Skip to comments.Authorities shoot dog during probation search in Boulder Creek
Posted on 04/17/2011 7:08:21 AM PDT by OregonRancher
A sheriff's deputy shot a bull terrier puppy to death when the dog rushed out of a front door and barked during a probation search on Thursday in Boulder Creek, authorities said.
About 11:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Anchor Court, two deputies knocked on the door of 48-year-old Lonni Locatelli, who was on probation for a meth-related conviction, said Sgt. Dan Campos. Loud knocking alerted Locatelli's two dogs, a 12-pound, 5-month-old female bull terrier named Sheeba and a 2-year-old pit bull mix, Locatelli said.
The dogs barked. Locatelli was in the shower, and he heard the knocking and barking and answered the door.
As he opened the door, the dogs ran to a waist-high retaining wall above the walkway, Locatelli said. One of the deputies reached for his pepper spray and fired it at Sheeba, said Sgt. Dan Campos.
The deputy then pulled out a gun and shot the dog once, Campos said. The deputy prepared to shoot the other dog, but his partner told him to stop, Locatelli said.
"She was just barking, she never hurt anybody," Locatelli said. "I couldn't even believe it."
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Dogs only serve law enforcement to practice live fire at live targets without the need for doing a bunch of paperwork.
Give the good cop who stopped his partner a raise and show the bad cop the door.
Of course officers must protect themselves but it seems they are too gun happy these days. They know they can get away with it by claiming they “felt” threatened..and besides it was a pit bull. Dogs bark guys..it’s what they do! As a dog owner myself it appears these cops have no respect for the life of an animal not their own.
Wow, The Locatelli’s are a pretty famous old time SC and Bonny Doon family up there. Surprised to see Lonnie into meth.
It is a good thing that was not me or my pet pooch.
ONE OF THESE DAYS........and that's all I'm going to say about that!!!
My sweet doggie Lola died last august...and I did receive the most wonderful support on freeper.
I often thought what would I do if anyone had hurt my Lola...My thoughts were, I would call a close friend to stay with me and keep me from taking revenge and ending up in prison. For those that have never had a close relationship with a “pet”..a Person in a Furry Coat...they can not understand the rage hurting my pet would engender!
This is one of the most egregious examples of poor training,
bad judgement, and immaturity that I’ve seen in quite a while.
Hard to see how a 12 pound, 5 month old puppy of any sort behind a wall would cause concern or a “feeling” of being threatened.
You must learn to show the respect that law enforcement demands, not earns but demands. You have no rights or freedoms when confronted by the states revenue generation and collection officers.
“To Protect and to Serve” Was trashed in favor of
“The badge means law enforcement for revenue purposes only”
There, fixed to conform to police department policy.
12 lbs.? That’s the size of a frozen turkey and less deadly. Slick move officer.
No it wasn't a pit bull. It was a 12 pound puppy. From the article
sheriff's deputy shot a bull terrier puppy...
You can always ring one of my friends. They carry -- among other things -- alibis.
If you just want someone to keep you from "revenge," there are still a couple of Vichy French sitting around idle.
A meth dealer with pit bulls to guard his operation? Shocking.
“...they can get away with it by claiming they felt threatened...”
And their training teaches them to feel threatened by everyone/everything.
I can’t beleive how much I despise these big tough p-words. Looking forward to an irate dog lover returning the favor
Hey, did you hear? seriously, NATO “is running out of bombs” ha.
Periodically I see reports about LEO’s shooting the household pets. I have come to believe that what is happening is an a kind of de-weaponizing of the home by excitable, on edge officers. This officer was disarming the household.
First they came for the guns, and I did nothing.
Then they came for the dogs....
And yes, I chose the term LEO rather than Officer of the Peace, or Police Officer for a reason. I have the feeling that some of these people get into the business to simply play gotcha or to excersice power over others. Bad eggs.
What is it with these cops? Why have they turned dog murderers? They are as bad as Vick.
Where are they learning this?
he was a meth dealer
i wouldn’t care if they napalmed the whole place
Actually it was a “Bull Terrier” - like Patton had. And from the weight, it may have even been a Miniature Bully : / From all accounts I have heard, they are total clowns and sweethearts.
Hope the link works. It is to a picture of two 6 month old pups, to give us all an idea of what the officer was up against....
May God rest that little soul, and may He bring comfort to the owner.
I’m starting to think that the only way to stop this is with a campaign of public ridicule. If it’s OK to label sex offenders and drunks, why not these trigger-happy, jumpy police? Why not publish their pictures in the paper? I think that the citizenry needs some warning concerning these dangerous armed thugs with obvious mental problems. If you can’t fire them, can they be forced to drive pink police cars and wear pink uniforms?
You will notice that this generally happens in either a big city or by “sheriff’s deputies” in rural areas. Generally, these people can remain anonymous fairly easily. Can you imagine what would happen if this happened in a small to medium sized town? The whole family would be run out of it. I wouldn’t want to be the parents, wife, or child of such “men”...and I use the term loosely. I can tell you that life would be pretty rugged for the family of a “man” who shoots 12-pound dogs where I grew up.
