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Leander police officer shoots dog at wrong house
Statesman.com ^

Posted on 07/06/2013 12:00:25 AM PDT by Arthurio

By Esther Robards-Forbes

American-Statesman Staff

A dog was shot and severely injured by a Leander police officer Monday night after the officer attempted to serve a warrant at the wrong address, according to the dog’s owners and a statement from the Leander Police Department.

The dog, a German shepherd named Vinny that works as a therapy dog, was shot in the neck and is recovering at the home of his owners in Liberty Hill.

Renata and James Simmons, the dog’s owners, are baffled and distraught by the actions of the officer. According to the statement from LPD, Warrant Officer Woodson Blase arrived at the Simmons’ home on FM 3405 to serve a warrant, knocked on the door and was walking around the back of the house when two German shepherds ran toward him.

The officer feared for his safety and fired three shots, the statement said.

James Simmons said he didn’t know the officer was there until he heard the gunshots. When he approached the officer in the front yard, Simmons said, the officer told him he was there to serve a warrant. Simmons had never heard of the person named in the warrant and has lived at that home for nine years. When he asked the officer what address he was looking for, Blase did not answer, Simmons said.

Vinny was hit once in the neck and was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. The dog is expected to live, but may not walk normally again, James Simmons said.

The incident is under administrative review, according to the statement from LPD.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; policemadness; stupidcoptricks
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1 posted on 07/06/2013 12:00:25 AM PDT by Arthurio
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2 posted on 07/06/2013 12:01:08 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

Here we go again.


3 posted on 07/06/2013 12:02:27 AM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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Waiting for the usual resident jackboot lickers to come to defend these actions.


4 posted on 07/06/2013 12:03:05 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

“At least the cop went home to his family.”-Resident Jack Boot Champion

Nothing else matters, after all.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 12:08:57 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: Arthurio

WTF I want to know why they are trying to kill dogs. This doesn’t make sense.


6 posted on 07/06/2013 12:09:50 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: Arthurio

By this time, you’d think police departments nationwide would be starting their shifts with the admonition, “By the way ... Don’t shoot the &%#$@&% dog!”


7 posted on 07/06/2013 12:10:48 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Arthurio

seriously cops need to start getting fired and jailed for crap like this. and departments need to start teaching common sense, looking up addresses properly, and start having a different prime directive other than “officer safety above all else”.

these people are always held out as’the only ones qualified to have special powers when discussing why us simple peasants can’t handle having our own guns, etc. we’d just start shooting up the whole town.

well g-dam it, the LEOs seem to be doing that already.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 12:11:08 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Arthurio
Bad shoot! No justification at all! I don't know what I'd do if someone harmed my pup!

9 posted on 07/06/2013 12:13:03 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: kelly4c

muslims hate dogs. that’s why.

figureit out. dhs is funding a lot of police departmemts and training them. who is the guy who controls dhs? and is boss sits in the wh. and he’s a commie muslim.


10 posted on 07/06/2013 12:13:05 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Arthurio

cops are to dogs

like

tornadoes are to mobile homes.


11 posted on 07/06/2013 12:13:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: Arthurio

The cops have shot a lot of dogs lately. The cops have a much more aggressive attitude now. DHS is encouraging it.


12 posted on 07/06/2013 12:13:52 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Politicalmom

all pd’s #1 mission is “officer safety above all else.” as long as they are safe they are fine with you dead, your family dead, and your family pets dead. probably will even joke about it.


13 posted on 07/06/2013 12:15:07 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: JennysCool

One would think...


14 posted on 07/06/2013 12:15:54 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

He’s beautiful. Is he about 5 months old?


15 posted on 07/06/2013 12:16:15 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

Progressive desensitizing.


16 posted on 07/06/2013 12:16:49 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yep.


17 posted on 07/06/2013 12:17:14 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Arthurio

Due to funding cuts the shooting range was shut down so how else to keep the shooting skills up?


18 posted on 07/06/2013 12:18:39 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: kelly4c
It started with Randy Weaver if not before.

Cops have to take cultural sensitivity classes to deal with mohammadens, homos, pagans, basically everyone except White heterosexual Christians.

You'd think they might spend a afternoon learning how to deal with man's best friend without shooting them.

19 posted on 07/06/2013 12:19:10 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Gene Eric

Progressive desensitizing.


You’re right but it won’t work when it comes to killing dogs. Only Muzzies and freaks don’t like/love dogs.


20 posted on 07/06/2013 12:20:32 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Arthurio
"Don't worry, Fido, Kitty's got yer back."

21 posted on 07/06/2013 12:20:34 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

Same here. I have 5 dogs who are like my kids to me.


22 posted on 07/06/2013 12:24:58 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

Someday one of us is going to be asked to be on a jury...


23 posted on 07/06/2013 12:25:00 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Arthurio

I’d send pictures of my dog to that police officer almost every day so he could see what he’d done. Of course he might be callous enough to not care.


24 posted on 07/06/2013 12:27:06 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

What a sweetie!


