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Urge Colorado to Control the Number of Dogs Shot By Police - ForceChange
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Bettina - 14 hours ago -

Lawmakers in Colorado are campaigning for a bill that could potentially cut down the number of dogs that are shot by police in the state.

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Colorado Proposes Bill to Cut Down on Number of Dogs Shot By Police Officers - National Dogs | Examiner.Com
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Dianne Ly - 12 hours ago -

Two lawmakers in Colorado are pushing for a bill which might help cut down on the number of dogs who are shot by authorities in the state.

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Over the weekend, NYPD officers shot and killed a man in Midtown. Today, they did the same thing to a dog near Union Square.

While we’ve been on the topic of Eddie Huang, we just received a call from the Baohaus owner about the peculiar gunshot he and his staff just heard outside of his East Village restaurant on 14th Street. UPDATED (see below).

Huang just explained to The Observer by phone:

We heard the gunshot, and we all ducked, and saw people running and screaming. All of the sudden, our chef, Mitch, ran toward the gunshot. He was like Yo, it’s that dog in front of KFC—because there’s always this dog in front of KFC—and by the time I get there, I can see the dog whipping around and convulsing.

Everyone around was like: Put the dog out of its misery. The cops left this dog wiggling and flaying, blood coming out of its mouth. They shot it in front of a public bus.

Another one of our employees was 10 feet away from it, and he said what happened was: The cops tried to mace the dog, when they tried to mace it, the dog lunged at [the cop]. And this is the same homeless guy we see outside of KFC every day. He never bothers anybody. Today, the guy was passed out. Other people were saying he OD’d or whatever, but he was alive, he was just in a hole [passed out].

What we heard was: The dog was barking at people outside of KFC, and people called the police. Then the dog lunged, and another cop shot it.

You can see in the photo, the trail of blood. The dog traveled. People were really really vocal, harassing the cops to put the dog down, and they wouldn’t do it. The whole thing just seemed really, really unnecessary. I don’t know what the protocol is for this, I know they have to keep the peace, but it really seemed like an abuse of power, an unnecessary one, and not doing it the right way. They really should’ve put that dog out of its misery. We’ve all seen Old Yeller. We all know the right way to do this.

We see this dog outside of KFC every day. It’s usually a nice dog. [The dog and its owner] don’t bother anyone. Everyone in this restaurant [Baohaus] knows this. If it was a cop from the neighborhood, they would know that guy. He’s there every day.

Again, this is the second shooting in broad daylight, in a highly-trafficked pedestrian thoroughfare of Manhattan in less than three days.

UPDATE: Apparently, the dog lived. Which is not, for the record, how Old Yeller ends.

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2-up-dates that say Star is alive and the homeless man is ok
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EAST VILLAGE — A pit bull shot by a police officer in a wild scene on East 14th Street Monday is alive and in a stable condition, officials said.

The female pit bull, named "Star," was shot near Second Avenue Monday about 4:16 p.m. after it charged at a cop approaching its owner, who was passed out on the sidewalk, police and a local social worker said.

Police said the dog died after the officer shot it a single time, but officials with Animal Care & Control of NYC confirmed Tuesday that the dog is alive and in the care of the organization.

"The dog is being provided medical care by Animal Care & Control of NYC and is in a stable condition at this time," said Richard Gentles, a press representative for ACC, which contracts with the city to rescue and care for homeless and abandoned pets.

The police officer had attempted to wake the dog's owner, who was asleep on the sidewalk at the corner outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken eatery, when the animal lunged at the officer, a police source said.

The man, who the source said was mentally ill, and the officer were both transported to local hospitals following the incident, an FDNY spokesman said. The officer suffered from ringing in his ears, an NYPD spokesman said.

Neighboring businesses, friends and residents who showed up at the scene said the young man had come to the U.S. from Poland, and that he and his dog frequented the busy corner.

Friends said that the man was 29 years old, suffered from epilepsy and had frequent seizures.

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Adams County Deputy Who Fatally Shot Dog Killed Man Last Year, Was Cleared - Denver Animal News | Examiner.Com

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Dianne Ly - 1 hour ago -

A Denver television station reported this evening that the Adams County sheriff's deputy who killed a dog Monday night also killed a 40-year-old man in an incident last year

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OMG I have been searching for stayistics for 2012 and find an article today that in 2013 alone 18 have been shot and is only 1/16/13!!

