Skip to comments.Claiborne Deputy shoots and kills dog
Posted on 06/18/2012 11:34:26 PM PDT by Altariel
Michaela McCowen says she was sitting inside her house Thursday morning when she heard two gunshots in the yard. When she ran outside, she saw her dog lying in a pool of blood.
"She's on the ground and she's been shot and she's bleeding," said McCowen while standing outside her home in Athens, LA.
McCowen's 6-year old Golden Retriever, Tera, later died. She was shot twice by a Claiborne sheriff's detective.
"He saw the dog coming at him full speed, and showing his teeth. He told me he thought he was fixing to bite him," said Claiborne Sheriff Ken Bailey.
Sheriff Bailey says authorities were tracking some men who'd just tried to rob the bank in Athens when the shooting happened. Bailey says the detective felt threatened by the dog. McCowen says Tera, who was wearing a shock collar at the time, wouldn't have hurt a flea.
"She was so well-trained to stay inside of her area. She knew if she left her area for anything, she was getting shocked," said McCowen.
McCowen says what made the heartbreaking situation even worse is authorities showed no remorse. The sheriff says he couldn't be more sorry.
"I told the McCowens and I apologized for what happened, It's just an unfortunate incident. I hate it," said Bailey.
The sheriff says the shooting is being investigated. Michaela McCowen says she'd like to see more training when it comes to handling animals.
The problem is not lack of training.
The problem is that he *has* been trained---to shoot any dog on site, without discretion. *That* is why he felt no remorse--because he has been trained to believe there is no *reason* to feel remorse about wronging an American citizen.
Travis, what would you do if some cop up and capped your dog for no reason?
someday someone will throw lead when there pupper is shot...
kill my family - game over
I have two chocolate labs and a saint bernard. We walk by a house that has a goldie with an invisible fence. That crazy dog sprints towards you like a silent missile and then barks like crazy when it nears it’s fence line.
My dogs want nothing to do with that nutter. Scared the bejeesus out of me the first time it did that.
Who is Marcus Lutrell?
I wonder what the distance was - sounds like it could have been quite a bit. These effing pussy cops just make me sick. “Feeling threatened” just doesn’t cut it unless at a very minimum the animal is so close that there will be no time to react if it really should attempt to attack.
I wonder what the ratio of armed citizens is to armed cops. I’ve read exactly one incident of someone with a CCW permit shooting a dog, and that I think was a pit bull. I do remember he was riding a bike on a bicycle path and the dog appeared about ready to take a bite out him.
That says a lot to me and makes me recall my cop friends with their ‘amusing’ nickname for the SWAT team. Puppy Killers.
Imagine being scared of a golden retriever!
Cops used to carry mace to deal with dogs. Now, it's SOP to just shoot them on sight.
Ruby Ridge? Oh that’s right, we’re not allowed to use those words on the internet.
I've seen a Golden showing all those big teeth. It's frightening if you're wearing nice clothes and don't want a dog to shed or slobber on you. Other than those threats, it's hard to imagine a Golden Retriever harming anyone. There's a reason the police and military don't use them as attack dogs.
“Ruby Ridge? Oh thats right, were not allowed to use those words on the internet.””
Why do cops shoot dogs?
Because they can.
What I mean to say is, because there’s no penalty for doing so. It’s a free shot.
Dogs didn’t used to be shot so much. I think cops recognized that the dog was a pet and someone’s property and they respected that. Plus, they didn’t want to cause grief by shooting someone’s dog. But it seems that none of that matters any longer. The Us vs Them mentality has become the norm. F the stupid dog. F the people this stupid dog belongs to. And, to a lesser extent, F anybody who is in my way.
What if there were a real penalty that would immediately affect them? How about a policy instituted by a city or county - for every dog you shoot you will lose 1/4 or maybe 1/3 of your next paycheck after taxes. Now, if they really think their life is in danger they will gladly pull the trigger. But if a dog is just ‘in their way’ they will have to decide - Do I really want to lose a chunk of my hard earned money for shooting this dog? Is there another way to handle this?
Oh, and macing a dog would be free.
> unfortunate incident
> to see more training when it comes to handling animals
I wasn’t an accident. It was standard police thug policy.
