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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PITMOM36

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nosey rosey

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Licorice Schtick

Your arguments against my viewpoint are unconvincing.

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maverick12

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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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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maverick12

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

rickross2

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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.

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