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?

rickross2

I'll watch because shes hot. I would say that they were both in the wrong. I can't watch the video on account of me being a dog lover, so I just have to trust the Register's reporters story! lol

Rod Farva

Pity party!

LabMan

What can she add to the story? Was she even there?

Rod Farva

When will the candlelight vigil be?

Trustafarian

Noon

Westender

Vigil @ noon, fund raiser @ 1:00, new tatoos @ 4:00

excel

+1

Cowboy

...and bownt chicka mow mow until the sun comes up!

Nor'easter

Where was this deaf and blind owner while the dog cornered the postal worker and barked and charged the police officer. She couldn't hear, wouldn't look, and didn't bother to check on her animal. She also defied the law to license a dog.

LifeIsCrazy

I hate to go against the grain here, but that dog did NOT "charge" the officer. And if shooting the dog was "just a reaction to being charged", why did he second guess on the shot?

Things just aren't adding up, and I would hate to see my animal, or anyone else's shot based solely on appearance.

Good 2 B Me

Exactly!

Ehovemom

Why are you giving her a platform? She did not obey the law. The dog did not have a license. The dog was not on a leash. The dog could not be controlled by whoever was in charge of it. If that dog had bit the officer or the postal worker or a child or a neighbor, it would have resulted in severe financial reprocussions. I am sure she is not insured on the dog if she will not even pay for a license. If the officer thought the dog was charging; he was justified. And he thought the dog was charging. End of story.

LifeIsCrazy

I'm sorry, but that is a bunch of crap. How did the officer know BEFORE he shot that the dog didn't have a license? He didn't! How did he know the dog didn't just slip her leash? He didn't!

Everyone is saying "What if the dog did this..." or "The dog could have done that..." - but SHE DIDN'T! Being an officer of the law, he shouldn't have based his decision on the appearance or breed of the dog. And let's face the reality, that is exactly what happened. If the dog had been a small "ankle-biter" - he most likely wouldn't have shot at it. He would have at least ATTEMPTED to use the harnessing tool. (Which he never even attempted to use.)

Good 2 B Me

YES!!

jes1413

Can an ankle biter dog do as much damage as a rot? No. It can't. Therefore, the idea that he wouldn't have shot an ankle biter is an asinine argument. And I don't think the dog having tags or not would have stopped him from shooting it. Just because a dog has tags does not mean they will not act aggressive.

Good 2 B Me

So you are justifying shooting it because of its breed?

jes1413

I'm saying the shooting is justified because a postal worker called the police department, an officer responded, and the dog was barking, jumping, and moving TOWARD the officer, as he was taking steps back. I am saying that if a small dog was being aggressive and attacked someone, it would not do near the damage this dog can do. Not because of the breed, because of the size and the movements the dog was making. I have seen the damage that can be done by dogs of this size, and it isn't pretty. The dog in Port Clinton bit that lady down to her bone, I do not in any way blame this officer for not waiting for that to happen to him. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck,it must be a duck. Or if it jumps and runs like a large aggressive dog and barks like a large aggressive dog, its likely a large aggressive dog. No matter what breed.

excel

For those delusional enough to say the dog didn't charge the officer here is a clip of it doing exactly that...(with shooting cut out)

http://s17.postimage.org/az60337...

I've also included a definition of charge for those less educated among us. Charge- To rush forward in or as if in a violent attack.

Good 2 B Me

Way to edit out a bunch. Look at the actual video. It is not as simple as you are trying to make it.

excel

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.

rottnrog

I'll bet you didn't have a pet as a kid, but that is a good thing because you would probably have killed it !!!

jon491

Take a look at the vid in slow motion ,that dog DID NOT CHARGE the cop.

Bluto

Real life doesn't happen in slow motion , dude . He didn't know this dog from jack . How is he supposed to knock on doors to find an owner while a potentially dangerous animal is running the neighborhood ? If my kid was out playing close by while this dog was loose and the officer was going door to door trying to find an owner , I would be pissed . He couldn't have know if the owner was even on that side of town let alone that block .

jon491

No it's not in slow motion but you can see it a bit better . He was not knocking on doors .

Cowboy

Put it in high speed and he completely eats the cop!