The more training refers to killing a dog with one shot not multiple shots.
If I saw a cop killing my dog, I’d have to assume that he would shoot me just as easily and without any more consideration than the dog.
How is it the post office doesn’t need to shoot every dog they come across?
They certainly come into more dog contact than the police.
I’ve been to alot of houses on duty. I don’t know how many times I’ve been told, just before the dog comes at me, “My dog doesn’t bite” but it’s alot. I’ve had them biting at my lower leg, getting ahold of my pants and biting my shoe after I put my foot up to ward them off.
Most homeowners didn’t even apologize. And they invited me into their homes.
Of course, those kinds of stories don’t make it here on FR. I won’t even try to deny that there are alot of police shooting dogs that shouldn’t have.
I’ve shot alot of dogs, the vast majority are pit bulls that irresponsible owners have just turned loose and are going after people.
I’ve seen several kids with their faces ripped to shreds with terrible gaping wounds from dog bites.
There are also stories the other way around. One of our guys had his arm broken by a rottweiler bite. He didn’t shoot the dog. And that was at a house they were shutting down for narcotics sales. Several other officers on my dept. have been bitten and not shot the animal.
Oh well, it is what it is.
“Feeling threatened” is the formula for using profitably the opportunity to shoot a dog or a person. Saying those words renders a shooting by police “justified” and “necessary” and “unavoidable.” Every home with a yard should keep a dog and the owner should learn o invest no emotion in the dog. The dog is there to give police something to shoot should they come to your house for any reason. They get to shoot some living creature for practice. The preferred creature is a dog but another will do in the absence of a canine.
You know it’s going to happen.
Of these stories we read week after week here on FR of cops shooting dogs, I cannot remember a single one concerning dogs 'turned loose'. And almost none of incidents where the owner 'invited me into their homes.'
For the most part, the shooters were on private property where they were not invited, not welcome, and not expected. One of these incidents is going to end in a bigger tragedy than a dog getting killed.
Former Navy Seal was the sole survivor of a mission in Afghanistan. He wrote a book about it.
I think you realize that the true tragedy here is not the dog being killed, which is terrible, but that the police/Sherriff will just rule that it was all on the up and up. If the LEO would be held to the same standard as any other citizen was held to then it would be ok. Unfortunately LEOs are held to less of a standard and you all watch after your own. If this happened then people would truly believe and support the police.
Your police department needs to spend some time at the post office finding out how they are able to deliver mail without antagonizing dogs or having to shoot them. Most departments have canine corps — don’t they teach officers how to handle dogs??? Invite the dog whisperer to hold a seminar. Any police officer who can’t handle a canine situation without shooting the canine should not be on the police force, and any officer who can’t tell a pit bull from a golden retriever should be sent to the pound.
One of the reasons I wouldn't want your a@@ around my place, nor any other LEO POS.
You and your kind are gradually alienating citizens of this country.
I doubt anyone loves dogs more than I do. That said, there are some dogs (and their stupid owners) that ought to be shot. My wife has spoken to two police officers concerning a loose, dangerous dog next door, but the police are powerless to preempt the problem before someone gets mauled. Our neighbor has a huge Great Pyrenees that keeps getting out of their yard (we suspect the neighbor actually lets it out to run). It roams around threatening people. On several occasions, it has run up within two feet of me or my wife in our yard, barking and acting like it means to kill us. I finally went to the neighbor (black with an attitude) and asked why he can’t keep the dog confined to its yard. I was dumbfounded by his utter lack of concern. He said, “The dog don’t bite, the dog is fine”. To make a long story short, I replied to him that “Well, I’m not fine, my wife is not fine, and we are terrified of your dog biting us. Dogs are still unpredictable animals and there is no guarantee that he won’t bite someone, like a child”. I further told him that if the dog does bite us, I would sue. He just turned and walked away. Until someone is bitten or mauled, the police will do nothing, because we have asked for help. My wife asked the police if I could shoot the dog if it came onto our property and threatened to bite us. They said no, that would be a Federal crime. Huh? Is that true? When minutes count, our county animal control is an hour away from when they are called.
