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Posted on 01/14/2011 10:52:47 AM PST by Immerito
SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. - A Lee County deputy goes in a woman's yard, and ends up facing off with a family pet. He shot the dog twice, and now the owner is furious, demanding answers, saying her dog did nothing wrong.
Christine Bonelli was inside her San Carlos Park home Thursday afternoon when she heard two shots. "First I thought it was fireworks and said no, that's gunshots I think," Bonelli said.
She stepped outside to find two deputies and her Foxhound Mix "Harley" with gunshot wounds. "Blood was coming out of his shoulder and on his leg, coming out of his mouth," Bonelli said.
A neighbor tells WINK News he warned deputies that Harley was in the fenced-in backyard, but they continued on. "They said he was in the chair when he came in the yard, and he came running and barking at them, protecting his property, he didn't bite them, he might have shown teeth, but they shot him twice," Bonelli said.
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I guess the peasants are no longer allowed to have pets.
As would anyone who shot a policedog on sight. It seems the patricians’ dogs are to be viewed as sacred, the plebians’ dogs are expendable.
What would the deputy do?
Because I think a smart deputy should start running.
At some point, one of these idiots will shoot the wrong guy’s dog, and pay for it with their lives.
Another idiot trigger happy cop. -The drill is now, kill the family dog then lie about the dog and say its gate was locked. Then fine the owner.
How long will it be before the drill is, shoot the suspected Enemy of the State, lie about it, then cover it up?
If we become complacent about these executions of “mere animals”, then we will set the course for the noose to be tightened around our own necks.
This needs to stop. Yesterday.
I'll stand up and cheer when it happens.
But, if TSHTF, and citizens start viewing their government differently, we will start to see a lot of violence coming from "crazy" people who are not actually crazy.
Not even going to say anything except that trigger happy cops despite the blue line aren’t above the law.....not MY law.
And they wonder why some people do not like Police Officers.
I would get those guys names and badge numbers and then move out of town. Their lives wouldn't be worth living when I was done with them.
Sorry FRiend, that train left the station years ago. Thanks to YouTube, etc. we get to see examples now. But nothing will be done about it. We are a total police state and it will only get worse because our rulers like it just fine.
The frog is boiled.
Just more Jack Booted Thugcops.
I’m getting tired of mentioning that most cops are good cops, these are the violent/bad cops. Where’s the outrage from the good cops? Even to me, it’s starting to sound like the “most muslims condemn violence, it’s only the violent/bad (”extreme”) muslims” line...
Well written. Any deputy who claims to be surprised and alarmed at an animal defending its or its master’s territory should be removed from the force.
People in other occupations somehow manage to do their jobs without shooting dogs. Yet it seems that too many bad cops are being trained to shoot first and ask questions later.
Do homeowners get to shoot back? Do they get to go over to your house and kill your dog?
They’re almost as bad as terminators-—except that the fictional cyborgs have better aim and are made of metal.
Come to think of it, they do seem to have a similar aversion to our canine friends....
FRiend...you are WAY behind the power curve.
Botched Mozambique drill, no doubt...
"They felt he was threatening and they shot him and I think they overreacted," Bonelli said.
"What does a dog do? It protects the property and I was told by the police when I got robbed to get a dog.
So I did what they said, and they shot him."
Yep, that’s a very real example of cruel irony.
It’s the blue line.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services fined Bonelli $268 for what they called, Harley's "Threatening/menacing" behavior.
Unbelievable! The dog had been in a chair and hopped down...
The police were warned before they entered the yard.
I don't like the sue-crazy stuff but if I were this woman--I would hunt an attorney! UFB!!!
I don't know if it helps anything but I have a 'Beware of Dog' on my gate also a 'No Trespass'.
My mother has always told me one should have the 'No Trespass' on each corner of their property, I don't go that far though.
I am aware that cops have misused their authority to unrighteously shoot civilians I do, however (perhaps idealistically) hold to the belief that this trend may be reversed before it becomes more prevalent.
A few noteworthy comments from the comments section of the article (in my opinion):
Brandy January 14th, 2011 3:34 AM
“...I was the one that took Harley to receive medical care and while standing there at the scene waiting for clearance to leave I personally heard the officers talking about the story they were going to go with. I also have done animal rescue for 12 years and know that if a dog is barking at me whether it is a ‘hey, whatcha doing’ bark versus a ‘I’m going to bite you’ bark, and the officer, Officer Pererra, that shot Harley admitted to owning a German Sheperd to me so I would think he would know the difference as well. He could have used his mace, he could have shot at the ground, he could have shot a leg etc. but instead aimed for the head. I’m no perfect marksman myself but if the dog truly were within biting range don’t you think a cop could hit his target? I do not believe a word that Officer Pererra said about how it all happened. There were also approximately 25 elementary school age kids walking down the sidewalk when this happened. How would thier parents feel know an afficer discharged his weapon twice with undue cause that close to thier kids? I’m guessing they’d be livid. Harley is in great hands with Best Friends Animal Hospital and all the love being given by well-wishers, thanks for caring.”