Police Bring 2013 in With a Bang By Killing 18 Pets to Date and It Is Illegal - Kansas City Animal Advocacy | Examiner.Com

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Dianne Ly - 2 minutes ago -

AMERICA-More dogs have been shot and killed (18 known) by police than there are days in this New Year. Police are bringing the New Year in with a bang, and the public has had enough.

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Good Thread and detailed well Dianne :0:0 Signed the petition and may All the Babies R.I. P. Condolences to the families ...

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This is such an outrage. I'll bet the police have a policy of killing any dog they see when called out to a residence. It is inexcusable, cruel, and tyrannical. The Airedale in the picture above just breaks my heart, this dog looks so much like my Airedale.

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RIP To all of the above

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Below, HuffPost has assembled a slideshow of cop-shoots-dog incidents from the last several years, as well as the results of our efforts to see if the police departments involved provide training in the handling of dogs.


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Last week, Austin, Texas, Police Chief Art Acevedo publicly apologized to Michael Paxton over the death of his dog Cisco. Paxton was playing fetch with the Australian cattle dog in his backyard when a police officer pulled into the driveway in response to a 911 call. The officer had the wrong house. When Paxton left the yard to get something from his truck, he said the officer confronted him. Cisco ran around from the back, toward the officer. The officer simultaneously ordered Paxton to put his hands in the air and to restrain his dog. The officer then shot the dog.

Cisco's death made national news. Paxton's Facebook page detailing the killing and calling for a reprimand of the officer, has generated more than 100,000 "likes." But Paxton isn't the first dog owner whose pet has been shot to death by police. A search of news articles from the past year shows more than 100 separate incidents.

There are no national records of dogs shot by cops. There isn't even good national data on the number of people shot by police. As a result, there's no way to tell if pet killings by police are increasing in frequency. The increased attention may be due to awareness or to news outlets more likely to report them. Pet owners also can publicize the incidents through social media. And with public surveillance, cell phone cameras, and security cameras, there is more likely to be video of a shooting. Sites that include "Dogs That Cops Killed" and the Facebook group "Dogs Shot by Police" track new incidents and allow grieving owners to share stories. The activism site also now includes calls for action in similar cases, with petitions like "Justice for Big Boy," and "Justice for Bud."

When police officers shoot dogs, departments usually deem the shooting justified if the officer felt threatened by the animal. But an officer's perception doesn't always mean the animal actually was a threat. In recent years, police officers have shot and killed chihuahuas, miniature dachshunds, Wheaton terriers, and Jack Russell terriers. Last month, a California police officer shot and killed a boxer puppy and pregnant chihuahua, claiming the boxer had threatened him. The chihuahua, he said, got caught in the crossfire. When a San Bernardino, Calif., woman called police to report a burglary in progress behind her house last month, they responded, jumped her fence to confront the burglars, then shot her dalmatian mix, Julio. He survived. Police officers have also recently shot dogs that were chained, tied, or leashed -- obviously posing no real threat to officers who killed them.

Given how often police officers encounter pets, one would think training for handling dogs would be common. An officer untrained in recognizing a dog's body language, for example, could easily mistake a bounding dog from a charging one, a nervous dog from an angry one, or an aggressive dog from one that's merely territorial. Groups like the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offer free training to police departments, but both organizations said few departments take them up on the offer. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle are among departments that don't provide regular training to officers on how to respond to dogs.

Contrast that to the U.S. Postal Service, another government organization whose employees regularly come into contact with pets. A Postal Service spokesman said in a 2009 interview that serious dog attacks on mail carriers are extremely rare. That's likely because postal workers are annually shown a two-hour video and given further training on "how to distract dogs with toys, subdue them with voice commands, or, at worst, incapacitate them with Mace."

In drug raids, killing any dog in the house has become almost perfunctory. In this video of a 2008 drug raid in Columbia, Mo., you can see police kill two dogs, including one as it retreats. Despite police assurance that the dogs were menacing, the video depicts the officers discussing who will kill the dogs before they even arrive at the house. During a raid in Durham, N.C., last year, police shot and killed a black Lab they claimed "appeared to growl and make aggressive moves." But in video of the raid taken by a local news station, the dog appears to make no such gestures.

Many criminals -- particularly drug dealers -- protect themselves

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Read first: No comments that over-generalize, use derogatory names, threaten or wish harm to law enforcement. Our goal is to advocate and collaborate for change.

