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Cop shoots pet dog that bit him (after entering owner's backyard)
KHOU ^ | 5.27.05

Posted on 05/28/2005 12:46:20 PM PDT by ambrose

Cop shoots pet dog that bit him

06:52 PM CDT on Friday, May 27, 2005

By Wendell Edwards / 11 News

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A southeast Houston homeowner is angry that a Houston police officer shot his dog after walking into his backyard Friday morning.

The officer was responding to a burglary alarm call on Parliament when he encountered the dog.

"The officer was completely caught by surprise, you know. He was just responding, more or less to a routine alarm call," said HPD Lt. E.W. Harris. "And the dog was just in his backyard and the officer walked in and the dog attacked him."

The dog bit the Officer K.K. Miller on his left wrist so he shot him in the leg.

The dog's owners were devastated when they learned what happened.

They say the Great Pyrenees named J.P. has been part of their family for nearly a decade.

"...It's a loveable dog, but it's here to protect my family," said Franchelle Forgy, the owners' daughter.

Forgy said J.P. was on a long leash that allowed him to move around the backyard. She said the dog was only doing it's job.

"It's a pet, but it's like a human being. It has protected my family," Forgy said. "Years ago, we were robbed and, you know, in this neighborhood right now they need all the protection they can get."

Officer Miller drove himself to the hospital where he was treated and released.

The dog was critically injured and lost a lot of blood. The family says he may have to be put down.

The family took the dog to their private vet. Police cited them for failure to release the dog to animal control as required by law.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; california; cary; dog; donutwatch; leo; oink; oinkoink; oinkoinkoink; protectandserve

1 posted on 05/28/2005 12:46:20 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: ambrose

Another one? Is there a special season on critters we do not know about?


2 posted on 05/28/2005 12:48:06 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Cloth or link. Happiness is a perfect trunion.)
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To: ambrose
"...but it's like a human being."

In the same way an ant is, or a bee, or a fly, a roach, a skunk, a squirrel. Where do they get these idiots??

3 posted on 05/28/2005 12:50:36 PM PDT by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: ambrose
Great Pyrenees

One of the finest breeds in dogdom.

I see cops are doing a lot of walking into backyards unannoucned these days.

4 posted on 05/28/2005 12:50:49 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ambrose

I'll say this. I place much more value on the safety of a Houston police officer than I do on the life of a dog.


5 posted on 05/28/2005 12:51:26 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: ambrose
The Memphis police are well known dog killers. They were looking for a burglary susect a few years ago and they couldn't get into a backyard because of a "vicious" dog. Thinking the suspect may have been in there (with the vicious dog!) they shot it. No amount of explaining can make me understand why they didn't get the family (who was home) to put it up. The family was more thana little upset.

p.s The burglar was not in the yard with the "vicious" labrador retreiver.

6 posted on 05/28/2005 12:51:41 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I see cops are doing a lot of walking into backyards unannoucned these days.

DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT GETTING UPPITY BUD.

7 posted on 05/28/2005 12:52:52 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I see cops are doing a lot of walking into backyards unannoucned these days.

Yeah, what the hell was the cop doing responding to a burglary call without getting on the loudspeaker and announcing it to the whole neighborhood?

8 posted on 05/28/2005 12:53:21 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: ambrose

DEJA VOUS?


9 posted on 05/28/2005 12:54:23 PM PDT by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: ambrose

"Police cited them for failure to release the dog to animal control as required by law."

Real PR genuises here. It makes you wonder if they even care about the public.


10 posted on 05/28/2005 12:54:25 PM PDT by Sofa King (MY rights are not subject to YOUR approval.)
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To: SolidSupplySide
Yeah, what the hell was the cop doing responding to a burglary call without getting on the loudspeaker and announcing it to the whole neighborhood?

Lick Lick Lick - Does the boot leather taste good?

11 posted on 05/28/2005 12:54:45 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I see cops are doing a lot of walking into backyards unannoucned these days.

When looking for bad guys, cops should always loudly and clearly announce where they are at all times.

The same should probably go for our military in Iraq.

12 posted on 05/28/2005 12:55:35 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: Windsong

You, obviously, are not a pet owner.


