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.
How much damage could a 5 pound dog do?
If you or I did this, we’d wind up in jail.
Apparently, the police have a different threshold for discharging their firearms.
“That officer later explained to the family that he was following procedure.”
Utter bullsh**. A 5 pound dog on its own porch needs to be shot?
Another renegade with a badge ....
Sue the Hell out of the city and it’s Jack Booted Thug “Police” “force”!
My gosh, look at the huge, vise-like jaws on that beast.
Why only three bullets? Why not empty the whole damn gun?
Tazerd and shot the little dog?
I want to see the “procedure” that says shooting a dog on its own front porch, when the police have no reason to be there other than the dog is loose in its own yard, is acceptable.
How can it possibly be acceptable to gun down a 5 lb chihuahua on it’s own front porch???
“Following procedure”...?? Puhleeeeze
That said, I have a chihuahua mix and he is very protective. If I were a stranger on his front porch, I wouldn’t be stupid enough to reach down and try to get him. Besides, if he’s on his own porch, why would I try???
“Why only three bullets? Why not empty the whole damn gun?”
His gun jammed. He was gonna break out the shotgun but couldn’t get it unlocked.
Can't - sovereign immunity. However, I would make sure I got the officer's name and maybe a picture and publish them far and wide - local paper and tv news, web sites, etc. I'd be sure I shamed him publicly - a police officer who couldn't handle a family pet without killing him.
TAZERED and then shot 3 times!
And the little guy was on his own porch!
Just following orders, where have we heard that before?
>>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.<<
Yes, they were at fault. I have a 10 pound Papillon that I would not leave outside. Bigger dogs, hawks or idiots can hurt them.
Apparently an idiot got this pup. It’s very, very sad and I hope that the officer gets sued in small claims for this. And suspended.
WHAT!? A five pound dog needed to be shot 3 F’N TIMES!!!!! This is a clear case of an officer who LOST CONTROL after being bitten. This goon should be fired.
These cops should be laughed off the force. And then put in jail.
They were at fault for leaving him (a 5 pound dog) on the front porch?
What are you smoking? Or more to the point, show me the statute which makes this illegal.
But I'd guess the neighbors, even while expressing sympathy, are relieved they don't have to listen to “bark, bark, bark,” all day any more.
Yet on the local Cincinnati TV station comment posts some people are 100% supporting the Blue Ash police.
I think the parents are making a big mistake in lying to the children .They should tell the little boys the truth:that their friend and playmate was killed by two big policemen who were scared Jack was going to hurt them.
I recognized him in a disguise....so I shot him...
How do spent bullets wind up sitting on a porch?
>>They were at fault for leaving him (a 5 pound dog) on the front porch?<<
He was left in the backyard. Look here...
“The Bullocks were shocked to learn that Jack had gotten out of the backyard”
As a small dog owner, I will tell you that small dogs are in danger from many things. A five pound dog left in a backyard can slip under fences, be taken out by a larger dog that hops the fence or even wildlife. We were alerted by the breeder to NEVER leave a dog this small unattended. Many a small breed owner has found their pup maimed or murdered after leaving them out unattended.
I agree that the cop was totally wrong, but the owners should have kept the pup in the house.
The police and government are also constantly pushing more weak justifications for intruding and invading your home or property;a dog on his front porch would normally defend his home.These officers are so used to a cowed populace that they react poorly to anyone standing firm.
Sue the hell out of the cowardly officer and toss him out of the force.
You'd come to regret that. One night, on your way home from work, a cop would pull you over and direct you to proceed to a nearby darkened parking lot. Two more cop cruisers would then pull in around your car, blocking you in, and screening you from both the view of passing traffic and of any nearby survellance cameras. They would then teach you what happens to loudmouths who don't know when to shut up.
But don't take my word for it. Talk to an attorney. He or she will tell you what a mistake it is to cross the Blue Gang.
Next the PD will send them a bill for the ammo they expended
Three Bullets- they needed to make sure that vicious 5 pounder was down for good
If this moron is afraid of a 5lb dog, what the hell would he do with a real armed criminal? Call in the national guard?!
A few years back a new local cop maced my Jack Russell. The police chief made him come back and apologize to both of us.
Chis might be mean little bastids but good lord, a simple pair of thick work gloves is enough to control even the meanest...they simply don’t have a lot of strength and can be manhandled as needed for safety.
These officers are rank cowards!
I like that. That is the only function these authoritarian meatheads serves in our society anymore. Anything beyond that and they're completely out of their depth.
Poor little kid... what a horrible story. Cops suck.
Probably meant shells, or the bullets just went thru and lodged in something.
An awfully cute little pup.
Municipalities are sued, and lose all the time. That is why they have to purchase liability insurance.
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.
Yep, since this is a community police officer(s) ===the community will be heard from on this, I’m sure. I know if I lived there, I’d be at the front desk pounding my fist on the counter asking what the heck is going on!
First of all the dog was not a pup. He was five years old.
Second, the family was attending a family members funeral which can last all day. Since when is it a crime to leave your dog outside? Now, having said that, somebody had to have called the cops which tells me the dog probably gets out often.
Still, this is a clear case of excessive force and I agree that they should have their weapons confiscated and put on desk duty for the remainder of their careers.
That being said, I hate idiot cops that give the rest a bad name even more. There was ZERO reason to shoot this dog. None. There is no "procedure" for this coward to hide behind. Dog took a nip at him and he lost his cool and killed the dog. Period.
Fire his arse and let him harass bangers at the local Mall.
If the cop actually *hit* a little pup like that three times, he’s a better shot than most.
I’d love to see those two cops have to find another line of work after this.
All government ... even "representative government" is, at its base, brute force.
I know there will be a load of outrage over this little puppy, but the owners should have kept him secure in the house. It is important that these officers were able to finish their shift and go home alive. /s
Poor cop should have call in a tank from the National Guard and blasted that dangerous beast to shreds just to be sure.
I hope that a-hole gets fired.
We have a dachsund that will bite any stranger who tries to touch him. If mine got out, and got shot, I wouldn’t blame the cops.
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