LifeIsCrazy

"Charge- To rush forward in or as if in a violent attack." Okay - that is NOT AT ALL what I saw. If anyone "charged" in the video, it was the officer who "charged" the dog and chased her around the corner. Then, when he turned and ran away, the dog turned to chase him. She was PLAYING. I didn't see anything violent in that dog. Why, because she was barking? Sorry to tell you, but some dogs are just more vocal than others.

Good 2 B Me

YES! That is EXACTLY what I saw! Not the edited FOX NEWS version of the truth from Excel.

lmalley77

She did NOT charge at him!!!!....WOW!!!....LOOK again!!...He turns and acts like he is going to run...she starts to give chase, but for a split second!!...He stops, turns around, Lucy is STANDING THERE LOOKING AT HIM AND BARKING...he squares off with her for a few seconds and then shoots her in the head!!!!.....Get a friggin grip, you are in denial, as are many others commenting here, this shooting was NOT justifiable!!!!...He should have gotten back in his car and waited on the dog warden!!...The dog wasn't going anywhere, she was in her OWN yard!!!....Maybe her owners were in the shower or on the toilet...she probably did just slip her leash, but he DIDN'T HAVE TO SHOOT HER!!!!!!!!!!

Bluto

The officer's responsibilities are to keep the public safe , NOT to debate a dogs intentions . This dog had already chased one person down and that alone is enough to consider it potentially dangerous .

Good 2 B Me

To draw a parallel, it would be like an officer pulling you over and assuming that you had no license. Chasing you around the corner, giving you a few seconds, unholstering his weapon and firing at you.

Trustafarian

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Off-topic comments.

Good 2 B Me

So you are justifying being shot?

Trustafarian

Yes. I always hoped to be 100 years old when I'm shot in bed with my 19 year old girlfriend by her jealous boyfriend. However, if I'm wacked out on bath salts or wearing white after Labor Day, then by all means, put me out of my misery.

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 sqaured 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!!!!!!!

Bluto

I still remember the story about the three Rots that chased down the two kids as they waited for the school bus . One survived by climbing a tree , the other was mauled to death before anyone could stop them . This is what happens because of pet owners like Ms Hansen . I sure wish a police officer would have been there to stop those dogs . I would rather hear about a dead dog instead of a dead child .

goodtime1212

Although sad, History shows the dog has gotten lose before,so she should have known to make sure it wont happen again. To say " how can I get tags for a dead dog " is just stupid, tags should have been on the dog before it got lose. Whether you agree with the law or not, if your going to choose to have this type of animal, you have to be willing to jump through the extra hoops that comes with it and be responsable, or be willing to pay the consequences know matter how extreme when things go wrong. Kinda looks like that is what happen here, and now she dosnt like the cconsequences.

LifeIsCrazy

Please don't get me wrong here. I agree that she should be charged - both for dog at large and for not having a current dog license. There is no question there - she made the bed, now she has to lie in it.

The question for me is whether or not SHOOTING the dog was justafiable - which in my opinion is NO. I was on the fence with this until I watched the FULL video. After watching the video, I firmly believe the officer had NO REASON to shoot the dog. Regardless of whether she was loose, had tags, or was a rotweiler. None of that should have mattered. There were other ways to handle the situation and the officer chose the worst possible way.

Cowboy

Did the cop get bit? No! Then the shooting was justified! Why do we have to wait until our cops are hurt before shooting the aggressor? I'm lighting a candle right now....for the cop for doing his job at 100%! I want him to protect me!

Pastor Ron

A dog can be a weapon. Walk down the street waving a gun and you might get the same treatment. Bottom line.... people need to be responsible. Letting your dog get loose multiple times, allowing the dog to bark in the middle of the street and not having it licensed is not responsible. I pray these people don't have any kids. I think a house plant or even a cactus would probably be in peril with these two.

Good 2 B Me

That is one of the most ignorant statements that I have ever read. How judgmental.

Licorice Schtick

Um...am I the only one that see the hypocrisy of that stastement?

Trustafarian

Maybe the dog had mental issues and this is just another case of suicide by cop.

Free Man

What an idiot. Children Next ?

lmalley77

Exactly Free Man!!!!......If SPD let's this so called officer stay on, I am POSITIVE this will not be the last time we hear about him doing something unjustifiable......But then it will be too late, just like it is for Lucy!!...I can only hope and Pray that it never comes to that, but this officer should NOT be trusted to "SERVE AND PROTECT" our community!!!.....He did NOT foloow protocol for a loose dog, he KNEW what he was doing!!..He should have stayed in his car as long as Lucy stayed in her yard barking, and WAITED for the dog warden!!....This officer is a disgrace to SPD and the officers that they employ who would have handled this differently...I sure know I wouldn't want to work along side him!!!

slappymcgee

It's a dog....who cares.

