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Police in Hawthorne, Calif. Shoot Bystander's Dog-- ARTICLE

Animals  (tags: Animal Cruelty, killing, pets, dogs, abused )

- 1750 days ago -
In this video, posted on YouTube yesterday, police in Hawthorne, Calif., shoot the Rottweiler of a man who had apparently been taking video of them as they made an arrest.

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Mary T (358)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:34 pm
signed & noted...thank you Genoveva...the police have to learn not to shoot at moving objects from pets to humans

Latonya W (82)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:38 pm
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww thats just CRAZY Im really becoming petrified of the police

Gabriella Serafino (92)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:42 pm

. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:55 pm
Sadly noted. An all too familiar scenario. TY Genoveva. May that baby RIP

Constance F (418)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:55 pm
Yes, I saw this horrific video the other day, and fortunately people are rightfully outraged. There are a several petitions floating around, and I saw a post where people can send emails to Max was just trying to reach his caretaker. That was all. The reasonable solution here was to let him escort his dog back to the car. Simple Simple ! But in pure FASCIST mentality - the police escalated the situation by reacting strongly to the presence of the dog. One more situation that could have been handled calmly - HOW frightening it is when we have officers of the law that are incapable of handling situations in a calm and thoughtful way !

. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:55 pm
Sadly noted. An all too familiar scenario. TY Genoveva. May that baby RIP

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:27 pm
I saw nothing in the video of the dog lunging. I did the dog try to reach his human.

I saw this on FB earlier with the video and it reduced me to a bawling mess.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:57 pm
There was no reason for the police to shoot and kill the dog, what the HELL is going on with the police nowadays, they just take out their guns and shoot at anyone!

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:05 pm
sadly noted, I honestly have no words. thank you Genoveva for posting and Ruth for the forward

deb s (145)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:17 pm
so tragic so dam wrong justice need sto be sought and most definitely make news for this action by police they need to answer for this loosing their jobs would not even make up for the loss this was definitely un called for poor dog didn't deserve to die like this

Pamela W (75)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:20 pm
Thanks Ruth for the forward - signed and noted the petition on the other link you provided. I can't face watching the video (especially right now, just before going to bed) - not even sure I'll even be able to pluck up the courage tomorrow either ............

Animae C (514)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
Poor doggy!
By reading the posts here it seems everyone in the US is well aware the police will usually react impatiently & with arms, why then was this man so openly strutting around & filming them, to me he looked like he was openly provoking them, i can't understand why anyone would want to film officers while they're making an arrest.

Solitary E (324)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:07 pm
I agree with AniMaeChi. The owner brought this on the dog. The police reacted improperly. The only innocent one died. The police are bullies and I'm beginning to be afraid of them. thank you, Genoveva, and thank you Deb for forwarding.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:47 pm
Thanks- hs been all over the internet - at least alternativve news- horrible

Christeen A (370)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:10 pm

Ellen G (325)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:18 pm
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Action taken

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:45 pm
SO UPSETTING!!!!!! POOR DOG-Signed & Shared~~~

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:59 am
Horrible...we can only hope the fanfare this story is getting can raise the much needed awareness to this growing crisis and change can come from it---otherwise the senseless killing will continue. RIP sweetie. Thanks

. (0)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:42 am
Sad, sad sad - damned cowards
noted thank you Constance

Leslene Dunn (84)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:58 am
These despicable sobs should be lined up and used for target practice. This poor dog was only doing what was right. That did not give these trigger happy morons the bloody right to kill him.

Aud n (737)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 5:04 am
signed & noted

Gloria p (304)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 5:06 am
To sign the petition enter Justice for Max the Dog - Shot by Police in Hawthorne, CA in the care2 search box.

. (0)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 5:29 am
Signed. Thanks, Genoveva.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:11 am
Why to kill?

Christina C (43)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:38 am
Just horrbile. Noted and signed.

Sara P (57)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:07 am
Thanks for sharing Genoveva. For this issue I've already signed several petitions. Personally I think that some cops are simply dangerous, not only for animals but also for humans. This is a cop and he should be trained to keep up with certain situations, if he thinks that he can solve everything by shooting you or an animal just because, better he changes profession.

Winn A (179)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 1:28 pm
Signed and noted.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 1:33 pm
Police are suppose to serve & protect but now a days they kill anything moving! What ever you do, do not call the police as they think they are above the laws. RIP sweet doggy! Thanks Genoveva!

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:14 pm
I wish I hadnít watched that

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 3:30 pm
Police has became trigger happy the world over. You are so right Henriette. Thanks Genoveva!

Isabel d (48)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 3:55 pm
Sorry but I cannot find the link to sign the petition

Eternal Gardener (745)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 5:17 pm
Idiots in uniforms...this left me sleepless last night! Signed!

S√ľheyla C (234)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 5:43 pm

Sandi C (99)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:36 pm
horrible I can;t watch this.

