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.

Comments

BytheBy

Actually, yes. They are scanned for microchips once they are taken in.

24productions

Okay...you wanna pull the video into this...seems to me, the home the "boyfriend" came from was on the adjacent property. Now I may be wrong on that, I admit, I also admit not to be trolled by the likes of you Peaniac1999, but none the less, that dog was in forward motion, not 5 seconds before OFFICER Wilson fired. If that were a criminal, would this be an issue?...I think not. And if a dog, or lion, or any other animal pressed up on me,I, having a badge, on a risk call?...well, you're DA*N right I'm gonna' pull out the power.

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BW1

Dog was stationary for the 5 seconds before firing, cupcake.

BytheBy

The dog was a menace. Deal with it!

24productions

Wrotts can be a force to be respected. I owned one for years, and would never, NEVER, allow the chance for him to come up missing, not for one second. Registration, tags, and responsible penning, is how I made that happen.

BytheBy

Her and her troll friends just don't get it!
They want to live the thug life, they suffer the consequences.

24productions

And if he "waited" 7 seconds BW1?...then what...inevitable.

nobodycares

fire the cop and the mail carrier

24productions

She was rockin' pounce legs, ears back, teeth shown. If that was protecting the homestead, then I would like to know why it seemed she was in the neighbors yard...??? Hmmmm?

Pastor Ron

Well apparently Jesse was pretending not to be home. Seems like there was a warrant out for his arrest. Shooting the dog got Jesse a get out of jail free card.

1 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/12/2008
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB0802289
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: CONSUMING U/AGE
Case Type: Criminal
2 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/17/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1001536A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DOM VIOLENCE
Case Type: Criminal
3 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/17/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1001536B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: ASSAULT
Case Type: Criminal
4 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/17/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1001536C
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: CHILD ENDANGER
Case Type: Criminal
5 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/04/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRA1003658A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: B & E
Case Type: Criminal
6 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/04/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRA1003658B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: THEFT
Case Type: Criminal
7 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 01/03/2011
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1100013
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DISORDERLY COND
Case Type: Criminal
8 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 06/03/2011
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1101539
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: ASSAULT
Case Type: Criminal
9 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 11/01/2011
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF1102053
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: MONEY ONLY
Case Type: Civil
10 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/18/2012
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1201549A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: INTOXICATION
Case Type: Criminal
11 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 05/18/2012
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1201549B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DISORDERLY COND
Case Type: Criminal
12 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D.
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 04/18/2012
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF1200703
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: MONEY ONLY
Case Type: Civil
13 Concerning: Likes, Jesse D.
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/01/2012
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF1201999
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: MONEY ONLY
Case Type: Civil

Nor'easter

If "boyfriend" had come out and gotten the dog, this could have been prevented. SR failed to report that he was arrested on a bench warrant for CRB 1201549B following this incident and paid fine for Disorderly Conduct case from 2012 after arrest.

Case Number: CRB 1201549B
Defendant(s): Likes, Jesse D

05/18/2012
DEFENDANT PLEAD NOT GUILTY
CASE WAS FILED WITH COURT
CASE SET FOR A ARRAIGNMENT ON 05/18/2012 AT 9:00 AM

07/30/2012
DELAY PAYMENT FEE15.00
FINE AMOUNT $ 10.00
CRIMINAL COURT COSTS AS OF 01/18/11 $ 92.00
DEF. PLED NO CONT, FOUND G, FINE 10.00, SUSP
COSTS 92.00, SUSP

11/19/2012
LOCAL COURT COSTS $25.00
FINE BENCH WARRANT ISSUED ON DEFENDANT

02/21/2013
PAYMENT - RECEIPT NO. 417364 IN THE AMOUNT OF $ 147.00
LOCAL COURT COSTS $5.00
CREDIT CARD FEE

02/22/2013
WARRANT WAS RECALLED/RETURNED

crazyaide

Shocker!!!!

2cents

Now I know why he punched the wall, the incodent got him BUSTED! LOL

Ithink

I noticed a child endangering case. Does that mean we can shoot the children? That'll show 'em huh?

Pastor Ron

Much like Jesus died on the cross for our sins...... Lucy died in the driveway for Jesse's crimes.

Brainiac2007

Your quite the ------, maybe false prophets need to meet up with the same
---- hmmmm? Too many of you fakes, that care less about humanity walking the face of this earth. Jesses actions have nothing to do with whether or not this dog was in the process of attacking. Its more disturbing that this officer stood over this dog for over 10 minutes while it cried, moaned, flailed, and drown on her own blood and vomit (as you explicitly heard in the video)that's INHUMANE!!! There's no 2 ways to look at it, if you people read my other posts I stated my opinion is EVERYONE perceives threats differently, maybe the guy did feel threatened whereas you and I wouldn't have but if he truly did, OK I guess, but to let the dog suffer deserves a reprimand.....there should be no room for discussion, if you can allow another living creature to suffer like that WHILE YOU JUST WATCH IT UNFOLD you have mental issues!

