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Officer Who Shot Dog Followed Protocol, Officials Say
Dayton Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Posted on 04/30/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A Dayton police officer followed protocol when he shot a St. Bernard while investigating an aggressive dog complaint Monday evening, officials said Tuesday.

Officer Devin Portis was trying to contain the dog in the 700 block of Edgemont Avenue so that it could be transported to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. But it "turned on him," and charged Portis, said Dayton police Lt. Matthew Dickey.

"(Portis) tried to back up and he fell over and then pulled his gun and fired," Dickey said. "It was pretty straight forward."

The case is still under investigation. The dog was injured by the shot, and released into the custody of the animal resource center to be evaluated. Calls to the center inquiring about the dog's name and condition were not returned Tuesday afternoon.

But on Monday night, Josh Cusick, an animal resource center officer, said the dog would "probably will survive, but will need vet care." Police said the dog lost some teeth in the shooting. A vet will evaluate the St. Bernard and test it for temperament, Cusick said.

Shooting the dog is considered a "use of force" and a sergeant with the department will investigate the incident, per police procedure. Officers aren't placed on leave for incidents like this, which Dickey said is similar to the process followed when an officer uses a Taser on-duty. Use of force is allowed whenever an officer perceives he or she may be in danger.

"The definition would be that we're allowed to use lethal force to protect ourselves or someone else from harm or death," Dickey said. "We view dog bites as potential for serious harm. If you do get bitten by a dog, it is going to cause significant injuries, so we view that as a justifiable use of a firearm."

Officers must also consider safety when shooting an animal, such as ensuring no one is behind the animal and could be struck with a bullet should the officer miss, he added.

The owner was cited with failure to control, a minor misdemeanor. The dog was also not licensed.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: dogs; donutwatch; police; protocol

1 posted on 04/30/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m for one am completely fed up with these “protocols”.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 4:58:04 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: nickcarraway
"The dog was also not licensed."

Whatta 'bout the cop?

3 posted on 04/30/2014 4:58:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

If police are afraid of dogs how do they have the balls to deal with criminals? Oh yeah, these are the cops that deal with alleged criminals the same way..............shoot them!


4 posted on 04/30/2014 5:00:01 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

We need to simplify all of this. Henceforth, all dogs within 50 of a cop have to be shot.

Problem solved. You don’t want your dog shot, make sure it’s never near a cop. Your responsibility.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 5:00:18 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Paladin2

independent drug test for all LEO shootings.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 5:00:25 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

uh, that’s “50 feet”.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 5:00:57 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: hadaclueonce
Steroid content is certainly of interest.

Could use psychological evaluation too.

Of course, a knowledge test of Constitutional limits on popo actions would be indicated too.

8 posted on 04/30/2014 5:02:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

“The dog made a furtive movement, and I couldn’t see his hands”


9 posted on 04/30/2014 5:02:43 PM PDT by wrench
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Cops need to say in the front yard.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 5:03:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Cops need to stay in the front yard.


11 posted on 04/30/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: hadaclueonce
independent drug test for all LEO shootings.

Let me rephrase my earlier comment (oops, the mods got it) using more appropriate language. Is there a drug test that detects disgusting bullies and jerks? Feel free to replace my terms with more accurately descriptive and possibly vulgar pejoratives.

13 posted on 04/30/2014 5:16:27 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


14 posted on 04/30/2014 5:17:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

15 posted on 04/30/2014 5:22:48 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Lurker

I am starting to think that this is part of their game plan-

they can’t shoot human family members so how else do they instill fear and helplessness and set the stage for a police /military state?

SHOOT THEIR DOG!!!


16 posted on 04/30/2014 5:30:03 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: nickcarraway

Hmm. I wonder what the protocol actually says. See dog, shoot dog, go get donut?


17 posted on 04/30/2014 5:30:30 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Folks, the electoral fix is in.)
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To: nickcarraway
Yes, those St. Bernards are really "aggresive". Watch one kiss the baby.

Lasquite's Saint Bernards 2011

18 posted on 04/30/2014 5:51:05 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Lurker

This is an absolutely true statement. If you see a dog, shoot it. That IS the protocol.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 5:54:18 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: nickcarraway
"We view dog bites as potential for serious harm. If you do get bitten by a dog, it is going to cause significant injuries, so we view that as a justifiable use of a firearm."

If a cop gets near my dog, she may lick him / her to death. We passed by a PD officer on Monday investigating broken mail boxes. She expected a pat on the head and got it.

20 posted on 04/30/2014 5:59:35 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

How many on are antidepressants for “job stress”?

