Mail carrier says dog was vicious

A U.S. Postal Service worker is weighing in on a Sandusky police officer’s decision to fatally shoot a dog in a Sandusky neighborhood last week.
Emil Whitis
Feb 27, 2013

 

The verdict : That dog meant business.

“It ran at me from the other side of the court,” said Amanda Schneider, a mail carrier in Sandusky. “It was charging at me, snarling and growling and showing it’s teeth.”

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Schneider, who has run-ins with dogs almost daily, said she can instantly determine an animal’s intent through its body language. She owns a large dog.

So when a rottweiler bolted after her Thursday on Washington Court, she knew it wasn’t looking for a pat on the head.

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Comments

TuffNutts2011

There are no bad dogs. Only untrained owners.

Commenter

I agree with this statement 100%

IT'S ME

I'm glad the whole story is coming out now. There was a reason the cops were called, and you people who think the cops should have sat around waiting for the dog warden are idiots! The cop did his job, PROTECTING ALL OF US!

Phil Packer

Factor in a little kid into this story and everyone would agree with the police.

The Don

Mail carriers think all dogs are going to attack them as soon as they see them...if she was that worried why didn't she use the mase they carry.....Because the dog wasn't charging her, just barking

Bluto

Yeah , you were there , you know everything . Why didn't you stop the dog and save it's life ?

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BW1

She claims the dog was vicious and attacking her. However, she didn't mace the dog, and there's not a mark on her. How is this possible?

herbie_hancock

Do you know how long mace takes to start working? And the success rate of mace? Obviously not, you can't learn that by watching "cops".

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BW1

Yes, and yes. It's effective, and if you go back through this website, you'll find a story in the last couple years where an SPD officer used it when a dog actually charged, with success.

RUKidding

That's not true at all. My dog barks at everybody like she's going to rip their leg off and she has the bark of a big dog. Our mailman knows that if he carries on, goes about his business, and delivers the mail, she's not going to do anything to him. She's going to just back up from him and keep barking. If he's not an actual threat to her, she's not an actual threat to him. Just annoying. If our dog is outside, she's on a chain so there's otherwise no problem.
Of course because of the way she barks and sounds like she's going to rip the leg off of somebody as they come near her. I know enough already that If I ever need to have the police come for some reason, I need to have her in her kennel for the exact reason that the police have no reason to believe that a dog they don't know wont potentially bite them and I don't want her shot.

Informer

Mase or pepper spray doesent work on all dogs, it usually just makes the situation worse.

dire wolf

worse than a bullet to her head?

herbie_hancock

No worse like a bite in the arm, leg, neck, face, hand, foot, or stomach.

Father of 1

Thank you Amanda for coming out with your side. The idiots of Sandusky always want to put blame on everyone else. Officer Wilson thank you for doing your job and protecting that neighborhood from a vicious dog. If the owners of the dog would have actually cared for their "family member" they wouldn't have let this happen. When you let your kid go play outside do you not check on them? When your kid cries uncontrollably outside for several minutes do you not go out and see what's wrong? Same with a dog. Get a clue people. Ownership is to blame!

MrSandusky

The reason I have a CCW is because of this issue with loose dogs in the city, and owners you will not take responsibility. If I have to choose between killing your dog, or my child getting attacked again I WILL KILL THE DOG WITH OUT ANY REMORSE!!!

I own a Germam Sheperd and am responsible enough to ensure he is not running loose, but if for some reason something would happen and he was running loose and was aggresive towards someone, I would understand if the dog was killed to save a human. It is called common sense.

Tsu Dho Nimh

I agree. The key to this entire situation is that the dog was not on a lease, chain, contained in a fenced in area, etc. When a dog comes after a person, especially a breed such as this one, no one cares if it is the dog's fault or not. If the owner cared so much about the dog, why was it loose?

excel

Should have made the damn dog sign that lease!

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BW1

That MIGHT make sense if there was actually a human in imminent danger of harm, but there wasn't.

herbie_hancock

So your saying that the dog DIDN'T chase the mail carrier and two other people down the street snarling and bearing its teeth? And so this whole time we've been listening to the people who were actually there... man, we should of just asked you what happened.

