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Sheriff defends deputy who responded to wrong house, killed tethered dog
The Examiner ^ | August 30, 2012 | Terese Seaberg

Posted on 09/04/2012 11:23:27 AM PDT by Altariel

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it would not be pursuing disciplinary action against a deputy who fatally shot a tethered dog earlier this week.

Richard Woodruff was inside his Spartanburg, S.C. home Monday morning when he heard barking followed by a gunshot. The man rushed outside to check on his 8-year-old shepherd mix, Diamond, who had been playing out front while tethered to the porch railing.

"I ran outside and I see this guy standing over my dog holding a gun," Woodruff told Channel 7 news. "'I said, 'Why did you shoot my dog?' And his response to me was, 'Sir, she tried to bite me.' I said, 'She tried to bite you? She can't go any further to get you!'"

According to Woodruff, the dog was at the limit of her tether and could not advance any further when she was shot by plain-clothed deputy Eric Boutin. "All he had to do was take a couple of steps back and she could not have bitten him," Woodruff said in the Channel 7 interview.

Woodruff also pointed out the "Beware of Dog" sign attached to an oak tree on his lawn. The man states that the deputy parked his car in front of the sign and then walked right past it.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: assholecop; deadleoswalking; dog; doggieping; donutwatch; germanshepherd; govtabuse; policestate; tyranny; warondogs; wronghouse

1 posted on 09/04/2012 11:23:30 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Problem is the warning sign was in English


2 posted on 09/04/2012 11:27:17 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: Altariel

I think if somebody came on my property and shot my dog I’d have a tought time restraining myself from shooting them, in uniform or not.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:15 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Altariel

Too stupid to be sheriff, and too stupid to be a deputy.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:28 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Altariel

There are several “get out of jail free” responses by government officials.

For cops, one of them is: “It was for my own safety”.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:56 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Altariel

If that were my dog Spartanburg would have a couple of job openings in the very, very near future. Including one for Sheriff.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 11:29:34 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: yarddog

Another guaranteed response is: “I want to go home at the end of my shift”.


7 posted on 09/04/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: shadeaud

We keep hearing these stories; there is another post about a widow in Buffalo. A few months back there there was a shooting of a dog that was small and on a short lease held by a 6 year old. The dog was shot anyway. This is just plain bullshit. It is part of the Departments training to just shoot the dog. It establishes who is actually in control and that is the only reason for doing it.

Since it is part of the Dept training, they will not chastise in any way the officer who shoots a dog. Maybe we need to start shooting back at the officer.


8 posted on 09/04/2012 11:33:45 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really NOW)
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To: shadeaud

Perhaps the Shooting cop should be handcuffed, tased, cavity searched by a group of Sadomasocist Gays with aids,
hosed down with a firehose and beaten with a batton because
“he could” loose control as an Officer of the Court and start shooting things.

Fer crips sakes what have we become that we allow maroons like this to walk the streets with a badge and a loaded gun?
And to make the matter worse a Supervisor that thinks it’s okay to shoot and kill a Dog on a chain.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 11:34:10 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: Altariel

Unbelievable! Hot-headed law enforcement officer, kills tethered dog while trying to serve papers to a man who didn’t live at the house.... and the sheriff’s response is “Oops! So sorry.”

I hope the dog owner does take them court and I’m not usually for that sort of thing.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 11:34:51 AM PDT by Sweet Hour of Prayer
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To: Altariel

The letter carriers seem to be able to deal with dogs without snuffing them; why not cops?


11 posted on 09/04/2012 11:52:41 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (The First Amendment is a large caliber weapon. USE IT !!!)
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To: Altariel

This is the 3rd story today about cops shooting somebody’s dog in its own yard. And always the wrong yard.


12 posted on 09/04/2012 11:54:29 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: dirtymac

“A few months back there there was a shooting of a dog that was small and on a short lease held by a 6 year old. The dog was shot anyway”

Link?


13 posted on 09/04/2012 11:55:59 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Wonder what the police who love dogs and have K-9’s think about these pigs?


