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  • Police encounters are often deadly for dogs

    07/14/2014 5:34:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-13-14 | Sue Manning
    LOS ANGELES -- The majority of shootings in most U.S. police departments involve animals, usually dogs, and experts say a new series of videos can help change often quick-trigger decisions fueled by fear. "There will be times when police need to defend themselves because they are being attacked by a dog and don't have a choice, but that is the minority of cases," said Brian Kilcommons, a Southbury, Conn., dog behaviorist and trainer. He is featured in the five-part series that teaches officers to detect the warning signs of an aggressive dog and how to avoid using lethal force. Efforts...
  • Cop Shoots Service Dog During Kid's Birthday Party

    02/11/2014 5:50:18 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 130 replies
    ©2012 Reason Foundation ^ | Feb. 11, 2014 2:03 pm | Zenon Evans
    On Saturday, a police officer in Filer, Idaho responded to a call about two dogs running around without leashes on a suburban street. Thirty-eight seconds after exiting his patrol car, Officer Tarek Hassani determined that one of the animals was too aggressive and fatally shot it in the front yard of its owner's house. A video ...shows the 7-year-old black labrador convulsing and whimpering before moving out of the dash cam's line of sight. The dog, named “Hooch,” belonged to Rick Clubb, who says he suffers from Parkinson's disease and that Hooch was his trained service animal. At the time...
  • Sad! Cop Shoots Dog During Child's Birthday Party

    02/12/2014 3:25:56 PM PST · by cycjec · 27 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | February 11, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Officer shoots dog The officer can be seen shooting the dog in this picture and in the video A man in Idaho with Parkinson’s disease had his service dog shot by an officer who felt the dog was too aggressive. It was as the man’s 9-year old son’s birthday party wound down. The officer came in response to a call that the dogs were on the loose. He shot the 7-year-old black labrador, named “Hooch,” at point-blank range when the dog menaced him. The dog’s owner Rick Clubb said the officer was much too trigger-happy. Adding insult to injury, Mr....
  • Puppycide A surprising number of dogs are shot by cops.

    11/04/2013 6:03:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | November 4, 2013 4:00 AM | By Charles C. W. Cooke
    On a Sunday afternoon in October of this year, Gabrielle Stropkai’s dog was shot by a police officer investigating a burglary nearby. The dog “was walking by and went ‘ruff ruff’ — just a couple of little ruffs,” a neighbor of the Stropkais’ told local television in Boise, Idado. But “she didn’t jump at him or anything.” In response, the owner remembers, the officer “pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head.” The dog died instantly. The Stropkais are not alone in their grief. A Google search for “dog shot by...
  • Puppy seized from family in UK and destroyed

    10/27/2012 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Altariel · 72 replies
    Today marks the birthday of a puppy named "Fudge." The guest of honor would be two years of age today, but her life was ended before she even reached her first birthday. Back on March 22, 2011, Fudge, who was just five months of age, was seized from her family in Liverpool because she was considered to a "dangerous dog" based upon nothing more than her looks. Within one hour of being seized from her family, the beautiful puppy with the silky, soft fur and the captivating eyes, was dead. Even though the young puppy had never hurt anyone or...
  • Enid Woman Wants Justice After Police Shoot, Kill Family Dog

    07/04/2013 6:02:23 AM PDT · by Altariel · 20 replies
    News9.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | Lisa Monahan
    ENID, Oklahoma - A family pet was shot to death by a police officer and the pet's owner is claiming that the officer was too quick to pull the trigger. Now her dog is gone and she is demanding justice. North Enid Police were called to Stacey Long's neighborhood for reports of a dog at large. Long said when police arrived they shot and killed her dog in her own front yard. "It was our baby, family member … we loved that dog," said Long. Long buried her dog but not her anger over his death. "For no reason to...
  • Concord: Owners of cocker spaniel shot by police seek apology

    06/26/2013 1:57:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 87 replies
    CONCORD -- Two Concord roommates are seeking an explanation as to why a police officer shot their aging cocker spaniel during a neighborhood search for a suspicious person last week. Zach Grimm and Dave Biller say Kirby, a 13-year-old cocker spaniel, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder after barking at an officer in the backyard of their home in the 2000 block of Weaver Court on June 17. But a week after the incident, the two say they have received no explanation from police about why officers were in their yard. Worse, they said, they have not...
  • Carteret deputy tases tied dog

