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German shepherd shot by Jackson County animal control officer
Sun Herald ^ | August 26, 2013 | CHRISTINA STEUBE

Posted on 09/12/2013 8:45:51 AM PDT by Altariel

A woman said her 4-year-old German shepherd, Belle, was shot Friday by an animal control officer without provocation, though officials say the dog is dangerous.

Belle is recovering at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, and will be released when her owner comes to pick her up, animal shelter director Bill Richmond said Monday.

Belle was shot in the abdomen at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, said owner Connie Hinman.

Animal control officers went to 1012 Gum St. on a call of a white German shepherd running loose in the neighborhood of Ocean Estates. Richmond said officers told Hinman to capture her dog and prevent it from running loose.

Officers tried to catch the dog, but were unsuccessful, he said.

Hinman, however, said officers made no attempt to catch Belle before shooting her.

Officers first shot a tranquilizer dart at the dog, but the dart fell out, Richmond said.

He said the dog began charging the officer and the officer shot the dog. Belle fell down, got up and climbed in the owner's vehicle.

Officers told the woman to take the dog to the vet, Richmond said, but when sheriff deputies arrived the dog was still in the car.

Hinman said deputies blocked her car in the driveway and she called a taxi. She said officers "broke into the car and took the dog."

Richmond said animal control officers took the dog to the animal shelter.

Cherie Ward, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department, said deputies responded to the scene and filed a report, but did not take any action.

The dog bit someone in July, was deemed vicious and was quarantined for 10 days at the animal shelter, Richmond said.

Hinman said officers must have confused Belle with her white poodle, which was quarantined for biting Hinman nine months ago. She added that Belle has never bitten anyone.

"She is not threatening," she said.

Staff writer Tammy Leytham contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: biloxi; dog; germanshepherd; mississippi
Sounds like no one did the right thing here; how sad that a beautiful dog had to suffer for it.

Active Voice Title should be: Jackson County animal control officer shoots German shepherd

How odd that reporters insist on using passive voice when a government employee is involved.

1 posted on 09/12/2013 8:45:51 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

2 posted on 09/12/2013 8:47:12 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel; Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping


3 posted on 09/12/2013 8:51:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Altariel

craziness


4 posted on 09/12/2013 8:51:58 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Altariel

Well, yeah, but we’re still not a police state, because the doggy didn’t die.


5 posted on 09/12/2013 8:58:32 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Altariel

Mistakes were made.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 8:58:38 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

These officer need to start thinking before they shoot; or maybe they should never be police officers.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 9:04:57 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

Years ago, I got my first Yorkie and she was a baby, maybe 8 inches long, just a handful of fluff, weighted maybe 2 lbs. A lady friend came to my front door and I opened the door and she reacted like her head had been torn off by a vicious 100 lb. dog.

She was literally scared almost to death. I picked up the tiny Yorkie and put her in her “bedroom” and shut the door. I have never seen such a violent reaction to a tiny puppy.


8 posted on 09/12/2013 9:06:34 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Altariel

This is what happens when guns are given to IDIOTS.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 9:37:44 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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10 posted on 09/12/2013 10:36:19 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Altariel

I’m so sick of Cops and Doggies I could scream. Don’t ANY of these people use common sense when it comes to animals? An “Animal Control Officer” should get six months of training in how to handle animals before EVER being allowed to carry the badge. Idiocy.


11 posted on 09/12/2013 10:47:37 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Altariel; USMCWife6869; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Kozak; Joe 6-pack; ...
Completely confusing. May be partly poor writing. Seems like maybe the dog was already written up, so casts doubt on her character. Unclear, though.

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12 posted on 09/12/2013 11:03:09 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: freekitty

Not police, just dogcatchers. (That’s what we used to call them, before all this PC crap.)


13 posted on 09/12/2013 11:04:59 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Monkey Face

The story - not well-written - does indicate there may have been reason to fear the dog. History seems a bit tainted. Very unclear, though.


14 posted on 09/12/2013 11:06:01 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Altariel

I have a GSD. She is mostly black, more of an East German look.

People have one of two very different reactions. The first reaction is outright fear. She is a doll and would lick you to death, but she looks fearsome. Her mouth is always hanging open, with her tongue hanging out. To me, she is smiling. To someone not familiar with the breed—she is showing her huge teeth.

