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Richland County sheriff's deputies came to the Mcgregor's home based on a call from a woman who said she was attempting suicide.
But the caller hung up without giving her name or address.
So dispatcher sent deputies to a home they assumed the call was coming from.
To Tiffany and Lenny Mcgregor, Zeus was more than a family pet, he was like family.
"He sleeps in bed with the girls every night and he makes sure they get down the steps in the morning," Tiffany Mcgregor said.
Zeus was home alone this morning when Richland County Sheriff's deputies came to the family farmhouse in Lucas, looking for a woman attempting suicide.
“We don't even know the person they were looking for", Tiffany said.
According to this incident report, a deputy wrote, "I asked the dispatch how they knew this was the correct address. They advised they completed a trace to this address.”
That trace, the department says, was based in part on a billing address that matched the phone used the caller to 911.
What deputies didn't know at the time was the caller moved away.
As deputies entered the home they claim, Zeus began to "growl and become aggressive."
"I think they got scared and thought they needed to protect themselves I think they could have been tased instead of getting shot three times," Lenny Mcgregor said.
Deputies say they left the home. Their repeated calls to the dog warden went unanswered.
Hoping to save the women they thought was inside, they entered the house again, only this time, they said Zeus "aggressively charged" and a deputy shot and killed Zeus.
“The dog finally jumped on my son's bed and that's where he ended up dying," Tiffany said.
According to the sheriff's department based on statement inside their report, they don't believe the deputies violated any polices, under the law, law enforcement can enter a home without a search warrant if they believe there is a public threat in this case attempted suicide.
“He protected us, but we weren't here to protect him", Tiffany said.
They couple says they understand deputies were trying to do the right thing, now they want them to do right by them.
"They can never replace my dog he's like family but I would like them to take responsibility and replace the things they destroyed," she said.
The Mcgregors said when the one deputy fired his gun, it destroyed their upstairs heater which they would like replaced, along with a bed and carpet soaked with blood.