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Family Pet Shot in Lafayette Backyard by Police on House Alarm Call
99.9 KTDY ^ | January 7, 2013 | Debbie Ray

Posted on 01/08/2013 12:25:48 PM PST by Altariel

A Lafayette family’s 15 year old pet dog was shot inside their fenced backyard today by Lafayette Police. Officers were dispatched when the Sonnier family’s house alarm was set off because a door was not properly closed when they left the house this morning. According to the Sonniers, when the alarm went off, the monitoring company called the contact list, including Michelle Sonnier, a nurse practitioner who was with a patient at the time. Her husband Matt was also unable to answer, so they called Michelle’s mother, next on the list. She then called Matt – he was able to answer this time – who called the alarm company and told them it was a false alarm- all of this happened within 9 minutes time. About thirty minutes later, Michelle arrived at home, coming in through the garage entrance in back, and saw the commotion outside. She went out to get the mail and that’s when police asked where she came from and told her that they had shot their dog inside their fenced backyard.

A statement from Lafayette Police reads:

On Monday, January 7, 2013, at approximately 12:20 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a residence in the 200 block of Montauban Drive regarding an alarm activation at a residence. Two Lafayette Police Officers arrived on the scene and began checking the perimeter of the residence. The two officers entered into the backyard that was surrounded by a fence. As officers moved in the direction of the back of the home, a large dog approached them in an aggressive manner. Both officers fired one shot, killing the dog. The officers were not injured during the incident. The incident is being investigated by the Lafayette Police Department’s Internal Affairs Section, which is standard procedure when an officer discharges a firearm.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; donutwatch; lafayette; policeshootdog; policeshootpet; warondogs
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1 posted on 01/08/2013 12:25:59 PM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel
http://1079ishot.com/lafayette-police-shoot-family-pet-during-routine-house-alarm-call/

A Lafayette family is mourning the death of the pet tonight after it was allegedly shot by a Lafayette Police Officer today. The family’s 15-year-old pet dog was shot inside their fenced backyard today when police responded to a house alarm call.

According to our sister station 99.9 KTDY, Officers were dispatched to the Sonnier home when the family’s house alarm was set off. The alarm was set-off because a door was not properly closed when they left the house this morning. According to the Sonniers, when the alarm went off, the monitoring company called the contact list, including Michelle Sonnier, a nurse practitioner who was with a patient at the time. Her husband Matt was also unable to answer, so they called Michelle’s mother, next on the list. She then called Matt – he was able to answer this time – who called the alarm company and told them it was a false alarm- all of this happened within 9 minutes time. About thirty minutes later, Michelle arrived at her home, entering her home through the garage entrance in back. It was then she saw all of the commotion going on outside of her homw. When she went outside,  LP.D. asked where she came from.  At that point, Mrs. Sonnier was informed by L.P.D. that they had shot the family dog inside their fenced backyard.

The Lafayette Police Dept. have since released the following statement:

On Monday, January 7, 2013, at approximately 12:20 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a residence in the 200 block of Montauban Drive regarding an alarm activation at a residence. Two Lafayette Police Officers arrived on the scene and began checking the perimeter of the residence. The two officers entered into the backyard that was surrounded by a fence. As officers moved in the direction of the back of the home, a large dog approached them in an aggressive manner. Both officers fired one shot, killing the dog. The officers were not injured during the incident. The incident is being investigated by the Lafayette Police Department’s Internal Affairs Section, which is standard procedure when an officer discharges a firearm.

2 posted on 01/08/2013 12:28:14 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Killing dogs is what they do best.


3 posted on 01/08/2013 12:31:28 PM PST by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: Altariel
What did they think the burglars brought their own dog with them.
4 posted on 01/08/2013 12:32:50 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: Altariel

All I know is that the officer would have to have shoot my wife too to keep her from beating his ass.


5 posted on 01/08/2013 12:33:54 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: x1stcav

Just trying to make it to pension time.


6 posted on 01/08/2013 12:33:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

“The intruders entered the master’s territory and approached me in an aggressive matter. Being an intelligent canine (I know, I know, that’s an ‘oxymoron’), I recognized the presence of loaded firearms. Clearly, the intruders meant to threaten my master as they aimed their weapons at me to prevent me from warning my master of the presence of hostile intruders. Those who do not regard the loyal dog will similarly fail to regard the life of his master.”