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BW1

I'm saying that certain undeniable scientific facts call their perceptions of the situation into question. An athletic human can run about 12 mph - the dog can manage 25, yet all these people who were "chased" managed to outrun the dog. If the dog had actually made violent contact with a human, one of the parties would have injuries.

Cowboy

No mail carrier should have to put up with that crap because of an irresponsible dog owner. No license, running free, heck it probably didn't even have it's rabie shot! People should not have to be afraid to do their job! Donna needs to get her priorities under control!

Cityslicker

For the mail carrier to call the Police, she was in fear of her safety. My dog barks at the mail carrier every day if he is outside (secured). She throws him a biscuit, he eats it, and continues to bark. After she is gone, dog stops barking, and mail is safely delivered. Case closed.

Mama of 4

Its sad that a family pet had to be shot but like Lang said if the dog was chained up then the call to police never would have been made and the police never would have came. It could have been avoided if the owners were being responsible. Even if the dog broke free from the can. They had to have heard barking going from by thier house and then coming from two houses away. He was obviously wondering for a while.

ROTFLMAO

Yea Don, you were there. I think if you took your foot out of your mouth, you might make more sense.

Trustafarian

That's no foot......

Simple Enough II

ROFLMAO

Mum-of-One

I agree with Father of 1. The owners were not caring for that dog. Now that the dog is gone and there are charges pending, there is to be a protest. If only they had put as much organization into caring for the dog when it was alive. If only they had found the time to take it for a walk, if only they had not allowed it to be just a nuisance in the neighborhood. It was a police officer who came to help the mail carrier. Not until after the dog was shot did the "boyfriend" come outside to see what was happening. By then it was to late somebody else had taken control of the situation. The owner of the dog should not be allowed to have pets ever again. This situation proves that the owner was not capable of caring for a dog, just because she wanted one. After the protest is over, the owner will be free to get another dog maybe even a bigger or more dangerous one. Any dog becomes dangerous when bored and that dog must have been bored and lonely.

starryeyes83

Good point the boyfriend was probably too wasted to care.

queenjhb

Well said

Joker

No dog tags, dog left out in cold weather, either no fence or fence that couldn't contain the dog, and a chain/rope the dog easily escaped. Sounds like a case of bad pet owners.

Bluto

I have two dogs and know them well enough to distinguish their barks from each other let alone other dogs . Hell , I can even tell which of my neighbors dogs are barking just by the sound of them . Why couldn't this guy tell ? This dog's bark definitely would have got me off my butt to check on it .

he said she said

Bluto
I agree with what you are saying. Of all the dogs I have owned over my life time, I can tell if the bark of mine is just barking to bark or barking to defend her territory. If she gets quiet I check, if she's barking I check. I can also tell whose dog is barking in the neighborhood. Some are just barking because the wind tickled their butt and others are alerting to a stranger.

If these two gave a damn about their dog, the vets (if that is applicable), the tags, and keeping their beloved dog contained would have been their first priority.

countryliving

im sorry but mail carriers drag it to the extreme, i have a very small tiney chihuahua, she is maybe 2 1/2 lbs and when i walk up with her to get the mail, our mail carrier freaks out, gets back in her car n demands i take the dog home or i wont get my mail, are you kidding me? she is 2 lbs n the sad thing is i was holding her the whole time,she also has brought the mail to the porch of my neighbor who also has a dog, she seen the dog as it barked for seeing a new face he didnt know and again freaked out and walked back to her car, n told the neighbor to put the dog in the house or she wouldnt get her mail, as far as the dog having a tag and making a big deal over it, if the dog warden was to go door to door she would find that half of sandusky doesnt have dog tags, so its not like this girl is the ONLY person that dont have a dog tag for her dog,n having a tag is NOT the issue here, its about a dog being shot for no reason what so ever! also everyone n anyone that has ever had a dog, sometime or another the dog has gotten out of the fence, out the door or slipped the collar, it happens! again, she is NOT the only person that has had a dog get out, its happens people! after seeing the video, i dont see where at any time did the dog charge at the officer as he claims, did she bark? yes, thats her nature when some stranger comes at her like an idiot! the dog was scared trying to get back to her home,im sorry but i dont feel this was right n this dog should not have been shot and killed so brutally, then left there in pain to just die!!