The second reaction I get, 90% from men, is that they love GSDs and had one as a kid. They all say they have wanted another one, but were afraid of what the neighbors would say.

Its pretty much split down the middle.

But, I fear getting out and running around the kids on the street. Someone would either take her away —knowing how valuable she is. Or they would shoot her.

I can see how this turned out the way it did.


15 posted on 09/12/2013 11:14:26 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Purportedly, it was another of the owner’s dogs that was written up.

A shame such a beautiful dog was shot. She deserves a better owner than the one she has. Hopefully her owner will step up to her responsibilities and properly care for and train her dogs.


16 posted on 09/12/2013 11:21:53 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Vermont Lt

German shepherds are beautiful dogs. :)


17 posted on 09/12/2013 11:31:35 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

White shephards are crazy. I had one attack me while I was standing there talking to the owner.


18 posted on 09/12/2013 11:58:00 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

If a person acts in an aggressive manner or is afraid, the dog will sense it. If you have had German shepherds, you KNOW this.

Therefore, it stands to reason that if an animal control officer (or ANY “official”) is confronted by a “vicious” dog, one needs to try to discern the reason for the dog’s actions.

If the dog is afraid, for whatever reason, it will go into alert/attack mode, and at that point, the choice is to shoot it, preferably with a tranquilizer. Bullets are *ahem* overkill when it comes to dogs in stressful situations.


19 posted on 09/12/2013 12:14:46 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Altariel

Too many instances of this happening anymore, it just happened in my town, and with a German Shepherd too!


20 posted on 09/12/2013 12:15:28 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Monkey Face
"If the dog is afraid, for whatever reason, it will go into alert/attack mode, and at that point, the choice is to shoot it, preferably with a tranquilizer. Bullets are *ahem* overkill when it comes to dogs in stressful situations. "

How many officers do you think carry a tranquilizer gun on them?

21 posted on 09/12/2013 12:16:39 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

Don’t even go there with me. If an officer is called out to a DOG incident, tranquilizer guns should be part of his equipment.

As many times as dog shootings have made the news recently, all across the country, it is career folly to send an officer out on a call that s/he is not prepared to handle. They are given Kevlar vests, but not animal tranquilizers.

Shame on the police chiefs, city managers and mayors. If an “officer” shoots a dog that is not aggressive, just because it is barking at a stranger (the officer) and protecting its property, the entire department is open to lawsuits. The simple answer? What Ben Franklin said: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

(And did you read my tagline????)


22 posted on 09/12/2013 12:33:50 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Monkey Face

Have you worked in law enforcement in ANY capacity at all in your life?

If you did, you would not be posting such stuff


23 posted on 09/12/2013 1:00:58 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

What I’ve done in my life is not your concern. it won’t lengthen or shorten your life to know.


24 posted on 09/12/2013 1:28:22 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Yorlik803

It does not follow that all White Shepherds are crazy given that one dog bit you.


25 posted on 09/12/2013 1:42:17 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Mr. K
Have you worked in law enforcement in ANY capacity at all in your life?

I am not a LEO, but as a first responder, I've been around them all of my life. There have always been a few d!ckheads among them. Forty-five plus years ago, they either got flushed out or settled into the job, losing most of those tendencies over time.

Now, the d!ckheads are approaching a majority, if they are not already a majority of LEOs. I used to do some socializing with them. Not anymore.

I have little use for them now.

26 posted on 09/12/2013 2:50:17 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: Altariel

Its common knowledge that white shepards can be tricky. My SAR team dog trainer wouldnt touch them.


27 posted on 09/12/2013 3:05:25 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Yorlik803

I tend to be skeptical of those claiming knowledge of dogs while displaying an inability to correctly spell the name of the dog’s breed/type.

Freegards,


28 posted on 09/12/2013 3:25:05 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Marcella

That person would never enter my home or come on my property again!
Any body who reacts that way to a dog without a valid reason
is not some body I want to associate with.
Lawsuit waiting to happen.


29 posted on 09/12/2013 3:35:13 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: rmh47

They bad ones do seem to be multiplying, you wont find any argument from me there.

I think it is the libtards rising to the top and hiring all fellow-travelers.