Thursday July 4, 2013, 9:28 pm
I did not watch the video, but this behavior is totally unacceptable. The officer or officers who fired the shots should be charged.

Vinnie m (334)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:04 pm wrong with those so-called cops? They could have used a Taser. Hope these Assh---s get FIRED !!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, as my friend Ellen said.

Vinnie m (334)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:06 pm
BTW.. I knew I shoudn't have watched that video. Now I'm sicker to my stomach than I already was. Please folks, Don't watch..

Danuta W (1248)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:20 am

Katka O (279)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:22 am
So sad RIP poor baby.
Signed, shared and noted

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:27 am
Just so terrible and sad.

naomi cohen (55)
Friday July 5, 2013, 7:55 am
so depressing and so wrong. thank you, henriette and genoveva. done.

Evelyn B (79)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:57 pm
Noted Tks. Genoveva.... This is totally Disgusting and Downright wrong..R.I.P. sweet puppy...
The owner shouldn't of been taking video, but then the cops must of be doing something guilty.. may karma get these so-called Pigs....

P A (117)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:03 am
Unbearable - the police are showing that at least some of their members should be in gaol - not on the force! Sue them!!

Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:12 am
Thanks Genoveva. Signed and will pass on to friends. I couldn't see the point in watchng the video as it is just flling our minds up with yet MORE horrifying sad and horrible things. What IS wrong with the world today? If ONLY police could begin to act as if their job was to protect people and animals.. i am sure that half of them only go into the police force because they are sociopaths and just love to have the excuse to use their guns.... My screen froze when I got into the site to see if there was a petition... I will find another link to sign a petiton and forward to friends.

Gloria p (304)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 8:09 am
Three police not working during investigation;

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 10:56 am
Noted and singed the C2 pet.
Will not watch the video though, as it shows the dog's (unnecessary) death, the thought of which is disturbing enough by itself...
Judging from the description, it is a case of abuse of power on the part of the policeman who overreacted to the dog's approach after having arrested the man for no good reason. The dog was obviously trying to defend his human friend, whom he must have thought of as threatened by the policemen. What befell him was more than unfortunate, as a weapon happened to be in the wrong hands yet again, in the hands of a person who did not think twice before using it, who did not bother to think of a nonviolent solution first. There should be punitive steps taken against the offender--this officer--, especially because what was a dead dog this time can easily turn into a dead person next time -- something that may not come as a surprise, particularly in the case of a person who is so quick to shoot...

Dustina I (64)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:36 pm
These cops went and harressed a man simply for taking pictures which every human has the right to do. The dog, trying to look after his owner merely jumped out of the car but at no time did the dog EVER bite. He barked and then was calm and yet the Police that it was okay to shoot an innocent non threatening dog and harress a civilian who was doing nothing wrong. I hope they charge all of the police officers involved with animal cruelty and abuse, false arrest and I hope that man whose dog was shot sues the city and the police department and he wins. Nothing about this was right. Cops are getting to much power to harm and hurt innocent people and animals. It's time to hold them accountable. This is not the police dept. that I would trust to protect me. Shame on you!

Barb Knight (1686)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 9:19 pm
If this had been an episode of the Andy Griffith Show, Barney would've shot himself in the foot but dam, the poor dog! I wish it were legal to for the citizens to do the same to the cop!! Too angry, thnx Genoveva for the post and NICKY for the fwd :(

Dustina I (64)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:18 pm
Maybe the citizens ought to make a cop arrest, or what is commonly called a "Citizens Arrest"

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:41 pm
Noted. If anyone is reading comments before reading and watching the video, it REALLY IS very disturbing to watch. God help us. What struck me (and I am 'white') is that the videographers (please allow my license here) sounded 'white' in their speech and language choices as they gave background comments to each other about the group of police cars, etc., the cops were 'white', all shocked people after the shooting were 'white', the dog owner, put in handcuffs wasn't (I still don't know why he was put in handcuffs - the videographers weren't spoken to or cuffed). A bit of a pattern here, folks. And I'm sick of it!!!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:56 pm
Sadly Noted & Shared. Thanks Genoveva.

Fran F (118)
Monday July 8, 2013, 11:37 pm
The awful trend of cops shooting innocent dogs, along with racist or other unwarranted intimidation that their human companions may be subjected to is going to have to stop! Please sign the C2 petition Justice for Max the Dog -- Shot by Police in Hawthorne, CA.


Gene Jacobson (290)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:54 am
I can't watch the video, but I can imagine a Rottweiler defending his owner, many breeds will do that. But that doesn't mean they need die because of it. There were lots of non-lethal ways of handling that. I wish they'd chosen one of those.

Dustina I (64)
Friday July 12, 2013, 1:31 pm
Maybe we ought to practice Gun Control when it comes to the Police.

DORIS L (61)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:42 am
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