    06/21/2013 7:03:06 PM PDT · by Altariel · 195 replies
    Independent Register ^ | June 21, 2013 | William Toler
    When Rebecka Brown returned home June 5, she noticed a business card stuck in her door. That card was from Det. Joey Cooper, a deputy with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.“Naturally I called the number immediately to find out why an officer had been here,” she wrote on a Facebook page.Det. Cooper told her he was there to serve a warrant to her husband for failure to appear in court in relation to a ticket he had received while hunting. She also found out something horrifying.“He then told me he had to tase my dog.”When she asked why, Brown says...
  • Leander police officer shoots dog at wrong house

    06/19/2013 8:28:12 AM PDT · by Altariel · 58 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | June 18, 2013 | Esther Robards-Forbes
    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’...
  • Police shoot support dog; neighbors say they didn’t need to do it

    05/16/2013 6:02:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 44 replies
    KDVR.com ^ | May 6, 2013 | Boris Sanchez
    DACONO, Colo. — A Dacono family is demanding answers from police, after their support dog was shot when he got loose and ran toward a neighbor’s yard Sunday night. Mongo, a 3-year-old pit bull puppy, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest, as his owner, James Vester, is hoping for an apology from Dacono Police. “I didn’t think I would see that again. You see it in Iraq — and then you see your best friend here get shot,” said Vester, a Marine Corp. sniper, who says he got Mongo, a certified emotional support dog, to alleviate stress...
  • Protecting Your Dog Do you include your dog in your home-defense plan?

    01/17/2013 8:52:54 PM PST · by Altariel · 63 replies
    Shooting Illustrated ^ | January 8, 2013 | Sheriff Jim Wilson
    Protecting Your Dog Do you include your dog in your home-defense plan? by Sheriff Jim Wilson January 08, 2013 From time to time we see reports of police shooting a dog in the course of responding to a call for assistance or while executing a warrant for search or arrest. Without a doubt, some of these incidents may be the result of poor training or the lack of proper planning on the part of law enforcement. However, that is of little comfort to the citizen when his family pet has been destroyed. With some thought, planning, and training, this kind...
  • Family Pet Shot in Lafayette Backyard by Police on House Alarm Call

    01/08/2013 12:25:48 PM PST · by Altariel · 75 replies
    99.9 KTDY ^ | January 7, 2013 | Debbie Ray
    A Lafayette family’s 15 year old pet dog was shot inside their fenced backyard today by Lafayette Police. Officers were dispatched when the Sonnier family’s house alarm was set off because a door was not properly closed when they left the house this morning. According to the Sonniers, when the alarm went off, the monitoring company called the contact list, including Michelle Sonnier, a nurse practitioner who was with a patient at the time. Her husband Matt was also unable to answer, so they called Michelle’s mother, next on the list. She then called Matt – he was able to...
  • Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

    01/08/2013 12:22:55 PM PST · by Altariel · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2013 | By GARY S. BECKER and KEVIN M. MURPHY
    President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs" in 1971. The expectation then was that drug trafficking in the United States could be greatly reduced in a short time through federal policing—and yet the war on drugs continues to this day. The cost has been large in terms of lives, money and the well-being of many Americans, especially the poor and less educated. By most accounts, the gains from the war have been modest at best. The direct monetary cost to American taxpayers of the war on drugs includes spending on police, the court personnel used to try drug users...
  • Commerce City Police Officer Charged With Animal Cruelty For Killing Dog

    12/29/2012 5:50:22 PM PST · by Ken H · 27 replies
    CBS4 Denver ^ | December 20, 2012 | n/a
    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4)- The Commerce City Police officer who shot and killed a family dog last month has been charged with animal cruelty. The shooting happened Nov. 24 when officers received a call of a dog running unattended in the neighborhood. When officers tried to catch the dog, Chloe, they had trouble. They used a taser and tried a neck harness. Police Officer Robert Price then fired five shots, killing Chloe. The incident was caught on video.
  • Lawsuit says police didn't need to shoot, kill Rosie (Cops: "Let's just go shoot him")

    11/28/2012 11:51:03 AM PST · by Arthurio · 74 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-27 | Mike Carter
    To Deirdre and Charles Wright, their 4-year-old Newfoundland named Rosie was a member of the family — a big, hairy, doe-eyed friend and companion who "aided in their enjoyment of life, well-being, personal development and daily activities." To the trio of Des Moines police officers who confronted the barking bear-of-a-dog in the driveway of the Wrights' home two years ago, she was something else entirely. "He doesn't want me to get very close," one of the officers is heard saying on an audio recording from a patrol cruiser's dashboard camera, the deep bark of the dog in the background. -snip-...
  • [Channel] 2 Investigates: Nearly 100 dogs shot by metro police since 2010 [Atlanta]

