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Police Shoot Dog in St. Clair Shores After Complaints About Excessive Barking
WXYZ ^ | 12/5 | Mary Russell

Posted on 12/10/2013 1:03:43 PM PST by nickcarraway

"Friendly, loveable, playful,” said Brittany Preston as she described her dog Lexie. “She was just my puppy."

Preston says she left her dog with her Grandpa at his home in Saint Clair Shores, went to work overnight, came home, and the dog was dead.

She says Grandpa has mild dementia and forgot he let the dog out. The dog started barking. Between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 a.m. several neighbors sick of the noise called police.

Preston says police surrounded the dog as her grandpa tried to let the dog in the door.

Lexie barked at police instead of going in the house. The police report says the dog charged police and they shot her.

Preston says witnesses told her that as the dog cowered against the house – they kept shooting.

“Eight shots in my dog is just horrendous,” said Preston.

Witnesses tell 7 Action news Brittany’s grandpa said the dog wasn’t his and police assumed that meant the dog didn’t belong there.

The Saint Clair Shores Police Chief didn’t want to go on camera, but said police worked for hours to catch the dog with a dog stick. He says they only shot when they felt the dog posed a danger to them – and kids out on their way to school. He says neighbors reported the dog running at people in the neighborhood earlier in the morning.

Preston just wants police to find a non-lethal way to handle dogs.

“You could sedate them and find out who their owners are, instead of killing them and worrying about it later,” said Preston.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: donutwatch

1 posted on 12/10/2013 1:03:43 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

That’s one approach to solving a barking dog problem.

Call the cops. They’ll find an excuse to unload on it. If a dog even looks at a cop, it’s an “attack gesture” or whatnot.

If a cop is in a mood to shoot something.


2 posted on 12/10/2013 1:11:13 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: nickcarraway

In a follow-up article, all officers involved in the dog-shooting have received unconditional offers of employment from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.


3 posted on 12/10/2013 1:12:00 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: nickcarraway
 photo police_zps30564e39.jpg
4 posted on 12/10/2013 1:18:55 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Travis McGee

Well at least the officers went home safe.


5 posted on 12/10/2013 1:23:27 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SkyDancer

Sad story...but lol that’s a great pic.


6 posted on 12/10/2013 1:35:04 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: nickcarraway
so they're back to shootin' barkin' dogs..
& not crushing (little) parakeets in cages.

7 posted on 12/10/2013 1:41:34 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: 2harddrive

Please refer to BATFE as “F Troop”. They deserve a proper moniker.


8 posted on 12/10/2013 1:48:25 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

A woman cop if I may ask?


9 posted on 12/10/2013 1:53:47 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: nickcarraway

That dog was not secured, and it wasn’t the first time either. An alzheimers patient should not be babysitting a frisky unleashed dog. Dogs are loveable, but there are scores of weak or irresponsible owners who should never be in charge of any roaming animal. It’s not just low income ghetto dwellers like that either. I recall a very influential San Francisco lawyer, Melvin Belli, who, it was said, gave his hounds free reign throughout his mansion. The maid and butler became experienced pooper scoopers.


10 posted on 12/10/2013 2:01:47 PM PST by lee martell
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To: nickcarraway

A bear or moose goes into a neighborhood and they’re sedated then “relocated”. A python gets lose in Florida and they’re caught then “relocated”. Let a dog bark and the cops shoot it.

If a cop ever shoots my dog you’ll be reading about me in the paper.


11 posted on 12/10/2013 2:20:20 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: nickcarraway

I saw a police car K-9 unit, and that dog would not stop barking...

...just saying...


12 posted on 12/10/2013 2:28:08 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: VerySadAmerican
If a cop ever shoots my dog you’ll be reading about me in the paper.

"...and I'm only going to use my thumb...just the left one. The right one is much too powerful..."

(not mocking...trust me)

13 posted on 12/10/2013 2:33:22 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Darteaus94025

“I saw a police car K-9 unit, and that dog would not stop barking...”

Yeah be careful about that... I remember one guy came across a barking police dog in a squad car. He thought it funny so he barked at the dog. The officer saw it and arrested him for aggravating the dog. If I remember corretly they found him guilty and he spent some time in jail...


14 posted on 12/10/2013 2:44:45 PM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: Syntyr

The cops didn’t shoot the dog?


15 posted on 12/10/2013 2:51:55 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: nickcarraway

None of these dogs would get shot if it were mandatory for police to carry tasers.


16 posted on 12/10/2013 2:53:12 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: nickcarraway

The title makes it sound like the cops shot the dog for barking. The article is a bias piece and it’s too bad because with a little honest work, perhaps they might have shown the cops to be at fault.

Reminds the newspaper articles which describe how lovable a deceased gang member was. “I was so proud of him when he became and alter boy when he was 7...etc.”

I wonder if the police’s claim that they tried to catch the dog with a dog stick for hours is true. Might have been nice if the “reporter” had looked into that.
If they couldn’t get the dog with a dog stick then should they just drive away and let the dog resume barking through the night? Maybe bark at the frightened kids on the way to school? I am sure the people who complained about a wandering dog barking in the night would understand if the police left and the dog hurt a child the following morning.

I don’t know from the article who is at fault. I know it’s shattering to lose a pet. THere are times when the police behave in a brutish manner and there are times when emotions “he was such a lovable dog” don’t accurately portray what happened. Most dogs do act lovable to their owners. The article soft focuses on the owners loss without giving much detail. “Lovable dog shot dead” is a theme but not a balanced portrayal. If the cops are at fault here, it doesn’t matter if your dog was “lovable” or kind of an airhead with a tail.

I would like them to try carrying sedatives. I can see that this may not work and it can introduce other problems as well (locally, a darted bear fell to his death and the police were hated just as much for it as if they had “shot a lovable bear for barking.”


17 posted on 12/10/2013 3:13:50 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: nickcarraway
The majority of the dog bark we have discussed thus far is standard dog bark except for that related to separation.You can also visit about dog barking for more information.
18 posted on 01/22/2014 3:07:08 AM PST by barkingmadtraining125 (dog barking)
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