Sandusky woman, friends plan to protest cop killing dog

A woman whose dog was killed Thursday will be arraigned Wednesday in Sandusky Municipal Court, but she's aiming to rally support from the communty for "Lucy," a large-breed Rottweiller.
Anonymous
Feb 26, 2013

Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang said an officer who shot and killed the dog on Thursday took appropriate action.

“I think he did everything right,” Lang said. “If it’s between the dog and the officer getting bit, the officer’s safety comes first."

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The dog’s outraged owner, Donna Hansen, 22, and her friends and family have sent up a rallying cry: “Justice for Lucy.”

Hansen said she has contacted PETA, Animal Planet and the Erie County Humane Society, and she also started up a Facebook page to organize a rally on behalf of Lucy, who was a Rottweiler.   

“There are so many people getting a hold of me saying they’re bringing their dogs,” Hansen said. “I want to make it so an officer can’t just walk up and shoot your dog.” 

The protesters plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Sandusky Municipal Court. That’s just before Hansen’s 9 a.m. arraignment on charges of no dog tags and dog at large, both citations that Wilson issued after he killed Lucy. 

“I don’t think it’s right that I’m getting cited after he killed my dog,” Hansen said. “How am I supposed to get tags for a dog that’s dead?” 

Hansen maintains Wilson had several other options.  The city plans to bill Hansen for disposal of Lucy’s carcass. 

“I’m truly sorry the whole thing happened,” Lang said. “If the dog would have been tied up and in its yard like it should’ve been, we never would’ve got the call.”

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BluePencil

I'll be there, protesting the "Cop Killing Dog." Down with cop-killing dogs!

Licorice Schtick

Grow up, Princess. You seem to blame the officer 100%, and accept NO responsibility for YOUR part in the loss of the dog. You deserve the maximum penalty for your part in this.

Headline should read, "OWNER'S NEGLIGENCE ENDS IN DOG'S DEATH"

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nosey rosey

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Licorice Schtick

Your arguments against my viewpoint are unconvincing.

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Negligence or accident...neither are justified. The video clearly demonstrates that the Officer enters the scenario with the intent to kill. He could have at least "tried" to use the restrainer he was carrying. The dog was at a safe distance when the Officer chose to kill it.
I hope I never have to pay a price as high as this because it's the "law"!

Factitious

Need more facts. Did the officer just happen along, or was there a complaint? If the latter, what was its nature?

gyrocartfluffikins

Has anyone told that girl that someone drew all over her arms while she was asleep? Happened to me once in college. Took days to get it off me.

KnuckleDragger

Sorry honey, but if you would have had your dog under control, as required by state law and city ordinance, she would be alive today. It never ceases to amaze me how people break the law and all of the sudden it is the cops fault for what happens to them. On top of that, the dog wasn't even taggedm, another violation of the law. I will give the award for the most nonsensical question of the week though, "How am I supposed to get tags for a dog that's dead." Well, if you need help figuring it out, the citation was because you failed to follow the law when your dog was alive. Again if you would have been in compliance with the law, your dog would be alive. You have nothing to blame but yourself.

Also, the SR should be ashamed of itself for obviously standing up for and giving free publicity to someone who was in violation of law. Follow your own comment moderation rules and stop advocating criminal acts.

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DGMutley

Sad situation but I agree with Chief Lang.

I don't agree with the city billing Ms. Hansen--that's outrageous.
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EDITED 7.30 am
I'm changing my mind. I don't agree with Chief Lang. *see my reply to vicariouslyAlive.

vicariouslyAlive

knuckledragger... sometimes things happen. yes, she should have had tags, but being a dog owner i know first hand that they can slip collars and burrow fences, so the dog getting out could be classified as an accident.

i bet if it was a beagle or a scottish terrier that came up to that officer it wouldnt have been shot, but the asinine stigma that all large dogs are evil leads to good pets getting killed for no reason other than prejudice.

if the officer felt threatened by the dog, he should have used less than lethal force like mace. works for the mailman and dog warden. what we have here is a bunch of bored gunslinger looking for any opportunity to pop off a few rounds. if he really felt that threatened by the dog he shouldnt have gotten out of his car and called the dog warden. last time i checked it wasnt in the SPD's job description to round up strays, we pay other city workers to handle that job in a less damaging and humane way.