-—What the victim would have likely have said, (could the dog speak in English) and had the victim lived)


7 posted on 01/08/2013 12:36:08 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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15-year-old dog? Probably didn’t even have teeth!


8 posted on 01/08/2013 12:38:19 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: x1stcav

The only thing these thugs in blue are good for is harassing Joe citizen with traffic tickets AKA revenue enhancement. Shooting family pets and Grandma in botched no knock raids. They are turning the general populous against them. When the SHTF (and I expect that to happen soon) there WILL be hell to pay for those who stand with the gubermint


9 posted on 01/08/2013 12:39:16 PM PST by clamper1797 (I mourn for the America I grew up in ..fought for ..and loved ..July 4 1776- June 28 2012)
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To: riverrunner
What did they think the burglars brought their own dog with them.

First thing that popped into my mind.

Two full blown jerks, get out of the damn fenced in backyard and call for backups if they are that afraid of an old dog.
Have real cops search the house.

10 posted on 01/08/2013 12:41:51 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Altariel

Just doing what they are trained to do. See dog, shoot dog.


11 posted on 01/08/2013 12:45:28 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Altariel

Good-bye, Jean. Too bad you had to encounter violent street thugs.

12 posted on 01/08/2013 12:46:51 PM PST by Ken H
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To: x1stcav

Killing dogs is getting to be S.0.P. - standard operating procedure. Can any LEO say otherwise?


13 posted on 01/08/2013 12:47:01 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: Ken H

Lovely Jean. The eyes say a good dog.


14 posted on 01/08/2013 12:50:53 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: ArmyTeach

There were over 100K+ LEO’s that did not shoot a dog today.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water lest you invalidate the argument some make that 70 million gun owners did not kill someone today.

It is not SOP it was two doofuses that were scared of a dog.


15 posted on 01/08/2013 12:51:03 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

“There were over 100K+ LEO’s that did not shoot a dog today.”

The day’s not over.


16 posted on 01/08/2013 12:56:48 PM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Sorry that argument doesn’t hold water as these incidences are happening more and more and are starting to be the norm


17 posted on 01/08/2013 12:58:47 PM PST by clamper1797 (I mourn for the America I grew up in ..fought for ..and loved ..July 4 1776- June 28 2012)
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To: Resolute Conservative
[Channel] 2 Investigates: Nearly 100 dogs shot by metro police since 2010 [Atlanta] October 30, 2012
18 posted on 01/08/2013 1:00:56 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Resolute Conservative

And many of those 100K + LEOs are NOT dealing with those LEOs who ARE shooting dogs.

Any man who willingly shoots a dog because it gives him a thrill to do, or because it gives him a “jolt of power” to do so, is a sadist.

LEOs who do not immediately charge and arrest sadists within their ranks create and promote a culture of sadism.

Clearly, the LEOs (as opposed to the peace officers of old) are training for something.

For what, we must ask, is the practice of shooting dogs being clearly promoted and encouraged by the “thin blue line”?


19 posted on 01/08/2013 1:01:44 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Resolute Conservative

Do a search on the “warondogs” keyword.

This isn’t a local problem. It’s a national problem.


20 posted on 01/08/2013 1:04:21 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Resolute Conservative

I will admit that there a some cops that are good guys. Unfortunately a lot aren’t. My experience is that at least half are jerks.


21 posted on 01/08/2013 1:07:22 PM PST by jimbobfoster
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To: Altariel

There’s so damned much of this shooting of family pets going on across the entire country by law enforcement personnel that it wouldn’t be a stretch to believe there exists a uniform training manual with such instruction as standard operational procedure.


22 posted on 01/08/2013 1:07:30 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ken H

If any street gang had a nationwide campaign to shoot house dogs, and was doing so on a daily basis, it would be a top story on the news for months.

When government employees do it?

Covered locally.

Mostly national silence (except on the Internet, where free conservatives can put 2 & 2 together, to the disgust of government employees everywhere).


