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North Middleton Police shoot, kill dog
The Sentinel ^ | 08/10/2012 | Andrew Carr

Posted on 08/11/2012 9:39:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A North Middleton man feels police mishandled a situation after his dog was shot and killed on Wednesday.

Quinton Stackfield, who lives on Sterrets Gap Avenue in North Middleton Township, said police never informed him that his dog had been shot prior to being put down by police Wednesday.

According to a police report provided by North Middleton Police, the incident occurred at 1 p.m. in the 100 block of Walton Avenue. Officers were dispatched to an incident involving a dog that had attacked a person and his beagle mix, according to the report.

Stackfield reports that he had let his children’s dog, a yellow lab named Charlie, out into the yard to go to the bathroom.

“I let him out to use the bathroom and left my fiancee and the kids at the house, and then I get a call 15 minutes later saying, ‘The cops are here, they shot the dog,’” he said.

According to police, when they arrived on the scene, they had found that the dog had attacked a neighbor, Constable James Brown, and he had no choice but to shoot the animal.

Police say Stackfield’s dog charged through a chain link fence into the neighboring yard and attacked the other dog, biting it several times causing severe injury. At some point, the dog turned on and charged the neighbor, who then shot the dog.

The report then states that “the dog suffered grave injury and had to be destroyed to relieve further pain and suffering.”

Stackfield, however, feels officers mishandled the situation, since the dog was still alive, and said he was not a vicious dog.

“I get to the house, and the cop says to come talk to him and tells me the story that my dog was outside and the neighbor was walking their beagle,” he said. “My dog somehow got under the fence and bit their beagle. The guy ended up shooting my dog because it had bit his beagle. He only shot the dog enough to wound him, then the guy called the cops.”

Stackfield said he was never notified that his pet was lying in his neighbor’s yard with a bullet hole.

“They didn’t come over to my house or say anything about him shooting my dog,” Stackfield said. “He called the North Middleton cops and the North Middleton cops came and shot the dog in the head and then came and told me. The way the cop made it sound, the dog was wounded, I could have maybe had him fixed or something. The neighbor never even came to apologize to me. He knows it’s my kids dog. It just sounds like animal cruelty that first off the neighbor would shoot it, then the cop would come and shoot it. I just think it was handled completely wrong.”

Stackfield then said he was informed by police that he had to go dispose of the animal, which he then took to the Humane Society to have cremated.

He said his family has lived next to the neighbors for years and that this situation “caught me off guard.”

“I tried to tell the kids but they are young and don’t really understand,” he said. “It is a pretty residential area, I was thinking, ‘Man, what if my kids had been outside and this guy starts shooting the dog.’”

Because charges are pending and the incident is currently under investigation, Brown declined to comment beyond describing it as a sad, unfortunate incident.

TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals

1 posted on 08/11/2012 9:39:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The dog was on the neighbor’s property. He’ll be lucky if the neighbors don’t sue him. He should just STFU and call it a lesson learned the hard way. But it looks like that’s not what he’s inclined to do.

2 posted on 08/11/2012 9:49:55 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Uh huh.

A lab, friendly with children, charges through a chain link fence and attacks the neighbor who just happens to be a cop.

And he should shut his mouth.

You’re right, chest thumper.

3 posted on 08/11/2012 10:52:44 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: nickcarraway

It’s sad but seems the neighbor was within his rights.

I know when I walk my dogs I carry a knife in case they are attacked by a stray or by some idiot’s dog who cant be controlled off leash.

I’dhate kill an animal that is probably loved by its family but my little guys come first and I will do whatever I can to protect them and myself.

4 posted on 08/11/2012 11:11:59 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: AlmaKing

I don’t believe the account. Goldens by nature are not pit bulls.

All the more important not to let your dog out without you watching, and it’s another reason to have video records of what is going on around your property. It is getting to that point now. Luckily prices have come down for that technology.

5 posted on 08/11/2012 11:16:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s one P-— Poor peace of writing

6 posted on 08/11/2012 11:42:15 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: maine-iac7

“That’s one P-— Poor peace of writing” — agree — it’s a real war on words. He really ought to be given a ‘peace’ of your mind. [Hint: piece: a portion peace: opposite of war]

7 posted on 08/11/2012 11:56:58 PM PDT by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I’ve never known a golden to be like that. The only one who knows that the dog got under the fence is the fellow who shot the dog.

8 posted on 08/12/2012 2:59:27 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: Past Your Eyes

The guy let his dog out and just let him run wild.....the dog went on his neighbors yard and attacked his neighbors dog.There is not a happy ending to this scenario and the blame lies entirely with him!!!

9 posted on 08/12/2012 6:02:50 AM PDT by ontap
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You have facts that are different? No. You make assumptions and I'm a chest thumper. Okay.

10 posted on 08/12/2012 2:21:27 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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