DGMutley

vicariouslyAlive,
You make an excellent point and I agree with you. If the officer couldn't handle this dog he should have called the dog warden. That's the dog warden's job. This dog should not have been killed.

Julie R.

Like.

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Well said!!

FST

I agree 100%. These days more and more cops are eager to shoot first and deal with the aftermath later. Make a person wonder why they even carry mase and stun gun.

Speakezy

People need to learn to keep their animals under control! If the boyfriend was watching the dog get shot why didn't he just call the dog away from the officer? If you can't be a responsible pet owner then do society a favor and don't have one. Maybe PETA should get involved and use her as a poster child. She can show the world what happens when you don't control your animal and let it run loose. Shame on this woman for putting the blame on the officer for her lack of control of her animal!

mikel

niceeee post

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nosey rosey

speackhardly - you're an idiot too.

dorothy gale

She's not blaming the officer for her dog running loose; no one is. People are blaming the officer for shooting the dog instead of making even a tiny attempt to capture it in the snare pole he was holding. Seems a lot of people share my opinion that the officer went there with no intention of catching the dog but with every intention of just shooting it. Carrying the pole LOOKED good, though.

Darkhorse

Sorry lady, you were an irresponsible dog owner and you have no one to blame but yourself. I support the police officer. There was a safety issue and the police officer acted accordingly. The officer was responsible for taking the action of a dog running loose that could possibly harm him or other people. Any dog running loose could suffer the same fate.

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Shrekone

Typical for people not to follow the laws of society and when something happens there is no accountability instead they want to blame the officer.

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titanfan84

I agree with vicariouslyalive I had a large dog that got out once and wandered down the street and I got a call from the dog warden if the cops would have shot my dog I would raise a stink to. There were times she would slip her collar in her kennel and run around tossing it like a toy so both sides of this story are in the wrong

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MrSandusky

So this lady is an irresponsible dog owner and is herself the root cause of her dog loosing his life and she alerts the national media and national animal organizations. Yep, sounds like a story out of Sandusky to me.

Classic "Who else can I blame for my inaction" mentality that leads to the apathetic attitude that surrounds this county.

Look, things would be different if dogs were getting killed by the police weekly, or even monthly. Sometime we need to look in the mirror and own up to our own mistakes.

MrSandusky

The comment that was left above contained no personal attack. It simply stated that this person was in my opinion irresponsible and her actions led to the incident with her dog. Why would you alert the national media and organizations to your faults.

It is not like the police are killing dogs every week or even month. This was an isolated incident. Maybe the owner should look in the mirror instead of taking the route of a majority of the population of this count and blame others for her inaction.

KnuckleDragger

The mods could care less, I don't think they read the posts. I think they look at a name and just delete the posts. On the other hand, PitMom can post all kinds of rude, insensitive remarks, post abbreviated profanity and the mods leave it up.

MrSandusky

I see they realized their error and re-allowed the comment. Judging from some of the other comments that were taken down, I think someone at the Register is in cahoots with the dog owner.

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"It is not like the police are killing dogs every week or even month."

Actually, it is just like that. Go to any number of libertarian blogs, such as theagitator.com, and look under the tag "puppycide" - it's something of a national epidemic, including cops who felt threatened by a barking Yorkshire terrier, dogs shot while fenced in, penned, even CAGED, and typically without consequences.

No one who meets the physical qualifications to be a police officer needs a gun to deal with any lone dog, especially if they have mace, taser, and/or a baton.

dorothy gale

SR needs a "like" button! LIKE!

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man_on_the_street

Not her first time....

Concerning: Hansen, Donna D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 04/26/2012
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1201278
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DOG AT LARGE
Case Type: Criminal

Concerning: Hansen, Donna D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 02/22/2013
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1300629A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DOG AT LARGE
Case Type: Criminal

Concerning: Hansen, Donna D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 02/22/2013
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1300629B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: NO DOG LICENSE

Julie R.

