Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Blog Moved

This blog has been moved to http://copsshotmydog.tumblr.com/.


Chloe was staying with a relative of her guardian in Commerce City, Colorado when she got free and started barking at a neighbor's house.  The neighbor called 911 and when the police arrived, they restrained her with a catch pole.  Offcer Robert Price tased her, shot her five times, and killed her.

At least a neighbor caught the officers' treatment of Chloe on video.
There is a four minute standoff, where Chloe is backed into a corner.  At around 4:40, the officers snag her, she tries to run away, and she is immediately shot.

 The department seems to be taking the incident seriously.  Officer Price is on paid administrative leave and is going to be charged with felony cruelty to animals. Two other officers have been removed from patrol duty.

I'm not sure that I support the decision to pursue a criminal case.  The real problem seems like a lack of training.  I do think, however, that an officer who can't keep cool while approaching a companion animal probably doesn't belong out on patrol.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Comrade!

My friend Nathan just discovered that there is another blog out there keeping track of incidents where cops shoot dogs.  Hello Greg Karber of Dogs That Cops Killed.

Study: Half of Intentional Shootings by Police Involve Dogs

The author of a DOJ report on "The Problem of Dog Related Incidents and Encounters" called police shootings of dogs "very preventable" and says they "wouldn't happen if police knew just a little bit more about dogs."


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Two more dogs shot and killed for being aggressive

Police Forced to Shoot Aggressive Dog
Colorado Springs Police officers were forced to shoot an aggressive dog after responding to a disturbance call Sunday.

Grand Forks police officer shoots, kills pit bull; dog had reportedly bitten man on the arm

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Grand Forks Police Department says an officer shot and killed a pit bull dog over the weekend.

Doesn't seem to be any obvious misconduct in either case, but more evidence that protocol seems to be shoot-first in cases where non-human animals show any aggression.  Have to wonder if these dogs received enough care at home.

Birmingham police shoot and kill Buddy

Last Saturday night, Birmingham police officers shot and killed Buddy, a dog cared for by Terry Boyle.

Boyle, his neighbors, and the police can't seem to agree on any aspects of the story at all.  The police claim that they've responded to incidents involving Buddy at least twice in the last two years.  They say that the dog was aggressive, "off his owner's property, and on the attack" when they shot him.

However, folks from the neighborhood tell a different story.  They say that Buddy was on his porch and causing no problems.  When the police approached, Buddy ran away to the side of the house and was shot dead.

Boyle and the cops can't even agree on Buddy's breed.  The police, perhaps in order to make the dog sound intimidating, claim that he was a Rottweiler.  Boyle says he was probably a black lab-shepherd mix.

Boyle says that Buddy was his best friend and is demanding an explanation.  Police originally arrived at the house because of a complaint that Buddy was on the loose.

HT The Agitator

Monday, August 1, 2011

D-Bo, pit bull-mix, shot and killed by St. Petersburg, Florida police officer

Last Monday, Officer Jereme Hayes responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute and was greeted by D-Bo, an eight month old pit bull-Shar-Pei mix.  When D-Bo's caretaker, Tammy Kay Chabala, opened the door, she called for her door to restrain D-Bo, but he was let into the hallway and approached Officer Hayes.  According to Hayes, D-Bo snarled at him, bit him, and was attempting to bit him again when he shot the dog dead.  However, Chabala claims that D-Bo was friendly and wagging his tail when he was killed.

Officer Hayes takes care of two of his own pit bulls and has been trained in identifying aggressive dogs.  He is said to be a dog lover.