An off-duty firefighter and his dog were allegedly shot and killed by a neighbor in Calhoun County, Alabama. Authorities are investigating.
Off-duty firefighter and dog shot and killed by neighbor
According to CBS 42, on Wednesday morning, Lt. Thomas Farmer came home after a shift at the Lincoln Fire Department. He was inside his home. Then, the off-duty firefighter heard a gunshot outside. Farmer went outside to see what was going on. He found one of his dogs had been fatally shot. Apparently, an altercation ensued between Farmer and his neighbor. Then, the neighbor allegedly shot Farmer. The dog and Farmer both died as a result of the gunshot wounds.
According to a Facebook post from the Lincoln Fire Department, Farmer started his public safety career as an EMT in 1995. He became a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Anniston in 2001. Then, in July 2003, Farmer joined the Lincoln Fire Department. “He has served faithfully ever since,” Fire Chief Joshua B. Vincent wrote in the post.
Sadly, Farmer leaves behind a wife and 7-year-old son. “We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” Vincent wrote.
How to handle an anti-dog neighbor
Violence is never the right way to address a disagreement over your dog with a neighbor. But if you are a dog parent who finds themselves in between a disgruntled neighbor and your fur baby, tact is crucial to avoid a contentious confrontation.
If your neighbor has issues with your dog, handle the situation thoughtfully. Try to promote a neighborly atmosphere.
First, address their concerns with care. Be a good listener, showing understanding and empathy for their perspective. Respect their right to a peaceful living environment. But also acknowledge any disturbances your dog may be causing.
Second, objectively assess the problem. Is your dog barking excessively, straying onto their property, or causing any other disruptions?
Third, once you’ve identified the issue, take proactive measures to rectify it. This may involve dog training, minimizing triggers for barking, or enhancing containment measures to prevent escapes.
Finally, in conversation with your neighbor, offer cooperative solutions to the problem. Finding common ground and compromise is crucial. If necessary, consider consulting a professional dog trainer for help. Demonstrating a genuine commitment to resolving the issue and being a responsible pet parent will go a long way to smooth things over. Ideally, with compassion and consideration, you can maintain a positive relationship with your neighbor and ensure your dog has the life they deserve.