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Police Debate Killing of Elderly Dog

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An Internet Chat Room used by St. Petersburg Police reveals a debate among the rank and file over whether the shooting of 12-year-old Boomer was justified.

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Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:33 pm

He was arthritic elderly dog that the police gunned down, claiming he was vicious. How the hell can a dog that has trouble walking freely be any threat, he was a dear old dog!

Dawn Marie (24)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:58 pm
So very sad. I hope this story and discussion prompts the St. Petersburg's police department to reevaluate their officer training procedures when dealing with dog complaints.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 12:55 am
Very sad.
I hope that training procedures are updated following this incident.

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 1:23 am

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 1:28 am
This was hardly justified -- it is unjustifiable. Canine runaways such as this one can be caught (by professionals if need be) and should be returned to their owners (this one had a tag!). There seem to be way too many cases of people who are unable or unwilling to solve such situations properly, thus resorting to unnecessary and unseemly violence. Investigating Boomer's death and holding the cop killer accountable for it is necessary, while the cop deserves being punished if in error.


Alison A (244)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 7:57 am
The actions of the officer was completely unjustified, but the owners should also take responsibility for what has happened. They had a broken gate, if they had have fixed the gate then Boomer would still be alive.

It states that the family knew nothing about this until the SPCA telephone AFTER noon on Monday, yet it says the first thing that Lauren Glass did every morning was let Boomer outside. That would lead us to assume that Boomer was brought in every night, so why was Boomer not tucked up in bed at 11pm? And how come no one noticed her missing during their daily routine?

It all sounds like a load of rubbish to just extract sympathy, they are just playing the victims, which is unfair as the true victim in all of this is Boomer.

Although it sounds obvious to us that Boomer was no threat, we were not there and the Police did not have this knowledge of her medical conditions, temperament or history, although shooting is never the answer and for them to stand and wait for the 2 minutes THEY claimed that Boomer took to die was disgraceful.

I would prefer this officer to be sacked as she is a loose cannon, but at minimum she should have a black mark on her permanent record and be forced to do further training, preferably in her own time at her own expense if she wishes to continue with the Force.

This is a lesson to everyone, it is your responsibility to ensure that your property is secure, these types of situations cannot happen if you pay attention and do the right thing.

Alison A (244)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 8:01 am
Sorry, I said "her", but Boomer was a boy.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 7:39 pm
Idiots. Noted, thanks Simone.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 7:52 pm
Y esos bastardos son los que tienen que proteger y servir?, le tienen miedo a un perrito esos cobardes de mierda. Deberían echarlos a patadas y meterlos en prisión!!

Carol H (229)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 7:52 pm
sadly noted, thanks Simone!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 8:04 pm
How sad.Too many people with guns! Noted, thanks Simone.

Gina A (1)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 9:11 pm
Sadly noted.

Julia R (296)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 9:40 pm
There is no excuse for shooting this elderly, arthritic dog! This officer Swanson should be kicked out of the police force. This dog didn't charge her or even walk in her direction. She could have slowly backed away or called animal control; those of course, would have been the humane way of dealing with this situation! Instead, she chose to shoot him putting no value on his life and the family who loved him. Any police officer who so quickly chooses to use their gun rather than another option is the dangerous one not this dog. The family should sue this officer for her irresponsible and grossly unwarranted conduct. Then maybe the next time, she won't be so eager to use her gun on a poor arthritic dog!

Gillian M (218)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 9:52 pm
The police are made up of people who have little to no understanding of how dogs talk but I would have thought that, if you apprach a dog and it growls, you back off, call animal control who have catchpoles. If the officer was worried that the dog was dangerous then he could have waited for animal control to ensure no-one was hurt. Dog owners would be aware that this was an older dog if it had a white muzzle but not everyone can be bothered to look or realise.

This is not a justification, far from it, too many police officers shoot a dog, on private property or in the street before engaging a brain cell. A dog that is playing with children has been shot. Police officers entering private property will shoot a dog for standing next to its owner (how dare he/she?) and the excuses have been various including one officer had had an incident with a dog. Then don't enter the property!!

I also agree that owners must be responsible and keep the garden/yard secure to prevent this sort of occurance but accidents do happen even with the best of us. Some owners do not secure the garden and that is when problems arise.

In the UK they call the animal warden or the RSPCA, police do not approach a potentially dangerous dog and they don't tend to be bitten. Strange that.

Jerry B (128)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 9:56 pm
Noted I guess somebody just wanted to kill something, what a poor excuse these cops come up with! I agree with Simone it don't make much sense SHAME ON THEM!

Past Member (0)
Monday October 17, 2011, 5:01 am
without knowing any details: doesn´t the police have ANYTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO DO, THAN KILLING AN ELDERLY DOG????

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday October 17, 2011, 8:22 am
a sad situation.

Suzanne Hall (7)
Monday October 17, 2011, 9:48 am
Once again the police shoot first and ask questions (maybe) later, when it's too late. I'm at least glad to see not all officers agreed with the senseless shooting of an innocent animal. Maybe there is hope yet.
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