A child’s birthday party is a time of celebration. It’s a time for friends and family to come together, a time for cake, gifts, and laughter. It’s most certainly not a time of violence and mourning.
But one young boy experienced just that on the day of his fifth birthday when his dog was shot outside his family home in the middle of his birthday party.
Young Eli was turning five, and his parents were hosting a birthday party. Everyone had just gone inside to have cake when they heard a loud bang. The children gathered to the window to look outside, frightened by the sudden noise.
That’s when Eli saw his dog, Opie, lying on the front lawn, bleeding.
Opie had been shot by an Oklahoma police officer standing on the other side of the fence.