Policeman Andrew Childs Placed on Probation for Shooting Neighbor’s Dog

Posted: Fri 7:33 PM, Nov 16, 2012
Reporter: Andy Alcock  Email | WCTV.Tv
Updated: Fri 10:50 PM, Nov 16, 2012

Policeman Placed on Probation for Shooting Neighbor’s Dog


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Thomasville, GA – A local police officer who shot his neighbor’s dog has been placed on probation.

As we first reported last week, Thomasville Police Officer Andrew Childs shot his neighbor’s unleashed dog on his Grady County property in September.

After reviewing the case, Thomasville Police Chief Ellis Jackson has imposed corrective and disciplinary action for Childs.

That action includes probationary status, remedial instruction and canine awareness training.

Glen Bierman’s dog Ford was shot in the leg and may lose it.

Chief Jackson says he intends to provide Officer Childs with substantive training.

He says it will enhance Child’s effectiveness as a member of the department and help rebuild his relationship with the community.

Thomasville, GA – A local police officer may face disciplinary action for shooting his neighbor’s dog.

Thomasville’s police chief is expected to decide what action to take against Officer Andrew Childs.

The dog Childs admits to shooting survived, but may lose a leg.

Glen Bierman used to go bike riding with his dog Ford.

On only three legs, the one and a half year old pit weimaraner mix can still hop on the platform at the front of the bike.

But Bierman has stopped taking Ford on rides because of his bad leg.

How did it happen?

Bierman says he was working in the woods near his Cairo home September 23rd.

“I heard these gunshots and I heard one shot, then I heard the second shot, then the dog just went  crazy screaming.  It was just a horrible, horrible sound,” said Bierman.

Bierman says four more shots followed.

He found Ford limping down a trail bleeding.

Bierman says he confronted his neighbor, Thomasville Police Officer Andrew Childs, who told him he shot Ford because he thought he was a stray.

“His leg is destroyed, good chance of losing it,” said Bierman.

An x-ray of Ford’s leg shows it’s being held together by pins and Bierman must clean the wound every day.

Thomasville Police Lieutenant Kathy Royal sent this letter to Bierman Saturday stating an internal investigation into the shooting has been finished.

She wrote, “I have found there to be sufficient evidence of policy violations as it relates to your complaint.”

The file has been turned over to Thomasville’s police chief for review and possible disciplinary action.

Bierman believes Childs should lose his job.

“He’s a danger to people,” said Bierman.  “Someone that endangers the public like that I don’t think should be working for the public,” he said.

Assistant Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich tells us the chief will make a decision within a week about Officer Childs, who is still working.



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