VIDEO: Cop shoots, kills dog

A Sandusky police officer shoots, kills woman's dog.
Emil Whitis
Feb 26, 2013

The woman. Donna Hansen, 22, hopes to rally a protest at Sandusky Municipal Court Wednesday morning when she is scheduled to be arraigned on a loose dog charge at 8:30 a.m.. 

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Simple Enough II

Same goes for why does a brother cry after sex?.....

IDK

If you have worked with dogs for 8 years & would've shot this dog, you need to find a new profession.

Father of 1

Not happy the dog Is dead. I own a dog myself. But mine stays in a fenced yard and has tags. This isn't the first time she didn't get tags for her dog. Check her record as well. People love to blame anyone but themselves. Our society is going down the tubes because of it. If the dog would have bit the mail carrier or someone else is that when its ok to shoot a loose dog?

Super Judge

Are you threatening me?

concernedsubject

I love how all the people on here with no common sense and are against the officer, are always self proclaimed masters of all subjects. Magically when they are out to get an officer for doing his job, and doing it correctly, they know everything about everything. Some should probably be professors at Harvard, but for some reason here they are on the BLOGS of Sandusky Register posting all day hmmm.....

LifeIsCrazy

Who has no common sense? Could it be the police officer who - instead of using his common sense to call the dog warden (or another SPD officer with more experience with dogs/animals even) instead shoots a harmless animal? I think that pretty much proves he has no common sense.

And I don't see anyone on this "blog" claiming to be a Harvard professor, or even "proclaimed masters of all subjects". I see people WITH the common sense you speak of (like myself), and then there are people like you who lack the same.

concernedsubject

The dog warden doesn't come out to the city for calls like that, you would know that if you had common sense!

LifeIsCrazy

Trust me when I say that I DO have common sense. And I do own dogs - and live in Sandusky. The dog warden has previously brought my dog home to me when she got loose. So before you go running off at the mouth, you should check your facts.

Why do you think there is a Erie County Dog Warden's office? That is their JOB.

asweetnessabove

I have to agree. Anyone with common sense would know that SPD has 1 animal control officer. What do they expect him to do? Work every day all day?

Good 2 B Me

Wow. I am not a fan of this action at all. Not sure what took place before the video, but once it was rolling, she did not appear to be charging the officer. She stood there barking and he shot her. He acted like he was running away, which anyone know that a dog will follow you if you act like you are running away. She never appeared to be threatening the officer though.

By the officer's arguement, if I am yelling and harrassing the neighbors, and do not come to him when he arrives, he should shoot me... "What other choice do I have?"

LifeIsCrazy

So all of you people want to say it was right to shoot the dog because theoretically he was barking he "could have" or "might have" attacked somebody? Really? How much sense does that make?

That's like saying that it would be okay for the police officer to shoot you if you were yelling. You "might have" or "could have" hurt somebody. Eventually. Right?

Exactly. Open mouth, insert foot.

XxAeroStarz69xx

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Julie R.

No way would I ever watch this video.

JUST US FOR LIBERTY

Nice insight into what this law enforcement officer is capable of doing when confronting human situations. Hopefully his poor judgement will escort him to a more appropriate job without a gun.

Super Judge

AMEN!

Nor'easter

Try pursuing the facts. The officer was there at the request of a postal worker who was chased and cornered on a neighboring porch. The dog was illegally running loose. The owner illegally had a dog without obtaining a license as required by law. This animal's stance is clearly aggressive, having run between houses and then charged the officer. No animal is worth seeing a person bitten. Sadly an irresponsible owner cost the dog his life. If he had been obedience trained and properly housed, he would still be here.
Thank you SPD for serving our community.

Good 2 B Me

The dog followed him when he "ran" away from it. Most dogs that I have ever encountered will do the same thing with the mindset of playing. When he stopped, the dog stopped, barked and he shot it. It was NEVER charging the officer. Poor judgment.

Super Judge

I dont know whats the worst part? The fact that he shot the dog, or that he appears to have lied about the events? How can anyone in Sandusky take him seriously now? He has appeared to have perjured himself not only on this case but all futer cases. Any attorney worth their salt will have a field day with him on the stand.

Trustafarian

All of this dead Rottweiler talk has made me hungry for Korean BBQ spare ribs!

meowmix

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Trustafarian

Glad I could brighten your days. There is a lot of material to work with here.

Rod Farva

Yes!

Darwin's choice

Another case of very poor judgement by a Sandusky Police officer.

Westender

Another case of people who don't obey the law, and it comes around and bites them.

he said she said

I feel for the dog. Responsible owners would have made sure their dog had tags and a harness if the dog kept getting out of it's collar when changed up. The officer...was doing what he thought was right. Officers usually only have up to 5 seconds if that to make a decision and his was to stop what he perceived as a threat to him.

I watched the video up until the officer shot the dog. The dog was barking and kept backing up until the officer with his gun unholstered started around the side of the house and the dog trotted at him. The dog doesn't know the officer and most dogs (mine included) do not like people in uniforms; the officer was an intruder on the dog's domain. If I had a dog that could possibly outweigh me in pounds trotting at me that way, I probably would have done the same thing.