13 posted on 05/28/2005 12:56:21 PM PDT by TheMom (Eaker is the cuter twin.)
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To: ambrose
Not only do we shoot your dog, we rub your face in it with a citation.
Normally i'm cop-supportive, but most of these guys are taught that it's ok to shoot any animal they feel "threatens" them, regardless of the circumstances or illegality of their presence.
My fav is still the tennessee dog shooting, where a family was mistakenly (crimial negligence for anyone else) arrested, cuffed and placed on their knees with their van door left open in spite of pleas to close it. Guess what?? Their dog got out of the van wagging its tail and some jackboot shot it. We don't need to look abroad for terrorists: we have them in our own backyards.
14 posted on 05/28/2005 12:57:12 PM PDT by philomath (from the state of franklin)
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To: TheMom
You, obviously, are not a pet owner.

I'm a pet owner, but I still value human life over animal life.

15 posted on 05/28/2005 12:57:33 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: Nov3

They're with the government, and are here to "protect" us.

Obviously, if a fat donut eating punk cop shoots your golden retriever after he trespasses into your yard, he was in fear of his life and fully justified.


16 posted on 05/28/2005 12:58:05 PM PDT by ambrose (NEWSWEAK LIED .... AND PEOPLE DIED)
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To: SolidSupplySide
without getting on the loudspeaker and announcing it to the whole neighborhood?

No need for that. Cops showed up at my front door a few years back responding to a call by a neighbor who claimed he saw a robber jump into my backyard, and they asked permission to check the backyard. ....as they should've. I had a big (160 lb) Newfoundland back there and if they entered they backyard unannounced they very well might've been scared sh/tless and began shooting.

But they acted properly, thankfully.

17 posted on 05/28/2005 12:58:54 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ambrose
"It's a pet, but it's like a human being.

Just Damn!

18 posted on 05/28/2005 1:01:43 PM PDT by shiva
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To: All
The dog bit the Officer K.K. Miller on his left wrist so he shot him in the leg.

Here, it appears that Officer Friendly shot the dog IN RETALIATION for being bit.

19 posted on 05/28/2005 1:01:52 PM PDT by ambrose (NEWSWEAK LIED .... AND PEOPLE DIED)
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To: ambrose

you're on a roll !


20 posted on 05/28/2005 1:02:10 PM PDT by stylin19a ( Social Security...neither social nor secure.)
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To: philomath
My fav is still the tennessee dog shooting, where a family was mistakenly (crimial negligence for anyone else) arrested, cuffed and placed on their knees with their van door left open in spite of pleas to close it.

That was a classic. The guy left his wallet on top of the car and money blew out while they were driving. The cops somehow came to the conclusion that they had robbed someone and were throwing the money out (for some unexplained reason) and did a felony stop on them! The cop had previously shot some other peoples pets in their backyard. He was a real loser. To tell you how much he got fired over it which is unheard of!

The best part was the new face of FR who violently contested that the cop was right to shoot the dog in front of the family while it was wagging its tail!

21 posted on 05/28/2005 1:03:31 PM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: ambrose; All

I would bet that the dog was on a yard walk leash. If anything a bad guy was not going to get past the dog anymore than the cop. So why did the cop not go to the front door?

The officer must have been blind and deaf thereby creating the incident in my opinion.


22 posted on 05/28/2005 1:04:29 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Cloth or link. Happiness is a perfect trunion.)
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To: Sofa King

Yeah, that caught my eye, too. Trespass, shoot the family dog, and then have the audacity to cite them. I might - might - let them slide on the first two, given they apologize profusely. But the citation would prompt the call to a lawyer.


23 posted on 05/28/2005 1:05:04 PM PDT by watchin (People become leftists as a sort of gesture of infantile rage against their parents)
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To: SolidSupplySide

When looking for bad guys, cops should always loudly and clearly announce where they are at all times.

Unless the burglary alarm was going off at the residence where the dog resided, the police had no business trespassing into the backyard without the owners permission.

Furthermore, if the officer is too blind to see a dog that size running toward him, he should seek another line of work.

24 posted on 05/28/2005 1:05:45 PM PDT by garybob (More sweat in training, less blood in combat.)
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To: Nov3; philomath

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/819436/posts


25 posted on 05/28/2005 1:06:41 PM PDT by ambrose (NEWSWEAK LIED .... AND PEOPLE DIED)
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To: ambrose

It is not required by law that animal control be given the dog, taking it to a private vet where it can be quarantined is sufficeint. Do they just make it up as they go along, sheesh.


26 posted on 05/28/2005 1:07:03 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Nov3; SolidSupplySide
The best part was the new face of FR who violently contested that the cop was right to shoot the dog in front of the family while it was wagging its tail!

Gov't bootlickin' Freepers are legendary. ....ain't that right SolidSupplySide?