23 posted on 01/08/2013 1:08:09 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

FNG cops - yeah they are the only ones to be trusted w weapons.


24 posted on 01/08/2013 1:08:51 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: jimbobfoster

There are still some peace officers; however, they are increasingly outnumbered by the LEOs.


25 posted on 01/08/2013 1:09:46 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: x1stcav

You know that sometime these police grab for their weapon alittle too damn fast.

Why grab your gun when the dog could have been neutralized by using pepper spray.

You get sprayed with that stuff and I guarantee you your mind will be on other things like trying to stop the salivating and the burning.

What dopes these officers were.


26 posted on 01/08/2013 1:10:16 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Altariel
What's becoming obvious is that police officers have granted themselves the "right" to shoot first if they "fear for their safety," no matter what the circumstances are.

However, if another legal gun owner were to use his gun because he "feared for his safety" (see George Zimmerman), then there are calls for gun confiscation.

Yes, police officers are asked to put themselves into dangerous situations, but they do not have a univeral right to use the guns they are issued, just because of some supposed fear of a domesticated family pet that meter readers or letter carriers also face each day with no incidents whatsoever.

-PJ

27 posted on 01/08/2013 1:13:08 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: clamper1797
Sorry that argument doesn’t hold water as these incidences are happening more and more

Can you prove that, or are you just seeing more reports?

Has anyone kept statistical records capable of documenting an increase?

28 posted on 01/08/2013 1:13:29 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Resolute Conservative

True....the vast majority of LEO do not shoot dogs.

Although there are abuses by LEOs, and the dog shootings are tragic...I am positive there are a lot more irresponsible pet owners than trigger happy dog shooting LEO. Note that this family failed to properly set and take care of their alarm....which probably spooked their dog into a panic

People are just a little too much Savage and Levin when it comes to dogs.


29 posted on 01/08/2013 1:18:08 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: Sherman Logan

I can’t think of a single freeper who has ever commented and said “this happened to someone I know 10 years ago, 15 years ago or 20 years ago”

A fundamental change from the constitution loving peace officer to the State-loving LEO is primarily responsible for this problem.


30 posted on 01/08/2013 1:19:24 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: riverrunner
What did they think the burglars brought their own dog with them.

Nope. I believe cops do that to instill fear. It's a PsyOps action.

31 posted on 01/08/2013 1:22:13 PM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

What total nonsense. Look in a mirror and mouth these words you just posted to see how totally ridiculous they are.


32 posted on 01/08/2013 1:26:36 PM PST by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

The presence of intruders on the master’s property is what alarmed the dog—as it would any dog.

The very presence of the dog would alert an intelligent non-government employee to the fact that no burglar could have entered through the back yard.

The dog was shot because those officers *wanted* to shoot the dog.

And for every LEO who actually shoots the dog, hundreds of LEOs cover for their brothers and do not expose their corrupt ways.

Odd, that most here agree that the Muslims who support terrorists by being silent about what they know are aiding the terrorists by their behavior; yet that argument is rarely applied to the government employees in blue.

Any officer who speaks out, condemns the problem and does everything in his power to expose the guilty so that the guilty may be arrested and tried proves himself to be a peace officer on the side of the American people.


33 posted on 01/08/2013 1:26:45 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Here's the most vile example I've ever seen of cops slaughtering family pets:

http://www.inquisitr.com/25649/police-shoot-dead-a-chihuahua-but-only-after-tasing-it-first/

34 posted on 01/08/2013 1:29:54 PM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: ScottinVA

A Chihuahua? After it was ALREADY tazed? I was going to post that these police departments should issue tazers as standard issue, so that at least we could save some dogs. But now I wonder if cops deserve the benefit of the doubt.


35 posted on 01/08/2013 1:36:16 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: ScottinVA

Further highlighting that the problem is not fear, but sadism.


36 posted on 01/08/2013 1:43:10 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Resolute Conservative

“There were over 100K+ LEO’s that did not shoot a dog today.”

And not a single one speaks out against other cops shooting dogs. Not a single one, so, they all get lumped in together as they refuse to distance themselves from those that do shoot dogs.


37 posted on 01/08/2013 1:49:10 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: SeminoleCounty
People are just a little too much Savage and Levin when it comes to dogs.