Sorry to the dog's owners but you are also at fault for the death of your dog.

LifeIsCrazy

Sorry to disagree, but the ONLY person at fault for the dog's death is the officer involved. Most people would have at least ATTEMPTED to use the harnessing tool he had in his other hand. Most people would have had the common sense to at least TRY to harness the dog and find the owner OR call the appropriate facility (Erie County Dog Warden's Office).

Most people would NOT have shot first and asked questions later.

Yes the woman was wrong - she definitely should have had the dog tagged and leashed. BUT, how did this officer know that the dog didn't just slip its collar and go for what it though would be a leisurely walk through her neighborhood? He didn't. He just shot. Watch the video - any "dog person" can see she was not being "aggressive". And shooting her because she "might have" or "could have" done something is NOT the answer to the issue either.

asweetnessabove

Omg just stop. The warden will not go!!!!! SPD does their own rounding up animals. You would be singing a different tune if that dog would have attacked a child. The dog already charged strangers and cornered the mail carrier.

Doody

completely agree with what you say here. It's sad for the dog, but this officer had a call about an aggressive dog, the mail person is trapped on the neighbor's porch and it is the police officer's job to contain the animal. Personally, if my dog were barking like this I would have been out of my house and would have called it in. There's nothing more annoying to neighbors than continuously barking dogs so I would have been responsible for this. Not to mention, when one has a dog like this one not only is it the responsibility of the owner to get tags but also to make sure that it is contained. If someone's kid had been mauled by this dog because they accidentally wandered onto the yard, then everyone would be clamouring about how the dog should have been contained. In addition, the officer had no way of knowing that he was on this dog's property. Lastly, this isn't some charging chihuahua we're talking about. If this officer didn't make a decision, the dog could have charged him from that point and done severe damage. Clearly the dog was not backing away from him when he fired. I don't think he can really wait until a dog has taken his hand to pull the trigger.

I am sorry that the dog suffered. My only problem here was that the officer let the dog suffer and didn't shoot again. The owner didn't comfort his dog or anything. Had this been my dog, I would have been on my knees crying. (and btw, I own a rottweiler who is a big baby, but she's built of solid muscle and power, in irresponsible hands, she would be a weapon)

Good 2 B Me

The mail carrier left the scene. The Cop even mentions it and acts disgusted that she left.

Simple Enough II

If the dog had a hoodie on, we would be having marches in the street right now...well come clear warm weather....on a weekday, can't lose time on the weekend....

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PITMOM36

the Sandusky Register is deleting all the supportive comments....

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Rod Farva

Boooo hoo

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Trustafarian

Easy on the Caps Lock, Ms. Hansen. We get it, you're pissed.

BEHAPPY

That is not Ms. Hansen

Ares

Does anybody find it unusal that she contacted PETA when the organization doesn't believe in having pets because they view it as the subjugation of animals to satisfy human emotional needs?

julieh721

I was so saddened after watching this video. What I don't understand is why didn't someone call or go up to the owners house and ask them to restrain their dog? A senseless tragedy.

jes1413

The better question is why the owner didn't know his dog was running loose for however long and come out and restrain it himself. But no, you think its someone else's responsibility to handle a dog that isn't theirs.

julieh721

And, another thing--Why didn't the boyfriend comfort Lucy as she lay there suffering and dying? RIP Lucy Girl!

Good 2 B Me

Haven't you ever heard NOT TO TOUCH A SERIOUSLY INJURED ANIMAL? No matter how mild mannered they might be, they are capable of feeling it as a threat, no matter what breed of dog or animal.

Ares

This is sad. I like dogs. But if the officer had waited to shoot the dog as it was attacking him he probably would have not gotten a clean shot and risked having a stray bullet run through a residential neighborhood.

This is sad, no doubt but the officer is not at fault. He didn't ask for an aggressive dog to be loose in the area, he just had to react to it. The important thing to remember is no humans were hurt by the dog or a stray bullet.

Simple Enough II

I don't agree, but then again I like & get along with animals.

Cityslicker

This may be a repost. For those of you that call Officer WIlson a coward. He has spent more time on Iraq latrines than most of you spend on here (including myself). He is far from a coward.

Ares

I agree. He just didn't have many options. Had he left the dog and waited for animal control and the dog attacke a child in the area we would be talking about how he failed to act. He eliminated a threat to the residents of the area using appropriate force. Had he not shot the dog and used his impact baton instead when the dog attacked him we would be talking about how inhumane it was while watching the police video.

Simple Enough II

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Simple Enough II

I disagree with the censor, just because the term Fobbitt was used is not name calling. You have a person posting about the LEO's time in Iraq, but as we all knw many do not leave the compunds or Fobs (Forward Operating Base) hence the term Fobbitt (like a Hobbitt, they never leave the shire), not saying he was one, but just going to Iraq does not make one immediatly Audey Murphy of the 21st century!

