Chief Lang schedules dog training for officers

Police report getting supportive messages
Tom Jackson
Feb 28, 2013

In the wake of last week's dog shooting Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang has set up officer training sessions with Erie County dog warden Barb Knapp.

"I'm not saying we did anything wrong," Lang said. "If we can learn anything by this then we will. We're always trying to be better."

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Through the training he hoped to open Sandusky police officers to different strategies of dealing with dogs and give officers a better understanding of canine behavior.

After getting a slew of nasty emails Tuesday when the cruiser cam video of the incident was released, Lang said a flood of supportive emails came Thursday.

"They're mostly saying 'you shouldn't have to deal with this kind of abuse,'" Lang said.

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Yellow Snow

Schedules dog training for officers, sounds like he's training the officers the way you'd train a dog. Funny headline, thanks!


Whatcoo talkin' 'bout Yellow? I immediately thought BDSM. Diff'rent Strokes for diff'rent folks!


Do we really need an update on every minute detail of this case? They've had their 15 minutes, now let it pass.

Yes, this Donna lady deserves the FULL punishment for the crimes she committed. (Yes, they were CRIMES.)

Yes, the officer made a HUGE mistake in the way he handled the situation.

No, we should not be "supporting" the dog-owner - just as we should not be "condemning" the officer.

We are all humans. We ALL make mistakes. People need to realize that this lady was just a careless dog owner whose poor dog's death was a tragic mistake. They also need to realize that this officer is a HUSBAND and FATHER to 4 children with another on the way. This has probably not been easy on him AT ALL. He doesn't need the threats.

Why can't we all just act like the ADULTS we are? Geeeez.


I wish there was a like button on here. Great comment!


I so agree!!!


Love your comment, LifeIsCrazy! Both people were wrong in this situation.


Well said.

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Yes, we all make mistakes, and we face consequences in proportion to the magnitude of those mistakes. YOU , LifeisCrazy, called it a HUGE (emphasis yours) mistake.

She made a mistake with a dog. He made a mistake with a gun. For perspective on the comparative magnitudes, notice that the entire federal administration isn't currently consumed with curbing dog violence.

This may not be easy on the officer, but then, we do not conscript police. People make a big deal about the responsibility in owning a pet, but what about the responsibility of strapping on a gun?

Additional training about dogs is a great idea, and when someone makes a mistake in a field in which they are inadequately trained, the training is also to blame. However, the growing trend of police shootings of dogs, as well as that of people in botched raids, often on the wrong address, raises a bigger issue - the militarization of law enforcement. This nation forbids the use of the military in enforcing domestic law because, at least on paper, the USA is dedicated to the consent of the governed and not maintaining power by force. However, of what good is that when the police are indistinguishable from the military? Law enforcement should depend on broad consensus that the laws they enforce are reasonable, rather than raw firepower.


All I can say to you is that you are obviously making "a mountain out of a molehill". You're reading entirely too deeply into something that is not as serious as you're making it out to be.

And if you truly believe that the military and police are indistinguishable, you've got bigger problems than I can even comprehend.

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LifeisCrazy, you should pay more attention to the world around you.

This one incident may be a molehill, but it's part of a larger pattern.

As for distinguishing police from military, when it comes to equipment and tactics, the difference is fast disappearing. Police departments in towns far smaller than Sandusky are receiving millions of dollars in military hardware, including tanks and other armored vehicles developed for places like Fallujah. Most SWAT teams serving warrants look more like infantry squads in Afghanistan. Try taking this quiz:

Police militarization is a threat to our form of government. More importantly, it's a threat to our safety, as firepower wielded inevitably becomes firepower used. Read up on it:


This horse doesn't look dead enough. I want and NEED to kill it four or five more times, just to be certain.

Rod Farva

By horse you mean rottweiler right?


better than another dead kid


Speakin about the Erie County Dog Warden, does anyone know what that office's responsibility is in these cases or do they only handle unincorporated areas of the county?

It seems to me Sandusky did have an Animal Control Officer for this at one time.


They still do, it was most likely his day off though. If he was working, they would have sent him.


From what I understand they no longer do.


When did this happen then? Because we are friends with him and his family.


Barb Knapp Erie County Dog Warden has been silent on this.

No Animal Control Offcier, budget cuts.

dire wolf

A true step in the right direction. Thank you.

Pastor Ron

When are the classes for owners being held?


I believe that would be a good one too Ron.


North Coast Canine can train the owner and the pet.


really chief? ur leaving soon, let the new chief do what he seems appropriate. the officer did absolutely nothing wrong, nor have other officers who have shot dogs in the past. let it go..................but then again, maybe redo sensitivity training to deal with people like hansen and likes


YES, he did do wrong!

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The officer responded in the right way.
the dog was an aggresive menace.


Is the SR going to print the supportive e-mails, or is that being too fair?


Looks to me like you are doing just fine yourselves at supporting his actions! Killing a dog for no reason~phhhhhhffffff


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I'm sorry, I should have written that ending a comment with a vaginal fart is childish. I apologize to my fellow commenters if my use of slang offended them.


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