A DOG AT LARGE is a criminal offense?

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been-there-done-that

Without the Papers drama she has very little support. Now anyone including the paper that has a hard on for ANY Police will be there because they might get some press time and the satisfaction of blaming the Police.

phroggy

So she's a repeat offender. Officer is justified. Case closed.

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meowmix

Looser?

been-there-done-that

Oh yea forgot the REAL reason she is in court. Dog at Large! Paper only mentions that in passing because its not the focus of the DRAMA and the chance to blame Sandusky Government!

been-there-done-that

Agree!!!! phroggy

Cowboy

I agree with the police on this one, and it appears that the irresponsible owner was at fault for the dog's death here. I don't like to see any animal get harmed or killed but I also believe if she had followed the law then we would not be here talking about it today.

LifeIsCrazy

So following your logic - any dog that is not on a leash, or not wearing current tags - deserves to be shot to death? Really?

How did this officer know - without doing ANY investigative work on site - that this dog wasn't ON a leash WITH tags - only to slip her collar/leash and get loose in her neighborhood? Please tell me how this officer just "knew" that this dog was purposely left unleashed without current tags ("at large") just by driving up the street and getting out of the car?

I hope none of the people defending the actions of this officer as "right" have a dog. And I hope none of your dogs ever slip their collar/leash and run the neighborhood. Because Lord knows the best thing for law enforcement to do to a dog who appears to be loose without tags is shoot it, right?

I think not. (Yes, you can thank me for pointing out your idiocracy. You're welcome.)

excel

Not every dog without a leash or not wearing current tags deserves to be shot. I do think every dog not on a leash, not wearing current tags, aggressively barking and charging people does; this may be where we differ in our opinions.

dittoditto2

how did the officer know ? IF HE WAS PROPERLY TRAINED HE WOULD HAVE KNOWN
How come animal control officers are never heard or seen or feel it necessary to use lethal control ? BECAUSE THEY ARE TRAINED PROPERLY .. just because some wuss of a cop doesnt know any better doesnt give him the right to kill ...

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lor70

I am a dog owner too and I love animals and it makes me sad that the dog is dead, however, this is just another situation where people neglect to take responsibility for their own actions. I understand that dogs get out, but I doubt the officer would've shot the dog without fearing for his safety! Why do people always want to make the police out to be the bad guy?

DGMutley

It didn't look like he was being threatened in the pic in the print edition from the dash cam. Loose dogs are why we have dog wardens.

dittoditto2

AMEN TO that .. get someone there that knows better . That dog was NOT threatening .. there was absolutely no reason to shoot it

dittoditto2

that is crap ... he is a wuss if he was afraid .. he should not respond to a call like that .. if they had an animal control officer the dog would not be dead . just totally untrained idiot doing a poor job . PERIOD .

dorothy gale

Agree.

bobshumway92

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deertracker

I'm with the cops on this one. You never know how any animal is going to behave. They can approach you nice and calm then attack. If I was a cop with a gun there is no way a dog's safety would come first. I do feel a bit bad for the owner but she is at fault here. A rot is a big scary looking dog and anyone should be cautious around them if they don't know you. It's easy to say what the officer could have or should have done but unless you were there it is unfair to expect any paticular type of reaction from the officer except the obvious. Self preservation is human nature.

dittoditto2

REALLY how come ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS never have to shoot dogs ??? MORON ..

