DALTON, GEORGIA - A Georgia woman says she has received several death threats after suggesting that an officer shoot a dog that was ripping her car to pieces.
In the video, Jessica Dilallo is speaking with Lt. Matthew Locke of the Dalton Police Department, pleading with him to help stop the stray dog from attacking her car.
“You can’t throw a rock at him, you can’t do anything?” she asks.
The officer says although the dog isn’t being aggressive toward people, hitting the dog with a rock or stick could cause anger him and cause him to go after someone else.
“So if he could go after somebody else you don’t think you should shoot him?” Dilallo shouts. “That’s my property that he’s destroying. Well, what kind of consequences would I get? Because that's what’s going to happen next time.”
The video has racked up more than 16 million views on Facebook since being posted on November 27. But Dilallo says many viewers are angry with her and have been sending her threatening messages.
“Some of the messages say they're going to come find me and shoot me, telling me if I can't afford a $500 deductible and I have a new car, then I'm living beyond my means, and that I'm white trash,” she tells WRCBTV. “It's insane.”
The Dalton Police Department says the dog was trying to get to two cats that were hiding under the hood of Dilallo’s car.
The dog, named Red, was reunited with his owner, Ben Bonds, who has offered to pay for the damages. He insists that despite Red nearly pulling off the car’s bumper with his teeth, he’s not an aggressive dog.
“He's a good dog. He's not no mean dog. He's just a pup.”