Skip to comments.Officer shoots aggressive dog in Hampton
Posted on 05/11/2014 8:02:08 AM PDT by csvset
HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) A Hampton police officer shot an aggressive dog Friday while responding to a call about a stolen moped.
According to the Hampton Police Division, the officer responded to the 1200 block of Pansy Street around 9 p.m.
The person who called about the moped was walking with his unleashed dog toward the officer. Police said thats when the dog aggressively charged at the officer, who feared for his safety and shot the dog once in the upper body.
The medium-sized mixed breed dog was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.
The officer was not hurt.
The dogs owner was issued a summons for failure to secure a canine license.
Hampton Police say the investigation is ongoing.
The owner must not read FR, if he did, he'd know that the cops will shoot any dog, of any size, anywhere, at any time for any aggression, real or imagined.
Meanwhile, what about the stolen moped?
Dogs should be on leash. Enough said.
Moral to the story is don’t walk your dog off leash like an idiot.
It’s the owner’s responsibility to protect the dog from itself and from cops.
The dog doesn’t know that a cop will shoot it, but the owner should, and now does, and I bet will walk another dog off leash again.
The dog took it. He has been apprehended. /S
The debate is over (gee, where have I heard that before?)
Thank God the police officer got to go home safely.
Nothing else matters.
I’m surprised anything about what lead up to him going home safely was even mentioned.
Owner, wrong. Cop, right.
There are some nutty ‘leash laws’ on the books...in the town I’m stuck in here in soviet Red Hampshire; the dog is considered in compliance with the leash laws EVEN IF LOOSE as long as he is ‘under the owner’s control’. WTF???
Four legs and a tail - aggressive.
“shot the dog once in the upper body.” Ummmm, was the dog walking upright?
Looks like they live out in the sticks, unaware of the existence of feral police.
Bull manure. I have a 35 pound mix. She looks mostly Lab. Don't know what all's in there, but I do know she has a heart full of affection. Everyone who comes into my yard gets the same treatment: She runs up to them and greets them effusively. In the early moments, that may look like she is attacking, but she isn't.
If the jackass in the article, armed or not, wasn't a "LEO" the dog wouldn't have been shot. And, dollars to doughnuts he also wouldn't have been bitten.
Might be so, but it really doesn’t matter at all what the law says.
Do what you know is right.
If a person walks a dog off leash, then the possibility exists for a situation to occur that can spin out of control far quicker than the owner can control, and it can result in a dead dog, a dead child, whatever.
If you love your dog, take measures to protect it. This world is a dangerous place.
Hey that’s great!
Guess what’s going to happen if a cop walks into your yard?
Guess...I mean, can ya guess?!
The dog is going to have a heart full of lead instead of affection, and it’s going to be your fault for being an irresponsible dog owner.
That’s all, nothing else.
Unleashed dogs are fair game?
My first impulse is to blame the cops. Then I remember the people all around me who can't manage their lives and even the simplest tasks. I am pretty sure you have a bunch of morons who go out--impulse buy dogs, the novelty runs out--they ignore dogs and dogs become a completely neglected and untrained nuisance to society. Much like their kids.
I mean, come on--we are dealing with a society full of the kind of people who kill themselves driving over medians because they are writing comments on Facebook about songs they like while driving.
Well even in your stupid world the punishment for disobeying this “law” isn’t death.
Brilliant police work by officer E.Fudd.
My stupid world is your stupid world too.
And the punishment for disobeying leash laws is MOST CERTAINLY the death of the dog.
Yes, yes it is.
Welcome to our stupid world, and I really hope you don’t own a dog for the sake of the dog.
Means Fishing-guy’s dog is fair game in his back yard.
A quick call should remedy that situation.
I hate your stupid world. I hate that you just roll over and play dead like a good little puppy.
You sound like a Massachusetts transplant, unable to appreciate a well-trained dog off-leash.
DO NOT REPORT ANYTHING STOLEN TO THE POLICE. THEY ARE LIKELY TO KILL YOU, YOUR DOG, OR A RELATIVE.
I believe he shot it too.
Sorry to disagree with you but nobody was right in this situation. And whose definition of aggressive are we going by? I have seen many dogs that are aggressively friendly. The owner was wrong to put his dog in jeopardy by having it off leash, and until there is some more evidence I will stick with cop was just another pussy.
Cool story, bro.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Here, let me share with you in return.