Bada Bing

She was charged on 4-26-12,repeat offender,really .....any dog will stand if you corner it. If the officer would have handled it differently it would have had a better outcome. The dog ran home,why didn't he taze it? And we really don't know what happened do we....and then we make her pay for disposal ...give me a frecken break...typical santucky police work....go after the real crime!

dittoditto2

yeah have to agree .. .cop is not trained how to handle a non vicious dog .... if you dont know what you are doing dont respond ... there was no immediate danger and no call for shooting . I blame the city for not having an animal control officer that knows how to handle simple situaitions like this ... there was ABSOLUTELY NO CALL TO SHOOT THIS DOG .. the stupid cop put more people at risk by firing a weapon without cause .

crazyaide

Wow..really...get a life

Cityslicker

Well, her history speaks for itself. Too bad the dog had to pay the price for her abuse of the law.

dittoditto2

really so if you break the law you can be shot .. hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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8ballinthesidepocket

Get a life lady you and only you are responsible for the dog's demise. Ever hear of a leash? A license? It is unfortunate, but finally take some responsibility for your pet's and your action, if you had, you would still have the dog.

dittoditto2

none the less .. if the dog was running or not - ok so if a person breaks the law its their fault shoot them .. free ride to kill .. I DONT THINK SO ...again the cop was is not trained properly to respond to a dog call . its the dept chiefs fault for not having someone that KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING period. TRAIN the cops if they are going to go on animal calls .

007

It would appear that she had plenty of money to get both of her arms sleeved with tattoos, yet she didn't buy dog tags. Interesting, where her priorities stand!!

MrSandusky

Best comment so far!!1 Watch out though, the Register is deleting comments that support the police officer's actions and the owner's inaction.

dittoditto2

doesnt matter .. if the dog had a license .. that is no reason to shoot it .. all this crap is incidental to the fact that the cop over reacted and didnt know how to handle the situation. He knows nothing about reading a dog or handling a dog and should NOT have been the one to respond. If the dog has been out many times and not bitten what does that tell you . The moron cop went on the dogs property of course the dog was going to react as he did . The cop has NO CLUE what he was doing PERIOD .. ignorance is ok if its a stupid cop ... right .. yeah shoot the dog .. easy way out

crazyaide

Keep your dog on a chain!!!!! The rules do apply to you too!!!

ladydye_5

Good thing the cops in my town have been on my porch WITH my dogs and know them. I have a rottie, as an owner of a "vicious" breed you need to be RESPONSIBLE for your animal. I know her, the neighbors know her, the kids friends know her. If someone strange comes near I have my dog under my control, whether I put her in the house or a seperate room, or put her on a leash. Anyone that does not is asking for it. If you take the challenge of having a BIG DOG, you need to accept the risks and paranoia that comes with them. I do NOT leash my dog for your protection, I leash her for HER OWN.

Morningbreezes1

I 100% agree with Ladydye _5.

mikel

oh poor me! i let my dog run loose. i didn't have a license for it. BOOOOOMMMM! keep it on a chain.

crazyaide

So agree...

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Kelly

YOU are the reason your dog is dead. Take some responsibility!

THED0N

This girl needs to grow up!

crazyaide

Bingo!!!!!! Attention seeker....that's about it!!!!

Kimo

What 007 said......

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jager5

Not once in this article did I read where this dog charged the officer, it read that the dog walked up to him. Sounds so mean!

Blame who you want, she is wrong and so was he. I fear an officer before an animal just due to their past history of beating, verbal abuse, lying, and judgemental ways so I guess by the rest of these posts they are just as bad as the dog owner because of past practices and all other badged people.

he said she said

IMO it's the owners fault all the way around. Just because my dog doesn't bite me or my family it doesn't mean that she won't bite another person. She has her shots, she has her tags and she stays on the leash at all times.

According to the website dogbite.org pits and rots were responsible for 68% of dog bite fatalities in 2012.

http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite...

Manowar

Too bad for the dog. If she loved that dog she would of made sure it was watched or chained up. If it had bitten the cop or someone else she'd have to deal with possible law suits, etc. Now she'll waste tax payer money while she sucks up all the attention she can. I was pissed when I got a speeding ticket and was going to go to court to fight it. My wife told me I was wrong, I was speeding, to deal with it. This gal needs to own up, and deal with it! Public apoligies and community service at the dog shelter are in order. Or better yet, put her on a corner with a sign..."I got my dog killed."