    10/30/2012 9:57:38 PM PDT · by Altariel · 22 replies
    WSBTV (Atlanta) ^ | October 30, 2012 | Erin Coleman
    ATLANTA — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found nearly 100 cases of local officers shooting dogs within the past two years. The investigation looked into the heartbreaking circumstances when a police officer kills a family pet -- probably one of the most difficult scenarios for a pet owner and for police. Nearly two years after Basil was shot and killed in an empty lot by Fulton County Marshals, Elizabeth and Carey Cullifer said they still feel every bit of the pain. "She was a really kind and gentle dog," said Elizabeth Cullifer. She left their 45-pound dog outside alone...
  • VIDEO UPDATE EXCLUSIVE: Dog Shot By Omaha Police Officer

    10/30/2012 9:10:46 PM PDT · by Altariel · 20 replies
    WOWT (Channel 6 News) ^ | October 29, 2012 | Mike McKnight
    An Omaha police officer shot and killed a dog on a public sidewalk. The officer’s report claims the shooting was justified; however, the owners call the incident an execution of a friendly, family pet. Mike McKnight obtained surveillance video of the incident for a Fact Finders exclusive. On October 7th, after midnight, police blocked a street in the area of 35th and Vinton to look for an armed suspect. They say Chris Schulte, who lives in the area, ignored orders to stop and walked the family dog toward the search area. He was arrested and his dog, Teela, shot. Chris...
  • Pit bull owners: San Antonio police officer at wrong house shoots family dog

    10/17/2012 12:29:30 PM PDT · by Altariel · 30 replies
    KSAT ^ | October 15, 2012 | Jessie Degollado
    A local couple says a San Antonio police officer who shot their dog in the jaw early Sunday morning was at the wrong house. Albert Morales said his brother, Hector Serna, woke him up before dawn after hearing the gunshot and then pounding on his window. “I thought someone was trying to break in,” Serna said, since the officer never identified himself. Serna and Morales said they went outside and the officer approached them saying there had been a 911 call about a deceased woman. Morales then said the officer told him he was responding to the call from another...
  • Officer and family have differing stories over shot dog

    10/14/2012 9:03:24 PM PDT · by Altariel · 23 replies
    WMC-TV ^ | October 11, 2012 | WMC-TV Staff
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - A Memphis family is irate after a police officer shot their dog Thursday. But the police department says the officer was trying to protect a child. Quawan Branch, 9, described the attack by Memphis Police on his 1-year-old Labrador, named Pepper. "The police officer, he just came up and started shooting at my dog," he said. According to the Memphis Police Department, an officer was flagged down on Spottswood Ave. regarding a loose dog trying to attack a child. "I didn't see anyone flag him down. They must have done it a street over or...
  • Distraught over dog's shooting by Fort Worth police officers

    05/28/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Dysart · 136 replies
    Startegram ^ | 5-28-12 | Barry Shlachter and Anna M. Tinsley
    Twenty-four hours after a police officer shot Lily, a 5-year-old Border Collie-English Setter mix, its owners still don't understand why the police officer was on their property and why he used lethal force. ... had just returned from a shopping trip and their two dogs had slipped into their truck, then into the garage, before re-emerging when an officer walked up the driveway... Asked by the officer to control his two dogs, Mark Boling urged him not to advance, but he did. "My dogs don't bite, They're not going to hurt you," Boling, 52, an electronics technician with a defense...
  • Buffalo Woman Says Police Raided Wrong House, Killed Her Dog

    09/04/2012 11:12:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 128 replies
    WKBW (Buffalo) ^ | August 30, 2012 | John Borsa
    BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When Rita Hairston's husband died five years ago, she adopted a dog to keep her company and help her through an emotional time. Prada was 5-years-old at the time. The black Labrador Retriever became more than a pet, but a part of Hairston's family. A companion. Last Saturday morning, she returned to her E. Morris Ave. house in University Heights in Buffalo and discovered her home had been broken into and Prada was missing. There was a puddle of blood on the floor and bullet holes in the door of a bedroom where Prada slept. But...
  • Sheriff defends deputy who responded to wrong house, killed tethered dog