Trustafarian

Taken from the Postal Employee's Guide to Safety Handbook:

D. Animals and Insects
1. General Rules

You are not required to deliver mail when an animal threatens you. Use extra care in making deliveries when dogs or other animals are loose on your route.

Prepare PS Form 1778, Dog Warning Card, and place it in the letter case whenever you observe an animal that may interfere with the delivery of the mail. Place the card in front of the address where the hazard has been observed. In a situation where the dog poses a threat throughout a segment of the route, case the card at an address most appropriate to provide advanced warning.

In addition, report any such interference to your supervisor so that the customer may be notified that the animal must be restrained.

Neither antagonize nor attempt to pet dogs. If a dog rushes toward you or takes you by surprise, do not run. Retreat very slowly, facing the dog. Keep your mail satchel between you and the dog as a first line of defense. Be careful not to stumble over objects as you retreat.

Use dog repellent spray only if you are attacked. Spray it directly at the dog’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Do not use dog repellent indiscriminately or when there is danger of spraying children or adults.

http://www.nalc.org/depart/cau/p...(2006-Aug).pdf

meowmix

I must know-- did it save you alot of time by not typing the word "and" Countryliving? Also, I hardly think the postal worker was "freaked out" by your 2 pound dog --however, by not wanting to take the chance of being bit, regardless of the size or breed of a dog is just common sense. If you can't control your dog, go buy yourself a post office box so the mail carrier doesn't have to deal with your house.

countryliving

you just have all the answers dont ya and all the smart comments to go along with it?? is this what you do all day? sit at the computer and post your smart comments?? what a boring life you live hahaha

meowmix

Why by golly-- you can spell the word "and"!!! Now, excuse me while I get back to being busy at my boring life.... yawn........

chasf

if my rottweiler had the mentality of chihuahua it would be a vary dangerous dog. chihuahua pound for pound one of the most dangerous dogs out there, they just don't do damage when they bite. a least from my experiences when i delivered papers as a teenager.

Father of 1

After these citizens of Sandusky rally around her this morning making all of them look like complete you know what the CROWBAR is throwing her a big benefit on March 1st I think. After the benefit she will have plenty of money to pay her fines and buy another " family member" she can't properly care for. Good idea people.

Bluto

Sounds just like an excuse to party . Go figure.

Sit n Spin

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queenjhb

They need dog rearing classes, you must pass to own a dog and have home inspections,if you have ever had violations like, no tags,no license,no proof of vet care, or dog at large [on an ongoing basis].

deertracker

Why not wait for all the details? Some are making lots of Assumptions on why this or that when there may be reasonable explanations. We know for sure the dog had no tags and is now dead. Lots of people don't buy licenses for their pets and we all know dogs will get loose. I feel bad for the owner because she probably loved her dog like most owners do but she was not in compliance with the law. The video is hard to watch.

Cowboy

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Cowboy

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Cowboy

Ha ha ha ha ha ha learn how to spell!

Mama of 4

This wasnt the first time countryliving. The news last night said the cops had been to her house numerous times for barking complaints which means she would leave her dog outside for long periods of time barking. Second it was the second time the dog was loose and charging at people. Not to mention reports from neighbors about the dog being mean. This isnt a one time thing.

countryliving

i understandable that, but dogs DO bark, thats what they do, so a person can not let there dog out for longer then 5 minutes at a time for fear of neighbors calling it in to the police dept? if i was to call for every barking dog in my neighborhood the police would be here every half hour, if neighbors made so many reports about a mean dog, then thats when barb knapp should of stepped in to investigate the situation,

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snowwoman

I have three dogs, one is a rottweiler mix. He sounds vicious but is the biggest baby ever!! Mail carriers do assume the worst and I sure sometimes they are correct BUT unless there is a documented case on this dog bitting someone, charging and barking at you when you are on THEIR property is NOT vicious behaviour!!!!!

YouDon'tSay

So, now we expect the mail carriers to carry a record of every dog in the city that has bit someone? How is a mail carrier suppose to deliver mail without stepping on THEIR property?

herbie_hancock

What about when the dog chases 3 people down the street snarling and bearing its teeth at them? Not vicious?

meowmix

It's spelled "VICIOUS" not "viscious" (advising the SR to correct their headline)

Rabbi

This story embodies precisely what's wrong with our society today- there are plenty of people out there who have zero personal accountability in there own lives, and countless family and friends who support them.

