Skip to comments.Police can take injured animals to their shooting range to be destroyed
Posted on 09/17/2013 5:20:11 AM PDT by Altariel
In Merced, Calif., it is perfectly legal for a police officer to take a critically wounded animal to the police shooting range in order to "humanely destroy" it, reported Wednesday's Merced Sun-Star.
Thanks to a decades old penal code, it is legal for officers to transport wounded animals for "humane" disposal at their shooting range.
Many animal lovers who are just learning about this practice are shocked that a police officer would transport a wounded animal to their shooting range, rather than to a veterinary clinic, for humane euthanasia or treatment.
According to Merced Police Chief Norm Andrade, the practice of transporting animals to the Gove Road shooting range is "rare," and the officers dread having to do it.
One Merced resident, 21-year-old Kathleen Emerson, heard about the shootings firsthand from city police officer.
She recounted the conversation to the Merced Sun-Star:
The police officer said, We get calls about dogs that are hit (by vehicles) and still alive, and if they dont have a tag, we take them out to the range and shoot them,
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If the dogs are not critically injured, but their wounds are treatable, then they are deliberately killing wounded, non-dangerous animals for sport.
When will they start rounding up "undesirable" humans (conservatives, Christians) for the same practice?
Very sad ping about doggies (not calling this an official doggie ping).
(Joe, this one may be too sad for the list; you decide).
live dogs for target practice?
Stray animal hit by car. NO TAGS. Who pays for treatment? Vet ERs are not charities, even a euthanasia is around $500.
...but their wounds are treatable...again how treatable if no one will pay for the vet?
...how many animals and are you willing to pay taxes to change this practice?
I find your attempt to justify transporting a suffering animal to a range for an officer’s sport, rather than a humane dispatch at the spot, reprehensible.
The Palestinian animals have been using this method to ‘train’ their children to slaughter Jews ... kids kill a puppy and learn how to be cold blooded. Are we surprised the same goal is now part of ‘police’ training methodology rising in popularity?
Good, I’m glad because your first post sounded like you were advocating treatment by a vet. And I was quite curious how far you would hold that stance if you had to pay taxes to cover vet treatments for stray animals.
I do agree dispatch on the spot is appropriate and shooting them for sport is not.
Treatment by a vet is an appropriate alternative; I regret that you fail to conceive that there are groups and charities unwilling to donate toward such a cause.
Remember: there are people who will one day make your same argument about the financial considerations of treating a sick “undesirable” child, senior citizens or adult before advocating sending them out to the firing range.
I would guess this is some asinine policy derived to prevent them from dispatching a dog in a neighborhood and becoming the target of those who would cry that they “killed it in front of the children” or some other BS complaint.
What part of the article makes you believe they’re doing this for fun?
Really. Expect this to be merged with ObamaCare eventually.
The government can't give our money away fast enough, yet "it costs too much" is always the excuse they whip out when asked to do something they'd rather not do.
If the people there were really outraged they’d spend the money to put the animals down with drugs instead of bullets. I see a sense of false outrage because if it really bothered them the practice would have been halted years ago. OTOH a bullet to the brain by a good shooter is more humane and faster than lethal drugs and the animal doesn’t have to be restrained and go through the anxiety of being stuck with needles prior to death. Another factor, the average salary of a licensed veterinarian in California is almost twice that of one in the SE, especially Mississippi.
So why doesn’t animal control come out and do a lethal injection?
Or why don’t the police put the animal down right there? Our local cops shoot deer to put them out of their misery. If they’re worried about ricochets, issue them captive bolt guns.
What a waste of time and taxpayer money not to mention cruelty to the animal - load the animal, take it to the range, kill it, move it off the range for disposal, clean out car - shift’s almost over, and he still hasn’t had break yet...
Paper targets are apparently not realistic enough.