Your city sounds like mine. Here in Ohio we have an ordinance ‘dog at large’ and we can summons the owner if their dog is running the neighborhood. I have issued alot of those. I don’t know how things are in Texas (if that is where your from) but I would check with your city or county law dept. and find out what the ordinance or state statutes are for dog at large. You may have just had a lazy cop show up at your door.
The woman that used to live 2 doors down from me was a convicted drug dealer. Her drug dealer boyfriend bought her 2 rottweiler puppies. She kept one, named “Kilo” which, when full grown, she let roam the neighborhood. The dog came after one of my kids and my wife.
I had asked her as a neighbor several times to keep ‘Kilo’ and her other dog, which constantly dumped in my yard, on leashes. She didn’t. I ended up having warrants issued for her arrest.
Neighbors in the area came to my house about the matter on several occasions wanting me to do something about it. Which I did.
Little did I know, if I had only checked FR first I would have known that I was supposed to gun down the dog and the neighbors. I can get away with it afterall.
My city, which is severely short handed at the police dept. did away with the ‘dog catcher’saying they had no money. Yet the mayor gave his cronies pay raises.
We are now forced, if we can’t get the county dog warden to come out, to shoot vicious dogs. Generally we use shotguns. It is just a matter of time before an errant shotgun pellet strikes somebody. Some of the officers have already hit some cars. Many of us have spoken out about this but our complaints fall on deaf ears.
The unions for awhile would not let us use the dog catchers equipment because it crossed union bounds.
I actually quit the union.
An officer I’m friendly with is getting sued in federal court. A pit bull was attacking a man and his son, who were on a bike. The officer, not wanting to take a chance on shooting and hitting them, drove his car at the pit bull. Although not injured or struck by the police car, the man is now suing the police dept. for scaring him, his son and causing him psychological injury. He thanked the officer for getting between him and the dog afterward but an ambulance chasing attorney evidently talked him into filing a lawsuit.
He’ll probably get several thousand dollars.
.....And if you *do* support your local police, they’ll promise to shoot some other dog instead.
What’s the point of my post? Amusement. Once in awhile I get a kick out of chatting with all my FRiends.
We’re coming for your guns too.
We live at the edge of Houston, but in the next country actually. My wife was speaking to HPD officers where she works, not at our house. I’ll look into the “dog at large” angle, thanks.
Somewhat like our local fire department.
They don’t *insist* that you “donate” but they remember if you didn’t.
I bet IN cops suddenly become much more polite and constitionally aware.
“but in the next country actually”
Let’s try that again....next county...
and at the same time proving Sarah Silverman’s wisdom.
Your welcome. They may likely call it something else down there. It really comes in handy for most people if they know the city ordinances and state laws, then you will know if a cop is pulling your leg, or shirking his duty.
Here’s the Houston muni code for dog at large, your city/county is probably something similar.
Sec. 6-101. - Running at large prohibited.permanent link to this piece of content
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having in his possession any dog to allow such dog to be at large without the owner or person in charge thereof having direct physical control over such dog. An owner or person having in his possession a dog may allow the dog to be at large on property that does not provide the animal with access to a sidewalk or street.
It is a defense to prosecution under subsection (a) of this section that the dog was in an off-leash site established under section 32-11 of this Code,
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having in his possession a dangerous dog, as defined in section 6-151 of this Code, to allow that dog to be at large. A person who violates this subsection shall, upon conviction, be assessed a fine of not less than $500.00 nor more than $2,000.00. Each day that any violation of this subsection continues shall constitute and be punishable as a separate offense.
Unless the dog getting *shot* is a K-9 ...they’re treated as a *cop*, as you know.
I’d probably solve the situation by moving. I wish you luck with your predicament.
I think you'd like to. Police seem to have a built-in desire to control the peasantry, now don't you?
The Ruby Ridge incident began when a BATF agent shot the Weaver’s dog and the Weaver’s son returned fire not knowing who was shooting at them.
A biker after mine own heart.
Similar laws are on the books in Texas. (H/T Spktyr)
To answer your question:
Marcus Luttrell (born November 7, 1975) is a former Petty Officer First Class and United States Navy SEAL. He received the Navy Cross for his actions in 2005 facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings.
I know EXACTLY how to make him TRULY sorry.
What a pile of human detritus our "law enforecement" has become