Cover photo from Justice for Maximus Facebook page.

Image via Facebook.
Image via Facebook.

Cleburne, TX — A sickening video was uploaded to facebook of an alleged Cleburne Police officer calling a small dog towards him and then shooting it.

The video appears to be the officer’s body cam which catches this gruesome act of animal cruelty. The person who uploaded the video, Darryl Neathery, claims that this was a Cleburne County police officer.

We reached out to the CPD and they did not confirm nor deny that one of their officers was the man in this video.

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Neathery said on his Facebook page that, “The CPD said the dog was being aggressive. I know the dogs personally, and I assure you they knew nothing about aggression.”

At the end of the video you can here the police radio chime in as the officer is apparently about to report the death of this dog.

We do not know the events prior to this 22 second video, but from what we can see in the video, this was seemingly not self-defense. This looks like a sadistic “puppycide.”

The family of the slain dog, ‘Maximus’ has started a support page for the dog, called Justice for Maximus.

You can see it here.

On the page they have posted photos, such as the one above which shows the calm demeanor of this dog.


The CPD has released the following statement about the above video.

The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog. As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story.

The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting.

The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.

The City of Cleburne takes the safety of our residents, their pets, and our officers seriously. This incident is currently under review.

The review will include interviews with witnesses and review of department policies. Once the review is concluded, any actions that may be warranted will be handled swiftly and appropriately.

The Cleburne Police Department is seeking the public’s help if anyone observed this incident, please contact the Professional Standards Unit at 817.556.8884.

Matt Agorist’s post first appeared at The Free Thought Project.