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.



Are you kidding me. This cop had his hand on his gun the moment he came into sight of the camera.

Dont we have an Erie County Dog Warden--what are we paying dog tags for.

The wild wild west cop needs time off without pay.

Super Judge

All I want to know is this, am I allowed to shoot a dog while Im out on a walk if I feel threatened? If it is I know a few dogs on my walk that could potentaly harm me.


It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.


People are amazing defending this officers actions. Are you all postal workers or police officer friends? I just saw a white dog, looked like a pomeranian, dirty on the lower part, looks like it has been running for a couple days. It was scared to death. It had a tag on. Must have ACCIDENTLY gotten loose. I tried to get it but it kept running from me (sorta like Lucy did) Poor dog~there was no one to call for help~who? The police? I think not. Good luck around here little doggie~there are tons of animals haters around here!


Where was the dog? I'll go get it and take it to a rescue. But then again, I am a responsible pet owner.

Where is it???


If that dog gets run over by a car, I'm holding you personally responsible for its death. You did NOTHING! And you call yourself an animal lover. Pfffft


I'm totally disgusted with the way people think the way this dog was killed is just fine. Lang isn't much better.


Would you have preferred Officer Wilson to beat the dog to death with a sledgehammer? How would you have preferred he do it?

Rod Farva

What about nunchucks or a sword?

Hoss McGee

What would've you liked officer Wilson to do? Unload his gun on the dog and then beat it with his stick for a lil bit. Then kick it in the head to make sure the Mutt was dead! If she would've had the dog in the house since it was a house dog. Or maybe if her or her boyfriend would've got up off the couch instead of being lazy and not caring, the Mutt was barking it may still be alive!

Hoss McGee

Cause if I was officer Wilson I would've turned into Babe Ruth and got a baseball bat and beat the piss out of the Mutt


Now remember he was hiding from the Police :)


Donna, dump your boyfriend, he didnt retrieve your dog back in the house, He didnt care for Lucy, He probably hid in the house ,watching through the curtains, on the enclosed porch. He could have protected her. He let you down. You trusted her welfare to him,and it sure seems he was negligent to me.wake up.


I second that!!!

he said she said

A question to all: Knowing that Rots are the second most lethal dog under pits, would you all be so upset if this dog had attacked the officer (or the neighbors or the mail carrier) before they had a chance to do anything? Would you still be on the dog's side when it was deemed dangerous and put to sleep? Would you rally for the officer or the neighbor or mail carrier to help them with medical bills from the attack? Would you attend a benefit at a bar to pay for a lawyer so the officer, the neighbor or mail carrier could sue the dog owners?

Keep in mind that this could have been you, your child, your spouse...would you still rally for the dog??


Put yourself in that officers shoes. He did not know this dog or the dogs normal behavior, all he observed and heard from the calls that it was aggressively pursuing people & himself. It is VERY obvious that this dogs owner DID NOT make her dog a priority until it was an issue. That does not mean she or the family did not love Lucy. It is that officers job to protect the citizens and himself in that situation. He was responding to no less than two calls from CITIZENS with problems. If you also note from the video how long the officer was at the house BEFORE the boyfriend even bothered to come out. Again NO Priority. I am very sad for this dog. I am very sad for the coming issues (Undeserved) for the city and this officer. I do not believe in posting blame, but responsibility for this dogs life. It 100% falls on its owner for it's care and well being. Both of those where not taken care of by the owner.


Never before this many comments on any story LOL @police buddies and postal workers~great job. Just keep one thing in mind. There are people that don't come here after they buddy up that are on Lucy's side and are watching to see what happens. A couple people just called me fuming about Susana's write up. Carry on with your games. We will just wait it out. Somebodys got to answer sooner or later. Nitros law is also watching.


You must be smoking the good stuff! Keep blowing smoke while I get the Doritos!

Rod Farva

This makes no sense


Another bad Cop in Sandusky. Whats next, shoot a Cat out of a tree?

