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Police kill dog while stopping at wrong house on alarm call
Milwaukee Sentinel Journal ^ | April 30, 2004 | REID J. EPSTEIN

Posted on 05/03/2004 10:31:50 AM PDT by decimon

Muskego - Police officers responding to a burglar alarm at the wrong house shot and killed a 100-pound family dog that bounded toward them, the dog's owner said Friday. Muskego

At his mother's home Tuesday afternoon, Jacob Davida was working on his computer when he heard a knock at the front door.

With Bongo, the family's Mastiff, St. Bernard and German shepherd mix at his side, Davida opened the door to find police officers with guns drawn.

As usual, Bongo, 9, was without a leash because he didn't run off and never harmed anyone, Davida said. Bongo, with golden fur and a block-shaped head, was best friend to Davida and his four siblings. But on this day, the dog's inquisitive nature marked his downfall.

"My dog ran up from behind me toward the cop because he's a curious dog," said Davida, 24, of Madison. "I was screaming at the top of my lungs for them to stop shooting, for them to stop."

But his screams went for naught. The dog's days of walks in the park and canoe trips ended with a shot through his neck, Davida said.

"The cop just started shooting," he said. "The first bullet hit the ground close to me. The second shot hit the driveway. Then he shot and killed my dog right in front of me."

After shooting Bongo, Davida said, police officers told him that they were at his house to investigate a burglar alarm. The house, west of Big Muskego Lake, has no such alarm.

"They put that over the radio, and it came back that they had the wrong address," Davida said. "It turned out they were at the wrong place. Most of the cops left at that point to check out the actual burglary."

Muskego police Sgt. David Constantineau confirmed Friday that officers shot a dog Tuesday afternoon but said he would not release any details.

"It's under investigation," he said.

Davida finally went back to his computer programming job in Madison on Friday, but said the horror of watching his dog's death left him stricken.

"Retelling the story, I kind of shake," Davida said. "I had to break the news to each of my family members. I can't get the scene out of my head. It just plays over and over."

Bongo is to be buried on a farm in Fall River in Columbia County owned by Davida's sister and her husband.

As it turned out, the alarm came from the next-door neighbor's house. The neighbor, Robert Anderson, said nothing was taken, but the back and garage doors were left open.

To make matters worse, Davida watched the would-be burglar escape but, terrified after seeing his dog shot, didn't say anything to police.

"I saw the guy leave while the cops were interrogating me," he said. "I just assumed it was another police officer."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: badcops; bang; barneyfief; chiefwiggum; doggieping; donutwatch; keystonecops; leo; pigs; triggerhappy
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1 posted on 05/03/2004 10:31:51 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
the shooter must do personal and humiliating penance.
nothing else is just.
2 posted on 05/03/2004 10:35:30 AM PDT by King Prout (poets and philosophers should NEVER pretend to Engineering... especially SOCIAL Engineering!)
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To: mhking
JD ping
3 posted on 05/03/2004 10:36:12 AM PDT by King Prout (poets and philosophers should NEVER pretend to Engineering... especially SOCIAL Engineering!)
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To: decimon
sad
4 posted on 05/03/2004 10:36:18 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: decimon
Great town.

While on their way to catch some criminals, the cops will stop off at your house and shoot your dog! But hey, nothing's too good for the taxpayers of Muskego!

(steely)

5 posted on 05/03/2004 10:36:51 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: decimon
Poor dog.

Mr. Davida soon to be quite wealthy.
6 posted on 05/03/2004 10:37:02 AM PDT by jaykay (Don't expect reasonable conduct from human beings; most are candidates for protective restraint.)
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To: decimon
"The first bullet hit the ground close to me. The second shot hit the driveway. Then he shot and killed my dog right in front of me."

Pathetic shooting......and shooting that could've easily killed the innocent homeowner.

7 posted on 05/03/2004 10:37:38 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: decimon
The cop would just as readily shot the mans teenage son if he had run up instead of the dog.

