM

Leander Officer With Warrant Shoots Therapy Dog

LEANDER - A Central Texas police officer faces an administrative review after shooting a family's trained therapy dog while trying to serve a traffic-related warrant.

Homeowner James Simmons said Tuesday that the Leander police officer had the wrong house.

Police say Officer Woodson Blase felt threatened when he opened fire Monday and shot a 3-year-old German shepherd named Vinny. Police say Vinny and another dog were running toward the officer.

Simmons says Vinny was shot through the neck as his 6-year-old grandson played nearby. The boy wasn't hurt.

The homeowner's wife has been a professional dog trainer for more than 30 years. Renata Simmons says people are always coming and going through their yard and Vinny, who's recovering from the wound, is not aggressive.

The officer remains on active duty.


Top Videos

1 2 3 4

Submit News

Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.

Most Popular

KRISTV.COM is Social!

Click the icons above to receive News, Weather, and Sports alerts from KRISTV.COM!


Contact Us
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Photo Central
Look at photos and videos and share them!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get on your mobile or PDA!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
Texas Lottery
See the latest winning numbers!
6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more