Dog killing spurs change

Anonymous
Mar 2, 2013

It seems to us the question must be: Is shooting a dog and allowing it to die slowly the proper and appropriate way to respond to a loose dog call?

It's not.

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Sandusky police chief Jim Lang said on Thursday he is developing a training program for officers in how to handle loose dog complaints. That's good, but there are legitimate questions whether it's appropriate to even have police officers in charge of loose dog complaints, given the enormity of the usual and important responsibilities officers already have. In the past, dog wardens and animal control officers were assigned these responsibilities, and were trained in the tasks.

Sandusky city commissioners are likely to claim budget constraints forced them to eliminate the job. But the city has a $15 million annual budget, and we're convinced there are still responsible ways to spend taxpayer dollars that have not been explored, given the waste that is ever present in the city budget.

We're glad Lang has decided to develop better animal control response practices. This incident should be viewed as an opportunity to correct bad practices; not endorse them.

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Comments

votelibertarian

I like reading about people asking for more laws and penalties. More government control over our lives. A bigger prison industrial complex. If the dog didnt bite any one then there was no victim. No victim means there shouldnt be any crime. What ever happen to police using escalation of force. Was there no other option than deadly force? What about pepper spray? taser? batton? We need to police the police as well as ourselves.

crys8271

To all of you that comment on this do you actually own a large dog? Do you know how to read a dogs body language? If you watched the video you could see that the dog was scared. She was protecting her teritorry. And one more question for all of you that know soo much, How can you use a catch poll with one hand? There were plenty of things that could have been done differently. The boyfriend should have came out when the dog was barking for one but all of that is neither here nor there. That cop was wrong for shooting her. They are law enforcement not animal control. We have the Dog warden and the humane society that is what they are here for right?

Mr. Touchdown

Who says he shoulda' tasered the dog? Willard cops tasered a pitbull 2 times & it still ran away. Chased it all over town & it ran inside someone's house & jumped over a 6 month old baby & bit a guy on the hand before it was confined in the basement. I believe this was last summer/fall. Better off having the cops deal with dogs rather than paying a dog warden who won't do his job.

Father of 1

You guys keep posting how much you hate the SPD and don't trust the officers and don't want their help. I wish when you needed them they wouldn't come and help. However even though you have so much hate and say all these things. When you call they will come because they do their job to the best of their ability even for all of the citizens that really don't deserve help. They don't get to pick and choose what calls they go on. They go to protect and serve even when the idiots call. They put their life on the line everyday for all of you no matter who you are. You guys are rude, disrespectful, and don't deserve the rights and freedoms you have. But luckily for you the SPD still helps to keep our city as safe as they can. If we had citizens here that actually could follow the law this city would be a lot better. Shame on you Sanduskians who are part of the problem. Shame on Matt Westerhold for being an instigator who loves to trash the SPD. Thank you Officer Wilson for doing your job. Thank you SPD for backing your officer. Thank you to the citizens who support the SPD. Oh by the way. We are WINNING!!!!!!!

The Hamburglar

Right on!!

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BW1

"You guys keep posting how much you hate the SPD and don't trust the officers and don't want their help."

WOW, Father of 1, talk about reading what isn't there! People here have said that ONE officer made ONE mistake, but that it's a big mistake. There's far more support in your comments for claiming that you believe SPD officers can do no wrong than there is to support your claim regarding other commenters. Maybe you should reciprocate their assumption that your position falls somewhere between those two extremes.

yellitoutloud

bytheby, you should run for mayor. Matt is not the only problem. Emil is also a front runner for stupid.

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BULLISDEEP

ALL THESE people putting down the paper ,why do you keep coming back to read and make comments.
Same with the ones that just have to point out a miss spelling ,
you still read it and understood what it said.

yellitoutloud

father of 1, great comment. Glad to see that there are people who still support officers. It seems to be a dying breed.