Dogs shot by police & other law enforcement officials
To eliminate unjustified shootings of dogs by police & other law enforcement officers and animal control officers
This is a page to enable those whose dogs have been shot by police or other law enforcement officers to
■remember and memorialize their dogs,
■enable others to follow the progress of legal cases resulting from these shootings,
■combine resources to oppose unnecessary shootings of dogs,
■support legislation and changes in the law to reduce these shootings and
■share ideas about how to minimize police shootings of dogs.
General Information

The first dog I remember being shot by a law enforcement official was a young golden Cocker Spaniel. She loved to run to Whiteface Elementary and High School each morning to greet the kids arriving at school. I remember seeing her running as I arrived on the bus, as hard as she could, ears flapping behind her, with that Cocker-Spaniel dance in her steps, delighted to greet all 200 of us from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

I heard once that the local sheriff had threatened her owner that if the dog kept coming to the school, he would shoot her. One day he did, under the window while we were in chemistry class. We heard the shots and then her cries and then more shots and then silence. That was in Whiteface Texas, 1971. I don't know her name or the name of the sheriff. The profile photo is in her memory.

This group is not a place for slurs against police officers or law enforcement officials. The goal is to enlist them as allies in reducing these shootings.

This group does not in any way minimize the terrible problem of police and law enforcement officials unjustifiably killing human beings. It is likely that the quickness of some police and law enforcement officers to kill companion animals is a symptom of the kind of abuse of power that leads to shootings of human beings as well. However that is not the focus of this particular group. "

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Osorio added that although there has been an increase in police departments requesting dog training over the last five years, budget cuts have hindered some of that progress. Nonetheless, he believes more police will be trained to deal with dogs.

"It's going to be a slow process, but I see a lot of changes coming," he said.

Robby King hopes that by bringing the issue to the attention of more people, progress will come sooner rather than later.

"I'm hoping that we, as victims of this thing, can get together and be a stronger, bigger group because the nation needs to know about this," he said.

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According to the website Cops Shooting Dogs, there are 88 Facebook pages that aim to bring awareness to a particular dog shooting incident.

Many of the pages start out as an outlet for the angry and grieving owner whose dog was killed, but progress into a sort of a virtual meeting place and newsletter for people interested in everything from other dog shootings to charity fundraisers and stories about police saving dogs.

Although the groups are not officially united, there is a loose network consisting of several of the Facebook page creators, according to Denise Lachance, the creator of the Facebook page "Dogs Shot by Police."

Lachance says that the goal is not to demonize police, but to encourage police departments to require that officers have dog training.

"It's primarily a matter of local law," Lachance said, pointing out that getting a single mandate passed in every police department will be a difficult process.

"But you can also get attention to something by making it more visible."

Increase in training could lead to reduction in dog shootings

Donald Cleary, director of Communications and Publications for the National Canine Research Council and one of the authors of the dog training manual for police published by the Department of Justice, says that dog training is crucial.

According to the DOJ manual, lack of training is the primary reason why so many dogs are killed by police.

The manual states that officers often overreact when encountering a dog because of its breed, rather than its behavior. For example, a pit bull will cause a different reaction upon first sight than another dog of equal size. 

Among other reasons the manual gives for police shooting dogs is that officers often see a dog running towards them as a threat, when it could be a friendly greeting.

Misreading a dog's body language is a common cause of dog shootings by police, according to the manual.

"Police departments can be severely embarrassed when they've shot a dog, and in the aftermath it looks like there was no reason why that dog was shot or there were people there who have a very different version of what police had initially reported," Cleary said.

That embarrassment also translates into expensive lawsuits. Police departments around the country have been successfully sued by owners whose dogs were killed, including a case 2007 in which the city council of Richmond, CA paid $210,000 to a couple whose pit bull was shot, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In that incident, a passerby was injured after one of a stray bullet grazed her neck. Stray bullets as a result of dog shootings are a real danger, according to Jim Osorio, Senior Law Enforcement Specialist at the National Humane Law Enforcement Academy, which trains police departments in how to handle dogs.

"Stray shots are a liability," Osorio said. "It's already hard to shoot a moving target, but when they're lower, it's harder to hit them."

Osorio has trained police departments in Fort Worth, TX, Atlanta, and other cities around the country. He says more departments need to implement training because many officers have little to no experience with dogs, which increases the danger.

"Police need that experience because in the U.S., one out of three houses has a dog usually," Osorio said. "Just because a dog barks, doesn't mean it's an aggressive dog. So they need to know all the signs and the body language."

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In response to an alleged increase of dog shootings by police officers, several people, including owners of murdered pets, are using Facebook as a tool to increase awareness of the problem and seek change to police policies toward dogs.