If that doesn’t scare you....


21 posted on 04/30/2014 6:11:24 PM PDT by Salamander (Minstrel In The Gallery)
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To: Paladin2

Yeah, I love all those “qualifiers” that wind up being put at the end of stories like this, that of the dog being unlicensed. You know they would dearly love to have levied a fine for that. All these protocols,as we come to hear them over and over, bring the slowly dawning realization we’ve all now come to appreciate, whether it’s dogs or humans, about the wide berth the police enjoy when they make that decision that they’re “ in danger” and so are entitled to shoot. It should be a given that it’s in the nature of the job that a cop is ALWAYS potentially in danger, and that part of the professionalism of the job is knowing whether he’s in the kind of danger that implies he could lose HIS life, the same way the object of his armed agression, in this case a dog, could lose HIS. This by now is an epidemic, and you don’t have to be on the FR Puppy Ping list to know it. Some professional organization like the ASPCA SHOULD make a public statement bringing to the public’s attention that THIS HAS TO STOP! Either that, or advise ALL people that own dogs to NEVER call the Police for ANYTHING. Or if you must, IMMEDIATELY LOCK UP THE DOG. We should know by now what to expect. The police increasingly are there only for limited uses like traffic and safety control, NOT things involving human or animal life-forms.


22 posted on 04/30/2014 6:31:40 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine
"ALL people that own dogs to NEVER call the Police for ANYTHING."

There you go. Obtain some gunz to protect yourself and your critters. Call the cops later, if needed, to write the report.

23 posted on 04/30/2014 6:35:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

If a cop shoots a dog, it’s always “protocol.” St. Bernards are gentle giants, imposing because of their size. But the cop felt threatened, which is what counts. /s


24 posted on 04/30/2014 6:58:09 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: nickcarraway

Any dog will come up to a person who enters their territory.

Was the dog growling or wagging his tail.

That is the question!


25 posted on 04/30/2014 8:16:45 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: nickcarraway
UPS, USPS, painters, gas, electrical, utility people, satellite installers, cable people, FED EX, etc etc etc...

How come all these millions of people who go onto strange properties DAILY for a living, don't shoot dogs to death during the course of their careers?

How this work????

26 posted on 04/30/2014 8:24:09 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
You don’t want your dog shot, make sure it’s never near a cop. Your responsibility.

Hey Mr. 60s, ya know how many dogs are shot to death in their own fenced yards and inside their own homes?

UPS, USPS, painters, gas, electrical, utility people, satellite installers, cable people, FED EX, etc etc etc...

How come all these millions of people who go onto strange properties DAILY for a living, don't shoot dogs to death during the course of their careers?

How this work?

27 posted on 04/30/2014 8:30:09 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

I think that post was ‘/s’.


28 posted on 04/30/2014 8:52:09 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

It might be sarcasm here, however if ya listen to the media reports, every time they talk about it the report ends with:

“There are signs of improvement and next year forecasters believe the outlook of the economy will show even more improvement”.

Like listening to a Tokyo Rose broadcast..


29 posted on 04/30/2014 8:58:16 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Ken H

Whoopsss...

That last post came out of no where....lol


30 posted on 04/30/2014 8:59:56 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Ken H

And BTW, there are some people who in reality, use that type of rationality...


31 posted on 04/30/2014 9:01:40 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

BTW, if that was sarcasm, my humble apology...

Ya just never know nowadays...


32 posted on 04/30/2014 9:03:28 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

It was. Apology accepted.

I know why it PO’d you. Because it is sadly very much like what they seem to think. Burns me too.

The leftist courts have told these thugs they can detain and search people on the basis of “anonymous tips”. If they (the cops) are eager to do that, why should we expect them to care about a dog’s life?


33 posted on 04/30/2014 9:26:32 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Sad is right.

Years ago I was pretty much 100% supportive of law enforcement...That is no longer the case. Things have really changed..


34 posted on 04/30/2014 9:46:29 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

LOL! That had me scratching my head:)


35 posted on 04/30/2014 9:46:44 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

After I posted it, I started scratching my head too..


36 posted on 04/30/2014 9:47:32 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Paladin2

“Cops need to stay in the front yard.”

Copy need to say out of my yard. Kids, well, they will be kids...


37 posted on 05/01/2014 5:15:55 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: dragnet2

“Years ago I was pretty much 100% supportive of law enforcement...That is no longer the case. Things have really changed..”

Same here. Now you have TWO things to worry about. Crooks. And cops.


38 posted on 05/01/2014 5:16:48 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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