    09/04/2012 11:23:27 AM PDT · by Altariel · 45 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 30, 2012 | Terese Seaberg
    The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it would not be pursuing disciplinary action against a deputy who fatally shot a tethered dog earlier this week.Richard Woodruff was inside his Spartanburg, S.C. home Monday morning when he heard barking followed by a gunshot. The man rushed outside to check on his 8-year-old shepherd mix, Diamond, who had been playing out front while tethered to the porch railing."I ran outside and I see this guy standing over my dog holding a gun," Woodruff told Channel 7 news. "'I said, 'Why did you shoot my dog?' And his response to me...
  • Police shoot, kill dog while chasing suspect

    09/04/2012 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Altariel · 47 replies
    KDVR (Denver) ^ | August 28, 2012 | Tammy Vigil
    THORNTON, Colo. — A Thornton police officer shoots and kills a family’s dog he claims threatened him Sunday. But the dog’s family and neighbors dispute that. They say the American bulldog-mix never even left their front yard. Police were in the neighborhood chasing after a man wanted on a misdemeanor drug charge. The man, Phillip Armstrong-Bowen, was already under arrest when the officer shot the animal. “He was on my screen saver,” says Vivian Girone, of 8-year-old Scar. Girone like any proud grandma shows off photos of the dog–in the car, snuggling with dad and out-cold on the couch. “He...
  • Woman wants answers after sheriff's deputy shot, killed her dog

    08/05/2012 6:25:11 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 106 replies
    http://www.koco.com ^ | 8:00 AM CDT Aug 03, 2012 | KOCO.com
    CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. A Cleveland County woman says she called a sheriff's deputy for help, but when he arrived at her home, he shot and killed her dog without provocation.
  • Morgan County Sheriff Responds Strongly to Complaints About Dog Shot

    07/27/2012 9:25:56 AM PDT · by Altariel · 37 replies
    WHNT ^ | July 23, 2012 | Claire Aiello and Carson Clark
    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A dog was killed recently as the Morgan County Drug Task Force served a search warrant. Now, the Sheriff’s Office is fielding complaints about the animal’s death. The dog was shot while the Morgan County Drug Task Force was conducting a search for illegal sales/possession of narcotics and marijuana at the Cedar Key Apartments in Decatur. Four people were arrested. Photo of Aubie, the dog that was shot (Photo: Justice for Aubie, a Facebook page) Someone has set up a Facebook page called ‘Justice for Aubie’, the golden retriever who was shot.  Be warned, the Facebook...
  • Cops Shoot Dog During Foot Chase

    07/07/2012 8:30:16 AM PDT · by chrisinoc · 54 replies
    reason.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Ed Krayewski
    Police officers in Lake Charles, Louisiana shot and killed a family dog named Monkey while chasing a suspect, according to an online petition calling for the police department to fully investigate the incident.
  • Claiborne Deputy shoots and kills dog

    06/18/2012 11:34:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 56 replies
    KTBS (Louisiana) ^ | June 14, 2012 | Chris Redford
    Michaela McCowen says she was sitting inside her house Thursday morning when she heard two gunshots in the yard. When she ran outside, she saw her dog lying in a pool of blood. "She's on the ground and she's been shot and she's bleeding," said McCowen while standing outside her home in Athens, LA. McCowen's 6-year old Golden Retriever, Tera, later died. She was shot twice by a Claiborne sheriff's detective. "He saw the dog coming at him full speed, and showing his teeth. He told me he thought he was fixing to bite him," said Claiborne Sheriff Ken Bailey....
  • Reprimand in dog shooting (for not turning on microphones, not for killing apartment complex canine)

    06/05/2012 12:40:21 PM PDT · by Altariel · 5 replies
    Decatur Daily ^ | June 5, 2012 | Seth Burkett
    Decatur’s police chief said allegations of wrongdoing against two officers who fired as many as 13 shots during the Jan. 1 shooting and killing of a dog at Danville Park Apartments were “not sustained,” but the officers violated department policy by not activating their microphones. “I don’t believe the department has sufficient evidence to charge the officers internally. That stops short of exonerating them,” Chief Ed Taylor said Monday. Some residents of the apartment complex complained that the shooting, which sent at least one bullet through an apartment door, was unnecessary and put residents in danger. “I think this is...
  • Reprimand in dog shooting (for not turning on microphones, not for killing apartment complex canine)

