Eli Malone was having a birthday party. He was turning five.
The children at the party had just gone inside the house to have cake when they all heard a loud bang.
They looked outside to see the family dog, Opie lying on the ground bleeding.
Opie had been shot by an Oklahoma, police officer. Eli’s parents ran outside and found Opie, a three-year-old pit bull mix gasping for air.
No one had called the police – why had the officer been there? Was the dog acting vicious? What prompted the shooting?
According to reports, Officer Josh Franklin from the Wynnewood Police Department shot Opie with a high-powered rifle.
Opie’s owner, Rio Youngblood, asked Franklin why he shot the dog.
All this while the children were watching through the window.