Marco Ramirez, a Tempe resident and father, was out working some errands on the night of January 2 when he realized that his two rescue canine had been shot a number of occasions by a neighbor. Each would finally be pronounced lifeless at a veterinary hospital.
The neighbor was Dennis Goodwin, who Ramirez had by no means met, in accordance with a Tempe Police Division report obtained by means of a public information request. He informed cops that he shot the canine out of “worry of his security.”
However he did so with a .44 magnum revolver and unloaded over six photographs into the 2 canine, a sign that he needed to cease to re-load when he killed the animals. A responding officer wrote within the report that Goodwin dedicated disorderly conduct, animal cruelty, and reckless show or discharge of a firearm.
“I used to be in shock,” Ramirez mentioned. “I couldn’t consider someone would shoot canine.”
Makes an attempt to succeed in Goodwin have been unsuccessful. He was not arrested or charged on the time of the incident, however the Tempe Police Division continues to research the case, in accordance with Detective Natalie Barela, a division spokesperson.
As Ramirez tells it, he had let his two canine — one was a pit bull-Labrador combine named “Jax” and the opposite canine, “Loba,” was a German shepherd-boxer combine — out into his yard earlier than he left to get groceries. The yard is enclosed by concrete partitions and an iron gate with wooden boards. However neighbors have been nonetheless lighting off fireworks, regardless that New 12 months’s Eve had come and gone.
“It was Saturday. There have been nonetheless plenty of fireworks,” he mentioned. “They bought so scared. They tore by means of the wooden.”
This wasn’t the primary time they’d been scared by fireworks, he mentioned. As Jax bought older, the canine would “nestle underneath something” out of worry, in accordance with Ramirez.
The police report does not substantiate this declare or present a lot perception into what set the canine off within the first place. However one witness, Mike Trujillo, informed police that he had seen the canine working across the neighborhood on earlier days and that he had “by no means identified the canine to be aggressive.” Ramirez additionally informed cops that the canine would “sometimes energy their means out of the yard by means of the picket gate into the alley.”
Different witness accounts seem to corroborate what occurred earlier than Goodwin unloaded on the canine. Two neighbors, “Robert” and “Leticia,” have been inside their dwelling once they realized that the canine have been attacking a cat subsequent door. They headed outdoors and “noticed the canine killing a cat in [Goodwin’s] entrance yard.” They informed Goodwin that the canine had simply killed a cat, then bought on their bikes and adopted the canine as they saved working by means of the neighborhood. Goodwin adopted them. Ultimately, they turned again, solely to see the canine method Goodwin’s dwelling once more simply as he was arriving dwelling. Robert mentioned that he noticed the canine “advancing” towards Goodwin and that they “lunged” at him, prompting Goodwin to fireside two photographs on the canine. One canine ran off.
One other witness, Jessena Bishop, Trujillo’s daughter, had reportedly “seen a cat attacked by canine and was fearful a few man strolling round with a gun.” When Trujillo arrived on the scene, he witnessed Goodwin “strolling down the road with a household in entrance of him” whereas holding a “silver ‘revolver’ type pistol” that seemed to be a “.357 magnum.” When Trujillo and Jessena bought dwelling, they noticed one of many canine bleeding on their patio, prompting them to name 911.
Goodwin’s spouse, Mary Beth Goodwin, informed police that she and her husband have been inside their dwelling when their neighbors knocked on the door and informed them that two canine have been “on the unfastened” and had simply killed a cat outdoors their home. The cat was a stray that Dennis would feed.
Mary Beth and Dennis walked outdoors and noticed the canine approaching the cat. However she wasn’t in a position to inform officers if the “cat had already been attacked” or if she noticed the canine “method after which assault” the cat. Dennis scared the canine off, walked again into his dwelling, and grabbed his gun as a result of he was “upset” that the canine had attacked the cat, the report mentioned. He looked for the canine earlier than returning dwelling the place Mary Beth was ready along with her grandchild. However the canine got here again and approached Dennis whereas “growling,” she mentioned. Dennis tried to wave them off, however one of many canine “continued to aggressively method him.”
Then, when the canine was inside “arm’s attain” of Dennis, Mary Beth shouted, “shoot the canine, shoot the canine!” She mentioned that Dennis shot the closest canine “as soon as” earlier than the opposite canine got here at him “in an aggressive method” and he shot it too, the report says.
Veterinary employees informed police that Jax was shot twice in an “arm” (foreleg), as soon as within the chest, as soon as within the pelvis, and as soon as close to its rear legs. Loba, was hit as soon as within the neck, as soon as within the “decrease physique,” and as soon as in a foreleg.
Police seized a silver .44 Magnum pistol and 12 bullet casings from the scene.
Ramirez mentioned that Goodwin’s selections to roam the neighborhood with a big revolver and empty a number of rounds into the canine was “extreme.”
“There’s children round his neighborhood,” he mentioned. “Does he carry a gun 24/7 just like the Wild West?”
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