14 posted on 09/04/2012 11:59:48 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Altariel
it's just a way of training officers to become desensitized to killing. Killing animals over and over again make it easier when the animal is on two legs and a "threat". Lots of little sociopaths with uniforms out there because we have a whole bunch of uniformed douche tards in the alphabet agencies at the local/state/federal level. My recent foray to Vegas allowed me to see TSA's finest with their little blue uniforms and epaulettes .

It's like a casting call for the Biggest Loser/Jerry Springer Show/Jersey Shore and Good Times all rolled into one. I look out at the horizon and I see a storm coming. Vote early, vote often and then keep yourself prepared.

15 posted on 09/04/2012 12:01:26 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Altariel

Is that you, Chett99?


16 posted on 09/04/2012 12:01:49 PM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Argus

Someday someone is going to use that Sheriff’s reasoning as justification.

“Well, he shot my dog. It was possible he was a rogue cop intent on shooting me, so I....”


17 posted on 09/04/2012 12:05:40 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Dick Vomer
"It's just a way of training officers to become desensitized to killing"

Indeed.

They really need to pick better heroes.

18 posted on 09/04/2012 12:07:56 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Stories like this make it increasingly difficult for me to feel sympathy when cops get killed in the line of duty. It won’t be long until I’m cheering for the “bad” guys to win. I put bad guys in parenthesis because it seems these days cops aren’t that far removed from the criminals we pay them to apprehend.


19 posted on 09/04/2012 12:09:32 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Altariel

No but it was reported in South Carolina


20 posted on 09/04/2012 12:10:53 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really NOW)
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To: Altariel
"Now, listen here, Barney..."


21 posted on 09/04/2012 12:25:54 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Altariel
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright ... justified the shooting by saying that there was a chance the tether could have slipped off which would have resulted in Boutin being bitten.

If that's the case then he should send his officers down to the Human Society, the APA, and all the animal shelters in the county, take some preemptive action, and shoot all the dogs. That will further reduce the risk of being bitten by a dog.

22 posted on 09/04/2012 12:28:01 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Altariel

I wonder how many dobes I need on hand to subdue these pet murderers? I would think 3 should be able to stop one lunatic gunman.


23 posted on 09/04/2012 12:28:31 PM PDT by st.eqed
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To: Altariel
"No. I am not giving you another bullet."


24 posted on 09/04/2012 12:29:46 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Altariel
They need to get rid of the sheriff.
25 posted on 09/04/2012 12:30:04 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: yarddog

“There are several “get out of jail free” responses by government officials.

For cops, one of them is: “It was for my own safety”.

Kind of like the South Park hunters and thier ‘It was coming right at me’.


26 posted on 09/04/2012 12:35:15 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Argus

The sign I have posted at my gate says; IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PERSONAL INVITATION FROM THE PROPERTY OWNER.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SIGNED, VALID WARRANT.
IF YOU ONLY THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT ADDRESS.
TURN AROUND AND GET OUT NOW.
IF YOU SHOOT MY DOGS OR LIVESTOCK; I WILL SHOOT, YOU AND I SHOOT TO KILL.
Don’t care what the law says any more. I am to tired to run, to poor to go to court, and to old to take a beating so I will shoot the offender and go to prison.
Better health care than I have had in my entire life, 3 meals a day that I don’t have to prepare, and at my age probably a job in the prison library. A lot of days it just don’t sound to bad.


27 posted on 09/04/2012 12:38:52 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Altariel; SmithL; Eyes Unclouded; Rodney King; Redcitizen; ellery; dcwusmc; Forgotten Amendments; ..
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28 posted on 09/04/2012 12:42:05 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Altariel
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it would not be pursuing disciplinary action against a deputy who fatally shot a tethered dog earlier this week.

But, of course. Who really thinks cops have to follow the same rules as us? They are better than us. I have actually had them tell me that.

29 posted on 09/04/2012 12:43:16 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Altariel
The man rushed outside to check on his 8-year-old shepherd mix, Diamond, who had been playing out front while tethered to the porch railing.

Tethering isn't a good way to get a dog to play. It usually makes them mean and territorial instead.

30 posted on 09/04/2012 12:43:31 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Argus
I think if somebody came on my property and shot my dog I’d have a tought time restraining myself from shooting them, in uniform or not.

