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Woman Claims Police Killed Dog When Responding To Burglary Call
http://www.wpxi.com/ ^ | January 20, 2011 | n/a

Posted on 01/22/2011 7:43:25 PM PST by B4Ranch

UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- A woman in Fayette County said police used her dog for target practice when she called them for help.

Elizabeth D'Auria said she and her sister found their two-year-old pit bull dead after calling 911 for help.

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"They shot him six times with a pistol and once with a shotgun. They took the dog and we asked them if we could have him back to bury him and they won't give him back to us," said D'Aurio.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: badcopnodonut; dogkillercops; donutwatch; pa; pennsylvania; sourcetitlenoturl; uniontown; warondogs
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1 posted on 01/22/2011 7:43:28 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
Channel 11's Courtney Brennan contacted Uniontown police who did not wish to comment on the story.

Way to build confidence with the public, even if this was a pit bull.

2 posted on 01/22/2011 7:47:09 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: B4Ranch

What is it, exactly, with police and dogs?


3 posted on 01/22/2011 7:48:02 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: B4Ranch

There are too many dogs out there that aren’t people friendly.


4 posted on 01/22/2011 7:50:05 PM PST by donaldo
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To: coloradan

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2010/08/dog_shot_in_arundel_park_polic.html

This created a huge uproar and rightfully so. I have no desire to live in a nation where we the people and our pets are looked upon as disposable, and where the mission statement “protect and defend” are just BS words.


5 posted on 01/22/2011 7:54:12 PM PST by apoliticalone
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To: donaldo

And too many police who are trigger happy!


6 posted on 01/22/2011 7:54:39 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: donaldo; B4Ranch

“There are too many dogs out there that aren’t people friendly.”

Correction: “There are too many COPS out there that aren’t people friendly.”


7 posted on 01/22/2011 7:55:54 PM PST by panaxanax (The less people know about you, the better off you are.)
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To: All

Shame on her for expecting the police to do anything differently than what they did. If I call the police, it’s only to pick up a dead robber and my dog is put away. God Bless Texas!


8 posted on 01/22/2011 8:01:22 PM PST by texan75010
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To: B4Ranch

This is why my dog is always armed.


9 posted on 01/22/2011 8:06:29 PM PST by anonsquared
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To: anonsquared
This is why my dog is always armed.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

10 posted on 01/22/2011 8:07:59 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: The Comedian

well Duh....

the cops always kill the dog.

its like a freebie.


11 posted on 01/22/2011 8:13:53 PM PST by glasseye
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To: donaldo; panaxanax

All the cops I see these days are wearing boots not flip flops. There’s not too many dogs that won’t roll over when you crack the dog a good one upside the head and if needed give it a good kick in the ribs.

I’ve been around some pretty nasty dogs in my 60+ years. If one comes running up to you barking and snarling, shove your gun into his mouth and kick him one in the guts. Their normal reaction is to turn and run about twenty feet away. Then they’ll turn around and look to see just what the hell didn’t run from them like every other time they attacked a person. Biting down on blued steel isn’t something a dog will do twice.

I have never killed a dog that was attacking me nor have I run from it either. Maybe it just the ornery side of me but I figure if I can face down bulls then fuzzy dogs aren’t going to win the fight.


12 posted on 01/22/2011 8:18:28 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: panaxanax
If you call a cop to your house, you should have your dog under control when they arrive. End of story,
13 posted on 01/22/2011 8:25:18 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: donaldo
There are too many dogs police out there that aren’t people friendly.

Fixed!

14 posted on 01/22/2011 8:28:49 PM PST by Honcho Bongs (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. - Churchill)
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To: apoliticalone

In that story, one dog attack another, the dog that did the attack was put down. By the other dog owner. The dog that was attack was on a leash, the dog that was put down was running free and out of control. Not hard to understand.


15 posted on 01/22/2011 8:29:10 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: B4Ranch

“They shot him six times with a pistol and once with a shotgun.”

Heroes. /s


16 posted on 01/22/2011 8:29:43 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: B4Ranch

Did they mistake the pit bull for the burglar?


17 posted on 01/22/2011 8:30:34 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: B4Ranch
I haven't trusted a cop in decades due to a bad experience with one.

I was born at the tail end of the baby boomer generation and my Dad taught me how to act around and react to a strange and/or aggressive dog. He taught me how to read their body language and weather or not they could be approached and petted. (Even as a very young child I was dog crazy and wanted to pet any that I encountered.)

Its been my experience that succeeding generations haven't been taught by their parents how to behave around or read the signals that dogs give off.

Also, should my dog (who is the most people friendly dog I've ever known) ever be killed by a cop. God help him or her. I'll bankrupt this city.