TuffNutts2011

Her dog, it gets out, her fault. If she was that irresponsable as a pet owner the dog is prolly better off. Who knows when the last time its had its shots.

dittoditto2

REEALLY what does having " shots " have anything to do with this .. like i am so sure the stupid cop though the dogs had rabies .. RIGHT .. totally irrevelent to the situation duh

Father of 1

The call came from a postal worker who felt threatened. The police officer did what he had to. If the dog warden would do her job maybe officers wouldn't have to. She broke the law before and broke it again. Sad the dog had to die but if you don't have tags and don't keep it in your yard chained or fenced what do you expect? The boyfriend has multiple domestics for beating women. But he is upset about the dog being shot? If you were home get off your lazy butt and get your dog. Another example of idiots in society. The police aren't corrupt like some say the people are the problem. Grow up.

BytheBy

Agreed. The dog warden in this county is awful. If you can ever reach them, they then give you the run around and clearly have no desire to actually do any work.

IDK

We have 2 dogs & even when they're out in our fenced in yard I still watch them until they're ready to come in. But ONE time our pit bull did get out because the meter reader came that day & when he left he didn't latch our gate that day. I didn't know he had been there that day & had no reason to believe our yard was not secured. Thank God our neighbors were outside & called him. It all happened within like 30 seconds but I realized that day to check our gates regularly to make sure they're latched. I don't know this girl or the dog but I know how quickly things can happen. I had a rottie...beautiful dogs. I really wish cops would stop shooting at dogs...seems to happen way too much. Yes, I have a bleeding heart for dogs & these situations sicken me. I'm 110 lb girl & I would've called that dog to me...GROW SOME HUEVOS PEOPLE!!!

meowmix

I'm with 95% of the posters on this subject. Her fault. Plain and simple. Too bad about the dog but ask the CCW carriers who post on this board what they would have done had it came towards them while they were with a small child(ren) and the odds are, they would have also shot it. Sorry, I value my windpipe too much to want to take that chance.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

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Anyone knowing Somebody that has a dog without a license should turn them in you have to pay why don't they pay…

Was the dog tagged last year when it was running at large…

The boyfriend should be charged for putting the officer in harms way…

Also we Have a person in our neighborhood that had as many as 11 dogs and no dogtags these shelters should not allow this to happen they are the problem

JERRY from SANDUSKY

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Anyone knowing Somebody that has a dog without a license should turn them in you have to pay why don't they pay…

Was the dog tagged last year when it was running at large…

The boyfriend should be charged for putting the officer in harms way…

Also we Have a person in our neighborhood that had as many as 11 dogs and no dogtags these shelters should not allow this to happen they are the problem

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Come on people, it’s not her fault. The past 30 years the progressives and personal injury lawyers keep programing everyone that it is never your personal responsibility, it is always someone else’s fault. How can you blame a 23 year old that has been programed to think this way :)

Outofwork

This is very sad, I would hope no one's child sees this video. I'm just curious as to why the man didn't come out sooner when the dog continued to bark? He could have saved it's life... If they lived in my area, they would have gotten a ticket for excessive barking as well. Very very sad.

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The cop Wilson is a joke, the dog was not charging him. That clown should not even be a cop no more before he snaps again and kills a person.

Father of 1

Night roller: You are what is wrong with society. Your the joke. Everyone of you who runs your mouth about police officers and how bad they are. I hope you never need them when your in trouble. Thsts when you sing a different tune. For the ones who complain, if you don't like Sandusky MOVE. We all would be better off.

YouDon'tSay

I agree Father of 1!

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Father of 1 your a joke too just like that clown who shot the dog that wasn't charging him. I was not saying all cops are clowns, just that one. Another thing is I don't live in Sandtown and never would live there or any other town, I have a farm out in the country with a few "BIG" dogs and farm animals. The dogs I have here are for telling me if any people like you are breaking into my barns so I can get out there in time for some target practice.

Louie

People dont seem to understand that their are leash laws in the city I think the cop did what he had to do for his own safety the owner should know better than to let the dog run loose. If that were my dog I could understand the officers actions this is why their are leash laws that no one obeys.You can bet if the officer would have gotten bit or worse their wouldnt have been a thing said about it Good call SPD officer.

dittoditto2

ROFL .. he was charging the dog .. the dog was on the owners property .. it is so crazy to read stupid comments from people that dont have a clue ..

