Monday, October 31, 2011

Former Police Officer On Trial for Dog Shooting

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On August 23, 2011, the guardian of a German Shepherd named Shadow got into an argument with a woman at Trenton Greenbelt Trails. The woman proceeded to threaten retaliation against the dog.

On August 24, 2011, as the guardian of Shadow let him off-leash at the park to run, a vehicle pulled up and former police officer Anthony Randazzo emerged from the vehicle. Guess who was in the vehicle with him? The woman who had threatened Shadow's guardian the day before.

There is dispute as to whether Randazzo was 30' from Shadow or less when he shot the dog once, then a second time. The dog was rushed to a veterinarian but died from his injuries.

The officer is now facing felony animal cruelty charges and his gun license has been revoked.

Phoenix Police Shoot and Kill Dog

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There are myriad accounts of this particular story. All that is known is a woman suffered minor bite wounds from one, or more, of her dogs, described as Pit Bulls (three on the property). Police arrived and one of the dogs charged at them, prompting the officer to shoot and kill the dog.

Prince George, CA Police Shoot and Kill Dog

October, 2011
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A dog described as a St. Bernard attacked a young girl, causing severe injuries. The dog had been rescued 6-weeks-prior and the article provides little detail on the circumstances surrounding the attack. The dog was shoved outdoors and blocked emergency officials from entering the home. Police then shot and killed the dog.

Newport News Police Break Down Door, Kill Dog

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October, 2011

Police in Newport News, Virginia executing a search warrant broke down a door and promptly shot and killed the freaked out dog living there. The dog bit one of the officers and was then shot by two other officers, despite the fact that the officer was wearing protective gear and was not harmed by the bite.

Officers confiscated five pounds of marijuana, thus winning a major victory in this epic DRUG WAR of doom.

Boca Raton Police Shoot and Kill Loose Dog

Date: October 29, 2011
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
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A dog described as a Pit Bull barked and charged at an officer and was shot and killed. The dog had been loose and nipped a woman, causing minor injuries. The dog did not bite the police officer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jury Awards $300,000 To Family For Dog Slain By Police in 2009

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In February of 2009, Chicago police issued a search warrant at a home. The teenage occupant allowed officers into his apartment but asked to lock his 9-yr-old Labrador Retriever up first. Officers entered anyways and when the dog appeared, tail wagging, she was shot and killed.

A jury has awarded the family more than $300,000 in damages.

This story was not covered in the news media, but guess which story was? The September 2009 shooting death of a Pit Bull which also resulted in the minor grazing of two juveniles.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Woodbine Georgia Police Kill Dog

Date: August 2, 2011
Location: Woodbine, Georgia
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A K-9 handler responding to a call approached a home where a dog described as a Pit Bull (but is in fact an American Bulldog) attacked the officer's dog. Obviously the natural response was to pull out a gun in a neighborhood and shoot the Bulldog multiple times. The dog lay wounded and died.

Houston Drug Raid Results in Death of Dog and Shooting of Suspect

Date: July 29, 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
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Officers raiding a drug house entered a yard where a guard dog was known to be confined. The dog was shot with a shotgun and pistol before being killed. One bullet grazed one of the suspects.

St. Petersburg Police Shoot and Kill Dog in Home

Date: July 29, 2011
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
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Police were called to a home over a domestic dispute. The officers were invited into the home. A dog was located in a back bedroom and the owner of the dog asked her daughter not to let the dog out. The dog, a mixed breed, slipped out and charged at officers. THe dog was shot and killed.

North Las Vegas Police Shoot Dog in Pursuit of Suspect

Date: July 25, 2011
Location; Las Vegas, Nevada
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Officers pursued a suspect as he fled. The suspect ran onto his own property and officer followed. A dog was located in the yard and bit an officer. The dog was shot and killed.

Laredo Police Shoot Attacking Dog

Date: July 25, 2011
Location: Laredo, Texas
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A dog described as a Pit Bull was attacking two people. Police were called and officers shot and killed the dog.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lorain Police Shoot and Kill Chained Dog

July, 2011
Lorain, Ohio
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FOr some reason, officers were called to remove a chained dog from under a truck. The dog was lured out with dog biscuits but instead of grabbing the chain, the officer grabbed the dog's collar. The dog bit him once. The officer then shot him twice, killing the dog.

Lubbock TX Family Considering Lawsuit After Pet Killed

July, 2011
Location: Lubbock, TX
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A St. Bernard was shot and killed by Lubbock police. The dog's owner had accidentally kicked down a gate in his pursuit of armed invaders who had attempted to steal his wallet. Instead of, you know, just giving him the wallet, the guy started chasing the men with guns. Unfortunately, his dog was able to get out so that when police arrived, they were faced with a very large dog charging/running toward them.

THe officer shot the dog in the head, killing him. He was shot in front of the victim's child and wife.

Winston-Salem POlice Shoot Attacking Dog

Date: July, 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Officers pursuing suspects involved in a triple homicide and robbery encountered a loose dog who was a guard dog in an unfenced yard. The dog was not properly restrained and attempted to attack an officer. The officer dispatched his weapon and killed the dog. The dog was a fuzzy mixed breed.

Midlothian Police Shoot Confined Dog

Date: July, 2011
Location: Midlothian, Illinois
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A dog described as either a Pit Bull or Bull Mastiff was shot multiple times, ran away and probably died in pain and misery somewhere else courtesy of Midlothian Police.

The dog has been a stray, fed by locals, and considered friendly or at least not aggressive by neighbors.

The dog had been running loose and police were called. An officer came out and was able to get the dog into a yard before he was called away on an emergency. In an amazing move, he left a handwritten note on the home owner's door saying, yo left a big brown dog in your yard. The dog did not belong to the homeowner, although he knew who the dog was (a stray).

Police came later and almost immediately shot the dog three times, claiming he was aggressive. The dog, shot once in the head and twice in the ribs, clawed his way out to escape the people shooting him and ran off. He probably did not survive.

None of the neighbors appear pleased with the decision to shoot the dog.