Broward County sheriff's deputy shoots Dalmatian http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbdog1117sbnov17,0,2801122.story By Jose de Wit South Florida Sun-Sentinel November 17, 2007 Responding to a call about a barking dog in Weston, a Broward County sheriff's deputy fired two shots at an 11-year-old Dalmatian after it lunged at her, according to police reports. Now the owner of the wounded dog is fighting mad. According to police reports, deputy Lisa Damiano was in the Laguna Springs II development about 7:35 a.m. Friday when she heard barking coming from behind the house. When she walked around to the rear or the house, a large white dog charged at her through an open screen door, the police report said. Fearing for her safety, Damiano felled Fred the Dalmatian. "He was barking at a duck," said the dog's owner, Cliff Esterson. "If there's a problem, knock on my door, [say] 'Sir, your dog is causing a disturbance, could you please control it?'" Esterson said the officer did not knock, but instead went straight into his backyard. His wife, Marilyn, said she then heard Fred "screaming." The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he remains in critical condition, the owners said. Damiano said in the police report that the Estersons' property is unfenced, that the dog was not restrained by a leash and that there are no warning signs saying there was a dog. Esterson said the dog was inside his family's property, restrained by a collar that delivers a shock whenever he crosses the property boundary. Esterson thinks the deputy shot his dog unnecessarily. "In the worst case, you fire a shot, maybe you use a Taser," Esterson said. "You don't shoot it. This wasn't a pit bull."