1. I didn’t see anywhere in the article where the officers used the dogs for target practice or ‘sport’.
2. Cops can’t be popping off their guns in public areas. You don’t fire a gun around people. The dog must be moved.
3. If they were putting the dogs down on the spot, people would be screaming that their kids saw. (There was actually a story posted here about an officer shooting feral cats last month.)
4. Cost is a huge factor. HOWEVER, I don’t understand why the animal can’t be transported to the pound and put down humanely if the public doesn’t want to pay for a stray animal’s treatment.
On the contrary, I do conceive of that as I drove nearly 10 hours in a snowstorm to rescue & foster an animal who was slated for death. It has been over 9 months since that time and no one even wants to adopt the animal.
I was recently (Saturday) at an event and a rescue was desperately trying to raise $10,000 dollars to cover needed surgeries for a few of their animals. They raised $600.
You may not like this policy by this particular city, but you also miss the reality of the desperate needs of those groups & charities you so quickly shoved in my face. I've seen animals like these taken in by well meaning charities and the animal languish for weeks or months waiting for the money to be raised for them to have surgery. To me, this is cruelty as well and in some cases I will dare say it is neglectful for a rescue to take in an animal they cannot secure treatment for.
In fact, I just had another case pop up on my facebook page today.
Dakota's Emergency Cystotomy Surgery Yes, you read her story correctly. The rescue was arranged through "rescue friends," but none of which are willing to step up to the plate for fund the needed surgery.
I'd love to see them all saved, but the hard cold truth is that is a fantasy. Some will slip away. You may not like what I have to say, but decisions like these are made everyday across the country. Charities and groups will only and can only do so much and that well is often dry these days.
” even a euthanasia is around $500.” Less than half that around here. What does it cost to have a paid officer “out of service” for that period of time? Not just dollars, but not serving and protecting during that time.
The municipality should pay the vet bill under predetermined contract. Also, are police officers also trained as vets?
See post #9, thank you.
Vet care through your tax dollars? Ok...how much should the levy be?
There are some serious issues here.
First of all, euthanizing animals is extremely stressful, which is why some animal shelters offer very substantial pay for those who do this, but still have a very hard time retaining such people, who often have nervous breakdowns within two weeks.
Second, police work is already stressful, so they should be the last people asked to euthanize animals, except in an emergency.
Third, the unofficial policy of police officers killing dogs to establish dominance and control of a situation, is already out of hand.
Fourth, there is a risk that those officers who euthanize animals may become desensitized about killing. And while this is least likely, it should not be dismissed as a possibility.
Hmm. I’m a nurse, and I don’t think I’d have any problem giving a seriously injured, ownerless animal a lethal injection. It would make me sad for a little while but not stressed.
I have no idea how pounds put down unadoptable or very sick or injured animals though.
My dumb dog has been known to shuck her collar and get away for a little while, so it could be my dog we’re talking about here - anyone’s pet who lost a collar - one reason animal control should deal with the animal - they can read the microchip if the dog has one.
“To Serve Crackers”??
The law is for LEOs to take mortally injured wildlife like deer and feral pigs and put them down. In addition one of our volunteers contacted the Merced PD and spoke to a police lt. He responded that they do not take injured pets to the range.
And that pretty much sums up the sentiment behind Obamacare.
“Merced PD and spoke to a police”
And you really believe them?
The PPMs I rescued came from the Merced shelter.
Their kill rate is so high that an IHCUS member drove 8 hours on her own dime to spring them.
They KNOW the Portuguese huntrs are dumping the dogs after hours but refuse to even install a hidden camera on their property for fear that would “discourage” the dumping.
They could stop them for good but choose not to.
Merced is apparently one messed up place.
Is there anyone who reads this site regularly who is surprised at all by this?
***for humane euthanasia or treatment.***
Years ago, I watched a vet put down a horse with a needle. Someone asked why he did not just shoot it and he said..”Never shoot a horse. Always use a needle because it looks better”.
“...I dont think Id have any problem giving a seriously injured, ownerless animal a lethal injection.”