There are those who say that they are “justified”. Do you think they walked up to this house with cut-offs and polo shirts? I think that a bulletproof vest, Kevlar gloves/sleeves and steel-toed boots would stand up pretty well to the worst that a 12-pound puppy could dish out.
They'll eventually be serving everyone's ass, burned to a crisp...
I am no fan of drug dealers, OK? But try to read here. He was on PROBATION for a “meth-related conviction”. It doesn’t say anywhere that he was a meth dealer or a guy who was cooking the stuff up. Probation means he did not serve time and he would be on “parole”, not probation. He is more likely just a poor dumb sad sack user who was caught in possession of an amount which could not be construed as “intent to distribute”. If he had been convicted of these more serious charges, he would have spent time incarcerated and the paroled, not put on probation, OK?
Then they can turn their fire on people without consequence.
the whole system worked perfectly here
from the bright & shiny detectives who busted him in the first place
to the standup D.A. who hauled him into court to the public defender who put his heart and soul into the case
to the rock-ribbed conservative judge who sagely determined to give this otherwise respectable “meth-related” gentleman a second chance
to his PO who strived valiantly to keep him in line
to the kids who tried the crank but didn’t get addicted and managed to grow up fine and become soldiers and doctors and ministers
to their parents who saw that everything was just a big case of misunderstanding
to the meth-related gentleman himself who was a lover of puppies and who some rat-fink informer wrongly fingered
which caused these filthy dog-hating bloodthirsty lawmen to blow in there and eff up the whole sparkling enterprise
I’d love to be on the jury if the guy shot back.
This isn’t “law enforcement” - anyone of us do this and we would be looking at a laundry list of charges - if the Government enforcers didn’t shoot us first.
This Government enforcer needs THE EXACT SAME CHARGES we would get. 3 strikes in one day.
You've just described the majority of cops.
I toned it down a bit; I didn’t want to get banned....
It’s ridiculous, but the average gun-owning housewife seems to have much better fire discipline than the average cop.
Has anyone other than a damn cop shot a barking dog at the dog’s own residence? If everybody acted like these a-holes nobody would have a dog in their house. They’d all be dead.
Are cops psychos? What the hell is the matter with them?
I’m sorry for the death of that puppy, but you’ve got to admit that they are sort of scary looking if you’ve never seen one before. That’s no excuse for shooting her, however.
My husband used to be on the city Plan Commission and would receive a packet of materials weekly to study before each meeting — delivered by a cop. Those cops were all afraid of my sweet Golden Retriever. I used to joke that they were just afraid that she might rub against their navy blue pants and leave a cloud full of golden fur, but I think that they are just wary of all dogs.
All puppies are cute, some just cuter than others.
The average housewife has more brains than the average cop. I didn't used to believe that, then I moved to Tulsa.
I think I might know Locatelli, having gone to SLVH and Jr High.
I recall a cute girl by the name of Locatelli and maybe he’s her brother?
This story stinks on several levels.
First, no 5 month old puppy is a danger to anyone and it is very easy to tell a puppy from an adult dog regardless of the breed.
Second, no 12 lb. dog is a danger to anyone. Even if he bites, it is not a life threatening matter.
Third, what 12 lb. puppy can get over a waist high wall?
Lastly and most important, it was not an emergency visit. Had it been a raid, a call to a victim of violence, maybe it might have been excusable.
But a probation call is something akin to “How are you doing? Have you been a nice boy” and that is not hardly an emergency. Only if the person on probation becomes violent.
The fact that they let him take the dog and leave tells you that he is not considered a threat.
The deputy should be fired and made a public example out of in order to get the attention of the area LEOs.
Smiles, now see, I always thought that they fell into the, “so ugly, they are cute” category ; ) That was probably furthered by this favorite of our kids - http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqEOKkUE1pFpDe0FBNjh8IPqiQ~~0_12.JPG
I also wondered about WHERE the dog was, since the article made it sound as if the dog was actually behind a waist high wall?! Maybe there was a half walled patio area adjacent to the front door and the dog came out there?
And when I really thought about it, I remembered that they are the dogs in SO many of the Target ads, as well as a beer company, so I cannot imagine that the officer had never seen one : o
Funny, but very sad about all of the officers being afraid of your sweetie. Somehow it makes me a little uncomfortable to think of any LEO being afraid of an average family dog, because after all, these are the folks that we depend upon to be able to recognize true evil.... So-o-o-o, if the guy with the gun cannot tell the difference, then we darn sure are all in jeopardy, canine and human alike : /
Take care and may God bless.
P.S. Thank you for posting the pic to the thread! I never have gotten the hang of posting pics - sheepish look : \
“If everybody acted like these a-holes nobody would have a dog in their house. Theyd all be dead. Are cops psychos? What the hell is the matter with them?”
Do you think a police force that can be indoctrinated to shoot puppies would have any trouble being indoctrinated to shoot citizens that resist the coming leftist social order?
“Where are they learning this?”
The old mantra was “To protect and serve”, the new mantra is “go home without a scratch no matter who you have to kill to do it”. Cops now see normal dog behavior (barking at strangers and being protective of their territory) as an unacceptable risk.