Trustafarian

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Rod Farva

Sounds like some of you idiots should go around and be amateur dog catchers, dont go crying to the pd when it bites you in the a**

swiss cheese kat

Sounds like you resort to name calling when others don't share your opinion. Typical nonsense from a democrat.

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Been there done that. Spotted a pit on the sidewalk shivering in the cold. Took the dog in my car, got it home, bathed and dried it off, and set about looking for the owner. No problem, and I didn't need a gun.

yea right

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excel

The dog clearly retreats(goes off camera) for a minute before charging(clearly in an aggressive manner) the officer. This is a justified shooting, I would have done the same if charged by a vicious dog.

The problem with the dog retreating is the officers job doesn't end there, the officer must pursue the dog and protect the public from a vicious/barking/charging dog. For all we know the dog went behind those bushes and started growling and showing teeth causing the officer to back off before it CLEARLY charged him and got shot.

You nor your dogs own the street. Keep them locked up tightly or it's YOUR fault and your fault only they get shot up.

thinktwice

Leash? Owner? Charging people? ...Looked completely legit to me.

dire wolf

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bobshumway92

Coming up on channel 19 at 5!!!

BEHAPPY

You think you would have heard all the growling??

lmalley77

EXACTLY!!!!...Especially since you can clearly hear Lucy suffering to take her last breaths on camera!!!.....SHE DID NOT GROWL AT HIM! HE LIED!

Good 2 B Me

YES!!! Exactly!

yea right

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bobshumway92

Fire this cop!

dire wolf

That cop needs to go asap!! so does Lang if he really feels the cop did the right thing. It's no wonder that the SPD is in the news every week for events which make them look like the worst police department in the country. That dog DID NOT deserve to get a bullet to the head. I have now lost all respect for the SPD. We the citizens of Sandusky deserve better!

bobshumway92

TURN ON CHANNEL 19!

bobshumway92

If Ard doesn't act on this and fire Lang and the cowboy cop then she needs to go!

BEHAPPY

Coming up on channel 8

lmalley77

All of you who are blaming the dog/owners are nothing but a bunch of BLIND IDIOTS!!!...Clearly the dog was NOT going to attack him, she had plenty of opportunities to do so IF she wanted too!!!
This officer was on the scene for less than a minute before he shot her!!!.....She STOPPED...IN HER OWN YARD I MIGHT ADD....and was sitting there barking at him when he stood off with her and shot her for BARKING!!!
He COULD have gotten back in his car and called the dog warden....or tried to use the pull collar that he had, but he didn't, he squared off with the dog and SHOT HER IN THE HEAD FOR BARKING!!!!.....I will be at this rally, not only for LUCY, but because this so called officer needs to be charged!!..
SO, I guess all of you supporters of Brad would say that it would be ok if he came to a call at your house, because of a beligerent child, and if that child made him feel threatened, that it would be justifiable for him to shoot your CHILD in the head and then stand there and watch them suffer!?!?!!.....To a dog owner/lover, these animals ARE our children, so yes, I WILL use the comparison!!!!!!!

JUSTICE FOR LUCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jes1413

The dog owners should have gotten their be-hinds out of their house while their dog was harassing a mail lady and a police officer if they were so concerned. The officer takes steps backward as the dog takes steps forward, lunging and barking. Maybe if they didn't let their 100 lb+ dog run around the streets of Sandusky, they wouldn't have to worry about their dog getting shot. I feel bad for the dog and the officer, but I have not pity for the owner, it is solely their fault.

asweetnessabove

So in that case, you would let your child run the streets with no supervision? You would leave the child home alone? Sounds like your are not much of a parent. I'm an animal lover too. But if my dog were to be out and showing aggression or attacking/biting or attempting to bite my baby girl(CHILD) then I would do what was necessary! And Officer Wilson did what he thought was necessary.

excel

Shortened clip of dog charging officer- (shooting edited out)
http://s17.postimage.org/az60337...

If the dog charges the officer at anytime during the encounter use of deadly force is justified, legally. As you can see from the clip (minus all the BS) the dog CLEARLY charges the officer. Case closed, move along.

lmalley77

Which is probably WHY he antogonized her and acted like he was going to run from her!!...ANY dog who thinks someone is running, whether it be for play, or other, will probably chase after!!!...He KNEW what he was doing when he pulled his gun from the holster upon arriving on the scene!!!...This is NOT justifiable!!!!!

jes1413

He DOES NOT pull the gun until the dog is out of his view. Almost all officers have a hand on their gun during normal traffic stops. And exactly where do you see him acting like he is running? I see him taking steps back as the dog is taking steps forward.

LifeIsCrazy

^ When you have to EDIT the video to make your point, I'm pretty sure that nullifies the point you're trying to prove. Just saying.