Free Man

Watch his right hand, he knew all the time he was there he was going to use his pistol.

huronres1

It looked to me this so called cop enjoyed shooting that dog. Shame on his sorry A$$!

Advocate For Animals

I'm glad she's getting the platform and I hope she hollers to the rooftops! Old Quick Draw McGraw had his say now it's time for her.

KURTje

Great job officer. You served the people well here.

Advocate For Animals

I don't want this man serving me. He needs to be charged with animal cruelty. First this coward shoots the dog then stands there watching the animal suffer. He's a disgrace!

Louie

@SamAdams couldnt agree with you more people think the laws and rules our for everyone else but them.I seen the video and I think the Officer did what he had to do to ensure his own safety and the public safety I can say I would have done the samething if I was in the Officers situation. People want protection from the police but if their in the wrong then they complain about the penality 1. The dog wasnt on a leash or confined.2. The dog wasnt tagged and the way the dog was getting aggressive toward the officer is reason to use Deadly Force.

Good 2 B Me

Sometimes dogs get out of the fence, yard, house, etc. It really does happen, no matter how responsible the owners are.

They actually break chains and collars sometimes too. That being said, you're saying that it would be ok to shoot your dog if it does any of those that I mentioned?

Good 2 B Me

Hopefully this officer never gets into a gun battle. Obviously he is a sharp shooter. He shot Lucy while in full retreat and fearing for his safety. Killed her with one shot. If he gets into a gun battle, he had better never miss a single shot!

Oh wait, he killed a dog that was sitting still, not charging him. IN COLD BLOOD.

excel

If we could only put a child in place of that officer(maybe your child?) the child and dog might have played together. hahahahaha maybe this could have happened if we were living in candy land

Good 2 B Me

Silly little fool! My kids wouldn't be playing in the street! I live in the country!

he said she said

I saw something similar years ago. Two rots were running loose in my neighborhood. They kept me from leaving my house to take my son to school. I called the police and told them what was going on. When they responded, the dog warden was right there behind them. I'm standing in my house and the dogs lurched toward both the officer and the warden (like this dog did) and then started to run to my door. The dog warden plainly told the officer, 'they do that again, shoot them.' They shot one and was able to get the other one contained in the back of the truck.

Needless to say, the officers were ready and willing to charge me because they thought they were my dogs (not). The owner of these dogs took the knocks of being charged two times for dog licenses and dogs running free. He didn't get the attention she's getting because he took responsiblity for what he didn't do--keep his dogs on his property on a leash and having no dog tags.

Was this officer right in what he did? some say no some say yes.
Should this lady who broke two laws/ordinances be quiet and take her knocks like an adult? Most definately.

Northstar

Defending himself. Well he might as well defend himself when a 2 year old is climbing in his cruiser. All I have to say is. GREAT EXAMPLE FOR OUR COMMUNITY IDIOT. And you even said," OH HE WONT COME NEAR ME." So why shoot it if it wont come near you. Get a life!!! A good one too. Without voilence. Also I hope you go to jail and you BETTER APOLOGIZE TO THE LADY...

goodtime1212

geee as far as I know a 2 year old dose not have the straigth to clime on a cruser much less move fast enough to do anything harmfull. Using kids as an example is silly.

starryeyes83

don't forget to dress down show your tats and have smokes on the desk ...

I feel bad for the dog that she had the misfortune of having an owner who put her in danger in the first place... stupid irresponsible people should not be able to have pets or kids.

"nuff said.

Advocate For Animals

Animal Planet star and cat behavorist Jackson Galaxy has tattoos too and they are quite visible throughout his show. I guess that makes him irresponsible as well and he shouldn't be helping the many people he does everyday with their cat behavior problems.

Tattoos = bad, irresponsbile person. Coward with a gun and a badge = good, responsible person.

starryeyes83

Wasn't referring to animal planet..just previous guests...FYI I was being sarcastic.

lifetimeresident

I feel sorry for the owner, alot of people see their pets as their own kids. But I cant fault the Policeman in this situation. He did what he had to do. If you have pets see to it they "NEVER" get loose. Just like if you have a child, see that they never go out in the street. It only takes one time. Be responsible. Always.

lifetimeresident

Just watched the video. Its obvious the policeman is upset that he had to shoot the dog. And the owner was very upset. Where in the He.. was the owner the whole time this dog was on the lose barking up and down the street. What a shame this happened.