30 posted on 09/12/2013 3:36:18 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Yorlik803

Interesting what you people are saying about white German shepherds. I have told this on our dog thread before:
Went to a house owned by a couple that were my friends. Pulled up in the driveway back to the garage. Went in gate by the garage and heard a growl, saw their white German Shepherd taking her leap to me. I knew I was going to be bitten so stood like a statue. Heard the husband yell at the dog but she was already in the air. She crunched down above my right knee then released and backed off.

I already knew this dog. If she was in the house and someone came to the front door and rang, she would charge the door trying break it down and get to that person. They kept her locked in a cage in their bedroom when someone was there.

I grew up with German Shepherds so was not afraid of them or any other dog unless I actually saw an aggressive move. However, when I came in that gate where the white shepherd was (and I didn’t see her before the leap, she came around a blind corner from me), and heard the growl, and knowing her attitude toward people, I knew I was going to be bitten and hoped being still would lessen the damage to me.

She was a beautiful dog, but I would have shot her that day if I could have, to stop her attack. The attack was so fast, I would have had to have the gun out before she made the leap, but if that had been possible, I would have done it. That dog was a killer and proved it every day.


31 posted on 09/12/2013 4:08:19 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: 5th MEB

“Any body who reacts that way to a dog without a valid reason is not some body I want to associate with. Lawsuit waiting to happen.”

She was a nice lady and a friend but her reaction to a 2 lb. puppy stunned me. She could have stepped on this tiny female puppy and crushed her with no problem. There is no way that tiny puppy could hurt anyone.


32 posted on 09/12/2013 4:12:39 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Marcella

“They kept her locked in a cage in their bedroom when someone was there.”

It sounds like the problem was “failure to properly train and socialize.”

Sorry that happened to you.


33 posted on 09/12/2013 7:53:47 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Not only do my local dog catchers go by the ominous name “Animal Control Officers”, but they try to look like Army Rangers besides. Why in hell do dog catchers need to wear special forces black shirts over OD green military pants with army boots.

Nope, no Police State here. Move along... /sarc


34 posted on 09/12/2013 8:12:22 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: Altariel
"The dog bit someone in July, was deemed vicious and was quarantined for 10 days at the animal shelter, Richmond said.

"Hinman said officers must have confused Belle with her white poodle, which was quarantined for biting Hinman nine months ago."

There has been *at least* one previous bite, possibly, by this Shepherd.

35 posted on 09/12/2013 8:47:30 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Yes, I am aware of that. Either the owner or the Director is either (mistaken, based on poor record keeping) or lying about which dog bit.

It is also possible that both dogs have bitten.

Freegards,


36 posted on 09/12/2013 8:53:19 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Monkey Face

Of course dogs sense it. Of course it’s good to read dogs well and try to ease the tension. But some are just plain too aggressive by nature, not nurture.

I’ve had a couple different GS and I’ve NEVER had yet a situation where the MANY fearful people they’ve encountered have been attacked just for emitting the wrong attitude. I had one full-blown attack but she was following her “pack” of her mutt poor-character son who WAS unstable. My sister had a few GS and only 1 was a bit too aggressive - he attacked a neighboring serviceman. She sent him back to the breeder. Her later dogs were much more stable, but just as bold and protective.

I don’t know all the facts here. It could be these people just acted unreasonably. But notice these articles are always written with focus toward the dog owner.


37 posted on 09/12/2013 8:54:15 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Altariel

Nope. Some dogs are just bad. And if they are, then people should send them to serious dog people (not ootchie-kootchie pet and show people, serious working/schutzhund types) rather than holding onto something they can’t handle.


38 posted on 09/12/2013 8:56:26 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Monkey Face
It does concern me when you are trying to write a post here about law enforcement and things you just don't seem to know.

It's not like on TV- ‘tranquilizer darts’ are not just laying around ready for use- it is a highly specialized weapon needing training we can't afford to give every officer.

39 posted on 09/13/2013 4:31:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

I do not have a problem with uniforms, jeans and a t-shirt would obviously not be appropriate- neither would a dress uniform (shirt and tie)

So... fatigues it is, just from a common sense point of view.


40 posted on 09/13/2013 4:34:14 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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