27 posted on 05/28/2005 1:07:35 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Nov3
The best part was the new face of FR who violently contested that the cop was right to shoot the dog in front of the family while it was wagging its tail!

Yes, we have more than our share of statists and jackboot lickers on here.

28 posted on 05/28/2005 1:08:29 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: ambrose
So the coppers shot a mutt.

I presently have two; one of them delivering me 12 stitches to the hand while trying to break him of a particularly annoying behavior trait.

His hole was dug, and this one handed "murderer" was ready to cap him and bury him quick...

Mom "saved" this mutt, only because she promised I would go to jail if I did him in... BTW, her (my mother's) father killed dogs and cats, and mink, and ground hog, and weasel, and swine, and sheep, and bovine, and fisher, and coon, and squirrel, and opossum..... like I kill steamers and hens.

Never harass any person that kills a dog after bitten, especially a copper or a watermetereader. >>Click to watch video << Skip it. I'll make my own later...
29 posted on 05/28/2005 1:34:16 PM PDT by mmercier (a dog is a dog, a Man is a a Man... Never the tweien shall meet)
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To: ambrose
Over last 5 to 10 years I have noticed a distinct change in
the makeup of one's local police, at least in my part of west Tennessee.
What use to be the friendly good old boy policeman has been replaced by the jackboot jerks that are on an ego trip.
Even in the small rural towns, they now dress like they are on a swat team, run constant speed traps in sleepy little towns, and basically have a real nasty attitude, as if YOU are there to serve them.
At times, I think they are a bigger threat then the criminals.
30 posted on 05/28/2005 1:37:08 PM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava)
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To: AlexW

Many cops are little more than criminals with a badge. Same exact mentality, but they just took a different career route.


31 posted on 05/28/2005 1:40:38 PM PDT by ambrose (NEWSWEAK LIED .... AND PEOPLE DIED)
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To: garybob; Mr. Mojo
Unless the burglary alarm was going off at the residence where the dog resided

According to the TV station, the burglary alarm was going off at the residence where the dog resided.

I'm sure the anti-police posters on FR would complain if the cop simply left the residence because noone answered the door. How was the cop supposed to know that the burglar hadn't tied up the family in a home invasion? Was he really supposed to leave because he couldn't get permission to search when noone answered the door? I believe the burglarly call required the cop to search.

Just like there are anti-military reporters at Newsweek and elsewhere in the MSM who are willing to believe the worst about our fine soldiers and marines, there are anti-police posters on FR who will blame the cops no matter what they do.

32 posted on 05/28/2005 1:44:30 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: garybob
Unless the burglary alarm was going off at the residence where the dog resided, the police had no business trespassing into the backyard without the owners permission. Right you are. And you'd think that the police would be a lot smarter than this considering in many cases when they enter private property they don't have home field advantage and are very likely to be outgunned.
33 posted on 05/28/2005 1:50:14 PM PDT by Old_Mil
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To: SolidSupplySide
"there are anti-police posters on FR"

Don't be silly...
We are not anti police, but anti arrogant police actions.

Your attitude seems to be one of "kill anything that moves, then sort it out later"
34 posted on 05/28/2005 2:03:25 PM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava)
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To: AlexW
We are not anti police, but anti arrogant police actions.

What was arrogant about this cop's actions? He responded to a burgarly call, searched the back yard of the residence, was attacked by a dog (who the owners claim is there for protection -- not a docile dog), and defends himself. Where is the arrogance?

I bet the cop faces no disciplinary action. Primarily because he did nothing wrong.

What do you think of Lt. Pantano? Is he arrogant, too?

35 posted on 05/28/2005 2:13:33 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
"Yeah, what the hell was the cop doing responding to a burglary call without getting on the loudspeaker and announcing it to the whole neighborhood?"

Ahem, how about letting the family know he's there? It's their house that was supposedly being burgled. That way the cop gets to see if they're alright, if they need any help, AND he gets the dog put safely out of his way. Did this cop have Mace??? That's all they give to letter carriers who have to do this sort of stuff every day of their lives. Frankly, I'm very weary of cops just doing as they please these days and morons backing them up no matter how far over the top they go, or no matter how fast and loose they are with their guns.

36 posted on 05/28/2005 2:38:10 PM PDT by TheCrusader ("the frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" - Pope Urban II, 1097 A.D.)
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To: ambrose

I see this as a stupid homeowner problem. If you have a dog for protection and a burglar alarm, exactly what do you expect the dog to do when someone comes to check out the alarm?