Good 2 B Me

Exactly. I watched the eidted version. I thought for sure it would have said FOX NEWS on it somewhere!

bobshumway92

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bobshumway92

SPD IS A JOKE!

jes1413

Is everyone blind? The officer does not draw his gun until the dog is no longer in his sight, and is BACKING AWAY as the dog is moving TOWARD the officer. Maybe the owners should have their dog on a leash, in a fence, etc, like most dogs do. It would have taken that dog 2 seconds to cover the 15 feet between them and attack him. Its a sad story, but it comes down to the fact that the owner(s) is irresponsible, and the dog was aggressive. The officer had to make a decision.

bobshumway92

Put this cop on the unemployment line

lifelongres

Thanks to your clip excel , you can clearly see the dog STOP AND STAND STILL while he aims the gun and shoots her! If the dog was truly aggressive and charging it wouldn't have stopped! Try showing the slow mo rewind of the dog backing away...its 10 times the length of this video!

lmalley77

Thank you lifelongres....my point EXACTLY!!!.....HE SQUARED OFF WITH HER WHILE SHE WAS STANDING STILL BARKING AT HIM FOR SECONDS BEFORE HE SHOT HER!!!!!!....COMPLETELY UNCALLED FOR!!!!

Good 2 B Me

The dog also looked as if she was was trying to sit or lay when he shot her at the edge of her property!

Centauri

If you watch the video, the police officer is talking to the dog in a gentle voice and trying to coax the dog to come to him. The police officer is calling to the dog in a gentle voice. The dog is about two houses away from home and also in the street. Later you can see the police officer taking a few steps back before the dog is seen coming toward him. If the dog was not charging, why was the police officer stepping back? I want to hear the call to police before the police officer was called to the scene. What do you call a dog that charges after a mail carrier? Has this dog chased other people before this incident?

common cents

It's unfortunate our society is made up of so many ignorant people. Facts have been presented repeatedly and ignored. There are so many posts on here that have been removed because so many cannot even express themselves rationally. Many of us love animals but all across the nation reports are generated daily depicting another encounter with an aggressive dog. Whether viewed as sick, disgusting, upsetting, wrong, etc. the officer responded with a job to do. Too many just want to see a police officer go down. Read back some of your comments (if they're event printed) and see how foolish you sound.

excel

+1

Centauri

This is what happens when an aggressive dog gets too close to the police.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N...

This is a case of the police being too trigger happy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W...

jes1413

And how is it that the owner has the nerve to be calling for a protest? Any RESPONSIBLE dog owner would not have their ROT out in their front yard. This dog scared the mail carried enough that she called the PD, and then the dog was outside barking for who knows how long, and the owner didn't come out to see what the commotion was all about? This dog is barking loudly and aggressively at the mail lady and the officer for a decent amount of time, and the owners are no where to be seen. If anyone is at fault, it is the owner of the dog.

lifelongres

Common...just because no one agrees with your view does not make them wrong. I think most of the people , when shown a video of an aggressive dog charging an officer wouldn't blame the officer one bit. IF there was such a video , in this case obviously there is more than just a few people that believe he could've handled this differently. THAT IS ALL! As I've said my brother in law is an animal control officer in Cleveland and deals with aggressive pits and other breeds and guess what he carries for protection? NOT a gun! There are sprays out there that would do a better job WITHOUT killing the animal! Why is that so hard for you to understand? He routinely does his job capturing AGGRESSIVE dogs WITHOUT killing them! Not to mention the fact that one look at this video is enough for most dog lovers to tell that it is not acting aggressive , which is why we have this public outcry of support. Look up aggressive dog attacks on you tube...they charge and DO NOT STOP OR BACK UP AND TRY TO RETREAT!

Free Man

He KNEW what he was doing when he pulled his gun from the holster upon arriving on the scene!!!...This is NOT justifiable!!!!!

KURTje

Great job officer. People must be responsible for their actions.

Advocate For Animals

Watching that horrific video once was enough for me. I watched the report on channel 8 news tonight. Shame on you Chief Lang for defending this despicable act. You contradicted yourself. First you said the dog was too far away to be tazered therefore meaning he was not close enough to be a danger to that excuse for a police officer. Then you said this excuse for an officer had to shoot the dog for his own safety. So which is it?

And as for you, old Quick Draw Mcgraw, you are a disgrace to the uniform you wear. After viewing the video it's obvious you lied about what happened. My great-great uncle, Police Chief George Leitz, was the chief of police for the city of Sandusky many, many years ago and because of this I've always had respect for police officers and the law. But as far as you and Lang are concerned I have no respect for either one of you.

Good 2 B Me

Well said. Once the GOB mentality is out of Sandtown, maybe we can regain control of our Community!

BEHAPPY

@ADVOCATE....I noticed that contradiction myself. The dog was not attacking. Why can't people see that? She was scared and barking. There were too many alternatives....he did not even TRY anything else. He shot almost immediately after exiting the car. Sorry, makes no sense to me. It was the breed that cost this dog her life, pure and simple. It's not fair to judge because of breeds. There are so MANY very nice large breed dogs!

Advocate For Animals

Breed discrimination. He already made a judgement before even assessing the situation and trying to deal with it in a non-violent manner.

