Skip to comments.Family Outraged After Boise Police Officer Shoots and Kills Dog (Barked at Officer)
Posted on 10/25/2013 5:06:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Boise family is outraged over the death of their 5-year-old dog. Sunday afternoon, a Boise Police officer fired his weapon at the dog, killing it.
For years, Gabrielle Stropkai found companionship in her dog, Kita, calling her a lover and a friend for her son Hayden to grow up with.
We have kids who run up and pull her tail and grab her by the back of the neck and get in her face and she does nothing but love on them, said Stropkai.
However, as two Boise patrol officers were investigating a theft that was reported in the area of Woodlawn and 28th Sunday afternoon they felt threatened by Kita.
According to Boise Police spokesman Charles McClure, Kita began running toward them and the officers felt forced to protect themselves.
Neighbors like Bryan Adams were outside at that time and saw it happen.
She was walking by and went 'ruff ruff' just a couple of little ruffs and that's when she was walking by she didn't jump at him or anything, explained Adams.
Other witnesses to the incident described the dog as barking and snarling at officers as it approached them.
Stropkai tells KTVB she let Kita outside to use the bathroom and she was in her sight when the officer made an instant decision.
In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head, said Stropkai.
Stropkai explains her two-year-old son Hayden was also witness to the shooting.
Hayden was outside, about two feet away from me, said Stropkai's mother, Michelle Pierott. McClure said the two officers were standing in a parking lot when one decided to fire a single shot at the dog when it came within three feet of them.
Kita, a mixed breed, was hit and died at the scene.
By the time I came out she was down, (I) ran over and looked back and said you just shot her, said Pierott. Kita wouldn't have attacked.
However, the Boise Police Department disagrees. In a statement issued Sunday evening by the department Deputy Chief Pete Ritter had this to say.
"Officers never want to harm an animal. The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved."
The family believes the officer acted too fast and although an investigation was launched, the biggest worry on their minds is Kitas six two-week old puppies.
Now we are going to have to figure out how to keep them alive... without her, said Pierott. The City of Boise does have a leash ordinance; dog owners are required to keep their dogs on leash, except in specified areas.
how many of these ‘cops’ are actual americans?!?
I've been bitten by a dog. It's not pleasant, but it's not the end of the world -- it's certainly no reason to kill a family pet in such a short time span.
Sad doggie ping...
I wonder if he ever shot an elephant in his pajamas?
>>In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head, said Stropkai.
Cops are becoming fascist monsters.
well as long as he went home safe
Not just dogs anymore...
They make instant decisions to shoot infirmed old men who didn’t take their medicine, old men who were waiting for ambulances, 13 year old boys with toy guns....
Maybe cops should be better trained to think a bit more first.
US cops sometimes rob people on the street.
They robbed me and now I hate most cops.
It would seem that I got BETTER training in my 3 hour NRA First Steps Pistol Course.
!. Always Point the gun in a safe direction
2. Finger OFF the trigger
3. Assume it is LOADED
(and, further into the book...NEVER point the gun at a family pet. NEVER, NEVER.)
Cops should have to eat their kills.
When I was a child I was taught to trust a policeman. Now I tell my son to stay away from the police.
That's a problem.
Hayden was outside, about two feet away from me,...
How far was Hayden from the shooting? That might be a bigger problem.
"...Many officers have dogs. ..."
Good. They have something to lose too.
“I thought it was a potato!”
My first thought. It’s not like the dog had a concealed pistol or anything. And there were 2 officers. I simply fail to see how 1 pet dog is a threat to 2 armed officers.
Here here brother. I feel for ya
These morons put everyone around at risk to protect themselves. Bullets go all over the place when they go through the animal, bounce off a bone or sidewalk and ricochet who knows where. Firing a shot in a place where there are innocents present, for very little reason is just plain stupid. And, for those who don’t shoot much, a slow moving 9mm projectile on the ricochet is often more dangerous than one traveling full speed. At least when the impact is on the body of a human. It makes a big mess even after the bullet comes off the sidewalk.
Do any of these “brave” men who have willingly chosen a dangerous line of work carry mace anymore? Once again police officers have proven that the only ones they serve and protect are themselves.