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