Mum-of-One

The dog looked threatening enough to me. The mail carrier who called the police was already inside a neighbor's house because the dog threatened her. Police had been called five times already with reports about the dog barking and running loose. The owner was just not taking care of it. It should have been taken on walks not just left to roam around a residential neighborhood.

police chaser

Wow...you people crack me up. Always wanting to point the finger at the officer. Officer Wilson is one of the best officers ive met. If that was you child or relative that the dog was charging, you would have called the police and wanted something done about it. Let me guess.....you all want "assault rifles" banned too. I FULLY support ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT in the area. THANK YOU OFFICER WILSON for keeping the streets safe.

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If You Know Officer Wilson Tell him thank you for doing his job to the Best of his abilities. This is ridiculous and will surely blow over. Thanks

Brainiac2007

First off, I love dogs, and I used to have respect for Police officers, until seeing the things that have occurred between Sandusky, Bellevue, and surrounding areas officers over the last few years. These police departments will shoot for ANY small reason. This dog BARKED, she was SCARED, COPS CARRY MACE, COPS CARRY TASERS why did he choose to pull his firearm IMMEDIATELY, he never once tried to use the tool he had to capture the animal, just because you all seem to want to down the OWNER still leaves NO ROOM for the bad judgment call made by the officer. Then to boot, the officer should ALSO be CHARGED with ANIMAL CRUELTY, that dog suffered for AT LEAST 6 minutes while the officer tried to justify his actions to the owners boyfriend. He had shot it once, he should have put the poor girl out of her misery instead of standing by watching this dog jerk, and listening to her cries. PATHETIC......Now no matter what you all say.....I don't know this dog owner from Adam, but I can tell you this...I will fight for this dog, and for the police officer to have to pay at least a fine as well because that dog DID NOT DESERVE TO SUFFER!

Advocate For Animals

Amen! I agree he needs to be charged with animal cruelty.

BytheBy

Absolutely not! This man protected the public from a dangerous dog.
Thank you Officer Wilson from all the law abiding people of Sandusky!

mikeylikesit

emotion clouding clear judgment. lots of it..

Brainiac2007

Look I believe in human safety over an animals any day but face it, this cop was NOT in harms way, I don't believe that mail lady was either, I believe she just freaked out because she seen a large dog and the dog barked at her, people that are afraid of dogs, perceive barking as a threat from the dog when that's true maybe 2% of the time. As many times as people have CLAIMED this dog has been loose, if this had been true they would have known by now that the dog was not a threat, she was just a talker. Now on to the worst part of this all, the officer CHOSE to shoot the dog instead of using MACE, a TASER, or THE INSTRUMENT he had in his hand, he IMMEDIATELY went for the GUN, and while watching the video...LISTEN CLOSELY to what the officer said after getting out of his car, this was totally intentional! The OFFICER AT THE VERY LEAST SHOULD BE FINED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY AND FORCED TO ANSWER FOR THOSE CHARGES! If I were a judge it would be an open and closed case!

BytheBy

Not only was Officer Wilson in harms way, so was the public. This officer did the RIGHT (see I can use caps too)thing and his job!
Bravo Officer Wilson. Us law abiding citizens stand behind you!

Typical

If they were home, why didn't they go out and get their Dog? Was is because they were sleeping or just too LAZY!!!

asweetnessabove

You hit the nail right on the head!

Typical

Why aren't you people protesting at the abortion clinics? Babies are killed everyday !!

hmm really

I used to own a Rott and I love the breed... but it is the owners fault! Yes, sad a dog had to die but there has to be SOME accountability here with the owner! Way to play the victim. I support the SPD on this all the way. If it was me vs a dog you can darn well bet I would be going home at the end of the day too!

Speaking of dogs....pitmom needs a rabies and temper shot. Get a grip on yourself.

Mum-of-One

What if the dog had been run over by a car while running loose, would it have been the car owner's fault? I'm just saying.

asweetnessabove

+1

jetskier

The cop probaly shouldn't have shot the dog as a first priority for her running loose, but after the owner saw her laying there suffering, he showed no concern and did not even go over to her. That bothers me as well. If it were my Golden Retriever, I would have been with her talking to her in less than a second if I saw her suffering. My dog is part of my family.

Dutigas

Sorry for the owners, the dog should never been SHOT. The Officer was DEAD wrong. The dog never charged at the Officer from what I observed watching the video. This video just stunned me.

Darwin's choice

Don't you just love all these "hero" war veterans who are just itching for another firefight.........and then the remf's who back them up....... Mr. Wilson, Thank You for your service, but you're back home now, it's Sandusky, not Sandbox.............

