Dead dog's owner on BTL Wednesday

Donna Hansen's dog, Lucy, was shot by Sandusky police
Sandusky Register Staff
Feb 26, 2013

Hansen is the guest on a special segment of Between the Lines Live at 11 a.m. Wednesday, just hours after her scheduled appearance in Sandusky Municipal Court. After Sandusky police Officer Brad Wilson shot her rottweiler, Hansen was cited for dog at large and unlicensed dog. Click here for a cruiser camera's video of the shooting.

The interview with Hansen will also be available for demand viewing.

For other recent segments of Between the Lines, featuring Register managing editor Matt Westerhold, go to the blogs section.

Comments

SamAdams

Why on earth is the Register giving this irresponsible dog owner a forum where she can further excuse her own shortcomings and blame others for the death of her dog? Lucy would be alive and well if Ms. Hansen had actually GIVEN a dam* about her dog and took the proper measures to ensure it was confined!

LifeIsCrazy

While I agree that the owner was in the wrong for not having current tags, I have to disagree with you, Sam. How could the officer have known - just from driving up the street and parking his car - that this dog wasn't normally licensed and leashed and had just slipped her collar?

Why is it that you want to justify this shooting as "right"? Because the dog "might have" or "could have" hurt somebody? Well people "might" or "could" hurt people too, and we can't just go off shooting people for that what they might do, now can we?

SamAdams

I don't care about the tags. I care about the fact the dog was loose. I didn't say word one about whether the shooting was justified or not. In my opinion, having been attacked a few times myself by loose dogs, I'd say that it was. But it doesn't matter what I think. It doesn't matter what YOU think. My point remains the one inarguable fact here: If the dog hadn't been loose in the first place, none of us would be discussing the issue.

LifeIsCrazy

Okay, but if the dog had been a dog who normally had been caged, and had just slipped their collar - would shooting it be justifiable?

Also, would this officer have taken the same action for a Chihuahua or Pomeranian? I think not.

This dog shouldn't have been killed solely for it's appearance.

Good 2 B Me

I agree. How many of us RESPONSIBLE Dog owners have had their Dog slip out the door, through a fence or a gate left open by the meter reader?

All of those have happened to me. I am an extremely proud Dog owner and extremely responsible, but things do happen. Judgment is being passed without all of the information as to why the dog was out.

LifeIsCrazy

Exactly!

Why didn't the officer knock on doors to find out who the owner was? This would have avoided the whole incident.

Why didn't the officer even TRY to harness the dog? Again, would have avoided the incident.

Why was the dog shot within about 1 minute of the officer arriving on scene?

Let's face the facts here - the officer saw what HE THOUGHT to LOOK like a vicious dog, and made a judgement call - albeit a bad one.

Westender

Why did the person in charge of the dog wait till Officer Wilson shot the dog that was chasing people?

jes1413

Can a Chihuahua or Pom do the same damage as a Rot? Nah, I doubt it. Makes all the difference in the world if the dog can get past your ankle.

photoreal77

Actually Jes1413 a small breed CAN do the same amount of damage. I've seen it for myself; my son was the victim of a small breed dog attack. They can be vicious as well.

jes1413

Really? A small breed dog CANNOT jump up and bite your face if you're standing straight up and the dog is on the ground. I never said they aren't vicious, my point is that their teeth aren't as big, they aren't physically strong enough to knock over an adult male, and about the only thing they can reach is your ankle. Large, aggressive dogs are more dangerous than small aggressive dogs. Not because they're more aggressive, because they simply don't have the size or strength to do the damage.

Electra1

If you watched that video (which was SICKENING) then you KNOW this was UNJUSTIFIED. All the dog was doing was BARKING. It was obviously scared, but wasn't charging and wasn't going to unless that stupid cop did something to further aggravate the situation. Listen to him explain why he shot the dog: it's a really lame excuse for killing someone's family pet. Dogs slip leashes and manage to sneak out of yards all the time- that doesn't mean that a trigger happy cop has the right to shoot them.

Curley

I agree with Sam the dog should have been confined or on a leash. If this was someone else they would get the books thrown at them. When we had our dog he always had to be on a leash. Is she so important that she doesn't have to obey the rules.

Simple Enough II

So the same can go for all the hood rats in town also, parents let them run unattended causing chaos and disorder, do we have a "shoot on sight" option?

gyrocartfluffikins

You have to wonder how the dog would have voted on the Perkins school levy.

Commenter

Why indeed?

Trustafarian

Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame.

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.

rottnrog

You are either blind or on something !!!

Good 2 B Me

The officer "ran" away. Most dogs will consider that playing. They then will follow and try to play. Perhaps the dog thought the officer was playing, like my dog does when I do the same thing.

The Officer had his weapon unholstered when he chased the dog around the corner. HE PLANNED ON USING IT. Otherwise, you NEVER DRAW A GUN.

LifeIsCrazy

Once again - whole-heartedly agree with you!

That is EXACTLY what I said after viewing the video. I thought it looked like the dog was trying to "play". In no way did I interpret the dog to be "charging", "aggresive", or "vicious".

jes1413

God help you if you ever get in with a pack of wolves. They might want to "play" with you too.

jes1413

God help you if you ever get in with a pack of wolves. They might want to "play" with you too.

excel

That's hilarious. Now the dog thought the officer was "playing"? hahahahaha that dog sure didn't look or sound like it was "playing" to me. In the end I guess lucy just played too much... get with reality.

LifeIsCrazy

If anyone needs to "get with reality" here, it is definitely you. I make my points from the FULL evidence - not from evidence I edit to prove my point. If you look at the FULL video (not your edited "BS") you will see like many others do - that the dog was shot based mostly on APPEARANCE/BREED. Not any other factor.

Electra1

Bunk. The dog is clearly BARKING, but not charging. The dog is WARNING an aggressor to stay away. That cop was what, 10 feet away????? This is INEXCUSABLE under ANY circumstances. Ever heard of pepper spray? It works wonders and DOESN'T KILL.

Commenter

Exactly. What if the dog had hurt a neighbor?

herbie_hancock

I agree with 95% of everyone else on here, if she had been taking care of her dog it wouldn't of happened. If a parent is neglectful towards their child and it results in the death of the child then the parent gets charged. Why should it be any different than with a dog. Obviously the "reasonable belief" that the normal person would of felt threatened by a loose aggressive dog justifies this shooting, end of story. The SR can bring in all the drama they want, and yet again it will prove why people call it "the rag". Way to to book a high profile interview there haha.

rickross2

If the cops started shooting kids wandering around the streets, I'm pretty sure the cop would get charged. WTF are you comparing apples to bowling balls?

LifeIsCrazy

Agreed ^

Simple Enough II

Meh, after curfew might not be such a big deal?

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