Suitcase Simpson

The video proves that the officer was jusitfied in his action. Who wants to let that rottie bite before you decide he is a threat? The fault in this incident falls squarely on the shoulders of the owner who failed to control his dog. And his reaction when he comes out doesn't indicate that he was very attached to the dog.
And Jerry from Sandusky, we don't need to report everyone for everything. You must have been a narc before you became old and cranky!!

Free Man

An innocent life lost to a trigger happy, dog killing cop.

BytheBy

Dog dies because owner is NOT responsible enough to even own a goldfish. There's a headline for you.

SurroundedByMorons

"Owner's Negligence Ends In Dog's Death" pretty much sums it up for me. Sad end, no ones fault but the owner's. Buy tags when you're supposed to and keep your dog confined/on a leash. My dog didn't get shot today because mine was not running the streets. People opposing this officer have obviously never been on the other end of an unknown dog with an unknown demeanor who has previously charged other people and is growling at you. Take some responsibility for your negligence.

dittoditto2

ROFL .. really so if the dog had been wearing a license the cop wouldnt have shot it .. that absolutely has NOTHING TO DO with anything . I have been on the other end several hundreds of times .. and guess what .. never shot the dog . just stupid people . stupid cop

Just Sayin IMHO

Who is to say the dog wasn't tied up... who is to say that he didn't just get loose, like some dogs do from their yard.... And why wasn't the Dog Pound called in to collect the animal? They are trained in dealing with this very thing. I don't see why there is not the same kind of training for officers. Chances are, once you get the dog on a lead, his tail starts wagging. And even if it doesn't, there are many many ways to handle that as well. I know... I am a groomer and have been for 12 years. This was not necessary.

LifeIsCrazy

Agreed! ^

bigrmachine

With technology getting ever better these days ..pretty soon animals will have weapons too and then they can fight back....and what if that dog did have a gun ...you think that things would have ended differently.Well in this world we live in there are people that think owning such a breed is like having a weapon..that dog was taught to show aggression and it proved to be the thing that got it killed. It will not be the last time this happens, for some people assume that when a cow roams freely in India ..Why can't my Dog do the same in the U.S.A.

Cowboy

Bownt chicka mow mow...

Cowboy

Bownt chicka mow mow...

LANDLORD

It's very clear. The dog was off the owners property and was showing aggression towards others. The police are 100% doing their job. Owner is 100% at fault.

dittoditto2

how ignorant you are

concernedtruth

I agree the woman should of had a license for the dog and all the registration as required by law, however the police officer was not being threatened by the dog, the dog was not attacking him and did not speak with any witnesses before shooting the dog. I will always honor and respect law enforcement, however in this instance they were completely wrong and Captain Lang needs to re-evaluate his thinking and stance on this issue.

LifeIsCrazy

Agreed 100% ^

Anyone commenting on this article should watch the video - just to see how fast your opinion changes. There is no reason the dog should have been shot BEFORE the officer even attempted to use the harness! There is no reason the dog should have been shot within 45 seconds - 1 minute of the officer exiting his vehicle!

Sandusky Police Department - please show common sense and decency and give this shooting the investigation it deserves. If you allow this to go on unpunished, what's to say the next police officer doesn't shoot a person because he or she "MIGHT" or "COULD POSSIBLY" attack someone?

nosey rosey

I don't care if the dog was loose, killing it was definately not the correct response. Should it have been loose, no but sometimes things happen. The dog did not attack nor shown any signs of being a threat. This officer and his superior should be fired.

Cityslicker

For those of you calling Officer Wilson a coward. I'll have you know that he has spent more time in Iraq latrines than most of you have spent time commenting on here (including myself). He is the last person I would call a coward.