Christine January 13th, 2011 11:13 PM
“I’m Harley’s owner. The gate was secured, it’s always secured. It was the police who opened it and let him run out into the street. One of the officers said, at first, that the dog was running wild and that’s why he was shot. Then, admitted that he’d been shot in the yard. I also found out from the way the bullets entered his body, that he was shot while in a sitting position. How in the world is that a threat to anyone? My dog is a fox hound mix and looks nothing like a pit bull. Perhaps the officers in question should get their eyes checked.”
About 25 school age kids walking by. Whatever the exact number, children were passing by at the time this dog was unlawfully shot for the crime of being confined in its own yard and barking at a deputy. What if a stray bullet had struck a child and not the dog?
When was the last time you read about a mailman, a heating oil deilvery guy, a utility worker or salesman shooting a family dog?
True, also doesn’t the mailman carry pepper-spray?
They carried something like that in the 60’s... because the mailman dropped his at my grandmothers house when I was small and I found it—gads!
Why can’t they tazer the dog? The tazer hades out of people...
Since the officer in question had the information from a neighbor who told him there was a dog on the premises, why not carry a few milk bones in his pocket to “neutralize” the threat?
That’s what started the Weaver standoff, the kid shot back.
And not a tear I will have for them.....
Have you watched ANY documentaries on Germany, the USSR, or China?
Watch even just one, it will bring you into the reality of just how free we really are.
Since the officer in question had the information from a neighbor who told him there was a dog on the premises, why not carry a few milk bones in his pocket to neutralize the threat?
I don’t know...
I’m reading more and more of these stories and they scare the chit out of me!
I have a couple of Boxers, my youngest is huge and she’s not even a year old.
She has a habit of doing what I call the ‘psych walk’....she will be walking along normal, then do a QUICK straight back reverse and get out of her collar.
I now am working her on a choke-chain, as she manages the same trick in a harness.
She will yap and bark at others but tuck tail and run if they stomp at her.
She’s the biggest baby and people who know barks, as mentioned above— know what’s a threat and what’s not.
Anyhow, reading all these stories has made me work her in the yard because I am scared to death of something happening to her. I would be devastated!
If it happened because somebody opened my gate and hurt/killed her in her own yard, God help us, I would be in jail or prison.
“Deputy had no business in yard, but calling a pit-bull a greyhound is a little on the dishonest side. “
I agree that deliberately labeling a “pit-bull” to be a “greyhound” is “a little on the dishonest side.”
So why did you engage in such dishonesty?
Nowadays with crooks posing as cops, they might want to think before coming into someones backyard and shooting their dog.
And move to a different state
And change his/her name.
it’s Palin’s fault.
If only they cared more about Peelian principles than they did “the blue line”.
Incidents like this are enough to make one wonder if cops are even taught about Robert Peel any longer.
Sad but true. Cops are out of control. I've got one brother-in-law who resigned as an SF cop some years back because he didn't like seeing the rowdy behavior of the other cops. If you didn't go along with them you were ostracized. I've got another brother-in-law SF cop who used to tell me stories of chasing down suspects and beating the snot out of them, only to find they were not the culprits. He's mellowed out over the last 20 years. But this violent mindset is prevalent in many cops and getting worse.
Have you watched ANY documentaries on Germany, the USSR, or China?
I forget which documentary I was watching, it was something in a South American country.
Anyhow, I wouldn’t want to live third world but for whatever reason as I watched, it made me realize how much freedom we lack here in the USA.
Some were in neighborhoods and had a pig, chickens yada. Some women made little cakes and sold them (all sorts little things, can’t recall all)
It just made me think as these things came up—we couldn’t do that, zoning, we couldn’t to this without this permit, that permit, this license, that license, inspections—you name it.
Like I said, some of that I wouldn’t want at all—but the point that got me— was that they can and I knew that we can’t.
We sure give up many freedoms to be ‘civilized’.
Let’s see how many of the Peelian principles this crime violated:
In order to mollify those who believed that professional police were “a curse and a despotism”, and secure their aid in creating his professional police force, Sir Robert Peel developed what became known as The Peelian Principles; which are considered to be the basic foundation for all modern policing:
1) The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
2) The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
3) Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
4) The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
5) Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
6) Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
7) Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
8) Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
9) The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
These incidents are occurring in such diverse areas of the nation that it inclines one to suspect that a national or interstate policy is afoot.
>Wow, so a Police Officer, searching for a suspect - can go into your back yard without a warrant, shoot your dog, and then fine you almost $300 for the dog menacing them?
>And they wonder why some people do not like Police Officers.
The other day I was talking to my brother abut the University’s “Parking Nazis,” and said something like:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if, when they witness someone breaking into a car, they yell ‘hey, don’t forget to take the parking sticker!’ and then cite the owner of the car for parking w/o a permit.”
Law ‘Enforcement’ is DEFINITELY getting less and less respectable; even if you aren’t a cynic like I am.
“What sort of police state do we live in where they can come onto your private property and kill your pet inside its fenced in yard?”
You might ask Randy Weaver. They can also get away with murdering your wife.
According to his Wikki write up, in the out-of-court settlement, the government did not admit any wrong-doing.