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WV State Troopers Kill Dog During Manhunt
WCHS TV ^ | June 25, 2014 | Chris Williams

Posted on 06/27/2014 11:48:00 AM PDT by Altariel

Police spent much of Tuesday searching for a fugitive.

During the search West Virginia State Troopers and the Mason County Sheriff's Department said they had to shoot and kill a woman's dog.

Police spent almost 12 hours searching for Johnathon Jeffers, but with no luck. At one point during the search, police came out of the woods and onto Ginger Sweats’ property in Mason County. She has no ties to Jeffers, but was immediately caught up in the search when officers said they had to fire their guns.

Accompanied by the dog she has left, Sweat was still trying to come to terms with the loss of her beagle mix, Willy Pete. On Tuesday, police were searching the area where Sweat lives for a man who they said shot at them.

Sweat just happens to live in the search area, about seven miles outside of Milton. She said during the search, West Virginia State Troopers and Mason County Sheriff's Deputies came out of the woods onto her front yard, and that's when they shot her dog four times.

"The first time he tried to run. I don't think it hit him," she said. "They still continued to shoot him, and he eventually ran around to the side of my house, died and collapsed by my air conditioner."

Sweat said Willy Pete was her best friend, and that she tried to tell officers that the dog wasn't going to hurt anyone. However, West Virginia State Police Lieutenant Michael Baylous said the dog was a threat, and troopers did what they are trained to do.

"Try to avoid it, if possible, but the trooper who fired the shots, it's my understanding, waited until the very last second to fire that shot, in hopes that that animal would retreat," Baylous said.

The dog was sitting on a porch in the front of her house when the troopers came onto her property. Police said the dog started coming toward them. Sweat said the dog wasn't aggressive, but police said he was, and that they had to shoot.

"Many of us are dog lovers, but when it comes down to it, you absolutely have to put more value on the human life side of the equation than the side of the animal," Baylous said.

Troopers buried the dog behind the house. Sweat said her dog got her through a lot, and she is going to miss Willy Pete. She hopes that troopers think twice next time, before shooting an animal.

"I hit my knees when it happened, and begged the officer to do something," she said. "That was my best friend."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: beagle; dog; donutwatch; jbt; jbta; westvirginia
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1 posted on 06/27/2014 11:48:00 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Joe 6-pack; Salamander

sad ping, about a beagle.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 11:48:51 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

3 posted on 06/27/2014 11:50:30 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Look! There's a dog! Somebody shoot it, quick!


4 posted on 06/27/2014 11:50:53 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: bamahead

Cop vs. “Snoopy”....

Well.....


5 posted on 06/27/2014 11:51:16 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

6 posted on 06/27/2014 11:51:45 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

lol


7 posted on 06/27/2014 11:53:28 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Altariel

They would have been in fear of their lives even if it was a Teacup Chihuahua ...


8 posted on 06/27/2014 11:53:47 AM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Altariel; null and void; All
thanks, for the post.
JBT Ping.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 11:54:07 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Altariel

Most dogs are not going to retreat from an obvious threat to the pack.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 11:54:13 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

a beagle? Big tough cop threatened by a beagle? A cat, I could understand. But a beagle?


11 posted on 06/27/2014 11:54:16 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Altariel

I’m just thinking we should arm UPS & FedEx drivers... it’s amazing any of those guys make it home every day!


12 posted on 06/27/2014 11:55:13 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: SkyDancer

“Fear for their lives” = the nonsense they spew to get the protection and backing of their department.

Fail to spew it (as a few do, every now and then)? No protection.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 11:55:59 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Shoot MY dog in MY yard and you WILL be in fear for your lives!


14 posted on 06/27/2014 11:56:13 AM PDT by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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To: Kartographer

LOL


15 posted on 06/27/2014 11:57:11 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Altariel

i doubt the dog was a threat in this case. adrenalized cops on the job.

cops come onto your property and dogs react to strangers acting funny and aggressive. they shoot dogs in their owned fenced in back yards. they shoot freaking golden retrievers.

these are the cops i will not miss when the shtf and they’re on their own.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Altariel

If we accept this premise will we also accept the premise of dead neighbors because they tried to defend themselves from JBT coming onto their property? The dog did nothing wrong. It’s his job to identify those coming onto the property.


