No Charges in Georgetown Dog Shooting

Contributor: Lance Vaught

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 3/14 6:37 pm

The decision not to charge a Lexington Police Officer who shot his neighbor’s dog in Scott County.

Officer Jeff Brangers will not have any charges filed against him for allegedly shooting a neighbor’s dog according to the assistant attorney for Scott County,.

Brangers was accused of killing neighbor Brian Geary’s black Labrador last week because he was afraid the dog would attack his chickens.

The two families sat down with the Scott County Attorney Friday morning and decided on an undisclosed agreement. 

According to Carla Geary, the agreement means no criminal charges will be filed against Brangers and the Geary’s did not receive any money as part of the deal.

Geary said her family had grounds for criminal charges by they would have had to file a complaint and the Geary’s decided to settle everything between families.

She said she’s certain Brangers now understands the law.

“We don't want an accident to happen where a dog happens to get loose and goes through this and I feel 100% that this will not happen again,” said Geary. 

A woman with no ties to the Geary’s started an online petition asking for Officer Brangers to be kicked off the Lexington Force.

The petition has gained more than a thousand signatures in an attempt to force Brangers out of his job, claiming he has a "lack of sensible reasoning and flagrant disregard of safety for this community in handling neighborhood dogs on his property."

As of this writing, over 1,200 supporters had signed the online petition, with a total of 2,500 needed.

Geary said she’s now focusing on moving on as a family and as a neighborhood.

The Lexington Police Department is doing its own investigation into the shooting.

The petition can be viewed by clicking here.
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