Officer should not have shot dog
We want to tell you about Maggie, the Rottweiler who was recently shot by Wendell police Officer Lenward Hanks.
Bryan White (Maggie’s owner) saved Maggie’s life when she was abandoned and left to die on a farm in Johnston County. She was left with no food or water, but Bryan found her and brought her home to be a member of his family. He and his 4-year-old daughter loved Maggie and nourished her back to health. It is such a shame that this loving dog was killed and can no longer share its love with this family.
In our opinion, an officer with this kind of cowardly mentality does not need to be on the police force to protect us. Officer Hanks had a Taser and pepper spray, either of which would have certainly caused a dog to go in a different direction, even if that dog was being aggressive. We have been around Maggie many times and she did not exhibit any aggressive behavior. Rottweilers are friendly dogs that love to be around people.
Officer Hanks did not show any professionalism in this case. We think that there should be a “Maggie’s Law” that states a police officer is not allowed to shoot any family pet without trying another alternative first.
Glenda K. Stephens
Lisa K. Stephens