Sheriff justifies shooting a man’s dog on his own property

NEWTON, Kansas – Kent Mayfield is in search of justice.  He claims a Harvey County Sheriff’s deputy shot his 3-year-old husky, Micah, four times.

“There’s no probable cause whatsoever, they shot her on private property. They came onto my property, shot her in my yard, shot her again on my porch, and then, they drug the body across my yard and left her in a ditch,” said Mayfield.

Harvey County Sheriff T Walton is disputing Mayfield’s version of the story. He says Mayfield’s dogs have been a problem for a year now.

Those who live near Mayfield though say that his dog is responsible for the death of other animals in the county.

Lisa Stockebrand lives just down the road and has had troubles with both of Mayfield’s dogs.

“These are the same dogs that in August of 2013 attacked my granddaughters 4-H show animals, killed her goat and her sheep,” said Stockebrand.

Stockebrand said she was the one who called the police on Sunday when she was awoken to the animals on her property being attacked by Mayfield’s dogs.

“I could see there was a dead goat down there, a down goat and three dogs, a white, a black and tan and a black dog down there,” said Stockebrand.

Sheriff Walton says this time the deputy saw one of the dogs covered in blood on Stockebrand’s property and followed it to what he thought was abandoned property.

“There was a large white dog that came and charged one of the deputies. The deputies shot the dog, shot at the dog,” said Walton.

Sheriff Walton said four shots were fired at the dog, but wasn’t sure how many of those shots hit the dog.

KSN asked the sheriff if he felt like the deputy used excessive force on the dog and he said “No”. Sheriff Walton says that the deputy’s actions were justified because the dog was considered vicious and needed to be put down.

“I know there’s no leash law in the county, but there’s a responsibility. If you own an animal, you’re responsible for that animal. You cannot allow the animal to kill other people’s animals. In this case there’s some price that’s going to have to be paid,” said Walton.

Altogether, Stockebrand says two of her goats and one sheep were killed, and eight other goats on her property were injured.

Sheriff Walton says there is a possibility the dog’s owner may have to pay a fine. The case is still under investigation.

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