That's how they felt at Ruby Ridge.

And I'd acquit you if I was on the jury.

31 posted on 09/04/2012 12:47:03 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: VRWCarea51
These cops need to experience the gimp treatment from Pulp Fiction a few times and this $hit will stop.


32 posted on 09/04/2012 12:47:50 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Altariel
Woodruff also pointed out the "Beware of Dog" sign attached to an oak tree on his lawn. The man states that the deputy parked his car in front of the sign and then walked right past it.

Classic mistake, assuming that a cop can read.

33 posted on 09/04/2012 12:48:37 PM PDT by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: Altariel
Sheriff defends deputy who ...., killed tethered dog.

Of course he does. All animals are equal, 'cept for the pigs in control (Animal Farm).

34 posted on 09/04/2012 1:09:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Argus
"Hitcho shot and killed Freemansburg police Officer Robert Lasso last August when Lasso responded to a disturbance call. Investigators say Hitcho shot Lasso in the head while the officer was trying to fend off Hitcho’s dogs."

Lasso jumped a fence, enter the property w/o a warrent or exegent circumstances and his supervisor ordered him to taze the dogs before Hitcho fired.

35 posted on 09/04/2012 1:13:49 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BuffaloJack
"The letter carriers seem to be able to deal with dogs"

We had some newly reassigned (they bid for the route) carriers who refused to deliver the mail 'cause the dog's tether stopped a dozen yards from the box.

36 posted on 09/04/2012 1:17:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Moonman62
"Tethering isn't a good way to get a dog to play."

My dog is on a two axis, overhead tether arrangement that gives her a range that almost covers the full extent of the back yard. She's quite well adjusted, thought the squirrels tend to stay just out of range. We can easily play retrieve (a ball or any of her favorite sticks pulled from the kindling piles) when she is "on the hook".

37 posted on 09/04/2012 1:22:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

*sshole with a uniform and a room temperature IQ.

He should be forcefully encouraged to seek other employment; i.e., fired.


38 posted on 09/04/2012 1:25:46 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Paladin2
My dog is on a two axis, overhead tether arrangement...

Did you build it or buy it somewhere? That's not usually what is meant by tethering.

39 posted on 09/04/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
I built it from parts/assemblies/kits at the dog dept at Walmart, Ace Hardware, etc.

The four corners are attached quite high up into big trees in the "hedgerow" between the adjacent yards. There are one each pulley on the two cross yard cables that suspend a front to back cable that has a pulley running on it that holds the helically coiled drop cable. Ther's a lot of degrees of freedom so the dog is not abruptly stopped at the margins of system travel.

40 posted on 09/04/2012 1:50:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Sloth

I wouldn’t be surprised if the deputy *did* read and stopped at the “wrong house” for that reason.

Then, feign surprise and “apologize” to the homeowner for “getting the address wrong”.

When government employees believe they have the right to shoot housedogs, there’s a big problem.

When their superiors defend them and their departments rally around them, there’s a bigger problem.


41 posted on 09/04/2012 2:07:20 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Moonman62

I agree that tethering is a poor method to secure a dog / allow a dog to play.

However, it makes the dog’s shooting all the crueler.


42 posted on 09/04/2012 3:27:15 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Moonman62

One of my dogs I found on the street. I believe he was tethered, and likely escaped from it somehow allowing me to find him, or him, me. I ascertained this after noticing shortly after taking him in that after walks when I’d drop the leash in the yard or driveway upon returning he’d stop as if frozen, unable to move. I keep walking but he doesn’t. He’ll just stand there wagging his tail hoping to be “released” from captivity. I walk back and grab the leash and he resumes walking. It’s been 4 1/2 years and he will go through this routine every time. His memories of being chained up is the only explanation I have for his behavior.


43 posted on 09/04/2012 3:39:24 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: yarddog

He should have gone home at the beginning of his shift.


44 posted on 09/04/2012 4:31:05 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: 5th MEB
Thanks for posting, I'm likely to incorporate parts of that into my own signage.
45 posted on 09/05/2012 2:30:42 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Another brilliant cop killing dogs that others are unwilling to kill....


46 posted on 09/05/2012 8:37:36 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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