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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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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BW1

"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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PITMOM36

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights) and Libel and defamation.

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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PITMOM36

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kURTje

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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 ...

Cowboy

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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 .

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