Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Blog Moved

This blog has been moved to http://copsshotmydog.tumblr.com/.


Chloe was staying with a relative of her guardian in Commerce City, Colorado when she got free and started barking at a neighbor's house.  The neighbor called 911 and when the police arrived, they restrained her with a catch pole.  Offcer Robert Price tased her, shot her five times, and killed her.

At least a neighbor caught the officers' treatment of Chloe on video.
There is a four minute standoff, where Chloe is backed into a corner.  At around 4:40, the officers snag her, she tries to run away, and she is immediately shot.

 The department seems to be taking the incident seriously.  Officer Price is on paid administrative leave and is going to be charged with felony cruelty to animals. Two other officers have been removed from patrol duty.

I'm not sure that I support the decision to pursue a criminal case.  The real problem seems like a lack of training.  I do think, however, that an officer who can't keep cool while approaching a companion animal probably doesn't belong out on patrol.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Comrade!

My friend Nathan just discovered that there is another blog out there keeping track of incidents where cops shoot dogs.  Hello Greg Karber of Dogs That Cops Killed.

Study: Half of Intentional Shootings by Police Involve Dogs

The author of a DOJ report on "The Problem of Dog Related Incidents and Encounters" called police shootings of dogs "very preventable" and says they "wouldn't happen if police knew just a little bit more about dogs."