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.



EXACTLY! AN officer going between houses has no idea what is waiting there for him. It could have been her criminal boyfriend or one of their "friends" waiting to attack or draw a weapon on the officer. Better her dog die than an officer or a member of the public.

her and their criminal friends are on facebook calling for open season on police officers. THEY should be charged!

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No link for the facebook page ?

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NEVER mind ,found this one


Father of 1,
He made no attempt to snare the dog. He just pointed his gun at it and shot it. The dog was doing nothing. So, you're ok with this protocol?


I'm not for either side but I had a little dog that did not get along with my daughter cause she was to rough with her so we had to give her away maybe when she is older we will be able to get another dog.


Little dogs are not usually good around little kids. The reason being is that the kids think of the tiny ones as toys. Also, being that small, the little dogs are more defensive.

May I add that dogs in general do not like delivery people. They feel that they are an intrusion on their property. Especially if they show up everyday and never socialize with the dog.

I understand that a postal worker doesn't have all day to get to know everyone's dog but, that's why dogs do what they do.

Both the owner and the cop were at fault, IMHO. That dog was clearly not a threat, but he (the cop) obviously doesn't know how a dog reacts. I am positive that I could have walked up to that dog and settled the situation without any violence. It would have taken me a good 45 minutes to be there, though. Obviously, not my call.

EDIT: PS. I have taken the time to be outside with my dogs when the mail delivery person shows up to let them socialize. You'd be amazed at how much they like to see each other. Also, the dog "learns" the around time and misses them on Sunday.


Well gee whiz...go buy yourself a police scanner and be on the ready to assist the police if the time comes.


Thank you for the snide comment to my polite one, meowmix. Enjoy your day. :)


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I am not an "unknowing idiot". You need to calm down. If you said just what you typed to a cop, you'd be in a jail cell right now.


Oh, and now you're a lawyer. Pray tell what was typed that was against the law?


When a cop shows up at your house, call them an unknowing idiot and see what happens.


Her and her criminal friends don't want anyone knowing the truth.

I am going to have everyone I know send our own emails to Chief Lang praising Officer Wilson for protecting the community from a vicious animal.
It's time us law abiding citizens stage our own protest against lowlife scum like these people!




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Second Opinion

I WAS bitten last year by a relatives dog that I knew, he came up barking as usual and then took a $21,000 chunk out of my arm and THEN acted like nothing happend!

The OWNERS are the ones who should have the picket signs in front of their homes demanding they can NEVER own an animal again, NOT THE COPS! Maybe we should change the law to protect society by shooting THE OWNERS!

What would you with such distorted views be writting if this dog bit a child, Seems the Cops can't win!

Mr. Lang, dont appolgize to these people, stand the ground, THE FAULT IS THE OWNERS AND NOT THE COPS. THis is like blaming a cop for shooting a bank robber who is threatening, DAH, if the jerk wasn't robbing the bank he wouldn't have been shot!
Bunch of loons in this society placing more importance on animals than humans safety.


15 min over yet?


Thank you Pastor Ron for showing the truth here. Those people need so much help.


I too would like to send the Chief an e-mail on Officer Wilson's actions. I feel very sorry for him that he had to make this difficult decision but it was the right one---no one has a crystal ball to be able to see any other outcome. I'm thinking based upon it's owner, it probably wasn't long for this earth anyway.


I'm sure they would appreciate that. Chief Lang's email address is:


Thanks! Done.


Sent mine

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Face reality people, this is a FACT and its happening. Im serious what Im posting because its a serious topic.

Why is it that the Register makes this headline news but refuses to be concerned about 7500 people murdered yesterday and the same amount today, not with a gun but with a knife, little children believing to be secure and then suddenly a chemical is introduced and burns the skin off its body and burns the lungs away, then a knife cuts them up.

I sincerely wonder if those who are so upset abot shooting a dog has they themseleves had an abortion where this event took place, all because they say its their 'right' to have sex and then flush it.

Seems that society is upside down, only a real scumbag could justify this reversal of affections, loving animals over babies.

Lastly, I would love to know how many of those people who wrote Lang get upset over the animals shot so they can eat. Just sayin, (I am not a veggie, just making a point of the hypocracy)


Because its local news in small hick town Ohio.


Agree with you 100%!

If your pseudonym was thinkagain, your post would be deleted. I wrote a similar comment concerning the daily murder of 1000’s of innocent humans and it was quickly removed for being “off topic”.


Let's just picture for a minute that the police officer didn't shoot the dog, that had been traumatizing the neighborhood. And a child came walking home from school, and was attacked by that dog. You would all be all over that police officer for not doing his job! You shouldn't second guess someone's decision after the fact. Plain and simple. Keep your aggressive, attacking dog locked up. NO EXCUSES! Dog in yard or locked up, dog alive. I'll bet the neighbors are happy not to have to hear the barking any longer. I can't imagine why the guy in the house wasn't out long before he was. Show's real responsible pet ownership.


The dog wasn't traumatizing the neighborhood, she was just standing there looking at the officer. You're rationalizing the officer shooting the dog. He was wrong. Period.


Apparently it is wiser to fire one's gun IN A RESIDENTIAL area than it is to just hold the dog (who was not "lunging" as the lying cop stated) in position and wait 5 minutes for the dog warden or SPD animal control officer to arrive. This cop never even made the request for assistance from someone who had more training than him. His answer to the problem was simply, "Don't know what else to do. Gun. Fire. Problem solved."


Come on !!! Everyone knows that druggies get these big dogs and train them to be vicious in order to protect their stash . As a police officer he knows this and was trained to act appropriately . I am not saying these particular people are into ,or are selling drugs , but a police officer has to consider that fact , or he may not go home to his own family .


So , you live in this neighborhood and you know for a fact that the people who live here don't feel threatened by this dog ? Why didn't you save Lucy ?