    06/05/2012 12:40:01 PM PDT · by Altariel · 5 replies
    Decatur Daily ^ | June 5, 2012 | Seth Burkett
    Decatur’s police chief said allegations of wrongdoing against two officers who fired as many as 13 shots during the Jan. 1 shooting and killing of a dog at Danville Park Apartments were “not sustained,” but the officers violated department policy by not activating their microphones. “I don’t believe the department has sufficient evidence to charge the officers internally. That stops short of exonerating them,” Chief Ed Taylor said Monday. Some residents of the apartment complex complained that the shooting, which sent at least one bullet through an apartment door, was unnecessary and put residents in danger. “I think this is...
  • Florence family accuses police chief of shooting 2 dogs

    06/05/2012 12:32:32 PM PDT · by Altariel · 46 replies
    KVUE ^ | June 2, 2012 | ASHLEY GOUDEAU
    FLORENCE, Texas -- The Vybiral family are dog lovers; considering their four-legged companions members of their family. It started with Sassy, a six year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Now this family is mourning, Sassy is dead. "She's crying, she's hysterical. 'There's blood mom. She's shooting guns.'" Louise Vybiral describes the phone call she received from her daughter Caren Friday afternoon. Caren says she was watching a movie with her two year old daughter Lilly when gunshots rang out. She thought they were coming from across the street. "Thought maybe Chevron was being robbed or something. I didn't have any idea what...
  • War on Chelsea (Another dog-related controversy...)

    04/23/2012 4:58:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/23/12 | MICHAEL STARR
    Chelsea Clinton has a problem. The former first daughter’s new job as a correspondent for NBC News has gotten off to a rocky start — and, after just two on-air pieces (thus far) for “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and the “NBC Nightly News,” she has become the target of withering criticism from inside the TV world. And it’s only getting worse. A piece headlined “Chelsea Clinton, TV’s Dork Diva, Struggles at NBC” that appeared last week on the media site buzzfeed.com has renewed questions about her qualifications for the job — and NBC’s motives for hiring her.
  • Public outrage builds over police officer who fatally shot dog (Austin, Texas)

    04/17/2012 8:27:51 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 108 replies
    KVUE.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | SHELTON GREEN
    AUSTIN – The fatal shooting of a pet dog by an Austin Police Department officer over the weekend is sparking outrage near and far. As of Monday evening, close to 22,000 people had hit the "Like" button on a Facebook page called “Justice for Cisco,” the name of Austinite Michael Paxton's dog, which was killed by an officer.
  • Police Shoot and Kill Elderly Man's Dog (another German Shepherd)

    01/26/2012 6:30:56 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 56 replies
    examiner.com ^ | January 26, 2012 | Penny Eims
    Dover, TN - It has happened again - a companion dog has been shot and killed by the police. In this case, the dog's name was Girl - she was a German shepherd who was a constant companion to 73 yr-old Blanks "Buddy" Phippen. Back on January 21, Buddy and Girl were sitting in their front yard when a car crashed into a nearby utility pole. From this point on, details become a bit muddy.
  • Police Go to Wrong House, Kill Family's German Shepherd

    01/18/2012 8:16:34 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 182 replies
    German Shepherd Examiner ^ | January 18th, 2012 | Penny Eims
    DeKalb County, GA - On Tuesday night, a DeKalb County police officer went to a family's home on Silva Court in response to a domestic dispute call. When the officer went into the family's garage, he encountered a German shepherd who was on a chain. Upon seeing a stranger approach, the German shepherd lunged - the officer's response was to shoot and kill the dog. Tragically, after the damage was done, it was discovered that the responding police officer had actually gone to the wrong house. Right now, the officer is not facing any charges - there will be an...
  • Shooting of dogs disputed

    01/09/2012 11:39:35 AM PST · by Altariel · 26 replies
    Decatur Daily ^ | January 7, 2012 | Seth Burkett
    Some residents at Danville Park Apartments are outraged over police firing at two dogs on the walkway outside their front doors. The residents said the shooting killed one animal, injured another and put the tenants in danger of gunfire that left bullet holes in doors, walls and a wooden deck around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Witness accounts of the shootings contradict the reports of officers and a supervising sergeant. The shootings by officers Demetrius Hightower and Jarrod Birchfield are being reviewed by Decatur Police’s office of professional standards, police spokesman Lt. John Crouch said. Danville Park resident Steven...
  • Wake deputy kills dog while searching for runaway teen (another 'isolated incident')