When Robby King's 6-year-old chocolate lab, Luke, was killed by a police officer responding to a call in September, he was devastated.

"It just crushed me," the Smyrna, GA native said.

After he accidentally triggered his house alarm, King had to wait for police officers to arrive to let them know that there was not a break-in. But Officer G.M. Roach of the Cobb County Police Department went through the back of the house while King was waiting in the front, and they didn't see each other until it was too late.

"A dog began to bark and came at Officer Roach. Officer Roach shot the dog," said a police report.

"The officer never yelled for my dog to stop," said King. "He didn't shoot at the ground. He didn't shoot in the air. He didn't take out his baton … he just took out his weapon, pointed it at my dog, and killed him."

He added: "I just think it's ridiculous … you've never heard of a chocolate lab causing an officer's demise."

King's story gained more local attention in part because an investigator allegedly misquoted a neighbor to make it appear that the dog was aggressive.

King's sister and neighbor Cheryl Truelove told an investigator that the dog had bitten her and pointed to her calf to show the bite mark.

But when asked about her remark, Truelove said she was misunderstood.

"I told the detective that three weeks ago I was dog bit by a Chihuahua," Truelove told the Marietta Daily Journal. "The reason I said that was because I was trying to point out to them that this little dog bit me and Luke never even bit nobody, and I didn't take out a gun and shoot this dog."

King's story highlights several problems with dog shooting incidents: grief for pet owners, potential time and money loss, as well as bad publicity for police departments that have to deal with dog shootings - sometimes in court, and animosity between police and the public it is supposed to serve.

High number of shootings sparking outrage

Videos of dog shootings are all over the internet and it seems like there's a new one every week. Unfortunately, the number of videos online is not a misrepresentation of the high number of dog shootings.

It's impossible to determine the exact number of dog shootings by police officers because records aren't kept by every police department in the country. However, in Milwaukee - the 28th largest city in the country - a recent lawsuit claimed that more than 400 dogs were shot to death by police officers over a nine-year period between 1999 and 2008, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

If those numbers are similar for cities around the U.S., a low estimate for the annual number of dogs killed per year by police in the 30 largest cities alone is 1,100.

In addition, a dog training manual for police published by the Department of Justice showed that most police shooting incidents involve dogs. In Los Angeles, at least one-half of all "intentional discharges of a forearm by an officer from 2000-2005 involved an animal," the study said.

"I was completely unaware that this was going on myself until it happened to me," King said. But once he set up a Facebook page called "Justice for Luke," he joined a growing number of people who are using the social networking site to get the word out about dog shootings.

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anyone with any thoughts or ideas???

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Originally published December 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM | Page modified December 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Half of intentional shootings by police involve dogs, study says

Dog shootings by police are mostly avoidable and preventable, say groups pushing for officers to learn more about animal behavior.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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There has never been a documented case of a dog killing a police officer.

The same can't be said for police killing dogs.

Every year, hundreds — if not thousands — of animals, mostly canines, are killed by police or animal-control officers. According to the National Canine Research Council, up to half of the intentional shootings by police involve dogs.

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Police Shoot Dogs, Who Is Policing the Police?

by Mary Haight onDecember 29, 2012

Police Shoot Dogs, He Shot The Puppy and similar statements are headlining news reports across the country — an uptick in inappropriate police response to non-threatening dogs, or are more reporters paying attention to this story? Are these incidents indicative of dangerous police behavior trends that have been begging attention? This has yet to be determined and there is no way to know right now, but anecdotal evidence is not only heartbreaking, it’s scary.

Chicago Police Shoot Dogs

In Chicago on December 1st, a 7-month-old miniature Bull Terrier puppy followed his person, Al Phillips, out of their backyard when Al went to check on a policeman he was told was writing a parking ticket in front of his house. The dog was sniffing a tree and wagging his tail a good cars-length away from the policeman according to witness consensus, reported by Steve Dale and ABC channel 7 news. Al, who is 75, did not hear any warning from the officer – some witnesses said the officer stated “the dog is loose.” Then he shot at the puppy – twice.

Police back-up arrived, the neighbors had come running out of their houses to be met with the site of the dog running down the block, bleeding badly. No police officers offered help. The dog was rushed to the emergency room and was saved. Meanwhile, the officer who shot at the dog was reported to have calmly returned to filling out the boxes on his ticket. This is not the end of the completely unacceptable reaction to a puppy who was paying no attention to him.

