Skip to comments.Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police 'shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard
Posted on 07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT by Ken H
A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said.
The girl's mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon.
After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune.
'He started showing his teeth - that's when the officer shot him,' Echlin, 27, said. 'I didn't know that was going to happen.'
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Mixed with what? Looks sort of pit bullish to me.
Still, if the dog isn’t advancing, the police should have asked the family to restrain the dog instead of summary execution.
Don’t help cops.
Mean, tattoos, listen to rap, hate citizens.
Just preparing us to accept the fate that’s coming to us, like good submissive sheep.
When are these pigs going to be reined in?
Doosh dog-killers again.
I accidentally hit the alarm button on my home security system a few years ago. Got a call from the local police dispatcher that there were a couple of cops at my front gate wanting to talk to me to see if everything was OK.
First thing I did was call my neighbor to come to the fence and take my dog into her house.
THEN, I went to the gate to assure the officers all was well and it was a false alarm.
Umm, If I had A Dog like that coming at me with teeth showing I am not sure if I would or would not incapacitate Him/Her...I just don’t know.
The cop has top personally pays for another dog from the pound for the family
Where shepherd? I see no shepherd. Fur color maybe. Looks like a Pit to me.
The excerpt says nothing about the dog 'coming at him'. The article quotes the girl's mother as saying the dog was not moving when shot.
So where are you getting that?
When your kid gets shot I will replace him with one from Guatemala. That is what you just said.
That would violate the rights of Police Officers to kill whom they choose for any or no reasons.
The kid’s lucky they didn’t shoot her for “making a threatening gesture.”
it’s only a dog. The little girl is going to see much worse than that in her long life.
This is too much of the changing LEO ethos of “serve and protect...yourself first.” And I blame the presence of females and affirmative action hires on the beat for a large portion of it. Unwilling to place themselves in any danger, if at all possible. Call in a SWAT with body armor, automatic weapons, and armored vehicles. Today, any aggressive move by a dog in the presence of a LEO is likely to earn the pooch a bullet.
the replacements are already here. Don’t give Obama any ideas.
They will not be reined in. This will escalate until a point is reached that when police come to a door they will always be met by gunfire and police will go nowhere without armor and machine guns. Warrants for arrest will be effectively warrants for execution on sight.
Defying authority = death sentence.
I think that’s the mentality.
I saw that Stossel special on police powers last night. What an eye-opener. Scary.
It definitely looks like a Pit nowadays when any dog with boxer characteristics- even if only the short floppy ears- or short hair or any version of a pug muzzle is a PIT BULL! The term “pit bull” essentially has no meaning now beyond canine-bigger-than-15 pounds. That, at least, seems to be the Press definition of the term.
OBVIOUSLY it is the girl’s fault for owning a dog in the first place, and thus putting the police in the position where they had to defend themselves. She should have known better.
/do I need it?
There is nothing in the article to indicate the dog was approaching the cops. Indeed, it appears the dog was in his own yard when shot. If the cops felt threatened, the should have left the yard, not shot the dog.
Maybe I missed it in the article, but what were the cops doing there in the first place? I mean, other than to shoot the dog. Who called them?
You need help.
Its not “only” a dog. Its a family member. Its an inappropriate target for a misanthropic menace who shouldn’t be trusted with a gun and a badge.
Its a symptom of a constabulary which views itself as a paramilitary army of occupation instead of tax-payer paid civil servants who should be peace officers instead of paid assassins.
It is scary. VERY scary.
With respect to military force, I have far more confidence in the National Guard - an organization of citizen-soldiers who are not a pack entitled union thugs with badges and guns.
Of such material as these criminals in blue will come the Brown-Shirts of the Statists.
She should be glad they didn’t shoot her. It won’t be long before shooting dogs won’t give the thrill it once did and they’ll have to go for bigger game. No, I’m not joking.
Cops should be prepared to behave appropriately and butchering somebody’s pet is not “appropriate”.
Remember - they are “professionals”. Just ask one, they’ll tell you. Ever hear of pepper spray? How about just LEAVING?
SO what,I see a family pet
Cops would rather use deadly force than a nonlethal alternative like pepper spray on a dog. You can even use an open umbrella to block a dog attack.
I agree. Too many weenies wetting their pants at the sight of a dog.
I’m sorry but I’ve been attacked by a dog, if you wait until he’s advancing it’s too late. If he bares his teeth (and/or growls) back up because he feels threatened, if he continues shoot.
Cops these day a PUSSIES
You poor thing.
How many cops bitten by dogs have died?
Dogs come with the territory and if you choose to be a cop deal with it.
I’d better keep a close watch on my pugs. They could be mistaken for vicious pit bulls.
Be prepared to handle things on your own. Don’t ever call the cops for anything.
Gimme a break. There's not a drop of "pit bull" blood in that dog.
Crying pit bull is just carte blanche to shoot dogs.
People need to realize that the distance from shooting "pit bulls" to shooting people is a lot less than they think.
First they shoot aggressive pit bulls, then..
just pit bulls, then..
any breed that acts "aggressive", then..
any breed that looks "aggressive", then..
any breed that might be potentially "aggressive", then..
any breed that happens to be in the vicinity, then..
They start the same slippery slope with people. Except they are already shooting people with very little justification beyond the fact that they can do it.
Remember the "War on Drugs" in the beginning? Only the bad guys were having their rights assaulted, or so you thought. Now you can be pulled over because you have an out of state tag, have your car and possessions, including money, confiscated simply because a man in a uniform decides you have too much cash in your possession. Which he discovered after searching your car, with no justification and without your permission. And your redress? A corrupt court system that is rotten to the core.
We have a monster, out of control, and it needs to be firmly challenged at every level and in every questionable instance. Compromise? That's hitting you 5 times with a billy club instead of the 10 he wanted to do.
My little guy is all of 17 pounds, but he does like to bark at strangers on the street. Once he knows who's a regular and who is not, he stops barking when he sees you on the street.
I have no doubt that the time will come when even the dachshund falls victim to the "I felt threatened for my safety" excuse by today's police.
Why were the cops called? A neighbor making a “nuisance dog” complaint maybe?
Why did the cops feel compelled to enter the family’s yard once the dog had returned? Why not Animal Control?
Did the cop(s) make some kind of gesture or movement the 1 year old dog felt threatened by?
Why didn’t the cops leave the yard or back away from the dog to see if its demeanor changed?
Was the presence of the cops enough for the dog to feel compelled to “protect” it’s territory and family?
Witness accounts state the dog made no threatening gestures...I’m sure this will be a tad different than the “official” police version of events.
Shooting a dog in front of a child for little reason other than the claim of “baring its teeth” is excessive in my opinion. Regardless of how little knowledge the officers may or not have about dogs.
I really tire of these kinds of stories because they clearly indicate an organization that has crossed the rubicon between rational and irrational. One that wields an immense of power, which is scary in its own right.
I couldn’t agree more with you, Zulu.
There’s a couple of doosh cops in Denver that have been brought up on animal cruelty charges for executing a defenseless dog.
Need more DA’s like that one.
BarbM, you’re wrong, wrong, wrong.
My policy also.
You can no longer rely on them to come down on the side of common sense.
Their default mode is total, instant, compliance.
One of them could be bleeding in the street and I wouldn’t lift a finger to help.