    12/30/2011 8:26:28 AM PST · by bamahead · 97 replies · 15+ views
    WRAL (Raleigh-Durham) ^ | December 29, 2011 | Beau Minnick
    A Wake County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a couple’s 3-year-old dog Wednesday night while searching for a runaway teenager. John and Linda Super say two deputies came to their home on King Circle, looking for a 15-year-old neighbor who had run away and had often spent time with them. One of the couple’s dogs, Elvis, forced his way out the front door and ran outside as the couple talked to the deputies, they said. One of the deputies shot Elvis twice, including once in the back of the head, killing him, according to the Supers. “All we’ve got is...
  • Gulfport officer shoots pit bull during search

    12/20/2011 9:51:28 AM PST · by Altariel · 39 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | December 15, 2011 | ROBIN FITZGERALD
    GULFPORT -- Spook was chained in his front yard on 20th Street when police officers with a search warrant went to the house and one of them shot the 3-year-old pit bull, witnesses said. **** She said Spook was a gentle inside dog but was outside on a chain while relatives were outside. Clark was inside when she heard the commotion. “If the officer felt threatened by my dog, he had time to back off. I kept hearing my child saying over and over, ‘Please don’t shoot my dog,’” Clark said. “My dog was my best friend,” she said. Clark’s...
  • Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground

    11/20/2011 5:50:57 PM PST · by bamahead · 90 replies
    WHO-TV (NBC) Des Moines, Iowa ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Matthew Spaulding says he and his family were terrorized at their own home by police who slammed his grandmother to the ground and shot his dogs-- missing his head by less than an inch. "Told us to get on the ground. I got on the ground they put me in handcuffs," Spaulding recalls, "Then they threw my dad to the ground and my dog Sadie was right here sniffing my head. She was next to me. They shot her. The blood got on my face and then she took off running behind me and they shot her like three more...
  • San Mateo Cops Kill Dogs in Park; Family Outraged

    09/28/2011 12:25:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | Henry K. Lee
    A San Mateo family expressed outrage Tuesday that police shot and killed their two dogs after they escaped and started barking at children in a park. Police countered that the animals were vicious and one of them hadn't even been slowed after being jolted with a Taser stun gun. Carla Torres, 38, said her two boxers, a female named Bella and a male named Jordan, may have been loose and loud at Laurie Meadows Park on Monday, but that there was no reason for officers to shoot them. "I wish the police would have waited for animal control," Torres said....
  • Family dog shot by U.S. Marshal

    09/19/2011 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Immerito · 41 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 16, 2011 | Penny Eims , Dog News Examiner
    Providence, RI - Rhode Island State Police say that the shooting death of a woman's Pit bull, "Champ" was an "unfortunate accident". Accident or not, a beloved family companion is dead. The tragedy happened on Wednesday morning when a fugitive task force was stationed outside of a home in Providence. Though the task force was waiting for a fugitive to emerge, they were instead greeted by two dogs who had been let out for a potty break. Moments after the dogs were let outside, shots were fired. The officer who fired the three shots told the dog's owner that the...
  • Slain Pa. officer had pointed stun gun at 2 dogs

    08/12/2011 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 261 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2011
    FREEMANSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a police officer slain while responding to a domestic disturbance in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough had pointed a stun gun at two dogs before being shot. The Morning Call of Allentown reports Freemansburg police Officer Robert Lasso had pointed at the attacking dogs when the homeowner pulled out a shotgun and fired the fatal blast Thursday evening.
  • Owners Angry After Cops Shoot Dog in Backyard

    09/09/2011 11:13:55 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 317 replies · 1+ views
    -snip- But Samuelson's neighbor, Fernando Perez, said he told the cops several times that Ozzy was roaming in the back. When the security alarm system at the home went off, Samuelson called Perez to check it out while she made the 20-minute drive to her house, he said. Perez said he knew not to go into the backyard because of the dog and when officers arrived, he warned them. "'Be careful. It’s a big dog,' I told them. They told me to go back to my house," said Perez, who repeated the warning several more times. "Before I get to my driveway, I...
  • D.C. officer accused of shooting woman's pet dog