Simple Enough II

Yeah, and I get censored for using the term Fobbitt, wish the moderator would look up the term. Being in Iraq does not mean one is immediatly "in the thick of it"!

eightballcuet1

When I first read the officers report of what happened my thoughts were "Well that's what happens when you let your dog run loose" After seeing this video i have done a complete 360. Barking and growling Yes but not once did he charge the office. Quite the opposite. When the office approached him, HE RAN!!!. I do agree that he dog should not have been running loose but maybe if the officer had taken a minute. waited for back up and knocked on some doors he could have found the owner or a neighbor who knew the dog and could take him in. That dog suffered!!! He did not die immediatly. You can see him moving and groaning in pain. I'm really glad there were no kids around to see this.

Brainiac2007

To TYPICAL; I do protest abortions also, but you people who think cops can do now wrong, they put their pants on the same way as you and I each and everyday. They hang their as$es over a bowl with a hole to take a dump just like you and I, the only difference is they carry a gun! They have the authority to do things for the WRONG reasons and get away with it! Do I believe they all have bad intentions NO I do not just like I don't think that all single dads are deadbeats, etc etc, but I can tell you this cop who shot this Dog had every intention on doing so before he ever removed himself from his vehicle, im telling you LISTEN to what this cop has to say just a few seconds after getting out of his car! We all perceive things differently and maybe just maybe the officer may have felt a small threat, but even so WHATS HIS EXCUSE FOR LETTING THIS DOG SUFFER? ITS AN ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT! If he shot out of fear of attack OK FINE whatever he says BUT THEN TO LET THAT DOG LAY THERE IN PAIN AND SHOCK, CRYING, MOANING, AND FLAILING WAS HORRIBLE AND THAT COP DESERVES A SHOT TO THE KNEE CAP, SEE IF HE WANTS A DOSE OF PAIN MED? I don't think the POINT to this story has to do with the fact the officer felt threatened or even shot his weapon, several people were on the officers side until watching the video....Whys that?? Well AGAIN because that officer stood there, WATCHING and LISTENING to this dog suffer for SEVERAL minutes, not one of you can argue the fact that this dog suffered horribly, and there was NO EXCUSE FOR IT!

LadyC

Disturbing and uncalled for. Shoot first, ask questions later? The dog was far away from him, not charging, and barking as she got near her home. That is what dogs do. I hope no kids see this.

Free Man

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2cents

Speaking of dogs, this guy sees one!

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/ha...

Centauri

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F...
I felt bad when this dog was shot. I saw no need to shoot this dog as shown at the 05:30 time mark.

http://dogmurders.wordpress.com/

http://cops-shooting-dogs.blogsp...

AbigailWilliams

Uhm obviously that dog was clearly not attacking this guy... this is rediculous that poor dog was scared and felt threatened like any other dog would have been, this dog didnt attack him the dog was standing totally still and the officer pulled the trigger on a standing still dog. and the worst part of all he didnt even die the poor dog suffered till it died. dogs have feelings too and im pretty sure if that officer was shot he wouldnt wanna suffer till he died. i mean come on this guy should really be fired for shooting a poor dog like that. there is dog wardens/ pounds that should have been called to get the dog
someone without a gun and who knows how to handle a situation like that this is horrible. i want justice in this and have him fired or SOMETHING~!

DKR131

I do not understand the mentality of people these days. Maybe people should educate themselves before making statements. First of all let me tell you from my observation of this video, the officer was not in danger of this dog. It is clear in the video that the dog at first was paying no mind to the officer. Not until the officer started calling the dog and trying to approach the dog, the dog then became alert.

My father is a retired sheriff's officer, growing up we had rottie's, a few of them. Jake was born on my parents property, my father raised Jake from a puppy. Jake was a great dog, funny personality and loved to be around people. The funny thing about Jake is that when ever my father came home from work or one of his buddies would stop by Jake would go into an attack stance when he saw the uniform. Once the uniform was taken off and street clothes put on, Jake was fine. It was the uniform for what ever reason that set Jake off.

I myself have several dog, not one of them is dangerous, but let someone, including my husband walk into the house with a hat on and they all go into attach mode. Once the hat is off, everything is fine.

I of course have several questions about this incident. I can understand having pets myself how they can sometimes get out. What I do not understand is the fact as to why the neighbors would not inform the owners that the dog was loose? Was the mail carrier new to the area? Did the dog simply react to the uniforms or being approached by a stranger with a weapon (talking about the pole the officer was carrying).

The dog should have been given a better chance before the officer reacted in such a manor and yes the owners should have known where their dog was. The only victim here is the dog Lucy. But being an animal owner and knowing how animals react to different things, I do not believe that anyone was at risk with this dog on or off a leash.

Julie R.

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BytheBy

You would. Don't you have judges to protest?

wiredmama222

The dog was loose. We have lease laws in this town. Had that animal been going after a child everyone would be singing the praises of this police officer for having shot this dog. But that is not the case here. This dog was going ofter the police officer.

I don't know who called the police about the dog: neighbor or otherwise, but someone should have known better than to allow that dog to be loose and running free. Now they are without the dog. As gruesome and awful a sight as it was to see that dog being killed, how terrible would it have been had the dog gone after a child in the absence of that cop?