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Trustafarian

On behalf of a grateful nation, we thank your son for his service to our country, Ms. Hansen.

bobshumway92

Big deal, I spent time in Iraq too. The way he acted he should be ashamed of himself and I would have no problem telling him that to his face.

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CONCERNED MOM

I am absolutely upset about this.. i believe the police officer(P.O.) did not have to shoot that poor dog.. the neighbor new who this dog belonged to he was standing on the porch. the P.O. did not even attempt to knock on the owners door. nor did he wait for the dog warden to help him.. that dog was running from him,, the p.o was coming at her too fast and with a gun drawn and pointing,the ONLY intentions he had when he pulled up was to kill this dog. the collars they make are made to snapped apart for safety,, probably snapped it loose. just happened to me the other day, i live in country but i prefer to leash mine,, it caught on a board on my deck and his snapped off. this is utterly disgusting. OMG I just want to say im sorry for this pet owner,, why cant you shoot the criminals as fast as u shoot animals.. some of them should never have survived at some of these nasty people have done to people like andy dunn and etc.

SamAdams

I like dogs. And I feel really bad that this dog is dead. But what nobody's talking about here is that this isn't the first time the dog went after somebody and the police had to be called! The dog, in fact, has been known to cross the street chasing people!

In fact, why do you suppose the police were called in the first place this last time? Because the dog was after somebody else, that's why. So can any of you who are critcizing the police tell me why it is you'd rather see somebody hurt? Possibly badly given the size and aggressive nature of this particular dog?

The worst part of this whole story is what a few people have had the good sense to point out: If the dog had been adequately confined, NONE of this would have happened.

Westender

I watched the dash cam. Officer Wilson did what he had to do. My question is, with all the barking going on with the dog barking at the mail person and then at Officer Wilson, Why did no one come out of the house until Officer Wilson shot the dog? Were they enjoying watching their dog chase every one?

dittoditto2

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pug7

I do rescue work with dogs and I agree that the owner has to take her share of responsibility in the unfortuante death of Lucy. I have questions, why was this large breed dog on chain, if you do have a large dog they need to be WALKED and often, not put out on a chain. Why didnt she have a license? Had she been given proper vet care and shots? I can understand a dog getting loose, but it's YOUR responsibility to see that they are secure. Too many people see these large breed dogs as status symbols and have no idea the kind of care they need. I go to shelters and pounds all the time and see beautiful dogs large and small that are up for adoption ( or worse) if they cant be placed, you know what their outcome is going to be. As far as the cop goes, I dont understand why he felt like he was so threatened, he should have called dog warden for back-up. There is enough blame her to go around, but bottom line is, THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS, ONLY BAD OWNERS, or irresponsible, foolish ones. I have one other gripe with people that get dogs, keep them crated 8 to 12 hrs a day while they work or whatever, and wonder why they are so crazy and uncontrollable when they get loose. It's as bad as chaining them up. They are live animals,not toys to be taken out when you or your kids feel like playing with them. Get a goldfish. Both parties are to blame for this, the owner and the cop, learn something from this and move on, both of you

photoreal77

I agree the owner AND the trigger happy police office need to learn from this. The dog warden should have been notified and the appropriate measures would have been taken. The owner wouuld have been cited and then paid a fee to get her dog back. This was a senseless killing.

KURTje

Love it! Keep deleting other opinions whether you agree or not S.R. The cop was right. Her past actions validate why she is not responsible.

bobshumway92

Doesn't change the fact that she is HOT!

photoreal77

The dog "should have been tied up in his yard like he is supposed to be"??? Since when is it appropriate to "tie up" a dog. I don't believe in that. Granted the dog shouldn't have been wondering it was in the vicinity of his yard AND the dog warden should have been called. I watched the horrific video of the ridiculous GUN HAPPY officer. The dog DID NOT charge him!!! HE LIED!! My Miniature Schnauzer would have growled at anybody walking toward her with a stick in their hand!!!! The dog was scared. Dogs bark at people. The dog didn't "charge". I'm so sick and outraged. This is horrible. The dog was someone's pet and didn't have to die. THIS is why it is hard for me to respect certain police officers. He was NOT justified in firing his weapon.