Two days after the incident, a sergeant and a lieutenant showed up at the Phillips door. No, not to apologize. To intimidate  him perhaps, since he talked to the press about the “good man” who shot his puppy. When Al and his wife Barbara were not willing to promise no more press, they were issued another ticket for having the dog off-leash.

Steve Dale reported that at first the Chicago police department denied ever being there. Fortunately for the family (and the rest of us), there was a news crew there who got it on tape. Is *anyone* training these people as to who they serve and protect? Apparently not, comes the answer from no less than the Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy: “…we don’t have to wait to get bit by a dog, we don’t have to wait to get shot at before we take steps to protect ourselves…” Where have I heard that outrageous idea before? Shoot first, just in case?

Well citizens of Chicago, you have been warned. The police can do as they like, because according to their Superintendent the *new* mandate is to protect themselves at your expense. And never mind the apparently outdated directive not to shoot into a crowd, because that is precisely what that officer did at Al Phillips home.

I know not all police are on board with a shoot first policy, and much of this comes down to familiarity with dogs, knowing how to read their body language, and yes, respecting citizens enough to allow them to put their dogs away. At the same time,  “cover” should not be given to aberrant behavior from their ranks. The officer who kept writing the ticket needs professional help — I am not alone in my opinion.

Just the other day I heard and then read another report about an incident in a suburb of Chicago, Hazelcrest, where a non-threatening dog was killed by an officer in pursuit of an escaped convict. But this Wild West behavior is not unique to Chicago.

Excessive Force Reports Against Non-Aggressive Dogs

Here are a few of the recent reports of police shooting dogs from a handful of States.

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It is unclear if the dog had the ability to simply step back out of the gate or what. Link

9/24/2012 - Once again, police defend dog-killing police. A Michigan officer hit a 8-yr-old Golden Retriever with his cruiser. Apparently trying to check on the dog, the dog - understandably - was reactive. He may have barked and/or charged at the officer. Regardless, at some point, the officer discharged 7 bullets, some of them hitting the dog and killing him. He has been cleared of any wrongdoing. link.

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Shooting of Dogs By Police - 9/19/2012-9/30/2012

Mandatory reading for police agencies interested in addressing this issue - The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters

Police Shooting of Non-Aggressive or Non-Injurious Dogs

9/27/2012 - A traumatized, potentially sick German Shepherd was chased and eventually shot and killed by police. The dog's legal guardians were in the process of taking the oddly-acting canine to the veterinarian when, in the parking lot, the dog tried to bite his guardians and escaped. Police chased the dog, eventually cornering him in the woods where he was killed. Link

9/27/2012 - Police "legally" entered a backyard - without the owner's permission - looking for a suspect. A dog was in the yard and barked at officers. So they shot and killed the dog. Link

9/25/2012 - Omaha police investigating a burglary shot and killed two of three roaming dogs, who were not biting anyone but acting "menacing". Link

Police Shooting Dogs in Response to an Attack That Left No Wounds

9/24/2012 - An officer shot and killed a dog outside of her kennel after he tried to get the dog back inside the kennel. The officer claims the dog attacked him, despite no evidence of any - you know - bite wounds. LInk

9/24/2012 - An officer performing a welfare check on two children in Nampa was supposedly attacked by the family's dog. The "attack" left the officer with no actual injuries, which seems a loose interpretation of "attack". The officer had pushed open a door that was partially ajar, when two dogs came out to defend their territory. Although described as a Pit Bull, a photohere shows a mixed breed dog acting aggressively with another dog (the other dog was never shot, despite being just as aggressive...but not looking like a Pit Bull got her a pass, I guess.)The officer shot and killed the dog (he died after police took him to a vet). Link

9/24/2012 - An officer returning an ID shot a non-biting dog three times while she was restrained by her legal guardian and in front of two children. Bullet fragments hit the home. At no point did the officer orally ask the dog be restrained or mention he was going to open fire on a restrained dog. The beloved family companion was killed. Link - let's see how much his superiors support him!

Police Shooting Dogs During an Actual Bite Incident

9/29/2012 - A Cattle Dog who got into an altercation with a police dog during a raid in Australia was shot multiple times and killed because apparently no one knows how to break up a dog fight. Link

9/27/2012 - Police shot and killed a dog who had just killed a woman. The dog belonged to the victim's grand-daughter. Link

9/21/2012 - A tragic dog attack, involving 2 large dogs, killed a man in Alabama. Police were called and, unable to contain the two dogs, shot and killed both of them. The dogs' legal guardian confined 33 other dogs in cages on the property. Link.

