Skip to comments.Family Outraged After Officer Shoots Their Dog (5 lb Chihuahua)
Posted on 06/09/2009 6:42:04 AM PDT by TSgt
CINCINNATI, OH -- A Blue Ash family is outraged after returning home to find their dog had been shot and killed by a police officer.
The dog was a Chihuahua-mix named Jack that Scott and Sharon Bullock had given to their 12-year-old son for his birthday a few years ago.
When the Bullocks returned home from a family member's funeral on Friday, they found blood and three bullets on their front porch along with a note to call the Blue Ash Police Department about their dog.
The Bullocks were shocked to learn that Jack had gotten out of the backyard and two officers who tried to catch him, ended up shooting and killing him right on the family's front porch.
"He was cornered on the porch and scared," said Sharon Bullock. "The officer bent down bare-handed to pick up Jack, and Jack bit him."
"My five-year-old cried himself to sleep the night before last, wanting his dog," said Sharon Bullock.
"He barks for him" added Scott Bullock. "He'd bark and Jack would always come to him, so he's outside going Bark bark bark, hoping he's gonna come back. It's heartbreaking."
The Bullocks told their five-year-old and three-year-old sons that Jack ran away.
The Bullocks admit they were at fault for leaving their dog outside, and are sorry the officer was bitten, but they say their dog was not a vicious animal and had never bitten anyone before.
They're wondering why the officers didn't call the SPCA to catch the dog.
"They didn't make that phone call other than to come scoop the dog off the porch after they shot him," said Scott Bullock. "Two grown men that can't gather up a five-pound dog and they're trained police officers sounds ridiculous to me."
That officer later explained to the family that he was following procedure.
The Blue Ash Police Department has not returned 9News calls for comment on this incident.
The family says there were two officers involved. One was bitten. The other officer tased, then shot the dog three times.
They're "procedure" must read something like this:
PROCEDURE FOR SMALL DOGS FOUND LOOSE IN THEIR YARDS.
1. Corner it, then attempt to pick it up with your bare hands.
2. If it becomes frightened or protective and nips at you, don't back away or call animal control. Shoot it multiple times, then leave a note for the owner.
Why do I always do that?
Don't you mean "Wye dew eye awl-weighs due that?" ;-)
Gotta love homonyms!
So everyone keeps saying... I tend to wonder seeing that these theoretical "good ones" never seem to turn in the "bad ones."
Also, I should explain my usage of terms. When I say "good cop" I'm using the same formula as the saying that there is no such thing as a "good muslim." A muslim who is "good" can not be a very devout practitioner of islam; while a strict practitioner of islam can not be "good."
In the same way, I am developing the opinion that the practical requirements of being a modern day police officer preclude anyone who is "good" from being able to tolerate those requirements, while anyone who can tolerate those requirements can not be truly "good."
Yeah, that BART story was the last “presumption of innocence” straw for me, too.
“There were two cops in on this and neither had the brains nor the ethics to see how wrong this was. They were following procedures. This is chilling.”
Exactly. It makes you wonder how they would treat an average citizen in a stressful situation (I wouldn’t want to be the one to find out). These fools do not need to carry firearms or have any power over the citizenry.
Pets is a topic in General/Chat. This story is in News/Activism.
Okay, so it’s limited to topics within the primary/main topic.
My attorney would be filing a subpeona for a copy of that procedure so fast it'd make this idiot cops head spin.
Now, now. The cop might have broken a fingernail!!
I think most of you are missing the point! It was policy procedure just like they have at the schools. It didn’t matter that none of it made any sense. It is the Nazi-rules we are living under right at this time. “We the people” are no longer in charge.
For well over 7000 years, they’ve hunted and killed in packs.
They *never* “accidentally” [or otherwise] harm one another.
They have an uncanny and somewhat unnatural deeply ingrained pack mentality.
[almost like a “hive mind” sort of thing where anything “other” is the “enemy”]
In fact, if I have to yell at one of them or go stop one from hurting the rabbits that frequent my yard, *all* the rest of them rush over to make sure *I’m* not harming the one I’m running after.
I have 4 bitches and one neutered male.