Trustafarian

Can the Rabbi get an AMEN from the congregation?

meowmix

Amen and a hallelujah!!!

Simple Enough II

Amen,,,Brotha Amen...Sweeeeeeet Jeeeeeeesaaassssss...Hmmmm

YouDon'tSay

Aaaamen!

Kottage Kat

Amen
Solve the problem get cats
And be responsible pet owners
Just that simple
A dog is dead because of irresponsible owner.
She owns the problem

ladydye_5

Cats? really? Be sure to keep your cat in your house or on a leash too!

starryeyes83

Yippee Skippy!

Oh, right... and an AMEN too!

SamAdams

When a dog gets loose, that might be an accident. When a dog REPEATEDLY gets loose, that's negligence on the part of the owner. This dog ended up being shot because it was aggressive. But even if it had been the sweetest creature on the planet, it was likely to get hit by a car, eat something it shouldn't, get in a fight with another animal...

I'm sorry, but the person who killed this dog is the woman who's now pretending NOTHING is her fault. I agree with those who suggest she shouldn't be permitted to have any animals until such time as she can demonstrate she's a grown up and has decided to be responsible for those in her charge.

Cowboy

You hit the nail right on the head!

queenjhb

I agree

he said she said

Country
Did you ever consider that your mail carrier may not be a dog person and doesn't care for dogs no matter the size?

I can understand a dog getting loose, it happens, but how many times does you dog have to get loose for the owner to change from a collar to a harness, change the type lead it's on or putting up a kennel in their backyard to keep it from happening?

Matt Easterhold

SR loses all credibility when they can't spell a word right in a headline. They get so excited when they get these stories they can't wait and extra second to spellcheck before they hit the post button.

Morningbreezes1

It amazes me, that some people are always blaming others for their misfortune.
First off, control your dog! If you can't control it yourself, then spend the couple of hundred bucks to take yourself and the dog down to the K-9 training facility. ( There is one on Columbus Ave.)
The lady needs to grow up, and quit blaming others for what happened. It's her own fault that things worked out as they did.

Typical

If they were home why didn't THEY get off their LAZY butts and go get their dog??? Maybe they had a hangover and were sleeping !!
Dogs have teeth they bite, can't stand when people say "oh they won't bite you", really did he tell you that?? Most people with dogs are idiots, this is a good example !!

queenjhb

They obviously weren't checking on the dog , dont take a nap while the dog is outside,check on it every few minutes, walk it, too late now, own your responsibility for this sad situation.

Simple Enough II

The owner is at fault, but I still have the impression the Cop was overboard in his actions.

queenjhb

simple enough: I agree, dog didnt act aggressive in the video. Maybe a leg wound ,but in the head, overkill.

herbie_hancock

Thats the problem you are only taking into account what you see in the video, the dog had already CHASED 3 people down the street. And why would you shoot an aggressive animal in the leg intentionally knowing that injuring it may make the situation worse?

Brainiac2007

The lady from Bellevue, married to a Bellevue police, maybe you ought to take your prejudices and put them aside and look at the FACTS! Should the dog have been running NO, but on THIS VIDEO THE DOG WAS NOT AGGRESSIVE PERIOD! THAT COP HAD NO JUSTIFICATION IN PULLING THAT TRIGGER! The dog has gotten loose twice in 2 years, give me a break, most of you have probably sped down the highway (WHICH IS BREAKING THE LAW) more then twice a freaking day! You people get on this forum and act like saints, like you never make mistakes or have mishaps take place in your life, always quick to judge, and IGNORE EVIDENCE ON VIDEO RIGHT IN YOUR FACE! Sandusky police (no disrespect to officer Dunn for he was a TRUE officer of the law) have shown on many occasions how unprofessional and incompetent they are over the past few years, and truly so have several other law enforcement agencies in surrounding areas. Its time if these police want respect they EARN not think because they carry a gun and a badge they can KILL, and BULLY to get it! Which is why they aren't getting it presently!

rejectedmantis

I am a dog owner/dog lover. However I am also a gun owner/gun lover. Anyone in the state of Ohio had the right to defend themself with deadly force against a dog who is acting in a threatening manner. You don't have to wait until you get bit. Know your rights people.
codes.ohio.gov/orc/955.28

meowmix

Florida man shot by his dog, police say

A Florida man was shot and wounded over the weekend by his dog, who walked away without charges, police said.Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, of Frostproof, Fla., told police Saturday that he and his dog were in their truck in nearby Sebring when the dog kicked a gun that was on the truck's floor, the Highlands Tribune newspaper reported.