9/25/2012 - A disturbed individual entered a Target store with his off leash dog. Police were called. The dog bit an officer and was shot, and eventually died later of his wounds. The dog's legal guardian also bit an officer but was tased instead. Link

9/25/2012 - A loose dog "attacked" a girl, but caused no injuries (hardly an actual attack). When police arrived, the dog actually attacked him, causing a bite wound. The officer shot and killed the dog. Link

9/24/2012 - An officer fatally shot a large dog who knocked him over and attempted to attack him (causing only minor injuries, thankfully). The dog had been confined but had escaped. The dog died. Link


9/27/2012 - A family is suing for damages suffered when their 11-yr-old companion Lab mix dog was shot and killed by police. The dog, and another dog, were shot at for snarling at an officer who opened a front gate without permission. It is unclear if the dog had the ability to simply step back out of the gate or what.

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Police Dog Shootings: 8/4/2012-8/10/2012

8/10/2012 - A Labrador Retriever was shot by a neighbor after the dog broke through a chainlink fence and attacked the man's Beagle. The dog was not attacking anyone when he was shot. In lieu of delivering the injured dog to a vet, police arrived and decided to shoot the dog in the head, killing him. Apparently this is yet another town that has no veterinary hospitals to take a dog to!

8/10/2012 - A mixed breed dog is shot and killed by Kentucky police because maybe something awful would happen if they hadn't! Police defend the shooting, because that is what they do.

8/7/2012 - Oopsies! An officer chasing a drug suspect encountered a dogwalker walking two dogs. Leashed, by the way. The dogs apparently "lunged" which inspired the officer to open fire, striking the dog walker in the leg, along with one of the dogs. The human is expected to survive, no word on the dogs who, once again, were leashed when an officer opened fire on them and the dog walker without any obvious concern for public safety. Every other witness, aside from the cop, claims the dogs were docile and not-aggressive.

8/7/2012 - An apparently inept dog guardian leaves her three dogs, described as Pit Bulls, alone in a backyard where they have escaped previously (and killed a dog during that escape). The dogs got loose and attacked a man who claims he always "plays" with the dogs through the fence, which probably means he either intentionally or unintentionally incited the dogs arousal levels. Bad combination for when the dogs get loose and encounter said man. Police shot and killed one of the three dogs, while the other two were easily rounded up. They will most likely be killed. The man is expected to be fine.

8/5/2012 - A dog described as Golden Retriever being walked was shot in the shoulder by a police officer after the dog jumped on the officer. The officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call when he encountered the couple walking their dog.

8/5/2012 - A dog described as a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix was shot and killed by police after the protective dog refused to let paramedics near his drunk and unconscious guardian. While originally leashed, the dog was able to "lunge" at officers, but did not bite anyone.

8/5/2012 - A dog was shot in the eye (warning: photos of the dog w/ a blown out eye) by police. The dog survived the shooting, and I really hope he is being seen by a veterinarian. The dog charged at officers.The article does not make clear if the dog was on the same chain seen in the photos when the shooting happened.

8/5/2012 - Two dogs described as Pit Bulls were shot, then euthanized by animal control. An animal control officers was attempting to choke-pole the dogs when one knocked the man over. Apparently police knew this was a sign the dog was going to eat the man's face, so he shot the male dog...right near the ACO. The dogs were later cornered in a backyard. Instead of due process, animal control just killed the dogs at the shelter...not because they were irremediably suffering due to being shot, but because of their "violent tendencies" which, by the way, you just aren't supposed to do when you know there is a legal guardian.

Other updates:
8/8/2012 - An Aurora police officer has been cleared in the shooting death of an Australian Shepherd in July. The dog belonged to a drunk driver who was pulled over. The guardian of the dog refused to roll up the back window that kept the barking/lunging dog from the officer. The dog jumped out, and lunged, and although he didn't actually attack, the officer shot the dog once, killing him.

8/7/2012 - Once again, police investigating police for shooting a dog deemed the shooting justifiable. The dog, a mixed breed named Monkey, was let out of her backyard during a foot pursuit. There are only two witnesses - the police officer who claims the dog attacked him and the owner of the dog who claimed the dog approached but did not bite. The dog was shot multiple times, dying in the owner's arms.

5 years ago

I wanted to try to do a thread just for our innocent dogs who were shot and killed by the police in 2012.Wow,I stopped of 10 pages with at least 12 articles on each page.

But I would like to look into this more,anyone wanting to add to it,please feel free.

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