Brainiac2007

The policeman was upset he had to shoot the dog? You must be watching a different video then me! What I saw was a dog RUNNING FROM a police officer, THE OFFICER EVEN STATED ON CAMERA "THE DOG WONT COME NEAR ME" (and he still shot her! what an idiot) the dog comes back around the corner, begins barking, the officer HESITATES to shoot his weapon, then decides to shoot, the dog hits the ground, whimpers, cries, flails, moans and yet the officer kept walking up to her pathetic body, looking down at her, and didn't have the decency to shoot the 2nd time to put her out of her misery! THATS ANIMAL CRUELTY....You all that are sticking up for this man that wears a badge, bottom line is this.....THE OFFICER HAD 3 OTHER MEANS OF CAPTURING THE DOG AND HE NEVER TRIED A ONE OF THEM, 2ND OFF HE LET THE DOG SUFFER FOR SEVERAL MINUTES.......NO NEED!

Darwin's choice

"why", "did not", "was not", "would have", "she is not", "she will not"," officer thought", "he thought the dog was charging". WOW ! What are the lotto numbers tomorrow?

Free Man

There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride
Sweet memory will die
Killer on the road, yeah

starryeyes83

The Doors, right?

Nick2405

I think its funny the officer knew the dog's owners name. Either way its a dog. Get serious. For those of you complaining etc. if a dog attacks you or a family member/friend dont call the police. Half of you will talk the talk but will you walk the walk?

Advocate For Animals

Right.....it's only a dog. Humanity at its finest.

Brainiac2007

My son was attacked by a Huge German Rottweiler when he was 7 years old! This dog was one that would have fit the profile of attacking. My son was walking past a group of apartment buildings, we had heard the dog barking but had no idea where it was coming from, the bark seemed muffled, then all of a sudden the bark was extremely close, I turned around to look and my son was screaming in sheer pain, with this big dog attached to him, I beat the fire out of this dog to get him loose, my son required stitches, but I refused to push to have this dog killed, I pushed to make his owner pay my sons hospital bills, and I pushed to force them to quarantine the dog for 10 days because there were no vet records available on this dog. You see we are all part of this game called LIFE, and whether we like it or not CRAP HAPPENS, but we also live in a world where everyone is sue happy and think the world owes them something....Get over it, accidents happens (like this dog getting loose), but to immediately resort to violence is absurd!

bigdad1205

The mail lady he was charging was surely afraid for her life. This dog is making a lot of noise before it is shot but the boyfriend doesn't even check until after it is shot. The only mistake this officer made was not finishing it off so it didn't suffer. The dog clearly charges at him from between the houses and again at the sidewalk. Is he supposed to wait until the dog is on top off him before he shoots? She is a bad owner and because of this the dog is dead. The only forum she needs to defend herself is the court room.

dire wolf

so your saying the only mistake was not to put a 2nd bullet in it, to make sure it died asap? you do understand that dogs bark naturally, don't you? clearly charged the cop twice?..really?...the dog deserves instant death? .really?..maybe the mail lady needs to find other work if a barking dog scares her too be "surely afraid for her life". who was bit? attacked ?barking dogs are standard operating procedure in that line of work. It's like being a pilot and afraid to fly, or being a stripper, but afraid of drunk guys. either way, it's not the dog that deserves an instant death penalty.

lifetimeresident

@Brainiac2007
Does your kid thank you for sticking up for him. I highly doubt it. I bet if his kids every get attacked his actions will be very different than yours. Never side with an animal over a Human. Isnt that why were at war over seas all the time.

doglover4life

This is a sad and unfortunate incident. For one, it was irresponsible for the owners to let Lucy run loose. Secondly, if I had heard my dog barking as much as Lucy was you can bet I would have checked to see what was going on!!!!!! Lastly, maybe this will prompt SPD to better train their officers on how to handle situations like this. RIP Lucy...

Keepin It Real

In response, Chief Lang told FOX 8, “At that point, he was still too far away to use the Taser, you know it was about eight feet away and I feel as though the officer used good judgment.”