See, you really can't trust man's best friend!!

YouDon'tSay

Look on the bright side, a replacement dog is just down the road! The Erie County dog pound has new dogs to adopt everyday! I would recommended a leash, tags, and some more responsibility.

Rod Farva

There's a nice looking beagle there, a real dog, not some junkyard crap

observer

Maybe the owner was wrong in not having kept the dog inside. Maybe the dog was really smart and figured out how to get outside. Maybe the owner was negligent. Doesn't matter at all to me. What matters to me is, from watching the video, there was absolutely no reason to shoot the dog in the head! None! That dog was NOT attacking that officer.Spin it any way you want, but there wasn't any justification for killing that poor dog.

sandusky440

I wish the owner of Lucy would of been a responsible pet owner and not let her dog roam free and if she had an issue of the dog getting off it's chain she should of had a kennel if she couldn't be inside. It sounds like Lucy was outside more than inside and that is a shame because this all could of been prevented. My dog inside sounds like it would tear the head off the mail carrier but she is just protecting her house and she is never left alone outside. It's just too bad it wasn't prevented.

Nor'easter

And yet the Ragister will put her on BTL. Sad commentary on the editor's values.

sandusky440

Also after seeing part of the video Lucy did not seem threatening at all to the police officer. She was just barking and trying to get back to her house. I have seen dogs that mean business and growl and show their teeth and I did not see that from the video at all. So no I don't think that officer should of shot her and made her suffer. I could understand if Lucy lunged at the officer but that did NOT happen. I do think there was some trespassing because Lucy was clearly in her own yard.

jes1413

The dog was clearly NOT in her own yard, as she was on the OTHER side of the neighbors house when the officer arrived.

Kimo

What Rabbi said....

KURTje

What Bluto's 1rst post stated. Plus 1.

dontcare

The bottom line is the officer was too quick to shoot. Get back in your cruiser and wait for the dog warden. The outcome would have better for all parties involved.

Rod Farva

Good idea let the dog run around and terrorize the neighborhood

Rod Farva

Good idea let the dog run around and terrorize the neighborhood

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tdluvpit

There is an epidemic of cops shooting dogs willy nilly in this country. I doubt the dog was charging anyone. Yeah, owners suck letting their dogs run. They should have cared enough to protect their dog. Shame on postal worker & shame on cop issuing a death sentence because a dog was taking a run.
#dogrights

Trustafarian

How dare that postal worker alert the authorities that a Rottweiler was "taking a run" in a residential area.

YouDon'tSay

Dang that postal worker for actually having a job!

Trustafarian

Probably thinks she's hot stuff because she pays taxes and buys her own groceries too. Hell, I bet she even has insurance and a high school diploma.

Rod Farva

Who is this Willy Nilly character?

Speakezy

Just look at her, she spend a lot on tattoo's, maybe some of that should have gone for a better leash!

Rod Farva

Theres ways to get tats without paying ;)

ColdAsIce

Yeah, like maybe she sold her leash and dog tags on the black market for major cash to afford the tattoo's! That's what I do!

Rod Farva

That's plausible

Cowboy

Tramp tats rock!

Rod Farva

Just for something to aim at

Typical

I hope no one gives her donations, she will go get another tattoo !!

ladydye_5

I hope noone gives her donations, she doesn't deserve any. SHE is responsible for the death of her dog. She left it unattended. She didn't learn her lesson for the other dog at large charges, she will not learn a lesson here either. I just pray she doesn't get another dog. She obviously is not responsible to own one.

Unassumer

I agree with DON that most mail carriers think/assume all dogs are vicious just because they bark or charge. That's in many dogs' natures. It's instinctual. That does not mean they will necessarily bite someone or jump on them and kill them. Many people think they are animal 'experts' just because they see them on a regular basis, including many that work for humane societies (which employ ex-cons for community service).

