Skip to comments.Officer and family have differing stories over shot dog
Posted on 10/14/2012 9:03:24 PM PDT by Altariel
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis family is irate after a police officer shot their dog Thursday. But the police department says the officer was trying to protect a child.
Quawan Branch, 9, described the attack by Memphis Police on his 1-year-old Labrador, named Pepper.
"The police officer, he just came up and started shooting at my dog," he said.
According to the Memphis Police Department, an officer was flagged down on Spottswood Ave. regarding a loose dog trying to attack a child.
"I didn't see anyone flag him down. They must have done it a street over or whatever, but I know my dog hadn't been outside a good three minutes," said owner Michelle Hunter.
Investigators said the dog lunged at the child and the officer fired a shot striking the dog.
"I guess he just took it upon himself to think that my dog was attacking his own owner, which she wasn't. They were playing. By her being a Labrador, that's what Labraders do," said Hunter.
Several children said they were running on a sidewalk, along with the dog, when out of nowhere the officer showed up and told the dog to stop.
The children said the dog obeyed the officer's order; however the officer still pulled out his gun and shot the dog.
At that point, the dog supposedly took off and ran around the corner to the other side of a church. Witnesses say the officer started chasing the dog and fired a second shot.
"He should've asked, 'What's going on. Is this dog trying to attack?' Ask questions before you just act out," said Michelle Hunter.
The dog has been taken to an animal hospital where she will have to undergo surgery. Neither the child nor the officer were injured.
Boy oh boy, I’m SO happy that the officer wasn’t injured. I mean, if he had been injured, it might have restricted his donut intake in the coming week!
And heaven knows, we can’t have that.
Wouldn't do that to a person, right? Why do it to a dog? The moment of danger (if there ever was one) was past, yes?
Anytime a cop shoots a dog there should be the same type investigation as if a person was shot. What’s bothersome is so many witnesses contradict the cops.
I went on a trip a few weeks back and took both of my Llhasas. One weighs 18 pounds and the other is 12 pounds. The little one will bark if anyone gets near the car. I was paranoid I was going to get stopped by some redneck trigger happy cop.
Unless I missed it in the article they didn’t give a name of the officer...I wonder if a few of these shottings are being done by female officers not use to being around a dog...Just like if no race is in the newsarticle, we all know they aren’t white, same with being a republican or democrat....if party isn’t listed its a democrat...
As a new dog owner this is my biggest fear. If my dog somehow managed to hurt someone I’d be the first to take care of the situation.
However, if my dog is playing with my kids and some cop comes out of no where and shoots it, then, as it’s doing what we are told to do by the cops and escape the attacker and the cop gives chase to shoot it again..
I can’t say what would happen next.
Plus, my dog is a Basset. My son can almost walk faster than the dog can run. If he growls at you, walk away at a fast pace. Don’t worry, he won’t catch up.
A 1 year old Lab is pretty much still a puppy and unlikely to be a threat to a child or anyone else.
A Lab “lunged” at a child? Probably trying to lick him to death ....
WTF is up with the cops these days? I am so sick of “cops shooting dogs” stories I could just scream. I’m really glad we only have cats. (I know, I know, they’re probably next! Those darned attack cats. Cops just can’t be too careful.)
What the hell are these Piece POSs doing?
It seems withholding the name has more to do with preventing the locals from identifying the particular officer than with hiding the gender of the officer; name withheld has been the case regardless of gender in all the cases I have seen.
I think wearing a sandwich board (with “I shot a Labrador” written upon it) while standing at a local major intersection would do for a beginning.
Ping for later
The “War On Dogs”® continues.
I recommend you have one of these (No! No! That does NOT go in your mouth. I thought Salamander trained you better!) for protection:
The dog was considered Unclean in the eyes of The State and the Prophet of the State needed to rid the world of the infidel canine.
And in about 7 months, 'Halla will be big enough to provide backup.
You’re trying to test my resistance, aren’t you? I’ll have you know I am perfectly able to resist soft fur, half-open blue eyes, puppy paws and....
(How old is Valhalla? [I’m guessing that’s his/her full name.])
In that photo, she was not even 3 weeks old.
She was born 9/19.
She’s still with her mama.
Her name is “Cold Wind To Vahalla”.
[and all the Tull junkies rejoiced]
The night I first saw her, her eyes had *just* opened and I was the first human she’d ever seen, poor thing.
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