Skip to comments.Morgan County Sheriff Responds Strongly to Complaints About Dog Shot
Posted on 07/27/2012 9:25:56 AM PDT by Altariel
DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) A dog was killed recently as the Morgan County Drug Task Force served a search warrant. Now, the Sheriffs Office is fielding complaints about the animals death.
The dog was shot while the Morgan County Drug Task Force was conducting a search for illegal sales/possession of narcotics and marijuana at the Cedar Key Apartments in Decatur. Four people were arrested.
Someone has set up a Facebook page called Justice for Aubie, the golden retriever who was shot. Be warned, the Facebook page contains graphic pictures of the dog after it was shot.
Its not clear who set up the page. It only says it was created in honor of Aubie, a golden retriever who was shot and killed without reason during a search by Morgan County Sheriffs Office.
Sheriff Franklin said at a news conference Monday that information on the Facebook page is wrong. The comments on Facebook are inaccurate, Franklin said at a Monday afternoon news conference. Its false. Its intended to mislead the public and to alarm them and aggravate them.
Franklin says deputies were forced to shoot the dog when it lunged at them. She says comments that deputies should have called in animal services before deputies entered are ridiculous. Franklin says deputies were forced with a split-second decision and they did the right thing.
Sheriff Franklin also issued a stern warning.
If youre a dope dealer and youve got a dog, and youve got that dog to protect you, and youve got that dog to try and limit us, then you need to be aware of the fact that if it makes an aggressive move toward us, or anybody else, there is a possibility its going to be shot, said Franklin.
I’ve never known a Golden lab or retriever to ever bite somebody.
It’s a damn golden retriever!
Do NOT go to the website if you’re not strong. The video is absolutely heart wrenching.
It’s getting to the point where we need to give our personal information to people we trust, because the SWAT team will shoot you on sight and, if they make a mistake, they will cover their ass.
Your 90 year old grandmother is going to be portrayed as a thug, if the sheriff’s department has anything to say about it.
Makes sense, but the problem is according to reports police are shooting dogs of people who aren't dealing dope, too. In many cases it seems to be the first thing they're conditioned to do when encountering a pet dog while answering a call.
They'd better rethink this policy or they're gonna be faced with a public relations nightmare.
Assuming they still care what the public thinks.
“If you’re a dope dealer and you’ve got a dog, and you’ve got that dog to protect you, and you’ve got that dog to try and limit us, then you need to be aware of the fact that if it makes an aggressive move toward us, or anybody else, there is a possibility it’s going to be shot,” said Franklin.
I like a sheriff who doesn't back down on killing dogs.
Yes I do.
From one of the comments;
This just in from a witness of the apartment complex: The owner of the dog, which was an Iraqi soldier, was told by his superiors that he needed to get a dog to help him with his psychological situation. Regardless of any criminal acts that may have taken place in that apartment, this dog was obtained and became part of the family for the sole purpose of helping one of our men that went to battle for our country. He needed the dog to help him get back to normality and the dog needed him as well. He was a very loving natured dog and was NOT aggressive in any way. If frightened, he would most likely have ran. There were 3 shots fired in the apartment and all 3 shots hit the dog. The shells remain in the apartment to prove this fact, and there are all kinds of witnesses to relay the same. Mr. Richard, you want facts, talk to some of these folks. And on another note, this poor dog was serving this young man to help him in the real world. Now, what was to happen if the drug force had brought in a K-9 unit and somebody just so happened to have shot one of their dogs and killed it. They would be charged for murder! These cops are not above the law! And Ms. Ana, I don’t care if it was your birthday, nobody deserves this kind of justice-—unless you were the dog. Signed, Lesa Rasbury and Nesa Tucker.
They don’t have to care.
Every shot dog is going to be a pitbull and every dog owner will be a drug dealer.
Dope dealers don’t use goldens as guard dogs. Goldens are more likely to show you where to find the dope than to protect it.
Also, the video, the website, pictures; none of it indicates if the dog was owned by the people who were busted or if the dog was a neighbor’s dog or owned by someone other than someone who was busted.
In the video, the dog is pretty stiff. It appears to have been placed in a white trash bag, wrapped in a blanket and placed on a bed. The video shows someone unwrapping the dog and at some point he says, “If I wasn’t so pissed right now I’d be crying.” The poor animal was just a puppy. If anything, it was probably trying to play. I’ve never met an aggressive golden. It’s just not in their nature.
All of that aside, if this video was made by the people who were arrested, then my assumption has to be that the cops busted some low-level street dealers in their residence and they bonded out shortly after being booked. They returned home to tend to their dead friend. If this is the case, then shame on this police department for their thug tactics against these dealers. I’m not advocating what they’re doing, but to blow down someone’s door with a SWAT team, shoot the family dog, and all to bust some street dealers is inexcusable.
The family dog is now another victim of the “War on Drugs.”
Agreed. Goldens, by their nature, are sweet tempered. But that can be modified by training or circumstances.
I've said this very same thing time and time again. If you shoot a police K9, you would be charged with murder and be up against the same charges as if you shot a human cop.
On the other hand, cops shoot the family dog and there are no charges and the investigation is closed quick. The family dog is considered a member of the family, and in my opinion, the shooter should be investigated as if they took a human life.
Our society is so f'd up.
As a dog owner I cannot fathom the anger these people must be feeling.