These people need to be forced into a new line of work.

So9

8 posted on 05/03/2004 10:38:54 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Screwing the Inscrutable or is it Scruting the Inscrewable?)
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To: decimon
What kind of burglar ANSWERS the door and BRINGS his dog along on the job?
9 posted on 05/03/2004 10:39:02 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (From each according to his inability, to each according to his misdeeds - DNC Motto)
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To: decimon
Our local cop maced my dog when he came to take a report on the wifes stolen bike. We all know how deadly those jack russel terriers are.
10 posted on 05/03/2004 10:40:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: King Prout
I am adding a new phrase instead of "just damn" this article deserves" this just sux"
11 posted on 05/03/2004 10:41:48 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: decimon
OK. Time for a change in policy.

From now on every time this happens, the civilian gets to shoot a police dog of his choice.

12 posted on 05/03/2004 10:43:41 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("Despise not the jester. Often he is the only one speaking the truth")
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To: decimon
What a sad story. Not everyone is lucky enough to experience this level of connection with their animals, but this dog clearly was a member of the family. For instance, people constantly call me "Dad" for my two dogs or call them "my kids". I know that they are dogs, but that doesn't lessen their value to me nor their positive impact on my life.

I hope the trigger happy cop is severely prosecuted for causing such pain and suffering. That person is a dangerously reckless individual who should NOT be allow to carry a firearm, let alone be shooting several times before finally killing the family dog in what sounds like a neighborhood.

13 posted on 05/03/2004 10:44:30 AM PDT by GBA
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To: cripplecreek
You have a Jack Russell Terrorist also? One of the smartest breeds I have ever seen.
14 posted on 05/03/2004 10:44:34 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Sorry, no can do. The life of a police dog is worth about the same as the life of a peasant. Maybe a few peasants. Certianly a lot more than that of a peasant dog.
15 posted on 05/03/2004 10:45:51 AM PDT by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: All
Is it in their training to take no chances with dogs? There has to be some better procedure than this.
16 posted on 05/03/2004 10:46:43 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Oztrich Boy
the civilian gets to shoot a police dog of his choice. <<<

Revenge on a police dog will not help you and only destroys a good dog. Had this situation taken place at my home, I or one or more cops or perhaps all of us would have lain by my dog to greet eternity.

17 posted on 05/03/2004 10:49:56 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: decimon
Lately what I have seen, most metro cops are a bunch of girly men. Thanks to affirmative action and the lowering of test scores for admission.
18 posted on 05/03/2004 10:51:26 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: cripplecreek
1) why would anybody mace a little terrier? was it trying to pee on his leg or something?
2) bumper sticker: Jack Russell terriers -- they're football-shaped for a reason
19 posted on 05/03/2004 10:52:25 AM PDT by silverdog (Let's leave the grown-ups in charge.)
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To: jaykay
Mr. Davida soon to be quite wealthy.

I think all you can sue for is the replacement cost of the dog. No punitive damages.

20 posted on 05/03/2004 10:52:52 AM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: decimon
The officer should be fired immediately. The family involved should sue, immediately. And they should demand a jury trial, no settlement.

I have four dogs, one of which is a Rott/German Shepard "mix" that does cause people to pause upon entering my house. After three minutes, they realize she's a sweetie, just happy we have "visitors". She never leaves my side, unless something or somebody "new" comes thru the gate when I answer the door, and even then I can freeze her in her tracks with a verbal command. (Very very bright dog).

This just makes me sick. A dog is a great companion, and simply the best burgler alarm available. I don't have kids, so all four are our "kids".

I'd loose it if the police killed one of them, no doubt about it.
21 posted on 05/03/2004 10:54:55 AM PDT by Badeye
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To: Lion Den Dan
I understand and I also have these thoughts. I am armed to the hilt, from .44 on down and have contemplated what I would do in this type of situation. Not a pretty picture.
22 posted on 05/03/2004 10:54:57 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: decimon
"Is it in their training to take no chances with dogs?"