Mum-of-One

What if Lucy had been run over by a car while wandering loose. Would it have been the car owner's fault?

bobshumway92

If the driver intentionally swerved to hit the dog, yes.
Apples and oranges, try again.

meowmix

Excellent point!

tlp72

This video is so hard to watch, I to am a Rott owner and to see this breaks my heart! Yes she slipped her collar and was wandering out of her yard but that is not grounds to shoot and kill her. From the video she looks like she was going back and forth between the houses, but in no way does it appear she was charging him. This is a sad situation yes the owner may be at fault for what one would conside neglect of law by having a dog at large but what about the officer? What he did in front of his dash cam showed just as much neglect?!?!?! Don't judge a book by it's cover!
Sorry for your loss of your beloved pet!

Kmf1984

Her dog should have been confined but some dogs are pretty slick ( I know of dogs that can open doors) and make that difficult. It's frustrating to me that if Lucy was a different breed she would be alive. I've never encountered an aggressive Rottweiler. However I had a Dalmatian that bit someone and was bitten by a chihuahua hard enough to break the skin

wiredmama222

No matter what, that was all the officer could do. The dog was advancing toward the officer in a crouching position. What more could he have done? Without a tranquilizer gun, he had very little choice but to fire. Had the owner done what was right, no one would be having this discussion.

Does anyone think this officer didn't hate having to do what he did? I really doubt it. It probably made him sick that he had to fire, but he wan't given much choice. Either fire or get bit. I don't blame him either. Nope, he did what was necessary because the owner didn't.

dittoditto2

ROFL .. no i dont think he cared at all DUH if he did he wouldnt have done it DUH

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1. The dog was not advancing. It was standing upright and barking, in its own yard.
2. What more he could have done was to keep his weapon holstered, so it wasn't his first impulse to fire. He's a big guy - he doesn't need a gun to subdue a dog.

happyfeet64

Re: Just Saying IMHO- Totally agree with you. All I saw was a cop that shot a dog who was barking at him- not charging and not looking to be agressive,been around dogs all my life and 90% of the time you know when a dog is likely to charge.The cop was not trying to restrain the dog at all and dispatch should have called the dog warden to do his job. To leave that dog there on the ground dying is also unforgivable.As for her past record- plz if that's the least of her problems with the law compared to what has been happening in Sandtown ... RIP Lucy sorry you had to die because of SPD ignorance.

dittoditto2

Bottom line folks .. Animal control officers handle calls like this on a daily basis and dont use deadly force . Many dont even have a gun- be cause they use their brains and training . This cop was defiantely in the wrong - no contest. If you dont know how to handle a dog then dont go on the call and get someone that DOES KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING respond. PERIOD. The city is at fault for NOT having a animal control officer and for not training poice officers on handling such situation PERIOD .
there was NO need to shoot this dog irregardless if the dog runs loose, irrgardless if the dog has vaccinations ( to the idoit writing shots) or a license. Totally handled improper but the stupid chief wont put fault on his cops .. EVER

Nor'easter

If "boyfriend" had come out and gotten the dog, this could have been prevented. SR failed to report that he was arrested on a bench warrant for CRB 1201549B following this incident and paid fine for Disorderly Conduct case from 2012 after arrest.

pug7

#1. Im not an idiot. #2 I was only pointing out that there seems to be a pattern here with the owner not being responsible, and that means not chaining it out, taking proper care of the animal, as in walking it vet care, license. Nor was it the first time dog had gotten loose. #3 yes, I pointed out that officer wasn't totally blameless in all this. #4 Sandusky does have an animal control officer, don't know why he wasn't called. #5 if you have some much time, go to your local shelter and volunteer to care for all these dogs who are there because of irresponsible breeders and clueless owners. Look into the eyes of a dog sentenced to be put down through no fault of it's own for being aggressive or ill or unwanted. Their fate is the same as Lucy's just by a different route, and it happens everyday, where's your moral outrage there?

bigrmachine

she works the computer at the Register ....we are all screwed