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Old 05-14-2014, 08:39 PM
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Police Officer Shoots Puppy After ‘Fearing For His Safety’

ANOTHER LEO shooting someone's dog, this shit infuriates me!

A Michigan police officer shot and killed a 10-month-old puppy this week as he pursued a suspect through several yards in a Redford Township neighborhood.

According to the dog’s owner, Bianca Alakson, police ignored the “beware of dog” sign on her backyard fence early Sunday morning as they entered onto the property. After reaching her backyard, one officer claims to have been “charged” by the puppy.

“I didn’t know what had happened at first, I just heard ‘pop, pop’,” said Alakson’s boyfriend, Ryan Showalter.

Police claim the officer “feared for his safety” and had no choice but to shoot the puppy twice after it would not stop “advancing.”

“Everyone here loves animals, it’s the last thing we want to do but we have to protect ourselves,” a police spokesperson said.

Showalter refuted the officer’s claim that his puppy was dangerous, saying the dog had no history of violence whatsoever.

“He wasn’t the protector of the house type dog either, he was just the great everybody and love them to death type dog,” Showalter said.

Although police say the shooting was strictly based on officer safety, Showalter says the officer had a different explanation on scene.

“I asked him why and he said, ‘because he was in our way’,” Showalter explained.

Incredibly, officers then arrested Showalter, accusing him of interfering with police on his own property.

“They tried to tell me that I was resisting arrest,” Showalter said. “I was breaking down hysterically in the back seat of the cop car, crying, I didn’t know what to do.”

Showalter was later bailed out of jail by Alakson and is still awaiting charges from police.

Although instances of police helping dogs do appear, such as the recent case of a California officer rescuing a Chihuahua from a busy highway, they are greatly outnumbered by situations where officers use deadly force.

Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania state trooper wildly fired at a family’s dog only feet from a 5-year-old’s bedroom window. Although officer’s claimed the dog was charging as well, the dog’s owner argued that the bullet wounds, which were all in the dog’s side, proved that the dog was not running towards them.

An Oklahoma police officer shot and killed a family’s dog last March and reportedly bragged to animal control how the event was “awesome.” According to reports, the offending officer has received numerous complaints from fellow cops as well as citizens.

Last February, an officer in Idaho was cleared of wrongdoing after killing a man’s service dog outside a 9-year-old’s birthday party. The incident, captured by the police vehicle’s dash cam, showed the officer kicking at the dog several times before he opened fire.

In 2012, a police officer in Austin, Texas shot and killed a dog as it played Frisbee with its owner. The officer would later learn that he had responded to the wrong home on a domestic disturbance call.

Also in 2012, a Texas cop fatally shot a dog as it sat on the porch outside its home, causing several bullets to go through the home’s walls. The officer proceeded by killing a second dog that was tied up in the backyard.

Even though some statistics point to American police killing a dog every 98 minutes, officers are not always successful. Just last month, a California sheriff’s deputy shot himself while attempting to kill a fenced-in dog. Although the deputy claimed that the dog had tried to attack him, the dog was later seen playing with small children in the neighborhood.
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Re: Police Officer Shoots Puppy After ‘Fearing For His Safety’

Any time you see any cops around, get your dog inside immediately. You never know when they're going to come onto your property - usually in search of a suspect.

Dogs and cops don't mix. Nice dog or not.

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Re: Police Officer Shoots Puppy After ‘Fearing For His Safety’

I was present when an officer killed an injured deer, a young doe, instead of calling the animal control authorities. The deer was caught in some wire and in shock, but could have been cared for and released. Another cop might have not done that, but it was clear to every one present that the young cop wanted the experience of shooting his weapon at a real (breathing) target. A friend who is a police officer agreed.

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They got a license to kill.

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Abuse of power. Sad stories.

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This is just more reason to hate pigs.

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Shooting a dog for being "in our way"?!? Fucking assholes!

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Re: Police Officer Shoots Puppy After ‘Fearing For His Safety’

Cops and dogs don't mix

Instead of a last resort, it seems to be a first step when they see a dog in a "situation" to shoot it.

Why don't they at least try less than lethal first?

I've seen a lot of police dogs bite the wrong people too

But military dogs don't bite the wrong people that I've seen

I'll protect all my family, that includes the ones with fur and paws

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Re: Police Officer Shoots Puppy After ‘Fearing For His Safety’

Years ago, a sheriff's deputy entered one of my friend's houses while we were jamming out at full volume. He was responding to a noise complaint from one of the neighbors, and we had no idea he was there until he entered the bedroom in which we had set up. The friend who lived there also owned a huge doberman that was very friendly. She had greeted the deputy in her usual exuberant fashion, and we found her running around outside as we saw the deputy out about a minute or two after he had made his presene known.

It's all a matter of an officer's self-discipline and his ability to properly assess a threat. My friend's dog like to jump when she greeted people, but the deputy wasn't a gung-ho trigger-happy rookie and knew a friendly dog when he saw one.

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I'm always on the side of the professional who is in the front lines in keeping me safe. If he says he felt threatened then that's good enough for me. I won't judge his actions.

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