It is in their training to evaluate a threat and respond with deadly force. The problem here is that they stupidly went to the wrong house to begin with, and so were at a higher level of precaution. So had they done what they were supposed to do, that "threat" would never have materialized.

From a heartstrings-tugging perspective, the death of the dog is the bad part of the story, but from a "that could have been you" perspective, it's the facts that the idiot cop went to the friggin' wrong address. How many times has this happened--cop goes to wrong address, kicks down door, owner grabs gun, thinking he's being robbed, and cop shoots owner? I'd say this is a fire-able offense, no doubt about it.
23 posted on 05/03/2004 10:56:10 AM PDT by johnfrink
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To: decimon
On the other hand, if the dog had jumped and ripped the officer's throat, we'd have wondered why he didn't have his weapon out already.
24 posted on 05/03/2004 10:59:12 AM PDT by theDentist (JOHN KERRY never saw a TAX he would not HIKE !)
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To: decimon
Wrong, very wrong. I see a civil suit in the future for a certain trigger happy LEO.
25 posted on 05/03/2004 11:00:52 AM PDT by Lee Heggy (Unreconstructed and proud of it...Missouri)
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To: decimon
"I saw the guy leave while the cops were interrogating me," he said. "I just assumed it was another police officer."

THIS is what makes it so much more infuriating.
The cops are grilling the homeowner, and the bad guy saunters off right next to them.
This AFTER the dog is shot.
26 posted on 05/03/2004 11:02:33 AM PDT by Darksheare (Fortune for the day: I call upon the gods of STERNO and MATCHLIGHT to take care of the evil DUers!)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Oops!

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

27 posted on 05/03/2004 11:02:54 AM PDT by mhking
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To: decimon
Mistakes made by the cops in this story:

1. Go to wrong address.
2. Don't bother securing perimeter or checking outside of house--just go and knock on the door.
3. Shoot dog.
4. Demonstrate horrible marksmanship while shooting dog.
5. Allow actual perpetrator to escape.
6. Damage city budget via massive civil lawsuit.

Yikes.
28 posted on 05/03/2004 11:08:54 AM PDT by johnfrink
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To: King Prout
Fat chance of that happening. The dog owner will be lucky if he is not charged with something, mark my words.
29 posted on 05/03/2004 11:10:29 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (This space intentionally blank)
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To: johnfrink
I'm just amazed they responded to a residential burglar alarm.
30 posted on 05/03/2004 11:10:36 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: cripplecreek
If the postal workers and meter readers are smart enough to recognize a threatening dog vs. a friendly dog, then why can't the cops use the same sense? Macing a JRT, what an idiot. My mail carrier and meter readers always have treats and my dog loves them!
31 posted on 05/03/2004 11:11:56 AM PDT by CSM (Vote Kerry! Boil the Frog! Speed up the 2nd Revolution! (Be like Spain! At least they're honest))
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To: decimon
I don't trust police around my dogs any more than I trust alligators with them.

And for the same exact reason.

32 posted on 05/03/2004 11:12:02 AM PDT by freeeee ("Owning" property in the US just means you have one less landlord)
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To: Doe Eyes
Ah, but the ricochet bullet at his feet is a different story. I wish he was MY client. Ka-ching! :0)
33 posted on 05/03/2004 11:14:02 AM PDT by Ronly Bonly Jones (There ain't no such thing as a freed man. - Milton Lunch)
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To: cripplecreek
If I've said it before, I've said it a thousand times. Police officers should be trained in spotting aggressive dogs. Anyone who is familiar with dogs can tell if a dog is aggressive or friendly.

What a horrible thing for a dog owner to have to watch and go through.