Advocate For Animals

No animals are safe in Sandusky. Read the police blotter in the newspaper and see how many wild animals are "dispatched" as they like to call it because a cop backs the animal into a corner and the animal bares its teeth which any scared to death animal will do when it's backed into a corner with no escape.

Perhaps a little training with wildlife experts at Back to the Wild should be on their training list agenda as well.

Rude McGootch

Let's see. I've been warned by authorities at least 4 times in the past because I let my big, mean, vicious dog run free. My dog has already forced a police officer to retreat to his car months ago to keep from being viciously mauled. My dog just chased a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier into someone else's house to keep from being viciously mauled. While my dog was chasing the mail carrier he was barking, slobbering, and snarling up a storm, yet I stayed inside instead of going out to get him. After the police officer arrived my dog continued his barking, snarling, and lunging at the officer yet I still stayed inside. The officer tried to control my large, snarling, growling dog with a "capture pole" but was unable to do so because of the dogs vicious nature. But still I stayed inside. Only after the officer drew his firearm and dispatched the dog to keep himself or someone else, especially a small child, from being viciously mauled did I decide to come out of my house. Damn you SPD, it's all your fault that my large, mean, vicious, snarling, people chasing dog is dead. He was just "misunderstood!"

The Hamburglar

That about sums it up.

Advocate For Animals

You're a blind idiot.


Shouldnt we question [the boyfriends ]motives for not helping out in this situation, he could have prevented this from going down. Rude Mc Gootch,I love the way you put it . .


Yes he could of...seems to me he was only worried about there is a shocker!!!


Ok while I will agree the dog should have been kept on a leash or chained up or whatever fine I will buy that.... BUT if said officer decides to use deadly force to shoot said animal then shoot to kill it and DO NOT let it just lay there in pain!! To me THAT IS animal abuse at it's finest! I can understand why these people are upset to a point about it. People will make the argument that he didn't have time and just had to shoot. BS! he knew he was gonna use his gun before he went around the corner to look for the dog! After he shot the dog he called dispatch to have someone come out and they said it was gonna be a while so maybe the dog might have had a chance but guess we will never know. I think there was a less lethal way to deal with a dog like that, pepper spray or hell even a taser would have been more humane than just shooting it and that is my problem with it. I know it falls on the people who didn't take care of the dog but still.


So youre a good enough shot that you can hit a moving dog and make sure you kill it with the first shot huh Dirty Harry?? OR are you saying he should have shot the dog AGAIN??? LOL wow, but your name says it all!!


man i'm glad i moved out of sandusky 32 years ago. what a bunch of friggin idiots. i live 10 miles north of NYC and you never hear of a cop shooting a dog. meanwhile while looking at the register online it seems like every week some dog is getting shot by some scared dumb cop. what a bunch of scared little girls.

everyone is right when they say the boyfriend is a bum and irresponsible dog owners only add to the problem BUT things do happen and to draw your weapon for any reason besides another person with a weapon is plain wrong.

i've been bitten by a dog before. so what. ouch. hell i've been punched in the face before. ouch. does that mean i can pull out a gun and take a life? any life?

i have rescued 2 dogs in my life by adopting them and the most recent is a pit bull.if i was the boyfriend in this situation this never would have happened. first off because my dog is always under control, on a leash etc. but if it had for some reason, that cop would've left with a broken face and me in handcuffs.

unexplainable. someone has to be held accountable. if the sandusky PD doesn't want to become a NATIONAL laughing stock because of it's lack of training (wait until the ASPCA and PETA find out about this. hell i might email them right after this) they better get someone in front of the cameras real fast and this officer should be disciplined.


Are you crazy?? How else do you suggest they stop an extrememly aggressive dog?? Reason with it maybe?? Maybe if everyone just stands still long enough the crazed vicious dog will just give up?? Obviously youve never been a cop, just another one of those haters......please stay away, we'll be fine...