Skip to comments.Police shoot support dog; neighbors say they didnít need to do it
Posted on 05/16/2013 6:02:08 AM PDT by Altariel
DACONO, Colo. A Dacono family is demanding answers from police, after their support dog was shot when he got loose and ran toward a neighbors yard Sunday night.
Mongo, a 3-year-old pit bull puppy, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest, as his owner, James Vester, is hoping for an apology from Dacono Police.
I didnt think I would see that again. You see it in Iraq and then you see your best friend here get shot, said Vester, a Marine Corp. sniper, who says he got Mongo, a certified emotional support dog, to alleviate stress after returning from combat.
Vester said he was doing yard work, when Mongo got loose. Minutes later, a neighbor called police because Mongo began barking at her dogs from across a fence. Because Daconos animal control officer is off on Sundays, two police officers responded to the scene.
According to police reports, when the officers arrived, Mongo became aggressive, allegedly barking, growling and then lunging at an officer. Thats why when the officer opened fired, police said.
Despite the reports, several neighbors had a different take on what happened.
There was no noise at first, I just heard the gunshot then the dog started crying, said Heather Viera, who said she opened her door, but was told to go back inside her home. I had thought maybe it got hit by a car.
Another neighbor, Jenny Stevens, was just a few hundred feet down the street, walking her two dogs, when she heard the shot fired.
There was no barking. It was dead silent There was not a bark, there wasnt a growl, said Stevens. The cop did not say stop to the dog, the cop didnt yell anything.
We brought the neighbors accounts to the Dacono Police Chief Matthew B. Skaggs, who told us that an internal investigation was being conducted, but that according to the testimony of critical witnesses, the officers did folllow protocol.
I think it is important to remember these things develop very quickly, said Skaggs. If you look in the report, the officer did say specifically that the dog got within six feet of him and at that point he felt like it was his only option.
Though, Mongos owner finds that hard to believe.
Now I dont even know what to do, what to think, or how to react, said Vester. I just feel dead inside right now.
The results of the internal investigation are still two weeks away. Were told the officer who shot Mongo will not be placed on leave.
A three year old puppy?
3 year old puppy?
Three year old pit bull puppy...?
Fellas better knock it off or folks is gonna go midevil on yo a$$es. Closing scene from "The pope of Greenwhich Village" comes to mind.
The Marines are incorporated now?
A pit bull named “Mongo” is a certified emotional support dog?
It seems like every week or two I have a client (or potential client) who tells me that the cops threaten to go in and shoot their dogs if they don’t comply, let them in, etc. etc.
It’s just getting ridiculous.
The dog owner was lucky he wasn’t a Marine corpse.
Again: how many officers have converted to islam over the last few years and hate dogs as well as infidels?
A pit bull is running toward you.....how close do you let him get?????
I’m sorry, but it isn’t my idea of getting ‘emotional support’ from a Pit Bull in any fashion...I don’t care if that support is needed because of stress of combat causing the need. The need has nothing to do with it. That choice of a Pit Bull for support was ill advised, and there is no such thing as a “three-year old puppy”.
If you look in the report, the officer did say specifically that the dog got within six feet of him and at that point he felt like it was his only option.
Wait... I thought the dog was STANDING STILL by the FENCE and BARKING at the other dogs.
Based on the facts that the officer didn’t shoot the dog from the safety of his car, I would say that the OFFICER GOT within SIX FEET of the DOG, not the other way around.
It is a ploy. My neighbor’s son got a support dog (pitbull mix) when he came back. When I asked him about it he said he did it so the dog can go with him into stores and such. He can take him anywhere instead of leaving him at home or in car. There maybe some that are using it but some are working the system.
What do you expect from someone who writes sentences like this: "Thats why when the officer opened fired, police said."
Just a pawn in the game of life.
AGAIN... Didn't they say the pit bull was standing by the fence ? Wouldn't the officer have to get out of his car and APPROACH the pit bull ?
Why couldn't the officer simply have asked the owner to TAKE THE DOG BACK INTO HIS YARD ?
Policing in the modern state has created a loyal pack of vile thugs with mommy and daddy issues.
The qualifier however is their potential epiphany at some point and the right to turn on their masters.
You are forgetting WHO the dog is providing emotional support for. A MARINE. Since Marines are all pit bulls named Mongo, it seems an excellent pairing.
Pits are terrific, loyal dogs for owners who can handle them.
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Sorry, doggie lovers (of which I am one), but a pittie running towards me will not get the benefit of the doubt, given the breed’s history.
What has four legs and an arm? A happy pit bull...
Anyone else notice the guy is a USMC SNIPER? Not sure the cops are “doing him a solid” on this. Don’t know that I’d want to mess with a sniper.
And yeah, a pit for a therapy dog is a stretch, but then “therapy dogs” are at the discretion of the one requiring the therapy.
3 year old puppy pit bull
If I was in the position of having to (very much in question in this case) shoot someone’s dog, one owned by a combat experienced US Marine Corps sniper with a diagnosed stress disorder would be just about last on my list.
Armed forces veterans are not wanted in cop schools. Too ethical and rational. As a matter of fact, most armed forces veterans are defacto emotionally unstable and should be banned from owning weapons if you believe Nan and Barb.
"A few hundred feed down the street," and she'd like everyone to believe that she'd heard a growl? Please.
Depends. There’s one in my neighbourhood which will, when it sees me coming, wait up (its owner lets it), present its butt to be patted, and then be all over my face sniffing and licking.
What the pit becomes is entirely what the owner makes it.
Of course, because the non-government employee is clearly lying about what she saw while walking her two dogs.
Precisely-—good owners train and raise good dogs, bad owners train and raise bad dogs.
Look at the number of ill-behaved small dogs in our society-—far too often when one of them displays aggressive or dominant behaviors, their owners will say “isn’t he cute? He’s so funny when he _____”.
Looks to me like he prefers hot dogs to tacos...
Yup. One of my neighbors had one when I was younger, and he was one of the nicest dogs I’d ever met.
You know what has the highest rate of bites/woundings that require surgery?
I think they’re all secret democrats.
I’ve seen the video...unfortunately, it had to be done.
You notice how when the police do something outrageous, we're always told that the victims "demand answers"?
I mean, if someone held you up and stole your wallet, and punched you in the nose would you you "demand answers"?
...Or would you want the guy arrested or punished?
So, the police get a report on a loose pit bull acting aggressively...officer called to scene...the pit rushes the officer and gets to within 2 yards of the officer.
And the officer did something outrageous?
That’s like saying the Boston marathon bombing victims were outrageously throwing their limbs and bone fragments at people.
Their balls shoot straight up in their throats when confronted by an attorney who knows his stuff, so at least I have that going for me.
Plus I’m a 34 year old WASP, so they always like me.
My experience as a prosecutor and schooling them (and CPS) on the Constitution has made me a person not to be messed with, at least locally.
That said, I don’t go picking fights. There are plenty enough clients bringing those to me as it is.
Most people have no clue about the regularity of this phenomenon, and many people are still convinced that the cops are their friends and exist to serve and protect them (besides, only liberals dare voice concerns about the actions of the police).
Imagine the initial shock you would feel if your best friend, who you’ve known for years, turned around and killed your dog/child/spouse/significant other out of the blue, without cause.
You’d be perfectly cognizant that a crime was committed, but you’d also feel a huge sense of betrayal.
That is, I think, in part what the victims of these crimes feel-—a tenet of their very worldview has been shaken (cops are the good guys, and should be trusted).
It's the owners and not the dogs themselves.