BEHAPPY

Bottom line here~the dog was unjustly killed. Everyone keeps talking about how many times the police were called on Lucy. Well then, they KNEW the dog, they KNEW the owner, they KNEW where her home was, they DEALT with her previously THEN WHY SHOOT HER, KILL HER, AND LET HER LAY THERE AND SUFFER THIS TIME? Get it yet?? This was uncalled for.....PERIOD.

The Hamburglar

PERIOD? That explains a lot. Try taking Midol.

BEHAPPY

Try growing up.............

BEHAPPY

Try growing up.............

Rod Farva

Take your finger off the period key already jeez

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BW1

Yes, why not knock on the door and say "get out here and get control of your dog" and then, once the dog is secured, write him a citation? Then all of this controversy wouldn't have happened. The officer can be heard talking to someone off camera as soon as he exits the car - the neighbors would likely know who owns the dog.

BEHAPPY

BTW, I have nothing against LE whatsoever. They have a difficult and thankless job and I have always backed them here and always will. This time the officer was wrong, sorry but WRONG!

The Hamburglar

Nice try but I'm not buying your sincerity, Ms. Hansen.

BEHAPPY

Just for the record HAMBURGIE~I am not Ms. Hansen. I don't even know her. You don't have to buy my sincerity~don't care. I know what I said is fact and that is all that matters. If you feel the need to be certain about my sincerity, go back to previous stories about SPD and you will see me there, backing SPD. This time it's Lucy. You have your opinion, I have mine K?

Rod Farva

Struck a nerve eh?

The Hamburglar

Apparently. BEMAD is more fitting.

BEHAPPY

No Rod, I wondered where your mouth was tonight LOL

Rod Farva

You would

The Hamburglar

Sounds like someone is jealous as to where Rod's mouth had been. Hmmmm.

Father of 1

BeHappy: do you know the police protocol for vicious dog calls? Look it up and tell me one thing that Officer Wilson did that broke protocol. Oh ya you won't find one thing. Now tell me how many things Ms. Hansen AND Mr. Likes did wrong that caused this dog to die! Case closed........PERIOD

BEHAPPY

Dear Father, since you called me out, vicious dogs...hmmm...didn't look vicious to me. My dog's body language would have been the same and he is the nicest dog ever. I've seen that body language on alot of dogs, she was barking that's it. Dogs~get~out~accidently~ just one of those things that happen in life, unless your perfect of course. Are you perfect?

The Hamburglar

Happy will never admit to any wrongs. She's in denial. I would expect no less from her ilk. She's just looking for a payday. PERIOD!

2cents

"Dog killing spurs change"

It kinda has a ring to it....

http://hopenchangecartoons.blogs...

Father of 1

Well if your dog had the same body language I would imagine Officer Wilson would have had to shoot your precious pup too. I know I would have. Just barking? That's interesting. That's not what the mail carriers statement said. Hmmmm. Plus when Officer Wilson came around the corner he took several steps back due to precious Lucy charging out from between the houses. Definitely the dog was just wanting to play. Ha. Thank you Officer Wilson for saving the neighborhood. No payday for Ms. Hansen.

dire wolf

If i were the city of sandusky, i'd have already offered any new rescue dog of her choice through the erie co. humane society or wherever that is. The police should be kissing her tail to keep her from taking all you taxpayers for another ride in court. you know how those cases have worked out for the city, especially if she gets a top aggressive attorney. If it ever goes to a trial, the fact that she was at works makes it impossible to find her at fault. Her fines will be a non issue in an animal cruelty case. The officer could be reprimanded. The mailwoman was 4 doors away out of harms way, the dog never bit or attacked anyone. The video should have the city making sure this doesn't go to trial, but if it does, be proud that your tax money is going toward something you believed in. I sense a settlement offer pending. get your checkbook out, father of 1.

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BW1

Father, you've just demonstrated that you have no understanding of dog behavior or body language.

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