Freep-speak for "it's just a dog; get over it".

38 posted on 01/08/2013 2:05:07 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: CodeToad

I don’t like it either, sadly I don’t have the answer. I do however value human life over animals and some here purport not to and that is biblically wrong. I say this as an owner of two family angels, but all the talk of shooting an LEO that shot your pet is big talk and tires me. False bravado that will be wasted as they stick the needle in your arm, if you made it that far.

I can say this, all the LEO’s I know are good, conservative guys and they, as I did, are getting tired of being demonized at every turn for the actions of others and are contemplating quitting, as did I. What then, we only have the bad ones. Better beware what bed you make by casting a wide net.


39 posted on 01/08/2013 2:05:56 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Kevmo

If police will do this to to dogs belonging to law abiding citizens, what else will they do especially after they’ve trained with the TSA? All in the name of protection?


40 posted on 01/08/2013 2:09:35 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Resolute Conservative

It is the responsibility of the peace officers to expose and refuse to cover up for their brothers in blue.

What would happen if police officers across the country would contact police stations and express their disapproval that an “internal investigation” was used to cover up the actions of corrupt officers?

If there are so many good peace officers, there is no reason for them not to rise up and deal with the problem, now, BEFORE the non-government employees deal with the problem.

Else, what differentiates them from Muslims who say they do not support terrorists, but who knowingly do not report on terrorists within their mosques?


41 posted on 01/08/2013 2:09:58 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Resolute Conservative

I can’t think of a *single* time on the pro-police website, PoliceOne, that LEOs en masse condemned this practice.

Lots of “we must not have all the information” and “if the department found it acceptable, it must be so” excuses.

Condemnation of sadism? Not so much.

I’d love to see that trend change, but if the peace officers are too terrified to expose the corrupt LEOs, that’s an indicator that the corrupt LEOs are greater and stronger than the peace officers.


42 posted on 01/08/2013 2:16:26 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: clamper1797

I doubt it. With the internet, cell phones etc news stories like this are just being reported more widely and people have greater access to what used to be confined to local news.


43 posted on 01/08/2013 2:16:26 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Resolute Conservative

“Better beware what bed you make by casting a wide net.”

Mixed metaphor. I would rather say to the cops that think the Blue Line is appropriate: Choose sides carefully, if the people start shooting back, you’re not going to make it.


44 posted on 01/08/2013 2:16:26 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: plain talk

You’re ignoring the absence of anecdotes.

A nationwide problem which has gone on for decades should have plenty of anecdotes. “This happened to us / a neighbor/ a friend/ a relative X years ago”....

Yet if this problem was truly as great of a problem so many years ago, where are all the anecdotes? If nothing has changed, then the presence of anecdotes would reflect no change.


45 posted on 01/08/2013 2:20:34 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Heaven forbid the police ever get called out to go check out an animal shelter or a pet store. It’s liable to be a bloody massacre with no survivors.....


46 posted on 01/08/2013 2:27:30 PM PST by OB1kNOb (On November 6th liberty was given the death penalty in America.)
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To: CodeToad
“Better beware what bed you make by casting a wide net.” Mixed metaphor.

LOL!

How about, "If you lie down with dogs, you may wake up dead!"

-PJ

47 posted on 01/08/2013 2:38:09 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: jimbobfoster

Not all cops are bad. It’s just that 98% of them give the rest a bad name......


48 posted on 01/08/2013 2:45:52 PM PST by Quickgun (I came here screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Altariel

I agree this is becoming more and more prevalent.

Do you recall the NY shooter this past summer by the Empire State Building? Late August IIRC? I was in a waiting room with my sister about the time they reported that the believed some of the wounded bystanders were probably due to LEO rounds fired.

I had become so jaded (and still am) by all the cop shooting dog stories, I turned to my sister and said, “They must have thought they were smuggling puppies.”


49 posted on 01/08/2013 3:00:30 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: puppypusher

“You know that sometime these police grab for their weapon alittle too damn fast.”

Yes but only when confronted by unarmed and defensless. Otherwise they use caution.


50 posted on 01/08/2013 3:02:50 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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