Swamp Fox

I am a huge dog lover, the bigger they are the better, mine are big Teddy Bears, but they never allowed outside unless leashed and they are licensed, they have been trained not to bark or show aggressive behavior, that being said. How many of the 60 people who showed up to support Ms. Hansen showed support for Officer Dunn or any of our recent homicide victims? In April of last year this same lady was found guilty of dog at large, she was given court costs only, clearly Judge O'Brien didn't take it seriously maybe if he had the dog would not have been loose again.

Kitsy_Kaotica

I've known Amanda personally for many years. She is a wonderful and strong woman. She is also an avid animal lover. To say she is just another dog fearing/animal ignorant mail carrier is false.
Her home is a place full of love for both her cats and dogs. She's always taking a stray animal in or helping with care of a pet when she can.
For her to feel threatened as she did had to of been no joke! She loves her job, pets and her life. I'm sure she meant no harm to be done to the dog intentionally. Her call for safety was the end of her story. The rest lies in the actions of the officer that showed up for the call.
Personally I believe mistakes were made in the heat of the moment. Those to blame should accept their faults. To whom it may be. What's done is done and repercussions will follow.
I'm thankful the story got to be told. It's truly sad what media will do to stir the pot. Nothing should have been published until all information was collected and people shouldn't be so quick to judge and jump to conclusions.
Much Love Mandy!

meowmix

You're a good friend to her. Keep up the good work. The majority of those of who have weighed in on this topic have supported the police officer and have totally held Amanda blameless. Henson reminds me of the person who smoked cigarettes their entire life and then blame someone else for getting cancer.

Good 2 B Me

Apparently now she is the "dog whisperer."

BEHAPPY

Of course, what else would she say~she started this sad situation.

BEHAPPY

Looks like the police and their buddies have been busy blogging today. Not a cop hater but this was truly uncalled for!

Rod Farva

You are uncalled for

BEHAPPY

Strike a nerve?

Rod Farva

Yes I'm sure oh so hurt, i wont be able to carry on

Hoss McGee

I have a question about the video. When the dog was shot was that smoke or what was it coming from the dogs head?

Rod Farva

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Trustafarian

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Rod Farva

It was dog brain

Julie R.

I know somebody that had a big lab get loose once because someone left the gate open. The whole neighborhood was out looking for him. Somebody passed a cop car and 'lo and behold, there he was riding in the back of the cruiser with his head sticking out the window looking as proud as could be.

Thank God the Huron cops aren't like the ones in Sandusky!

excel

You can guarantee that huron dog wasn't growling and showing teeth when the officer put it in the back. If you watch the video the cop first tries to nicely coax it into the backseat just as you say the huron cop did. Owner is at fault plain and simple.

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Sandusky Regist...

Oh yea Matt, like you said .... a high strung moment for the police officer. Wonder what the hell he'd do in a real high strung moment? I sure don't want to be in any area where this officer would be responding too for fear of getting shot! He's to trigger happy for me.

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I personally don't like pit bulls, but I won't deny her, her right to have on. I pesonally don't have any tatooes and won't get any, but I won't deny her, her right to have any. She was at work when this happened. Apparently there have been other incidences of her dog getting free. Her boy friend is to blame for the dog getting free in this incident since he was the one at home when it happened. Perhaps a harness would have helped keep the dog attached to the chain. It appears to me that he slipped out of his collar. Wouldn't you want to get free too if you were a dog? What is left is for dog lovers - no correct that to animal lovers - to unite and take action against a man who is suppost to serve and protect who is so afraid of a barking dog he shoots him down dead.

jes1413

This is not a pitbull.

SamAdams

There's no way I'm taking any action against the police here.

When a loose dog actually trapped me in my own house a few months ago, I called the police. The dog did have a collar and tags, but was large, extremely aggressive, and charged at me every time I tried to open my front door. He was crouching, growling, baring his teeth, and making just about every danger signal you've ever heard of.