I don't think he had much choice in the matter. The dog, hunched down and ready to spring shows he/she was not willing to back off. It wasn't going back into it's yard, it was going toward the officer and ready to attack. Had the dog warden been there at the time, they may have been able to catch it but I wouldn't hold my breath.

I don't think the officer had much choice at all. He did what he had to do, sad and sickening as it was. It could have been prevented had that owner kept the dog on a leash or in the house where it belonged. That is where the blame belongs. All the blame.

GalaxyOH

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jes1413

Hey SR, the moderation police missed a post. Or is it ok to name-call if you are dogging the police. No pun intended :)

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maverick12

Nothing in this video justifies killing that dog!
The Officer shows clear intent from the moment he steps in front of the camera. It is clear that no other means were ever considered.
Not one attempt was made to use the restrainer.
The distance between him and the dog clearly shows a calculated choice.

Julie R.

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dontknowmuch

If the dog is tied up... this is not a problem. While its sad... gotta say the blame has to fall on its owner for not securing the dog

wiredmama222

I totally agree with you. Especially since the law requires it without exception.

dire wolf

so you guys are saying that an unsecured dog, having not bit anybody, deserves a bullet to the head, without exception because that is the law??....really?... no exceptions? why the dog??

docjuandon

So we wait for the dog to maul a child?????

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We could at least wait for credible reason to believe a child mauling is imminent. If the dog is close enough to said child to rule out the officer intervening physically, then there's too much risk of the child taking a stray bullet.

dire wolf

"He had no other choice".................we'll let's think for a second. How about a stun gun, pepper spray, mace, b.b gun, arm padding for those situations, moving back alittle bit to defuse having to kill an unarmed dog, the stick in your hand. honking your horn to attract the owner outside, waiting until he actually growls and sets to attack, call a dog warden, bring some dog treats in your car for those situations to befriend the dog.(it works every time), a class or two of training to handle those situations you know you may be called upon to handle. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is the police department must have a policy in place that does not use a bullet to a sitting dog's head as option 1 in that situation. I still have not heard that anyone was even bit prior to the shooting. The instant death penalty to someones pet cannot be the penalty for what took place there. The time does not fit the crime. If that is standard course of action for that scenario, i'm dissapointed. A black eye for the SPD.

docjuandon

Very Very well said !!!!!

BytheBy

Yes, let's run home and get some biscuits while we are at it.

Ohio law says it is legal to shoot an animal when you fear for your safety. AND you don't even have to be an officer to do it!

THAT's called common sense!

vicariouslyAlive

like i said in the first article, if the cop felt that he was incapable of dealing with the dog using less than lethal force, he should have called the dog warden.

and think of it this way, if i came up to any person with a stick and a gun (all be it that the dog was probably only worried about the stick because they don't understand what a gun does) i'd bark at some one coming up on me too. i'd even try to get them to back away.

this cop was reaching for his gun the second he got out of the car. he was itching for the ability to shoot this dog. never once did it enter his mind that he could have and should have left those that are better qualified to handle the situation.

what's next? cops shooting people because they juke at them screaming? trigger happy gun toting cow boys. he had no snare, he never reached for his pepper spray, he had no business even dealing with this scenario, that's what we pay the dog wardens for... and if the dog wardens aren't going to handle these situations, why do the local citizens have to foot the bill for their office?

accidents do happen, and sometimes dogs escape their confinements, but it should never result in the death of a frightened animal.

wiredmama222

While the police officer may have had his hand on the gun, he certainly didn't pull it or have it out until the dog came back at him. I doubt had that been a person, the cop would have handle this in the same way at all. More than likely, the stun gun would have been pulled and not the gun with ammo.

But that still does not excuse, either way, the owner who is totally responsible for the dog keeping it locked in the house, or tied up in the back yard. If you want to speculate, what if a child or youngster had been around when that dog was loose? This could have been an even worse tragedy than the dog being killed. The dog could have gone after the kids. Perhaps it would have been nice if the dog warden had been called, but that wasn't the case. All hind sight is 20/20, just as it is here. Unfortunately, for all concerned, this ended badly for everyone, including the police officer. I am pretty sure he doesn't feel good about having to do this either.

vicariouslyAlive

he was awfully quick to defend himself. had he no guilty conscience he wouldnt have acted so quickly to cover his rear end... if it was more than apparent that he had to use lethal force, he wouldnt be trying to convince everyone around him that it was COMPLETELY NECESSARY. when lethal force is completely necessary, it goes without explanation. he knew when he pulled the trigger on the sitting dog that he had crossed a line. by the looks of it, if he would have stayed in his car, the dog would have stayed close to the yard that it didn't leave throughout the duration of the whole video until the cop chased it around the house.

hindsight is 20/20 but we need officers that can make competent decisions in the field, not look back and say "well i could have done this." looks like the local PD botched yet another circumstance that could have been handled better... but i guess that happens when employment is a revolving door with the local PD's.

like many other posts have stated, there are plenty of ways to subdue a dog that doesnt require shooting it the second it stops moving. had he maced in right off the rip, the dog would have been cowering until personnel with the proper equipment to detain a dog could have made it to the scene. then again, had the proper office been contacts along with the police, this wouldnt have happened either... again i raise the question, where were the dog wardens with the county funded paychecks when the cops were failing at doing the dog wardens job?

asweetnessabove

Police officers are trained to be "awfully quick to defend themselves"

vicariouslyAlive

when i said "awfully quick to defend themselves," it was in reference to defending the actions he took, not defense of his person... but in a sense i guess you're still right, they probably are trained to quickly defend the actions they take, justifiable or not.

