Updated 06/05/2012 08:05 PM
Protest Brings Attention to Fatal Pit Bull Shooting
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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Facebook post threatening deputies following the fatal shooting of a pit bull in Perinton Friday night.
Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says the Crime Intelligence Center alerted the Sheriff's Office about a post offering $1,000 to anyone who would shoot the deputies who killed the dog.
Meanwhile, animal rights activists gathered outside the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Tuesday to protest the shooting.
Deputies responded to Gary Brockler's home for a parking complaint. As they approached the house to ask Brockler to move his car, police say his dog Diablo starting running towards them. Deputies shot and killed the dog.
Protesters say the shooting of a seven-year-old pit bull was unjustified and unwarranted, and turned out in support with several pit bulls and carried signs saying "Justice for Diablo."
Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says deputies are trained that aggressive animals are like weapons, and under the law, officers can use deadly physical force if threatened.
Brockler did not attend the protest and plans to take legal action against the Sheriff's Office.