That’s the problem, though. It’s not just one, but animal after animal. The people who are paid to use heart needles at animal shelters often end up psychological basket cases, with severe PTSD.
I know it would bother me to put healthy animals down. My shelter dog is sleeping next to me on the couch now - a perfectly adoptable dog except she’s black. I didn’t even know about “black dog syndrome” when we got her. But killing a good healthy dog just because no one has taken her in three months? That would be very disturbing.
Pay me to euthanize a very sick or injured dog? No problem - and in my area it wouldn’t be animal after animal, we just don’t get that many hurt dogs - I’ve served on the board of health which supervises the shelter. After some of the things I’ve seen happen to people, dogs wouldn’t be a problem.
Ditto that. But in CA, they will probably declare vet care a right and force vets to treat wounded animals and the gov’t will pay them a minimal fee via taxpayers.
The “Government” says that it legal to kill innocent babies so why is anyone surprised about injured animals?
Obamacare will have death panels deciding who will live and who will die and some people don’t care.
Sorry, but I'd say merciful dispatch on the spot is still a better option. I've had dogs, I know how people feel about their dogs, how dogs can touch a special place in your heart.
But logically, its just not worth it to go through that much trouble to save a stray. There are millions of stray dogs out there, and its just not feasible to make any trouble over the issue.
If wildlife is mortally injured, it is inhumane to drive said wildlife to another location for the purpose of dispatching of it.
Either the wildlife is *not* mortally injured, as claimed, or police officers are being trained to become indifferent to the suffering of “mere” beasts by taking mortally wounded animals to a firing range.
And some people here will be crying out “why weren’t we warned? Why didn’t anyone stop it?”
It would seem history is about to repeat itself, yet again.
Thank you for confirming your willingness to dispatch an animal with a *non-mortal* wound.
I’m sure there are plenty of Obamacare enthusiasts who will be equally eager to get rid of wounded/sick “undesirables” who, would proper treatment, also would live.
We have to keep healthcare expenses down, you know.
I firmly believe God never desired mentally healthy individuals to euthanize animals while feeling either satisfaction or indifference.
The Michael Vick Gun Range in Merced, CA. Sorry to hear this is “okay” anywhere.
Ok I am confused. Why would hunters dump their dogs? Trained hunting dogs are expensive.
There are some twists and turns to this.
Traditionally, psychopaths were seen as people who were born with their brains wired to lack empathy; sociopaths being those with normal brains who were trained at a young age to lack empathy.
Psychopaths are, however, a large gray scale.
All people must have at least some ability to disregard empathy to function.
Those with too much empathy tend to imagine sensations in others that do not exist; also to anthropomorphize human feelings in lesser life forms and inanimate objects: such people can be dangerous.
The large, moderate range of the scale is normal. People can empathize to some degree for some length of time, and then have “empathy fatigue”, where they can no longer muster the energy to care.
Those with some degree of psychopathy tend to be liked because they are seen as more objective. Those who are strongly psychopathic without being antisocial are often seen as good leaders. They are also effective in jobs that require discomfort to get a better result, such as medical surgery.
Then finally is the extreme scale of psychopath, about 5% of all people. Even here, most are not criminal, having learned how other rationales to not harm others, and rules of behavior among others. But they are incapable of caring at all, and have no empathy to even extreme suffering in others.
Sociopaths have their own rules, and while they almost have to be trained at a young age, they can only be retrained to not be sociopaths when they are still young. If they reach maturity as sociopaths, they will likely remain sociopaths.
$500? Your vet is a worthless vulture, preying on the hearts of those trying to give their pets the final kindness.
As for the rest of your argument, its apples and oranges. Animals are not people, and euthanizing stray animals cannot be compared in any way to the government forcibly euthanizing human beings.
They told me to take them to the city pound where they would kill them, which I did.
They had a vacuum chamber about the size of a kitchen range, large enough to accommodate a big dog, and it had a glass door, so you could watch. He flipped the switch and they crumpled up into little balls in 2-3 seconds. No charge.
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