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The video shows a LaGrange police officer shooting and killing a mixedbreed pit bull. According to police reposts, the dog acted aggressive toward the officers and a child. But in the video the dog was not acting aggressive at all.

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Maria S (338)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 6:36 pm
LaGrange man found guilty of not registering, muzzling 'vicious dog' that was shot in March by police officer

LAGRANGE, Mo. — The owner of a dog shot by LaGrange police officers who said they acted in self-defense was convicted in city court Thursday of not registering the dog with the city and failure to leash or muzzle a vicious dog.

Marcus Mays says his dog was an American Bulldog and not vicious. Two neighbors and both police officers gave contradictory testimony, and Judge Fred Westhoff fined Mays $130 for the offenses.

A police videotape of the shooting is on YouTube and has created a stir because it shows officer Doug Howell shooting the dog twice after it became agitated while on a catch poll.

Missouri Humane Society investigator Carmen Skelly attended the bench trial Thursday and said more investigation will take place from her agency. She declined to discuss the video, which was not shown in court.

“We will make sure that ordinances and state statues are followed” when it comes to protecting animals, Skelly said after the hearing.

LaGrange Police Chief Dale McNelly said “it’s never a win situation” and said the two officers involved in the dog shooting will not be disciplined or suspended. He also said the department has $30,000 in the budget to build a new dog pound.

“We can improve the way we do things, but I’m not sure the outcome (of the dog shooting case) could have been any different,” he said.

The bench trial began with testimony from Francis Hamilton, who lives across the street from Mays at Sixth and Buchanan. She said on March 29, two days before the dog was shot, she called police because “pit bulls came from behind Marcus’ house” and charged after her dog, and her husband was also threatened by one of Mays’ dogs.

Her daughter was also threatened by one of Mays’ dogs, Hamilton said.

Howell testified that he cited Mays on March 30 for failing to register a pit bull and failure to muzzle or leash a vicious dog. Howell said the pit bull and the American Bulldog were the same dog.

The next day, March 31, the American Bulldog got loose and police were called for an animal at large, Howell testified. Mary Coleman, who lives a block down the street from Mays, testified the bulldog charged at her and her daughter as they waited for a school bus.

After her daughter got on the bus, the dog calmed down, and Coleman said she chained it the front of her residence. Howell and officer Jason Powell arrived, and Howell said the dog did not resist when he took it off the chain and placed another leash around its neck.

Powell said he tried to put the dog into the back of a police pickup truck, but the dog resisted and acted in a threatening matter.

Powell said he got the catch poll and put the dog on it, but the dog reacted by “lunging at me” and pulling him around. It eventually broke the chain attached to the truck, Howell said.

“From there, it was on,” Howell said.

The two officers had Tasers, but they only work for five seconds and both testified they didn’t think it was enough time. Howell said he managed to get the dog to the side of the road.

“I knew I had to end the incident and it had to stop,” he said.

Howell shot one round into the chest since he was close to residences and it offered the “biggest target.” After waiting for about 30 seconds, he shot the dog in the head “because I did not want it to suffer.”

Howell said Mays came to the police station later in the day and identified the dog through a photo.

“He told us that she (the dog) was in heat and that may have been why she was vicious,” Howell said.

After the hearing, Mays said he did not believe his dog threatened any of the neighbors. He admitted the dog was not registered “because it probably slipped my mind” and said officers could have put the dog in a pet carrier.

Mays said a friend posted the video, which he received as part of the discovery in his case, on YouTube. Mays also said his dogs have never acted aggressively to his kids or other young children.

Mike H (252)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 8:04 pm
This video is disgusting. Animal control should have been called. This dog was not threatening anyone. This socalled law enforcement person should be fired immediately. I am outraged.

Laura H (964)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 8:43 pm
I will not watch the video-the description is more than enough for me.
What the hell is going on-this is happening more and MUST STOP. I am tired of these trigger happy cops.
We have one here too...
of course he was cleared of all wrong doing-BIG SURPRISE.
Rest In Peace Cammi.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 12:35 am
signed and noted,thank you

gerlinde p (161)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 12:49 am
noted, allready signed. cammi was in no way acting aggressive, the poor girl was even wagging her tail when the pos shot her.RIP cammi

gail dair (0)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 1:26 am
Thanks Cristina signed and noted

Sunday June 20, 2010, 2:19 am
Rest in Peace Cammi...

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 4:17 am
# 317:
4:15 am PDT, Jun 20, Borg Drone
Thanks Cristina.

Ioan Lupan (39)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 6:11 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 6:26 am
signed and noted,thank you

Mervi R (74)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 3:53 pm
Noted, signed.

Valerie M. (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 4:38 pm
I am a Behaviorist and I saw no aggression on the part of the dog. The dog was trying to move away from the officer, when the officer put the catch pole around it's neck the dog went into a flight response which is typical for a dog who is in a fearful state of mind. When the officer shot the dog the dog had already submitted to the pole and laid down that is typical as well when the dog realizes it cannot get away it will submit. Instead of killing the dog at that point, that would have been the time to try and get the dog in the truck. If the officer had proper training all they would have had to do is have one officer on the pole controling the head the other could have gone behind the dog and lifted it's bottom and they could have had this dog in the truck. I have dealt with truely aggressive dogs by myself without the need of anything that would injure or kill a dog. The catch pole gives you alot of control. These Officers should be Fired!!!!! By the way the tazer would have worked just like an Ecollar only stronger, if a Ecollar can snap a dog out of aggression and that only lasts for 10 seconds a 30 second tazer would have really worked. There is no excuse for this behavior. The chief of police and these officers should be fired!!!!!!!!!!

Christa kanuck (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:58 am
Officer Howell you are a coward. The young dog was only trying to move away from the pole, as any normal dog would do. You shot the dog when you had a 10' pole in between yourself and the "dog." I am educated in the criminal justice field and have mostly backed decisions made by officers. This purely disgusts me. Officer Howell you should be gravely ashamed of your actions!

Ann Ayers (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:52 pm
If Officer H. Will lie about this dog in the face of the obvious truth - that he shot the dog when it was not a threat to him or anyone else, then he would lie about anyone & cannot be trustees as an officer of the court.

Amanda Levesque (32)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:10 am
Disgusting actions taken by a supposed officer of the law! I can't begin to understand their excuse or reasoning for this!!!
This angers and upsets me, and I have no way of making a stink about this unless I call the town?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 5:27 pm
This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen. Officers are supposed to protect the weak and innocent not condemn them for being afraid and acting on their fear. All I saw in that video was a terrified dog and two "men" who had no idea what the hell they were doing and shot an innocent animal for being terrified. Anyone who has seen an episode of Animal Cops or watched any sort of show on Animal Planet, or with any knowledge of animal behavior, knows that when an animal is put into a catch pole, they immediately whip themselves around to try and get free, they are terrified. It does NOT mean they are vicious, it means they are scared. The entire time I did not see one ounce of aggression from Cammi, when she lied down, a vicious or aggressive dog would NEVER do that when there are others around whom she feels threatened by. Lying down means they feel relatively relaxed, she even turned her head from them!! They had no reason to shoot her and kill her, especially in such a cruel way, they made her suffer; I saw her poor body twitching and her tail moving and then that monster shot her again. That dog was in no way vicious but those "officers" were. There should have been animal control persons in control and not some ignorant monstrous officers who didn't care about the life of an innocent, scared, pup whose only "crime" was being the "wrong" breed. And then to rule against the man who owned her?! For shame!! Shame on the judge and the officers and the prosecutor. Shame on you all!
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