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!
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!
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!
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
WE ARE THEIR VOICE!