Chief Lang please explain your 8 foot rationale as to why that was to far of a distance for the officer to utilize his taser to reach the dog versus a bullet.

How far can a taser reach?
The maximum reach of most tasers is about 30 feet, they have special ones that can reach 100 feet!

Read more http://www.kgbanswers.com/how-fa...

Someone needs to reboot their memory card..... Very sad situation there are more wrongs than rights....

yellitoutloud

This whole paper is rediculous. Emil find a job. if you can.

starryeyes83

learn to spell it before you use it

R-I-D not red

Kelly

The headline is incorrect. Here, let me fix it...

Irresponsible dog owner on BTL Wednesday

phroggy

The city is in complete chaos and shambles and we're all worried about a cop killing a dog. This is shameful. There are much bigger fish to fry. Of course I won't attend the "vigil" or rally or whatever it is. I'll be at work. I have to continue supporting the folks who WILL attend.

Edwin Ison

I am a runner.....if I shot every dog that came charging at me out of yards during 5 miles.....wow, what carnage. I have never been bitten.
Cop was in Iraq?
I wonder about veterans being peace officers after war....something in their wiring gets altered after being over there. I have family who have been there and they are not the same when they return.

LifeIsCrazy

This exactly ^

Simple Enough II

Being in Iraq does not automatically make one "A tip" of the spear", a lot of REMFS and what are now called affectionatly "Fobbitts", as like a Hobbitt, the never leave the shire or in this cas a FOB (Forward Operating Base)!

jon491

SR you should put up one of those What do you think? , surveys .

jager5

So many people missing the point, Lucy never appeared to act in any aggressive manner, the officer continued to taunt her while he was clearly intimitadated by her. He should have retreated and called the proper department while staying on watch in case action would have needed to be taken. He had the night stick pulled the entire time and clearly lied about what actually occured. Yes, owner was at fault and needs to pay the fine but at the same time the officer is clearly at fault as well and needs to pay for his actions. Look at facts and stop pointing fingers!!! Lucy is the one who paid for the wrongs of two ignorant people.

dire wolf

exactly. nice to see someone who gets it.

Cowboy

Hope she wears those same shorts!

Brainiac2007

@ LIFETIME, MY SON IS NOW 16 and he LOVES ANIMALS, as a matter of fact he protests this entire situation, he watched the video and stated "mom where in this did the dog charge the cop?" So yes my son is thankful I handled things the way I did, and im sure a dog bite isn't why we are at war overseas all the time, its stupid Americans that think like you that cause these wars. Let me guess you were probably an Obama voter also? Seems like the basic train of thought for his followers. As I have previously STATED, EVERYONE PERCEIVES THREATS TO DIFFERENT DEGREES, THATS UNDERSTANDABLE, BUT THAT DOG LAYED THERE, SUFFERING, MOANING, TWITCHING, AND PROBABLY IN SO MUCH PAIN BUT YET THAT ROBOCOP COULD WALK UP TO THIS DYING DOG SEVERAL TIMES, LOOK DOWN AT HER, LISTEN TO HER CRIES, WATCH HER BODY TWITCHING, AND STILL CONTINUE TO LET HER LIE THERE AND SUFFER....Any human that can watch torture on any living creature has a true mental problem PERIOD!

lifetimeresident

@Brainiac2007
No I'm not a Obama supporter. I crawled in tunnels with Posionous snakes held by clothespins to support my country. So a Cop shooting a Vicious dog is the least of my worries. At least they wont spit on him.

dontcare

How about calling one of the neighbors and finding out who owned the dog. Give them a call to get their dog. If the dog was a habitual problem why was the owner never contacted in the past.

Hoss McGee

Guess Lucy won't bark at the police anymore Jack!

8ballinthesidepocket

Hey Matt, why not have the mail carrier and some of her neighbors on the show too? Let's get the whole story not just the bias she has. And by the way, why not publish her court records too?? She has a history of not controlling her dog.

JohnDorian12

Matt Matt Matt, are you kidding me?? Are you still THAT bitter over backing Nuesse that you will stoop to THIS??? You wonder why no one takes you seriously as a journalist, or for that fact a man....its because you are talking to the woman of a dog who was not secure and tried to bite a mailman, like she is some victim? Who would you have interviewed had this dog bit a child?? You are such a JOKE and no one takes anything you do or say seriously....you will never move up any further than this rag of a newspaper because you are a JOKE!!! LOL