Still think your dog is safe because it isn’t a “pit bull”? Think again!


Good morning everyone! (or good afternoon or evening depending on where on the globe you hang your hat!) For the past few days we have been talking about cops who shoot dogs. You have been made aware of what a prevalent problem this is becoming, and we have asked you to throw your support behind our good friend Davy Vara, the Rochester New York independent film maker who intends to expose these cops for the murdering bastards that they are.

However, in all of your answers and queries to these past few days blogs, you all keep talking about “pit bulls,” as if they are the only breed of dog ever shot by cops. Yes we know that there is a big hate on for “pit bulls,” the mainstream media makes sure of that with their inflammatory reporting., but cops are shooting more than just “pit bulls.” Those of you with Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Newfoundland’s, Great Danes, and any number of other breeds should not rest on your laurels thinking your dog is safe from harm because it is not a “pit bull.” Nothing could be further from the truth!

Yes cops shoot more ‘pit bull” type dogs then any other breed, but they don’t stop at “pit bulls” truth is a cop will shoot just about any dog he comes across if he feels he can get away with it. Since it seems cops are never held accountable for shooting an animal, they pretty much feel they can shoot any dog they like and suffer no repercussions. Since cops like to use dog breeds to target citizens (erroneously thinking that if you own a “pit bull” you must be a criminal) we see many more shootings of “pit bulls” than any other breed. But, a cop will not hesitate to open fire on any dog given the chance.

We are shocked enough at the thought of any innocent dog being shot without good reason, but people seem to think that it is only “pit bull” owners who have to worry about their pet being brutally murdered by those sworn to serve and protect. Wake up and smell the murder people! It could happen to you!

Rosie, a Newfoundland was gunned down in a neighbors yard.

Rosie, a Newfoundland was gunned down in a neighbors yard.

How many of you remember the brutal slaying of Rosie, a four year old Newfoundland who had the misfortune to wander from her yard, and paid the price with her life?

Officers had responded to a report of a loose dog in the Des Moines neighborhood, phoned in by a neighbor who was concerned that the animal might get hurt. Rosie’s owners, the Wrights were out of town. When police arrived, there was Rosie, all 115 pounds of her, woofing away.

Over the next hour, police used a Taser on Rosie twice, chased her for blocks and ultimately shot the dog — four times — with an assault rifle in a stranger’s back yard.

The Wrights believe the officers were intent on shooting the dog almost from the outset. They filed a federal lawsuit Nov. 17 2010 against Des Moines police, claiming their civil rights were violated when officers shot Rosie. Attorney Shannon Ragonesi of the law firm of Keating Bucklin & McCormack, which is representing the city, would not speak to the specifics of the lawsuit. However, she said the Police Department conducted a “thorough internal review” and concluded the officers’ actions were justified. Des Moines had decided that Rosie’s murder was justified!

Cops who shoot dogs need to be held accountable.

Cops who shoot dogs need to be held accountable.

September 11, 2012 A Golden Retriever named Scout is shot and killed by a police officer. Officer Matt Vanhall first encountered Scout during his patrols in the area. Officer Vanhall allegedly asked a woman who was playing with Scout if the dog was hers. The woman, Lori Walmsley, who was in the area visiting a neighbor, advised the officer that Scout was not her dog, and also informed him that he was not dangerous.

She recounted what happened next to the Morning Sun, stating that the officer:

“tried to force the dog out. The dog made a low, mild growl declaring his displeasure at being forced from his “safe” haven (and at the same time assumed he needed to protect his property,)”

The growl from Scout prompted a reaction from Officer Vanhall which stunned those who were in the area. Walmsley recounts the horrible scene,

“He just started shooting him, he just kept shooting him in the head,””I said, ‘What are you doing? He’s just a puppy!'”

The shooting of Scout took place in the dog’s own yard. Scout, who belonged to Brian and Hillary Goetzinger, died a short time later at a veterinary office.

Another witness to the shooting told the Morning News that her children had played with Scout in the past and that he had never shown any signs of aggression. It is unclear why Officer Vanhall took it upon himself to chase after Scout and why the growl prompted lethal gunfire. Scouts murder was ruled justified!