18 posted on 01/22/2011 8:36:23 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Libs are pro life only when it comes to animals. When it comes to humans they are pro death.)
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To: org.whodat

You have no idea just how badly I want something like this to happen to you. No idea.


19 posted on 01/22/2011 8:46:25 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: B4Ranch

There is way to much of this happening.


20 posted on 01/22/2011 8:55:06 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: B4Ranch
They took the dog and we asked them if we could have him back to bury him and they won't give him back to us,

Are the police worried about a zombie dog rising from the grave and coming back for vengeance?

21 posted on 01/22/2011 9:02:28 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: Lurker

Something like what fool, do you have a door bell or door knocker on your house. If you do then a reasonable person would think you can walk up and ring the door bell or knocker with out the expectations of getting attack. Sort of common sense 101.


22 posted on 01/22/2011 9:06:49 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: proudofthesouth

Back in the sixties I owned a dog, an Airedale that didn’t really want anything to do with people because her previous owner beat the living crap out of her. The other men just ignored her and that was fine with her and me.

When I brought her out to the ranch and she saw the Border Collies working the cattle in the pens, she wanted to join in but they would growl at her because they knew she didn’t know a ramp from a gate from a pen.

After about six months she would come over to get her ears scratched or a tic pulled. Nobody else could touch her without her trying to nip them. She flat out didn’t trust people, men especially. Heaven forbid if somebody tried to touch her hind quarters. Loud growls and serious attempts to bite! I was the only one she would let brush her backside with my hand or a wire brush.

She never did get to work the herd, just follow the Collies and pretend. LOL Finally a copperhead ended her misery.


23 posted on 01/22/2011 9:07:46 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: org.whodat
Sort of common sense 101.

I would think that Common Sense 101 for a cop would include not blowing away the family pet of someone who called me to report a burglary.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, who harms one of my pets is a dead person walking. The only questions are when, where, and how.

24 posted on 01/22/2011 9:12:23 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I’m sure the carcass has been disposed of already.


25 posted on 01/22/2011 9:20:12 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: Lurker
LOL, computer Rambo!!!
26 posted on 01/22/2011 9:30:36 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat; Lurker

Sounds like the dog actually served its self defense purpose in chasing off an intruder.

And it seems like the police were messing with the dog afterwards, trying to snare it in a noose. The dog was in an enclosed backyard according to the video and was murdered there by the cops.

Now the police won’t comment or release the evidence of animal abuse (= dead dog).

Doesn’t sound like the dog was out of control to me.


27 posted on 01/22/2011 10:13:57 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: B4Ranch

The cops have been on a dog killing roll lately! I wonder what glorious stories they have for each other at the local pub when they are downing beers and high fiving each other after they shoot another canine.


28 posted on 01/23/2011 3:06:46 AM PST by Nate505
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To: AlmaKing

There is no such thing as murder of a damn animal, and anyone that thinks that is nothing more than some Peta whack job. The woman called the cops she had an obligation to control her animal so they could do their job. It was apparently so out of control it would not respond to her.


29 posted on 01/23/2011 5:02:49 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

“In that story, one dog attack another, the dog that did the attack was put down. By the other dog owner. The dog that was attack was on a leash, the dog that was put down was running free and out of control. Not hard to understand.”

The point was this was an example of another overreaction by law enforcement. The officer took his dog to a dog park on a leash and there was an altercation between his dog and another. The federal officer pulled out his sidearm and killed the other dog. When a dog is on a leash around other dogs it creates dynamics that cause aggression. Dogs at dog parks do run free, that’s the purpose. They police tried to cover it up and squelch the story but the owner of the dog that was killed took it to talk radio and the rest as they say his history. There was total public outrage. The officer was charged etc..

Wearing a badge does not give a cop the right to abuse the people who pay him. The aspect of who works for whom is often lost by “public servants”.


30 posted on 01/23/2011 7:16:42 AM PST by apoliticalone
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To: apoliticalone

I think it just happened that the dog attack a leashed dog of a cop, your comparison is off base. Would you have shot a dog attacking your animal, most people would.


31 posted on 01/23/2011 7:58:48 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat
If you call a cop to your house, you should have your dog under control when they arrive.

Not to worry, someone will call FOR you so ya can race to see who gets the dog first.

32 posted on 01/23/2011 9:50:15 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: org.whodat

>>There is no such thing as murder of a damn animal,<<

Try killing a police dog and see what the penalty is for that.


33 posted on 01/23/2011 10:26:07 AM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: B4Ranch

Still not murder.


34 posted on 01/23/2011 5:12:20 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

It is, however, a felony. To kill a cop’s dog.

Yet it is not a felony to kill a private citizen’s dog.


35 posted on 01/23/2011 6:52:37 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: org.whodat

Wrong. The two dogs in that account were playfighting.