37 posted on 05/28/2005 2:39:02 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government)
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To: SolidSupplySide

I have to disagree with you. The article clearly says that the dog was on a leash, so the officer did not need to shoot the dog to "protect himself". All he had to do was move out of the range of the leash. That he shot the dog anyway makes it sound more like vengeance than self-protection.

Any time someone enters a private yard unannounced, whether police or private citizen, they take upon themselves the responsibility for any injury they sustain, IMHO. If the homeowner had heard the shot and killed the officer in question before he realized who it was, it would be the officer's fault, not the homeowner's.


38 posted on 05/28/2005 2:47:50 PM PDT by CA Conservative
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The point is NOT that the dog's life is either important or unimportant, the point is that the cop, unannounced, entered private property, and damaged valuable private property (the dog) and endangered innocent lives by discharging his firearm in a residential area.

http://www.dailybruin.com/db/issues/00/01.13/images/view.lalas.illus.jpg <not sarcsasm>Police should always clearly and loudly announce their presence when entering an unknown situation.</not sarcsasm>

This is department policy in any good police force!

If the cop had peeked in the window and been shot by a citizen who thought that he was a burglar - which is probable, given that the alarm had been triggered and that the cop was sneaking around, unannounced (as burglars do, and as good law enforcement professional do not - then the citizen would likely have been charged with some crime: homicide, murder or manslaughter, and have his gun taken away forever.

One of the reasons to have a dog on the premises is so that nobody, including the police can be there unannounced.

The police in most areas of the U.S. have become thugs, the good ones quit, because they don't like the direction the department is headed, and new recruits are indoctrinated into the 'Blue Wall/ Code of Silence/ We-are-all-brothers-behind-the-badge/ "There are 2 kinds of people in the world: Cops and perps-and-victims" ' mentality.

I think it's a very telling thing that a search for "Police Riot" on google returns 1,690,000 results, "Riot Police returns 1,790,000.

2,260,000 for "Beaten by Police" 838,000 for "Cops Suck" 708,000 for "Police shoot dog" 260,000 for "unarmed man shot by police"

"Police commmendation" returns 17 results, but 161,000 for "Police fired misconduct".

25,600,000 for "Need more police" 13,900,000 for "Need less police" apparently pro-police-slanted stories are becoming less effective at convincing Citizens that we need more police...

"Police in riot gear" + "nonviolent protest" returns 68... this is a very focused search, yet there are quite a few stories, the meme "Police Riot" meaning a riot-caused or exacerbated by the presence of armed-and-armored police (or soldiers acting in concert with or representing themselves to be Police) has spread like wildfire in recent years.

260,000 for "unarmed man shot by police" 595,000 for "unarmed police" ... seems the public is beginning to wonder whether it is good to employ armed men who consider themselves to be the embodiment of the law or even above the law.

As a security proffessional for several years, I have noticed that people are more willing to do the right thing if they don't feel that they are being coerced, or forced at gunpoint. The Secret Service Presidential Protection detail doesn't arrive on the scene swaggering in body armor and helmets... and also don't tend to provoke the citizenry.

Over-armed and undisciplined police are a danger to themselves, to their community, and a threat to lawful order and discipline.

39 posted on 05/28/2005 3:00:29 PM PDT by Pedant (Police Misconduct under Color of Authority)
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To: ambrose
Many cops are little more than criminals with a badge

Reminds me of my ex-boyfriend, sorry to say

41 posted on 05/28/2005 4:27:55 PM PDT by apackof2 (Truth is absolute or absolutely nothing is True)
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To: ambrose
Sorry to see so many cold hearted people out today. For those of us who have pets, and for those who leave them outside all night (your god given prerogative, unless they bark all night, then you should be the one with a cap in your backside), it would be devastating to have this happen. If there is any fault here, and I am not sure there is any (what ever happened to accidents) it would lay squarely on the cop. Maybe next time have your mace pulled.
42 posted on 05/28/2005 4:57:46 PM PDT by carolinacrazy (What?!...That could never happen in a.... world.)
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To: TheCrusader
Ahem, how about letting the family know he's there?

The family wasn't even home! The article indicates that the family was not immediately aware that their dog was shot. The cop responded to a burglar alarm. Noone answers the door. Cop has a choice -- leave or investigate. The same people who complain about the cop's actions would be screaming the loudest if the cop left while a burglar had the homeowners tied up in a home invasion. The complainers are not making serious arguments, and I won't take their arguments seriously anymore.

43 posted on 05/28/2005 6:38:13 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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