Killer, a twelve pound miniature Dachshund was shot and killed by police.

Killer, a twelve pound miniature Dachshund was shot and killed by police.

June 9, 2009 Police in Danville, Virginia are defending the fatal shooting and killing of an 11 year-old miniature dachshund, claiming that the police officer who shot the 12-pound dog, acted reasonably and in self-defense.

“Shooting a dog which is actively presenting a threat to an officer is within the department’s policy,” states a press release issued by Danville Police Chief Phillip Broadfoot.

The diminutive dog, who had the ironic name of “Killer”, was known as a “sweet, mild-mannered dog,” reports the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

How did the shooting happen?

Earlier this week, a police officer pulled into the cul-de-sac to serve two warrants to a neighbor. As the officer — whose name the police department is refusing to release — returned to his car, “he was surprised by a growling dog running through the yard directly at him from the rear, leaving him with just seconds to consider his options,” reads the police statement.

Police Chief Broadstreet said the officer’s options in that instance were to run to the squad car, distract the dog, or use pepper spray, his baton or his firearm. After Killer, allegedly “lunged at the officer and attacked him,” the officer decided to draw his gun and shoot the aging 12-pound mini dachshund. Apparently, the officer feared great bodily harm — perhaps to his ankles.

The Harpers remain devastated at the loss of the dog they have had and loved for 11 years. “He was a family member,” says a bewildered and saddened Harper. “They took a family member away.”

The shooting of the 12 pound Dachshund was ruled justified!

These are just three stories of dogs who were not “pit bulls” being shot by police. I could tell you many more! Still think your dog is safe because it isn’t a “pit bull”? Think again!

Until Next Time Remember




17 thoughts on “Still think your dog is safe because it isn’t a “pit bull”? Think again!

  1. Mr. Vara, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Do the expose’! Until you do, this will continue without much public support. At least it may bring enough light to the problem that either public outrage, or heads of police departments, will finally do SOMETHING to stop these horrible atrocities against innocent animals (I live in CO where the 2 cops shot and killed a prized Elk….). IT’S JUST NOT RIGHT…it’s the police who need un control…not the law abiding citizen!

    • Carole, Davy will gladly film the expose’ if we can get enough support to fund the film. Have you visited the funding campaign site and donated even a single dollar? We would really appreciate it if you would.

  2. I do not recall where it happened but in 2011 there was a confrontation in a man’s backyard, with 2 police officers present, one the Chief of Police. When the Chief gave the office the order to shoot the man’s dogs, the man shot the cop in the face and killed him. The Chief was not injured. This was a bad man, but if the Chief had NOT given that order, would the officer still be alive? We will never know but I seriously doubt that aspect of the shooting was ever discussed. Subsequent news reports did not include that information and I doubt the Chief was ever questioned about his order to kill the man’s dogs. This has to stop!

  3. I want to take a lead pipe and beat the holy crap out of those cops. There was no justification for ANY of those shootings. The departments don’t want to lose face, so they back up one wrong wıth another. Candy ass, lying cops don’t belong on the force. SCUM.

    • We completely agree! The time has come to hold these jackasses accountable for every poor dog they kill! We can not continue to allow our beloved pets to be targets for trigger happy cops!

  4. There are cases of police officers shooting a puppy only 7 months old that weighed less than 25 pounds, a chihuahua, and a cat to prevent themselves from “being attacked”. It does not matter where the animal is or what kind or breed they are, most of the time there will be no repercussions for the officer if they kill your pet. This has to stop!

    • We completely agree. Most of these shooting are completely unjustified, and you are right most cops who shoot animals get away with it! They must be held accountable for their actions. if you fire your service revolver then you should account for why and what you were shooting at. Ruling these shootings justified simply because they are not human victims is BS.


  6. I remember reading some where that they shot a Chihuahua puppy. Seriously they need to stop looking out family members.

  7. I agree, no dog, no matter what breed, is safe. People, keep your dogs locked up and away from the police.

    • Thank you my friend! Ladies and gentlemen have you met David Vara? The man who intends to expose cops who shoot dogs? Mr. Vara meet my readers!

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