Skip to comments.Cop shoots pet dog that bit him (after entering owner's backyard)
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.
Another one? Is there a special season on critters we do not know about?
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??
One of the finest breeds in dogdom.
I see cops are doing a lot of walking into backyards unannoucned these days.
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.
p.s The burglar was not in the yard with the "vicious" labrador retreiver.
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT GETTING UPPITY BUD.
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?
"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.
Lick Lick Lick - Does the boot leather taste good?
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.
You, obviously, are not a pet owner.
I'm a pet owner, but I still value human life over animal life.
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.
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.
Here, it appears that Officer Friendly shot the dog IN RETALIATION for being bit.
you're on a roll !
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