Reality is reality, and it doesn’t matter if you hate it or not.
I do not roll over and play dead ever.
What I do is take measures that will help protect my dog from trigger happy cops, which I smartly know exist, and I also smartly know that they will shoot without hesitation my unleashed dog.
The reason I do this is because I want my dog to live as she provides me joy and companionship.
It’s called not being a stupid and irresponsible dog owner in a stupid world.
A few weeks back a neighbor and I were walking our dogs off leash in a field. The neighbor’s dog is young and undisciplined - she took off to greet a police officer getting out of his car and my dog followed.
The officer heard the thunder of running feet, turned and saw two dogs charging into his space and started unfastening his weapon.
I was thinking oh, s-— as soon as I saw the cop, but I had a whistle and blew it it - my dog stopped and the other dog didn’t actually jump on the cop - he saw me and my neighbor and kept his hand on his gun - I got my dog on leash and the cop went into the building.
A few minutes later he came out - was actually quite nice - didn’t yell at us or cite us for off-leash - just said he heard them first and thought they were wild, and they got his adrenaline up for the morning.
(Mine is a 60 lb lab-Shepherd mix and the neighbor’s dog is a skinny yellow thing about 40 - neither in scary mode when they approached the officer.)
But NJ is a state where very few people are licensed to carry, and the police don’t want them to carry either. That means the rest of us citizens deal with dogs without pulling weapons. And to me, that means the police should be expected to deal with them the same way.
If I ever have to call the police my dog is going in the crate first - she barks and looks frightening when strange men come on the property but is a complete sweetheart off her territory and on, after introductions have been made.
It’s called rolling over and playing dead. Maybe that’s better then licking boots but I’m not sure.
The officer responded on the 1200 block of Pansy St. around 9 o’clock.
Isn’t Pansy St. where the _resident resides with Reggie Love?
Those cops that do that should be charged with felony animal cruelty, and should face long prison sentences and be subject to suit by the family whose family member they just killed.
I have no love for them whatsoever, and if they ever did that to my dog, I may be the one facing a long prison sentence.
Absolutely. But isn't that always a symptom of a society that can not police itself. No impulse control. No common sense. No ability to think cause and effect.
Just shut up, man.
You are a pointless bore without an intelligent thought to offer.
Happy Mothers Day, done with you.
Shut up he explained.
Sometimes, even being in a crate won’t save your dog.
Don’t call cops.
Leash your dog. Not only is it law in VA cities and towns, it’s good sense.
Then know the possible consequences of having an unleashed dog.
“Unleashed dogs are fair game?”
There are leash laws here in VA. Why take an unnecessary chance on your dog’s life?
Why do so many cops think every dog that walks towards them wants to kill them?
I mean, I don’t think every strange dog that walks towards me wants me dead. I like to believe I can tell if a dog is being aggressive or just checking me out. Do they believe dogs have a natural instinct to kill people dressed in police uniforms?
It’s this shoulder shrugging attitude - that’s the way it is bro, bury your dog and get over it - more than anything else that is allowing this republic to slip away.
Did police always shoot dogs like this? What gives? It seems every week I am reading another headline about a cop shooting a dog.
Not that I know of. I will say with no reservation that during the 60’s 70’s in Suffolk Cty NY a cop pulling his gun and discharging it in a neighborhood would have had to have one hell of a good reason for doing so. His boss would have been the least of his problems but at that his boss would probably would have taken his head off.
Seems like there are more and more reports of LEOs shooting dogs. Question is, why? Are dogs now a far greater threat? Where are all the reports of LEOs being attacked and bitten/mauled? Surely something is driving this new behavior by LEOs.
Do postal carriers shoot unleashed dogs on the spot?
Some dogs do not need to be leashed.
That's easily the most vile insult posted to me in my fifteen years on Free Republic. As for dogs; most of those 'off the leash' AREN'T 'well-trained', or they wouldn't have been on my property and in my garden in the first place.
Mail carriers use as a spray of some sort, I believe it’s a pepper spray. Years ago, I saw a neighbors dog get sprayed with it. Whatever it was, the dog forgot about the mail carrier and was rolling on the ground.
I say it's doctrine, which is quickly universalized. They shoot people too, if you'll notice. That's the new rule - comply or be shot.
It’s a good thing that the guy’s kid wasn’t jaywalking in the area. A slug from a .45 certainly would have solved that problem as well.