NOT the same thing as a real dog fight.

The cop in the dog park incident gave the citizen instructions to bring his dog under control, then shot the Citizen’s dog before that occurred.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2564148/posts

The officer was not justified in shooting the dog, particularly in a public dog park where innocent bystanders and children are present.

And the officer was almost certainly violating the rules of the dog park, as dogs who MUST be kept on a leash should NOT be in the off leash area of the park.


36 posted on 01/23/2011 6:57:05 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: org.whodat

The dog was controlled. It was in its yard and doing it’s job-—going after the Bad Guy.

Apparently the cops were threatened that the dog showed more prowess than they in that regard.


37 posted on 01/23/2011 6:59:23 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: LaineyDee

Nah, the pitbull was doing a cop’s job—going after the burglar.

Union members hate it when other parties demonstrate they can do their job with a greater success rate.


38 posted on 01/23/2011 7:01:11 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: org.whodat

And a reasonable person would also approach the owner of a growling dog and request their assistance with the animal before shooting it.

Thank you for confirming the unreasonableness of the terminator cops’s actions.


39 posted on 01/23/2011 7:02:50 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: coloradan

The terminator cops suffer from dog envy, it seems.


40 posted on 01/23/2011 7:14:00 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Lurker

He really doesn’t seem to get that the same cops who have no problem shooting a dog are usually the same cops who would have no qualms shooting a Freeper and claim he was “threatened” or “just following orders”.


41 posted on 01/23/2011 7:15:42 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

When you get to make up the facts, what difference does it make as to what the report said.


42 posted on 01/23/2011 7:28:35 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

I made up no facts.

I refer you to:

http://reason.com/blog/2010/08/04/federal-cop-shoots-dog-at-a-do

“When the dogs began to play roughly, the federal officer asked Bear-Bear’s guardian, his owner’s brother, to call off the dog. But before he could do anything, the officer pulled out a gun and shot Bear-Bear, according to the husky’s owner.”

I suggest you research the case further before YOU continue to invent the facts.


43 posted on 01/23/2011 7:32:54 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: donaldo

This dog certainly wasn’t friendly to the burglar.

I bet the burglar is happy about the outcome of this case-—another Private Citizen deprived of its First Defense against the criminal element.


44 posted on 01/23/2011 7:34:27 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

Maybe the police had read this. Charming critters, them thar pits. I’d be wary too.

Fatalities from dog attacks have been documented thus far in the United States for 2010
(updated 4/19/10)