34 posted on 05/03/2004 11:17:22 AM PDT by rintense (Now I know why liberals hate guns... they keep shooting themselves in the foot!)
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To: decimon
Sounds like America in the 21st Century to me...
35 posted on 05/03/2004 11:20:46 AM PDT by Veracious Poet (Cash cows are sacred in America...GOT MILKED???)
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To: decimon
More trigger happy cops.. sigh.

So sick and tired of them shooting first.. Somedays I think we should just have CHL's and cops should be like English bobbies, cause they are not, in general, competent.
36 posted on 05/03/2004 11:22:30 AM PDT by Monty22
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To: Doe Eyes
Oh, I believe he most certainly can sue and he will win alot of money!
37 posted on 05/03/2004 11:27:00 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: ambrose
cop kills dog alert!
38 posted on 05/03/2004 11:28:43 AM PDT by hookman
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To: decimon
I guess Davida can thank his lucky stars his children didn't coming running up right at that point, instead of the dog!
39 posted on 05/03/2004 11:28:44 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Redbob
Vicious child alert!
"I was afraid they'd bite my ankles off! I mean, we don't know if the kids had their rabies shots ya know!"
*ugh*

I'm going to go have some coffee, I'm showing signs of caffiene deprivation.
40 posted on 05/03/2004 11:31:13 AM PDT by Darksheare (Fortune for the day: I call upon the gods of STERNO and MATCHLIGHT to take care of the evil DUers!)
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To: theDentist
On the other hand, if the dog had jumped and ripped the officer's throat, we'd have wondered why he didn't have his weapon out already.

I'm not without sympathy for what a police officer must anticipate. I don't fault them for having guns drawn given that they were responding to a burglary in progress. But this is so bad that I had to laugh at the thought of such a cockup. Is it that if you have a gun then you get shot and if you don't then your dog gets shot? It is your own home, after all.

41 posted on 05/03/2004 11:33:35 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
F*ck the police.
42 posted on 05/03/2004 11:35:00 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: decimon
Let's have the names and home addresses of those cops.
43 posted on 05/03/2004 11:35:39 AM PDT by henderson field
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To: King Prout
BS. He should pay restitution. You don't get off with personal and humiliating penance when you go to the wrong address and kill a family pet without cause while the burglar escapes from the house next door.




44 posted on 05/03/2004 11:35:56 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for conservatives!)
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To: Redbob
I guess Davida can thank his lucky stars his children didn't coming running up right at that point, instead of the dog!

Given the two errant shots, a child could well have been hurt.

45 posted on 05/03/2004 11:37:22 AM PDT by decimon
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To: cripplecreek
If a cop ever maced my jack russell, I would probably end up in the clink...but it would be worth it!
46 posted on 05/03/2004 11:37:54 AM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: Doe Eyes
The replacement cost of that dog is $10,000,000. The owner of something can place any price on it that he wants to.
47 posted on 05/03/2004 11:38:12 AM PDT by henderson field
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To: decimon
The cop can be faulted for an inconsistent approach. On one hand he knocked on the door, which means he thought there was some chance that the alarm was a false alarm, as most are. On the other hand, he was armed, meaning he thought there was a chance that he'd encounter the perp. Had he been consistent, i.e., had ALL of his behavior matched his level of perceived threat as witnessed by the fact he unholstered his weapon, he would not have knocked on the door. What, did he think the burglar would answer and shoot him? I think the truth is he didn't really know what the heck he was doing. Don't know about this officer, but such an inconsistent approach leads me to believe he is a young officer, without much experience.. Thus, the city will pay out its rear-end to avoid an embarassing trial and to avoid revealing their shoddy training techniques.
48 posted on 05/03/2004 11:39:37 AM PDT by johnfrink
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To: Doe Eyes
Would the police then sue me for the replacement cost of the officer?
49 posted on 05/03/2004 11:41:11 AM PDT by Sender (I actually voted for inconsistancy before I voted against it.)
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To: henderson field
I wonder if they will shoot one of my cats???
50 posted on 05/03/2004 11:41:35 AM PDT by Taylor42
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