17 posted on 06/27/2014 11:58:41 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: knittnmom

My first thought exactly-they felt thretened to the point of using deadly force, by a beagle, for pity’s sake? These people just want to play with their toys, and they’re getting a mite too comfortable shooting people’s dogs.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 11:59:05 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: All

Willy Pete

http://dogingtonpost.com/wv-state-troopers-shoot-kill-beagle-mix-during-search-for-unrelated-fugitive/#.U62_EShMbk8

19 posted on 06/27/2014 11:59:25 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
O big bad @ss cops just had to shoot the man eating beagle four times. Poor judgment and crappy shoots that's what you get with poorly trained, stupid, pig hamper cops.
20 posted on 06/27/2014 12:00:52 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: lostboy61

Not fear.

Powerlust.

Control.

Domination.

Sadism.

So long as the “fear” excuse is tossed about, the problem continues.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 12:03:33 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

“absolutely have to put more value on the human life side of the equation than the side of the animal,”

Just wait until the anti-cop brigade descends and starts persecuting the cops.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 12:04:09 PM PDT by sagar
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To: Altariel
"West Virginia State Police Lieutenant Michael Baylous said the dog was a threat, and troopers did what they are trained to do."

Do they use menacing beagle targets in their training?

23 posted on 06/27/2014 12:05:15 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: Altariel

Vicious breed, the troopers, not the beagle.


24 posted on 06/27/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT by zek157
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To: sagar

Whoops, too late. They are already here.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 12:06:23 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

How about the law-abiding woman whom the police *did* harm by their actions?

Seems to me you have little regard for her, since she is a non-government employee.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 12:07:50 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Envisioning

Dog was running away from them. And the shot it?

and ya, shoot at my dogs I am likely to shoot you.


27 posted on 06/27/2014 12:09:07 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Altariel
Come on! The cops have to use up at least SOME of all the billions of bullets that DHS bought up in the last two years; practice perhaps, for when 0.00 unleashes HIS 'civilian national security force' on the USSA!

</EXTREME sarc>

28 posted on 06/27/2014 12:10:42 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Altariel

Here’s a, perhaps rhetorical, question for the police: Why is it when I was an unarmed courier for two years, encountering aggressively “barking” dogs on several occasions, that none of them initiated an attack after I paused and waited for them to settle down, but police often find the need to shoot them in similar situations? The answer can be found in the article: it’s because, according to a police superior, that is what they are trained to do; shoot, if, in their sole opinion, they feel threatened. Whether they are really threatened in objective reality matters little.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 12:10:58 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Altariel

I have little interest in dogs but even I know beagles are harmless. I have been around them enough to know.


30 posted on 06/27/2014 12:11:52 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: cableguymn

We could send each victim a dollar to fight this in court. We just need an address.


31 posted on 06/27/2014 12:12:02 PM PDT by Cowgirl
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To: Altariel

“Many of us are dog lovers, but when it comes down to it, you absolutely have to put more value on the human life side of the equation than the side of the animal,” Baylous said.

No you don’t. Not when the fuzz is trespassing on private
property without permission. Besides his statement is BS
anyway. If not then why are there all those animal cruelty
laws? These cops are like most cops, cowards.


32 posted on 06/27/2014 12:13:14 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: SkyDancer

“They would have been in fear of their lives even if it was a Teacup Chihuahua ...”

Or even a picture of one.


33 posted on 06/27/2014 12:14:25 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Slambat

If he really put more value on the human life side of the equation, the life and dignity of the dog’s owner would have been a consideration and the cops would have kept their weapons in their holsters.


34 posted on 06/27/2014 12:16:58 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Mason County. I will not say more


35 posted on 06/27/2014 12:18:22 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Altariel

There it is, right there in the article. They train them to shoot dogs.

“troopers did what they were trained to do”


36 posted on 06/27/2014 12:22:10 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Altariel
West Virginia State Police Lieutenant Michael Baylous said the dog was a threat

He's a liar.