BytheBy

He is scum just like her. DEAL WITH THAT!

Child endangering? You are defending him? I guess lowlifes stick together.

Ithink

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

BytheBy

What he did was protect the public from a menace!

Only an idiot would want a vicious dog running around.

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Sandusky Regist...

It's pure bs if this cop felt threatened! He's a war veteran for Christ's sake. He wanted to shoot that animal and used a plausible excuse.

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BillBaker1

How low is the Register going to go. You are a disgrace to the Newspaper Industry. You have every right to tell this story even though i do not believe it is newspaper worthy. But to attack the man and involve his Military Service is a disgrace. Shame on the Register I will never buy one of the BS papers again.

crazyaide

Nothing new...

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BillBaker1

It must be easy to sit behind a desk and write about these things. What would have you done if you were in his shoes.

bama

I have read the comments on this article as well as the previous ones and I gotta agree with some. The dog was unlicensed and unrestrained as required by law. According to the Municipal Court entries that someone posted, the owner is no stranger to getting ticketed for the same activity. The boyfriend, wow, he had a lengthy record including a child endangerment charge and speaking of him, where exactly was he prior to the officer shooting the dog? He showed up johnny on the spot after it was shot. Speaking of child endangerment, what if this dog had mauled a child? Would the owner or her boyfriend have shown up to claim the dog and the responsibility or because there were no tags on the dog, just drifted back into the background and acted as if they didn't even know the dog? Bottom line here, in my opinion, is that no one can see the dogs face in the video so who are all of the armchair quarterbacks to say whether or not the dog was showing or not showing her teeth. What about the other reports of the dog going after others? The mail person or the other reported victims of this reported aggressive animal. I see the posts and read the emails that the officer could have done something else instead of shooting the dog. What if those less lethal options failed and the officer was attacked? Was he supposed to take a bite for the team 1st before he shot what he believed as well as others believed was a vicious dog? Everyone who has said he should have done something other than what he did should volunteer their services for the next time a pit bull, rott and other attack type dog gets loose and show the police just how it should have been taken care of but for most, these are the same people who complain about law enforcement until they want them for something and then it's a whole new ballgame.

Mum-of-One

Ms. Hansen's interview on Between the Lines was a real eye opener. She said that Lucy was not only a Rottweiler but she was a "house dog". They never took her for walks. Sounds like a good responsible owner to me. She should have just paid her fines and been quiet, none of this can help if you ask me. Her reputation as a dog owner is completely shot now.

BytheBy

She claimed on Between the Lines that the criminal boyfriend could have been cleaning the house, going to the bathroom, or something else.
How does she not know? Did she even ask him? He put the dog out and went inside to sleep. Period!

Irresponsible is her middle name. Living with a guy that has been charged with endangering a child? Oh yeah, mother of the year!

DGMutley

I hate to say it but you seem to be a little judgmental. So, it was all right then for the Officer Wilson to shoot the dog?

BytheBy

Yes. The dog was a menace and every person in that neighborhood was endangered.

crazyaide

I do not believe that is what he is saying..

Father of 1

Bama is spot on. In the interview she couldn't control her kid either. I'm curious if anyone saw the same video I saw. The dog was in the middle of the street when the officer pulled up. Then the dog came all the way to the cruisers driver side barking to the point the dog was out of sight on the camera. Then after he tried to get the dog in the back seat the dog retreated. The officer slowly moved toward where the dog retreated to and didn't unholster his weapon until he get between the houses. Then the dog charged out from between the houses. From off the screen to right in front. In a perfect world the dog wouldn't have been shot. However it isn't a perfect world and these officers are put in unsafe situations all the time. They have split second decisions to make. We weren't in that position. Officer Wilson was. He did his job and handled the vicious dog how he felt he needed to at that time and I thank him for it. Some of you recommend he should have stayed in his car. Well lets say he does that and calls Barb. Even if she came it would be at least 15 minutes before she arrives. In that time the dog takes off. Come to find out it attacked some kid down the street or around the block. Then all you idiots who were not put in this situation would all run your mouths about how Officer Wilson just sat in his car and didn't do anything. Right? I thought so. You always will blame anyone else so the blame doesn't go where it should. The owners who don't take care of their precious "family member."

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