A bureaycrat is the most dangerous individual in the world. They obey without question any order they receive. They kill any who they are ordered to without question, remorse, or pity. It is the bureaycrat s who carry out the dictator's directive to kill whom, when, where, and how.
I’m a law-abiding citizen in every way. I do not invite people who are involved in illegal activities in my home to prevent this sort of thing. I live in a part of town that is exceptionally low-crime and devoid of people who could be mistaken as potential drug dealers or otherwise. If the police pulled this shit on me, you can bet that there’d be more than just a dead dog in the house. You kill my pet you’d better be prepared to kill me too.
Since the government is still (marginally) responsive to the people, people had better start taking close notice of the corrupt, and very dangerous, direction their government is going.
This is the Drug War you so ardently defend. Just sit back and enjoy it.
You do now. I was looking at an old 1100 Katana a guy had for sale. His Golden managed to get out of the back door of his house while we were looking at the bike and went straight for my leg. I moved enough at the last second so that the dog got mostly pants and a little skin.
I was shocked. I've worked with veterinarians and my parents owned a kennel, and I had never seen a dog go after someone like that before. The only reason I could come up with is I was a White guy and it's owner was Black. I looked different. So I can see how a dog would feel threatened by the whole Jack-Booted thug costume the local cops are so fond of these days.
The police are only a reflection of the government they work for. A reflection with the option of lethal force.
Are Mailmen that much smarter than the police on drug raids? Or do these police just enjoy killing?
Ahh. A liberal response. How droll of you.
F* U Sheriff BigShot!
Actually, Ken's right - we see this type of junk more and more because of the "need" to "fight" the War on (Some) Drugs that a lot of people idiotically still think is a social necessity.
No thanks - I'd rather keep my constitutional rights. Last I heard, that wasn't a "liberal" response.
What Sheriff Buffoon should understand is that many people may be thinking, If youre an officer and youve got a gun, and youve got that gun to protect you, and youve got that gun to try and limit innocent people, then you need to be aware of the fact that if it makes an aggressive move toward innocent people, or their pets, there is a possibility you’re going to be shot. These neanderthals need to be brought back under control before it happens, because sooner or later it will and there’s just no reason for it. Cops are way too conditioned to use or threaten lethal force these days. I’m starting to feel safer when I know there are no police around to “help” me. Sheesh.
Ahh. A liberal response. How droll of you.
Since you asked - I’ll explain...
Only a liberal argues for the legalization of drugs. Only a liberal confuses alcohol Prohibition with the sensible drug laws we have on the books today. Only a liberal can hyper-inflate dog shootings and no-knock raids into a solid reason to waive the white flag in the WOD and allow Mexican cartels to become legitimate business owners here in the US. Only a liberal could agree with Braney Frank and Ron Paul that dope should be legal. Only a liberal can hide behind the Constitutional and claim drugs are OK and should be legal
Not even the liberal nuts and fruits in California - when they had the chance - would vote in legal marijuana.
I could go on and on... but as we know... Liberalism is a mental disorder. And no amount of facts and logic will change pro-dopers minds.
Ah hah. I see. You are not a serious person. I’ll keep that in mind before wasting time on you in the future.
Yeah, but only a moron confuses "ending the Drug War" with "legalisation of drugs."
And I take it that “real conservative” have no problem with big, overbearing government so long as those jack-boots are enforcing your world view on others. “Real conservatives” like to see those boots on the throats of people who dare to disagree with them, it that it?
I have a different name for folks like that. They are authoritarians. And they are dangerous people. Because in the end, they are no different than Mao, or Stalin or any other tin pot who believed in imposing their will on people who disagreed with their world view.
Liberalism is a mental disorder. And no amount of facts and logic will change pro-dopers minds.
I haven't seen any facts or logic from you. Just assertions and name calling.
Oh, wait. Maybe in your myopic world SHOUTING your fact free assertions passes for "logic".
Talk about droll...
I haven’t read all the posts but I didn’t see any cop defenders, of which we have a few on FR. Come on, where are you? Defend these bas*ardly creeps with badges and guns!!
I believe you have put your finger on one of the biggest problems we now face. The main difference between them and us, is that they eager and willing to use the guns they have. We are not. Until this attitude changes, they will continue to indiscriminately kill us and our pets. We haven't figured out yet, that we're at war. They are waging an undeclared war against us, and we aren't fighting back.
I don't have a problem with the cops shooting a dog that is really a threat, but it seems that in a lot of these cases it isn't necessary to use a gun as the first option. At 13, I was a paperboy in Alaska where they keep dogs big enough to drive off the bears. I had to deal with quite a number of aggressive dogs on my route but I never needed to shoot one.
I think you are full of shit officer.
I can’t recall a golden retriever ever biting anyone.
Besides your constant steroid induced breaking down doors causes this type of reaction in a dog.
He is doing his job, instinctively and you know it, yet you make no provisions for securing an animal in your ops.
Who here in this thread has argued for the legalization of drugs?
Why are you inventing arguments for other posters instead of addressing the actual opinions brought forth?
I’ve had them all my life and only one time did a female go after someone. He was dangerous. She stopped when I called her.
It seems to be standard operating proceedure to shot pets. Witness accounts should be taken into account. It should no longer be assumed an officer was in real danger and had to shoot an animal just because he says so. If we can not stop the brutality, then make the cops were a camera at all times. The ones who abuse their power are going to wreck our justice system if we don’t stop them with more professional operating practices and supervision.
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