Fortunately, I was able to stay safely in my own home until the police arrived. That dog was terrifying, and yet the police didn't hesitate to deal with the situation. I'm sure they could have told me to just stay put, but instead they were doubtless concerned about somebody who WASN'T safely behind a closed door when the dog went after THEM!

To the best of my knowledge, that dog wasn't shot. But frankly, having seen it all too up close and personal, I would have understood if the police had had to do so! I'm not about to second guess an officer who was standing in the direct "line of fire" of a dog that size with a mouth full of "weapons." I'm sure shooting isn't the FIRST line of defense, but it's not an unreasonable option given such circumstances.

Sorry. If you want your doggies to stay safe, keep them confined. And if you find yourself confronted by an aggressive animal that some owner cares so little about that it's untrained and on the loose, well, call the police. As far as I can see, they've been protecting and serving just fine, thanks.

(And before you ask, yes, I have pets. Yes, they're confined, and not because I worry a cop might shoot one of them. It's because I'm responsible, and because I love them!)

Westender

With all this going on. Why did the boyfriend not do anything with the dog??? He did not want to be bothered?? He was enjoying the show too much? He did not come out till after the dog was shot. The boy friend killed the dog by his not doing anything. He should had took control of the dog befor the police was even called. On another note, If I were walking and a dog came after my like that I would not waited as long as the Officer did, the only diffrence being the dog would had a larger hole in her head the police carry .40 S&W I carry .45ACP. Problem solved........

BEHAPPY

I never saw so many comments on any subject. Seems strange to me they are coming out of the wooodwork on this one. Someone trying to find justification for him killing a dog as soon as he got out of his car? Trying to make it look good

BEHAPPY

Oh I guess it could be postal workers who jumped on board. Maybe the one that goes around aggravating/teasing dogs as he delivers mail. That one still needs reported.

berlinrdgang

First of all, let me say it is a shame this had to happen, but from the sounds of it , somebody would of gotten bit sooner or later

Mase will not stop a 100 lbs rottweiler from attacking you, it will only make them pissed and more determed to attack you. Anybody that disagrees , go ahead and try it out!

Apparently not many of you on here understand that rotts are BRED to be attack dogs and have to be trained NOT to be. This is not an easy task, you need to spend tons of time with them and get them around people and other animals to teach them respect along with do's and don'ts. Pretty obvious this lady did nothin of the sort.

Westender

Well said. The Officer tried to get the dog in the car. The Officer had the capture stick, he would had used it if he could. He did what he had to do. End of story...

excel

I don't know why you would think Mase could stop anyone from attacking you; he is just a rap artist.

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Rotts are NOT bred for attack. They are a HERDING breed, like sheepdogs and collies.

I stopped a 150 lb. Rott that WAS trained to attack, with nothing but a rolled up newspaper when I was 14, and I'm not from the planet Krypton. I've seen mace stop bigger dogs than that.

eightballcuet1

The video clearly shows that the dog was NOT charging the officer. When he shot the dog, the mail carrier was apparently gone. If you listen to the video you will see the office turn around and ask where she went

herbie_hancock

Yeah (BEHAPPY) its a conspiracy bro, the postal workers are riling up the dogs so the cops can shoot em. Its all connected bro. government.

starryeyes83

Wonder what she's gonna do with the money raised at the benefit?

More tats? More booze? more drugs?

Too bad Channel 13 didn't mention the boyfriends arrest and the fct he wouln't get his dead butt out there "before" shots were fired. Maybe he was flushing stuff down the comode before he got caught. I'm just guessing though.

jim1450

That happens when you send a cowardly cop to do a dog warden's job, this hick town is a joke.

Westender

Cowardly cop????? ya right.. how about Cowardly Jesse Likes sitting behind the door watching their dog running around and COWARDLY Jesse Likes not wanting to get arrested let their dog die. WAY TO GO JESSE (WITH YOUR TAIL BETWEEN YOUR LEGS) LIKES

bored reader

Did the postal worker follow her guidelines set up by the USPS for big scary dogs? I didn't read anything about the reports she made to her senior peeps. Gotta wonder how she felt when she heard the shot fired. This was so wrong. Yeah the owner is a doofus for not keeping the dog leashed but in no way did she deserve to die. That cop is a fool if he thought he was in danger. It's a wonder he hasn't shot a human after pulling them over for a red light violation.