Sandusky police deal with fallout in dog shooting

(UPDATED WITH PROTEST VIDEO) Police chief getting nasty emails from people upset about officer shooting dog
Sandusky Register Staff
Feb 27, 2013

Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang said his department has been receiving (click here) emails from people angry about last week's fatal shooting of a dog on Washington Court.

Officer Brad Wilson shot the dog after responding to a complaint about a dog running loose in the area. Police said the dog chased after the mailman and two residents (read here). The incident was recorded by a camera in Wilson's police cruiser (view here).

The dog's owner, Donna Hansen, has launched a grassroots movement to protest the shooting. Hansen appeared in Sandusky Municipal Court Wednesday, where she pleaded not guilty to citations for dog at large and unlicensed dog. Afterward, she appeared on Between the Lines Live, the Register's online news program (view here).

For more on this story — and for coverage of Wednesday's community protest outside the municipal court — pick up Thursday's Register or subscribe to the epaper here.

Also, click on the PDF below to read the emails some angry folks sent to the police department. There was one email expressing support for Wilson's decision to shoot the dog.

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BW1

oops duplicate

Ithink

So the dog can be shot because of the owners? Is this what this world is coming to? Sad

Bluto

Unfortunately that is the case . And yes , it is sad that Lucy had to die because of the incompetence of her owners .

DGMutley

You don't even believe that. You know it was wrong, quit trying to rationalize Officer Wilson shooting the dog.

BytheBy

Doesn't need to be rationalized. He did the right thing by shooting the dog.

arnmcrmn

@Ithink......Dogs are not humans. They hold about .00001% the mental capability to most human beings. Maybe a different case with these owners, but yes the law states that the OWNER is directly responsible for THEIR PET.

Definition of a Pet.....A domestic or tamed animal or bird kept for companionship or pleasure and treated with care and affection.

When an owner fails to domesticate their pet, law enforcement can act on that.

Nor'easter

He was hiding from a bench warrant concerning a disorderly conduct charge from last year. He was arrested and paid fine after the dog incident that day. What a MAN!

Mum-of-One

BW1, "due process" for a dog, what about "due process" for the mail carrier who was just trying to do a job. The dog was not just a dog at large. It was a menace. The police were called by the mail carrier who had to seek refuge in someone's house because the dog was threatening. It was not just a cute little puppy out for a walk and slipped its collar. It was outside because someone opened the door and let it out as usual. It was always out and barking to get in. Ms Hansen said in her interview that they let the dog out and it would bark to get in. The neighbors didn't like the fact that it was always out and barking. There have been many complaints about her dog. She was at work. Her boyfriend was home but he didn't help the mail carrier, the police did.

DGMutley

If you watch the BTL video this all happened within a few minutes. Mail lady called police, police responded in 3 minutes. It is a good question: "Why didn't anyone bother to knock on Ms. Hansen's door?"

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Sandusky Regist...

I agree with you DGMutley. "Why didn't anybody bother to knock on Ms. Hansen's door?" Also if the mail lady felt so threatened then why wasn't she still on the neighbors porch or in their house when the officer arrived just 3 minutes after being called. Apparently she was able to walk away and continue delivering the mail without much concern. And then there is the dash cam video where the officer even called out the name of the guy that had come out of the house like he knew him.

crazyaide

because he has been in trouble with the law several of times....not related to the dog..that is why officer wilson knew his name!!

Nor'easter

Fact is the police attempted to contact owner, who would not answer because boyfriend in the house had a bench warrant for his arrest. Rather than face the police and go to jail over bench warrant, he hid in the house until the dog was shot and then came out to complain. He was subsequently arrested on the bench warrant. Name is Jesse Likes and he paid his fine to the court to stay out of jail later that day on a credit card. It is in the Sandusky Municipal Court records.

Bluto

Maybe because the dog wouldn't let them ? Maybe because everyone knew these people didn't care anyway ? They did have a history of letting the dog run loose , you know . If it had run out and got hit by a car would you blame the driver of the car ? If it had bitten someone would you blame the person it attacked ? If lightening had struck the dog , would you blame God ?

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BW1

Menace?
In the video the postal worker is nowhere to be seen. The 3 minutes it took the officer to get there is more than enough time for the dog to have made hamburger out of the postal worker. The dog can run 4 times as fast as the postal worker.

So, if we are to accept your thesis, that the dog was a menace and was clearly and unambiguously trying to attack the postal worker, how is it she doesn't have a mark on her?

DEspo413

Thank you Margaritavile88 .. Everyone trying to put blame. Fact is police were called for aggressive dog, come on people, how would you like to be a mailperson or a policeperson in this town. I feel sorry for the cop and the dog, shame on the owenrs for being irresponsible.

herbie_hancock

So now dogs are created as mans equals and require a trial, missed that one in the constitution... Terrible analogy haha.

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BW1

The dog is property that was destroyed by the state without due process for the owner.

Trustafarian

Simply resolution here. Show proof of ownership. Produce the current dog license that states she is the owner. Without such documentation the dog should be considered a stray and dealt with as such.

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BW1

Then I guess Hansen walks, right? Evidence of ownership, or lack thereof, cuts both ways.

Bluto

If Lucy was so precious to them , she would have had a license and been on a leash with one of them walking her .

Rod Farva

Appropriate due process was followed, the dog was perceived as an immediate threat to public safety and was dealt with accordingly. End of story.

KURTje

Miranda rights too? Surely you jest.

Trustafarian

I do jest, and don't call me Surely!

Rod Farva

Do you like to watch movies about gladiators?

Trustafarian

I'm a Brony. All I watch is My Little Pony movies.

Brainiac2007

This is wonderful news! Would it have mattered if the dog had a license in thus case? You people are ridiculous, if i had a dog i wouldn't license it either, and reason being is I'm completely sick of paying out unnecessary money. For gosh sakes they even want a damn garage sale permit, a permit to build a little shed on your own property, property YOU PAY FOR ALREADY, that dog license don't mean anything....all it its is another tactic to steal money from people....if the Dog had a license she would still be dead....do ya get that???

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BW1

Great point - in the video, I don't see the officer check for tags before shooting.

BytheBy

Of course he didn't. Just more bullcrap from Donna, Jesse and their criminal friends!

Now let's talk about Jesse endangering children!

Rod Farva

Tags are easy to see, unless they were up it's a**

itypedformiles

Most dogs are better people than most people I have met. This is a sad situation all around.

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