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Officer and family have differing stories over shot dog
WMC-TV ^ | October 11, 2012 | WMC-TV Staff

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; donutwatch; labrador; memphis; police; tennessee; warondogs

1 posted on 10/14/2012 9:03:34 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

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.


2 posted on 10/14/2012 9:08:39 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Altariel
and another doughnut muncher earns their dog shooter marit badge...

3 posted on 10/14/2012 9:12:27 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Altariel
Juiced up government unionist. C-note says the gumshoe shaves his pate.

4 posted on 10/14/2012 9:12:36 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Altariel
Witnesses say the officer started chasing the dog and fired a second shot.

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?

5 posted on 10/14/2012 9:14:12 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Altariel

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.


6 posted on 10/14/2012 9:16:25 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: NVDave

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...


7 posted on 10/14/2012 9:32:31 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Altariel

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..

well...

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.


8 posted on 10/14/2012 9:35:26 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Altariel

A 1 year old Lab is pretty much still a puppy and unlikely to be a threat to a child or anyone else.


9 posted on 10/14/2012 9:47:15 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Altariel

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.)


10 posted on 10/14/2012 9:48:52 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: Altariel

What the hell are these Piece POSs doing?


11 posted on 10/14/2012 9:51:53 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: goat granny

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.


12 posted on 10/14/2012 10:42:57 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

13 posted on 10/15/2012 12:58:44 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Altariel

Ping for later


14 posted on 10/15/2012 2:20:43 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: Altariel

The “War On Dogs”® continues.


15 posted on 10/15/2012 2:29:32 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: cableguymn; Salamander
Sadly, a dog-shooting cop would likely see your basset as an easy target.

I recommend you have one of these (No! No! That does NOT go in your mouth. I thought Salamander trained you better!) for protection:


16 posted on 10/15/2012 6:46:58 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
This is how we do it.

And in about 7 months, 'Halla will be big enough to provide backup.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 7:16:03 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

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....
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Awwww.........

(How old is Valhalla? [I’m guessing that’s his/her full name.])


19 posted on 10/15/2012 7:21:03 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

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]

;D

The night I first saw her, her eyes had *just* opened and I was the first human she’d ever seen, poor thing.

;]


20 posted on 10/15/2012 7:26:28 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

She’s adorable. Is she the daughter of one of your dobermans, or a future member of the family?


21 posted on 10/15/2012 8:39:34 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

She’s The Boy’s half sister.

Same dad.

Waiting ~very~ impatiently for the day she’s old enough to come home.

:)


22 posted on 10/15/2012 8:52:30 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: Altariel

He’s not for protection. He is for distraction.

the 9MM and other options are there for protection.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 2:52:23 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Salamander

I expect the weeks will fly by until then.

Hopefully The Boy will treat his Kid (half) Sister well. :-)


24 posted on 10/15/2012 3:51:03 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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