25 posted on 07/06/2013 12:27:31 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: doc1019; Arthurio

“Here we go again.”

Not really. This is a story from 3 weeks ago.


26 posted on 07/06/2013 12:28:25 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: laplata

Yes, in this picture he just turned 6 months. His birthday is July 15, he will be 1 year. He is just an awesome animal, loyal, fearless and smart as a whip! Everyone should know the joy of owning this breed.


27 posted on 07/06/2013 12:29:45 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: TsonicTsunami08

Bumper sticker:

‘The More I Get To Know Some People, The More I Love My Dog’


28 posted on 07/06/2013 12:33:07 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

Haha! You got that right!


29 posted on 07/06/2013 12:38:17 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: mrsmel

Yes he is, thank you!


30 posted on 07/06/2013 12:39:19 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Joe 6-pack

Sad ping.


31 posted on 07/06/2013 12:40:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: kelly4c
WTF I want to know why they are trying to kill dogs.

To practice for people.

32 posted on 07/06/2013 12:41:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TsonicTsunami08
He is just an awesome animal, loyal, fearless and smart as a whip!

You can see it in his eyes.

Everyone should know the joy of owning this breed.

I do. She's gone but will never be forgotten.

33 posted on 07/06/2013 12:42:07 AM PDT by TChad
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To: TsonicTsunami08

You’ve got yourself a real jewel there!


34 posted on 07/06/2013 12:42:15 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: laplata

Amen!


35 posted on 07/06/2013 12:42:16 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I can believe it.


36 posted on 07/06/2013 12:43:22 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

My daughter and her husband have a Black Lab. My grandson is 3 and he and the dog are best buddies. That dog loves him and is very protective. I have a picture of Brady putting snow on his head and he’s just laying there enjoying it.


37 posted on 07/06/2013 12:50:23 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Arthurio

Imagine for a moment that two hundred years ago someone went to the home of nearly any random farmer by mistake and shot his dogs... what do you think would happen to the officer? What do you think would have happened to the farmer as a result?

Answering these two questions demonstrate how far we’ve fallen...


38 posted on 07/06/2013 12:59:12 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Arthurio
target practice..what if the canine was a specially trained
service dog for someone w/a medical disability or mute/deaf
"oops, sorry citizen..please clean-up our mistakes
and rem:, we serve and protect"
(whom?)

39 posted on 07/06/2013 1:01:05 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :)
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To: Arthurio

Someone knows the real reason these cop are so trigger happy regarding dogs. The truth needs to be known.


40 posted on 07/06/2013 1:01:54 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Some of Hitler’s SS Units kept puppies and to graduate from one of the SS schools, they had to cut the puppies throat. Sick.


41 posted on 07/06/2013 1:03:45 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: freekitty

Someone knows the real reason these cop are so trigger happy regarding dogs. The truth needs to be known.


When Obama came into the life of this country, Satan accompanied him.


42 posted on 07/06/2013 1:06:51 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Arthurio

WTF? I read this almost every day. What the hell is wrong with LEO’s nowadays? Are they that fearful?


43 posted on 07/06/2013 1:10:23 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: laplata
I love labs. 2 of my dogs are labs, golden color, one lab mix, she's vanilla color, one Irish setter, and a Jack Russell who is psycho. But I love ‘em all, every Heinz 57 mutt out there. My husband had to put his foot down when I brought the fifth one home, lol. So I carry water and treats in my car to give any poor stray I see.

Labs are very protective, and very sweet. Mine are the most patient dogs most of the time, but let a stranger come to the door, it's chaos, with all 5 dogs barking. None of them would bite anything but a pork chop, except the Jack Russell. He's a treacherous little hound.
44 posted on 07/06/2013 1:11:37 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Arthurio

45 posted on 07/06/2013 1:12:17 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: A Navy Vet

Is PETA making a list and checking it twice?


46 posted on 07/06/2013 1:26:50 AM PDT by visionary
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To: laplata; mrsmel

I believe it. As others have pointed out, most serial killers start on animals and work their way up to humans.


47 posted on 07/06/2013 1:27:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: visionary

“Is PETA making a list and checking it twice?”

PETA doesn’t really think humans should “own” animals. PETA-run shelters have an almost 100% kill rate, IIRC.

I’m sure you know this, just piggybacking.


48 posted on 07/06/2013 1:31:13 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: freekitty

Simple-we are hiring cowards for police officers.


49 posted on 07/06/2013 2:42:44 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: kelly4c
Personally, I think it's the frustration of the job. Always on the alert, always the potential to get shot, high stress and anxiety. They train but only get to shoot at paper. I think the ones shooting dogs are using this “I feared for my safety stuff” just to shoot at something living. Or, they are on steroids or uppers. As bad as that sounds I believe it.

If it were ‘just safety’ and ‘fear’ then the dogs would have all been German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, etc. But they are not always that.

50 posted on 07/06/2013 2:58:01 AM PDT by Gaffer
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