    09/05/2011 7:52:36 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 52 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | 4 Sept 2011 | A.N.Onymous
    Wearing a plastic protector around his face, 'Blue,' a three year male pit bull, has been shot and wounded in the shoulder and hip. "This is wrong. This is animal cruelty, this is excessive", says his owner Tiffany Reynolds. Reynolds, and her angry and concerned neighbors, say the gunfire came from an MPD officer's service weapon. "It was like pop pop pop pop," recalls neighbor Sheila Love. "We heard five shots," says Kathy Washington, who also lives nearby. "We actually jumped up and ran in the house, because in the beginning we didn't know what was going on," she adds....
  • Chicago police must pay 330k for killing dog in home raid

    08/19/2011 8:10:23 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 63 replies
    The Lookout ^ | 08192011 | LIz Goodwin
    A federal jury says Chicago law enforcement must pay $330,000 to a family after officers shot their dog during a home raid that turned up no illegal activity. Thomas Russell, then 18, opened the door to his home in February 2009 to find police officers with their guns drawn. He asked if he could lock up his 9-year-old black labrador, named Lady, before letting the officers inside. The Chicago Tribune describes what happened next: Police refused the request and came into the house, the lawsuit said. When Lady came loping around the corner with her tail wagging, Officer Richard Antonsen...
  • (UK) Every new pet dog must have a £35 microchip--putting all eight million pets on massive database

    04/23/2011 7:35:09 PM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 24th April 2011 | By James Millbank
    Every new pet dog will be microchipped under sweeping Government regulations to combat dangerous animals. Each puppy born and dog sold will have an electronic chip implanted under the skin. Details will then be placed on a national database accessible by police and the RSPCA. A confidential Whitehall document obtained by The Mail on Sunday says: ‘The compulsory microchipping of dogs on change of ownership would affect anyone breeding dogs for sale or gifting to another person or persons. This would apply to anyone breeding dogs, whether they are a breeder or a private person whose bitch has a litter,...
  • Authorities shoot dog during probation search in Boulder Creek

    04/17/2011 7:08:21 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 79 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 04/14/2011 | Stephen Baxter
    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...
  • Sheriff's deputy resigns after shooting pet dog (a Chihuahua)

    04/02/2011 1:29:10 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 54 replies
    KFVS ^ | 04/01/2011 | KFVS
    BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Bollinger County deputy resigned after an incident at a domestic violence call goes awry. Sheriff Leo McElrath says Deputy Kelly Barks arrested the man at the scene, and then got his permission to search the residence. When Barks went inside, she saw the man's three dogs growling at her. She thought one of them bit her, shot him, and went outside. After realizing she was fine, she went back into the residence where McElrath says the dog was still acting aggressive, so she shot him again. But the aggressive dog, probably isn't what you...
  • Police Officer Shoots Dog on School Campus

    03/09/2011 7:45:20 AM PST · by Immerito · 102 replies
    Fox Charlotte ^ | March 3, 2011 | Fox Charlotte
    MONROE, N.C.--Concern in Monroe after an officer shot and killed a dog in front of high school students. One of those kids emailed us saying the officer acted inappropriately. Police say a German Shepherd was chasing a student at Central Academy of Technology and Arts. Investigators say the dog was acting aggressive and charged when the officer approached so she shot the animal.
  • Phoenix Cop Fatally Shoots Domestic-Violence Suspect -- and His Dog -- For No Apparent Reason

    02/08/2011 8:18:39 PM PST · by Immerito · 77 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | October 06, 2010 | James King
    Yesterday, we told you about an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix. Details were limited, so we said to check back later. We got the details and they're pretty nuts. According to court documents obtained by New Times, Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after fatally shooting 29-year-old Daniel Rodriquez. Rodriquez's mother called police about noon yesterday to report that she and her son had gotten into an argument and that Rodriquez was breaking things in her trailer home near Baseline Road and Central Avenue. Officer Chrisman and another officer found Rodriquez's mother...
  • Dogs in a Deadly Crossfire

    01/23/2011 7:41:15 PM PST · by Immerito · 66 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 17, 2009 | Radley Balko
    Confronted by the family pet, police often shoot first and ask questions later, reports Radley Balko. Among hundreds of recent victims: Labradors, Wheaten terriers, and a five-pound Chihuahua. Beginning next year, police departments in Maryland will be required to report to the governor's office every time they kill a dog during a drug raid. That requirement is part of a new law pushed by Cheye Calvo, the mayor of the small town of Berwyn Heights. Calvo proposed the legislation because police officers conducted a particularly violent raid last summer on his home in Prince George's County after intercepting a package...