If 2 of the girls bicker over a bone or toy, the other 3 will rush in to “break it up” by inserting their bodies between the bickerers.
This is who they are.
[but yes, I was VERY lucky to snatch her up before that freaking Pterodactyl did]...:))
If you *really* want to shudder, you should go read about what eagles are capable of.
I *used* to think my dogs were “safe” because an eagle couldn’t “fly off” with them.
The size of animals they can successfully kill and then stand there and eat is incredible.
I have a hybrid wild/domestic rabbit in a bunny run who was hit by a huge red tail hawk in my goat pasture.
He was too heavy to carry away but the hawk was doing his level best to kill him, regardless.
By the time we got to him, the hawk had flown off and “Booger”, as he was later named [because the first thing I said was “You sure are one lucky little booger!”] had freaked out and run into my smoke house to hide.
There was blood on the snow but none on the rabbit.
I think he gave the hawk what-for.
Unfortunately, his typically fragile bunny back was injured by the impact of the strike to the point where he can no longer run properly or survive in the wild so I’ve tended him lovingly all these years.
I always stay out with my dogs too, weather be damned.
Thanks about the dogs.
They’re pretty cool but they’re labor intensive.
[special fencing, constant vigilance to avoid prey-driven take offs, etc]
I look forward to going back to having Dobermans again.
They actually *listen* to ~you~ and not some internal, ancient primal drum beat of “Run! Hunt! Kill!”....:))
As a contrast, we saw a state trooper risking his own life to save a wounded red tail hawk from oncoming traffic on the “killer side” of a mountain curve in Cumberland MD.
We asked if he needed help and he said no, he was just keeping it from going back onto the road and waiting for the local raptor rescue group to show up.
Then again, these are hillbillies and farm boys turned cops so maybe that’s the difference.
I, Chihuahua! Somebody needs to be disarmed and pasturized off the force.
Wow! That’s a story!
>>and not some internal, ancient primal drum beat of Run! Hunt! Kill!....:)<<
In our house it’s “I love you, pet me, I love you, run with me, I love you....Squirrel!!!!”
(Have you seen Pixar’s “Up?” Doug the Dog is our Minnie)
Thanks but I think I’ll pass on watching that.
“In our house its I love you, pet me, I love you, run with me, I love you....Squirrel!!!!”
You have just succinctly summed up the last 20 years of my life....LOL!
Haven’t seen the movie yet.
[I hate our theaters...I feel like I’m sitting in narrow box car]
When it hits pay-per-view or DVD I’ll check it out...:)
I had a husband who was just like that.
The TEETH!!! Look at the TEETH!!
“It doesnt tell the distance between the gun and the dog.”
Most likely PBR - point-blank range.
Words mostly fail me about this.
While municipalities and townships do enjoy some very limited immunity against some claims, they actually are sued quite often. If fact, it's not unheard of to have small townships go belly-up because they've lost civil suits with huge damage claims.
I'm guessing that the city of Blue Ash, OH has already contacted their lawyers and insurance company, with good reason.
I'm sure a 9mm at point blank range would just blow through the pooch and embed in the porch. That dog must have been an absolute gory mess.
Astroturfing by the police union, no doubt. They'll protect each other to the death no matter how CLEARLY guilty they may be.
That's the real key, isn't it. I suppose that most cops are honorable, decent people just trying to do an honest days work in support of their community. However,
most all of them seem eager to be accomplices after the fact when one of their blue brothers does something with depraved indifference or so obviously criminal or unconstitutional.
good point.i mean,why didnt the idiots just call the spca? thats so not fair! they wouldnt have shot a person! and 2 make things worse....i live in blue ash 0_0 i do think that its rediculous that 2 trained,grown policeman cant contain a 5 pound chihuahua. and even if they cant,why dont they just call the spca? at first i was like really scared when i saw this on the news because i have a friend who lives really close to me (in blue ash) and she has a chihuahua mix named jack. but it wasnt her dog,luckily.still i feel really sorry for those ppl and the dog. i mean,sure,the dog shouldnt have bit the officer,but it happens,hes a dog.i mean,he bit him,so they kill him!? >_<
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