37 posted on 06/27/2014 12:24:25 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: Altariel

Thugs like this just don’t understand how dogs are hard wired. Any time a stranger barges onto a dog’s property, the dog will come running in his direction and bark at him. When I was a teenager, I had a Beagle who did it and now, fifty some years later, I have an 85 lb. Pitador and a 110 lb. Great Dane who do it. In each case all the stranger needs to does stop and talk to the dog and wait for the happy wiggles and wags. That’s worked for UPS drivers, Fed Ex drivers, my neighbors, and all sorts of contractors with my two dogs to the point where I can’t even credibly threaten to sick them on anybody.

A loud command to stop followed by aggressive moves toward an offending dog will usually cause it to stop, the cop being the much larger predator. If that doesn’t work, one or two warning shots into the ground in front of the average dog will send it running. Actual, lethal force is only necessary against the most vicious, lethal, and determined dogs, of which there are quite few, most of which are police and other attack trained dogs.


38 posted on 06/27/2014 12:25:25 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Cowgirl

I’d probably send them more than a buck.

These cops have to learn to pepper spray a dog if they feel the need to shoot it.


39 posted on 06/27/2014 12:28:28 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: libstripper

it’s amazing I have NEVER heard of the UPS guy or Fedex guy.. or heck even the post man shooting a dog..

I bet they deal with them more often than the thugs do meaning they should have more troubles with dogs.

Come to think of it. Both Fedex and UPS drivers know how to handle my dogs.. Bring them a milkbone and they will show you to the safe.. (well not really, but you are an instant friend of theirs)


40 posted on 06/27/2014 12:33:14 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: pgyanke

We have to accept whatever the cop says.
Thats why I cooperate and don’t argue. Even if I was to see my rights being violated, whats to stop the cop from handcuffing me, throwing me in the back of the car and saying I was being disruptive? Or I was obstructing... or disorderly conduct... any little charge.
Or worse, take out his billystick and say I started to attack him.

If you say something or challenge the cops authority in any way, he gets insulted, makes up a charge like obstruction. Its always good to have video every time, especially when dealing with younger cops who have a billy badass complex.


41 posted on 06/27/2014 12:34:50 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: fulltlt

42 posted on 06/27/2014 12:42:13 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Altariel

I can’t help but feel there is a day in cop school now where an instructor says, “If a dog runs in your direction, kill it. If a dog barks at you, kill it. If a dog looks at you funny, kill it. You will never be punished for killing a dog. Period.”
This must be part of the training and understood as SOP in many departments.


43 posted on 06/27/2014 12:43:37 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: Altariel

Shooting dogs seems to be the desensitization gateway. So you train a LEO to shoot a dog and not feel bad about it so that later you can shoot a ... what ... and not feel bad about it.


44 posted on 06/27/2014 1:09:33 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Altariel

The info graphic you posted shows that shooting at vicious dogs works! Since cops are armed (and they do not hesitate to use them), no cop has died at the fangs of the canines. However, here is the static on dogs killing humans in the US:

2013 - 31 unarmed people killed. No cops were killed.
2012 - 35 unarmed people killed. No cops were killed.
2011 - 33 unarmed people killed. No cops were killed.
2010 - 37 unarmed people killed. No cops were killed.

I see the pattern.


45 posted on 06/27/2014 1:12:36 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

Wipe your chin.....your boot polish is smeared.


46 posted on 06/27/2014 1:16:20 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy saints surrounded.)
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To: sagar

Being dishonest with the statistics to protect your beloved government employees, are we?

I understand; you have to weep more loudly and flagellate yourself severely in order to show your True Devotion to The State. Throw some more incense on the altar that your prayers may be heard, Comrade!

I see you still have shown no sympathy toward the law-abiding dog’s owner.


47 posted on 06/27/2014 1:16:49 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

If the dog was sitting on the front porch and came towards them, they should also have figured that the guy they were looking for who was armed was NOT there.


48 posted on 06/27/2014 1:17:01 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Altariel

“toward the law-abiding dog’s owner.”

Red herring. The dog owner’s law-abiding abilities are not in question.

The dog, however, posed danger to the officer. The dog, being an animal, did not know when to retreat, hence it got shot.


49 posted on 06/27/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT by sagar
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To: lostboy61

That is not a beagle. I’ve had them many years. No Beagle in that photo.


50 posted on 06/27/2014 1:19:57 PM PDT by armydawg505
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