•California: A family-owned pit bull type dog attacked and killed a three-year-old boy on January 9 in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County. A news report indicates that the father left his son momentarily in the backyard to get a toy from inside the house, and upon his return he discovered that his son had already been attacked, and was not breathing. Authorities arrived at the scene, and shot and killed the dog. The incident was one of five fatal dog attacks in Southern California’s Inland Empire since 2006.
•Illinois: A 56-year-old South side Chicago man was mauled to death by at least two pit bull type dogs in his home on January 17. In total, there were six pit bull type dogs found in the home, four adults and two puppies, owned by his daughter who may have been breeding the dogs, although this is not clear. The daughter also lived at the home but was not home at the time of the attack. The mauling was savage, with both ears bitten off, one of the man’s eyes completely gouged, and numerous bites throughout the man’s torso and extremities, suggesting more than one dog’s involvement. According to neighbors, these dogs did not have a history of aggression towards people, were friendly towards neighbors, and the daughter maintain good control over of the dogs. Authorities concluded that the death was “accidental”.
•Mississipi: The fatality involved a six-year-old girl who was playing in the snow outside her home and was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull dog. Apparently, only one dog was involved in the incident, but reports indicate that this dog lived with other pitbull dogs nearby. The probable cause of death to the victim were severe bite marks to the neck. In Terry, MS on February 12.
•Minnesota: The victim in this incident was an 11-day-old boy in a car seat situated on the owner’s bed. The dog involved was the family’s unusually large , male 70 lb. Siberian husky. Injuries were inflicted to the victim’s head. A story about this incident in which Dr. Polsky was interviewed can be accessed here. On February 18, in Independence, MN.
•Pennsylvania: The victim was a 38-year-old female who was arguing with her mother in the early morning hours of February 19 in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, when one of the family’s pit bulls, an adult female, fatally attacked the victim as she fell backward during an argument. The mother was fighting with her daughter in an attemp to take the keys to the house away from her. According to news reports, when she fell backwards a lamp came crashing to the floor, which likely further exacerbated whatever aggressive tendencies this particular pit bull dog had momentarily as the incident unfolded. The mother said that the dog was in some sort of “protection-mode”. The dog locked its jaws around the victim’s neck and would not release. Reports indicate that neighbors, along with the mother, who also had five other pit bulls in the house, claim that all dogs were well-behaved and there were no problems between the dogs and the daughter. The daughter was familiar wih the dog involved in the incident. The daughter lived at the residence when she was not in jail or in drug-rehab. When the police arrived they shot two of the dogs, and the other four were taken to the SPCA.
•Flordia: In Ocala, FL. on February 20. The breed of dog involved in the incident was the American bulldog, despite other reports initially stating the breed was pit bull. The victim in this case was a three-year-old girl who was playing in the yard, and then entered the caged area containing four tethered, American bulldogs. The toddler became entangled on one of the dog’s tether, and was attacked and killed by a single, reproductively intact, male dog. The mother was cleaning the cages, and may have left the cage door unlatched, but this is unclear. She had gone into the house to use the restroom, and upon return discovered her child was inside the cage and mauled by the dog. The mother was operating a dog breeding business out of her home.
•Georgia: On February 18 in Conyers, GA. The victim was a five-day-old infant fatally wounded by a pit bull type dog. The mother walked into her daughter’s room, in response to the infant’s crying, and discovered the dog on top of the infant in the bassinet.
•Oregon. The victim was a four-year-old girl killed by the family 2 year-old Rottweiler. Details are sketchy for this case other than the fact that the mother discovered her badly injured child on the front lawn of the house, and shortly thereafter the child was taken to a Portland hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The victim was the daughter of television’s reality show “Ax Men”,co-star Jesse Browning. According to an investigator, “apparently, the dog just snapped”. In Astoria, Oregon on or about February 28.
•Oklahoma. On March 8 on the Iowa Indian Reservation near Perkins, Oklahoma. Victim was an eight-month-old boy by two Rottweiler dogs brought into the home the night before for protection purposes. Initially news reports indicated that just one dog was involved, but this was changed to two dogs in subsequent reports. Both dogs were destroyed by animal control. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to the medical examiner. Information on this case is sketchy. Note that other dog bite fatalities have occurred on Indian reservations in North America in 2010.
•Flordia. The incident involved a three year old, male pit bull mix dog, who severely mauled a seven-day old infant. The incident happened on the bed where the infant routinely slept with his 16-year-old mother. According to news reports, this particular pit bull dog, slept in the same bedroom with the infant and his mother. The mother was home at the time of the incident, but slept through the attack and discovered injured the baby later, but the infant could not be revived. According to others who knew the dog, this pitbull mix dog displayed no previous signs of aggressive behavior towards people. In New Port Richey, Florida on or about April 13, 2010.


45 posted on 01/23/2011 8:18:51 PM PST by donaldo
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To: donaldo

What is your evidence that this pitbull executed by cops had attacked any person?

Why are you attempting to change the subject from a dog unlawfully shot by police to other dogs who attacked people or animals?


46 posted on 01/23/2011 8:39:20 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: donaldo

I bet the burglar is happy about the outcome of this case-—another Private Citizen deprived of its First Defense against the criminal element.

Why are you trying to divert the subject away from that observation?


47 posted on 01/23/2011 8:41:07 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The more of these cases there are, the more mistrustful of police many in the public will become.

It’s a pity that Peelian principles seem to be ignored in the police academy these days.


48 posted on 01/23/2011 8:42:48 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

I suspect there’s more to this story than what the owner says. I simply don’t believe that policemen arbitrarily execute dogs they don’t like. Let’s wait and see. I remember Al Sharpton’s story about Tawana Brawley. Pure bullshit. Let’s hear the other side.


49 posted on 01/23/2011 9:23:45 PM PST by donaldo
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To: donaldo

Some cops have done so in the past; in recent history,

“The videos, released by Des Moines Police show the dog being tazed by an officer, then running away. In another video you hear an officer fire his gun, presumably hitting the dog, then another officer saying “Nice”.”

People don’t compliment their coworkers unless the coworker has complied—or gone above and beyond—the expectations of their workforce.

The officers in this article were there to investigate a burglary. Not to shoot the owner’s dog. A growling dog is not, in and of itself, a threat to an officer.

From the article:

“They told my sister that he wasn’t trying to bite them and that he growled at them when they tried to put the noose around him, but they couldn’t catch him and they were tired of messing with him and they just shot him,” D’Aurio said.

D’Aurio said the dog was not being aggressive and thinks that police crossed the line.

“They shot him six times with a pistol and once with a shotgun. They took the dog and we asked them if we could have him back to bury him and they won’t give him back to us,” said D’Aurio.

Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan contacted Uniontown police who did not wish to comment on the story.

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The police declined to comment on the story; they declined to so much as refute any of the assertions made by the woman in the article.


50 posted on 01/23/2011 9:46:24 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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