BytheBy

and it was justifiable!
he has no reason to be ashamed! He did the right thing!

vicariouslyAlive

if it was justifiable why is he so quick to get people on his side. like i said, anything done that's completely justifiable goes without question of further recourse. the fact that he immediately turned around looking for any sort of corroborating witness shows feelings of insecurity in his actions.

if i had to put a dog down for legitimate reasons, i wouldnt have to immediately look over my shoulder and ask the person behind me if they'd corroborate the evidence. you'd think the video should have been able to speak for itself, and in this case, i didn't. had the dog done anything other than perturb the neighbors and scare people that are just afraid of large dogs i could see shooting it... but since it showed very basic characteristics of being a scared animal, there was no reason the cop had to walk up on it, into it's own territory, and kill it.

think about it this way, let a cop stalk up on one of your pets with a stick and see how it reacts. but of course, your cop-out answer will undoubtedly be, "it wouldnt have happened to me because of reasons a,b and c...," because you know in any situation when an animal feels threatened, no mater the size, it will defend itself, which is all that the dog in the video was doing. it ran away, the cop followed, the dog tried to fend off the cop, it died. end of story. had the cop walked back to his car and let someone that is trained to handle animals do the job that our taxes pay them to do, we'd have nothing to gripe about.

Centauri

Think about all of the raccoons who were shot dead. Raccoons are much smarter than dogs. Raccoons have hands. The Native Americans were right about raccoons.
http://www.raccoonscience.com/20...

dire wolf

2 questions to those that know...1) can i as a civilian chase down a dog that is unsecured and put a bullet to his head,(assuming i have a ccw/gun license), because i thought once i caught him he might be aggresive?, and 2) If the animal was a cat, and it's been hanging out in my yard?, and i don't like it,maybe even feel threatened by it(allergy possibly), may i take proper wild wild west action to justify my recent right to bear arms purchase?...I hate that cat but i never considered the "had no other options" motive. btw, i don't believe in owning a gun. i made it this far without one, and mistakes get made sometimes by people that have them, although I totally support the right to own one.

vicariouslyAlive

your first question is very interesting... im wondering if in the vent that you are attacked by a dog and you are carrying a gun if you'll get charged with brandishing a weapon and discharging a weapon within city limits to save your own life... i do have guns, and if cops wernt suck pricks about it i'd open carry as my right as an ohio citizen more often, but if i shot a dog in the same fashion as the cop in the video did, how would i be charged? would i be seen as doing my civic duty to protect my neighbors and myself by invoking my right to open carry and thus dispatch a dog of questionable motives, or would i be jailed?

i think a bigger question would be if one of the neighbors had handled the situation the same as the cop did what do you think the outcome would have been? video included and all. im thinking that once the dog sat down and posed less of a threat a civilian would be smacked with the big book for animal cruelty and all gun related charges as well...

thinkagain

Heck, in Bellevue the police sneak up in the dark, with no witnesses or video and waste you sleeping on your porch. At least this incident has video for all to judge.

Brainiac2007

I thought the exact same thing!!!

Speakezy

Why didn't the owner hearing their dog bark have the common sense to go outside and see why the dog was barking? No blame there! Good job SPD, you may have save a person a trip to the ER for stitches.

Amythe K

Clearly there are a lot of strong feelings about this. Pitmom I too am a pitty owner, lover and advocate..I have no idea what you are trying to say because they keep removing your comments. Im sure you don't wish anyone else pain or misery. None of us do. I do believe this officer acted recklessly out of fear. He had the wire but had no idea how to use it. He should have waited for help to arrive; the street was empty no one else was in danger at that point. Hopefully, the department can respond to this problem by properly training officers in how to handle such situations. So sad for this beautiful dogs owners, unfortunately whenever our pups get restless and wiggle out of their collars or homes its on us. Im so sorry for your loss.

jes1413

1). The street was not empty, the mail lady was the first on the "empty street" to encounter this dog, and second was the older lady that comes walking by after the dog was shot. That is not an empty street, now is it?
2) When was help going to arrive and in what form? The dog warden? Who knows where he/she was at the time. Another officer? They're so busy taking crack heads off the street they don't even get off their shift on time.
3) This dog did not simply "get restless and wiggle out of its collar", they police have responded to this house five times for the dog being lose.
You should be sorry for this dog, not its owners. They are to blame. They sat in the house for how long while that dog was in other peoples yards/the street barking at the mail lady and the officer, before a gun shot got them off their butts and out of the house to see what was happening.

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