Archive for May, 2012
Topeka police officer shoots, kills dog
Posted: May 7, 2012 – 9:40pm
By Ann Marie Bush
Several neighbors in the 1100 block of S.W. Plass Ave. were upset Monday night after a Topeka police officer drew his weapon and shot a dog to death.
“He drew his gun and fired five or six shots,” said neighbor Constantinos Miklas Acton. “He killed that dog dead for no reason.”
Acton said he was painting guttering on the front of his house about 7 p.m. Monday when he saw a uniformed officer approach a neighbor’s house and knock on the door.
Acton said the officer didn’t get an answer so he walked across S.W. Plass Avenue and made contact with Acton. The officer told Acton there had been a call about a barking dog, Acton said. After the two spoke briefly, the officer went back to the house and Acton went back to work. A few minutes later, Acton took a break and saw the dog, a German shepherd and border collie mix, galloping playfully toward the officer.
A few seconds later, shots rang out.
“He knew I saw it,” Acton said. “He really got hot under the collar.”
Topeka police Sgt. Jennifer Cross didn’t release the officer’s name Monday night. She did confirm there had been several calls made about a barking dog and another dog possibly loose in the area.
She said the officer tried to make contact with the dog’s owner, and when the dog approached the officer, “he felt in danger.”
“His training is to protect himself,” Cross said.
Detectives and officers spent more than an hour talking to neighbors. Cross said the investigation is ongoing.
On Monday night, several neighbors watched as police worked in the driveway where the dog was shot at 1181 S.W. Plass.
The owners of the dog, who arrived at the scene after the shooting, were visibly upset.
One woman shouted at a group of officers that she was upset they shot and killed the dog when there are other crimes happening in Topeka.
Neighbor Audrey Dukes said the dog, who neighbors call Dallas, often played with her children and was friendly. Dukes said she saw the dog earlier in the evening without a leash. She added that the dog never was unfriendly toward her three children.
She said she is upset because the officer fired several shots at a “friendly dog when we have a block full of kids outside playing.”
When Dukes tried to talk to the officer who shot the dog and a corporal on the scene, she said she was treated rudely.
“They told me to mind my own business,” Dukes said. “They wouldn’t tell us anything. We had a police officer out here who shot a dog five or six times. I think the Topeka police handled this poorly. There was no way that dog was aggressive. And five or six shots? I don’t know the reason the officer had to shoot Dallas. It’s unbelievable.”
Harrisonburg Police Officer Accused of Killing Family Dog
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The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office says a Harrisonburg Police Officer shot a family dog a few weeks ago in Clover Hill.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson says Sgt. Russell Metcalf with the Harrisonburg Police Department admits to shooting the dog while riding his bike.
Now, the dog’s family says they want justice for their dog’s death.
“Whether it was a police officer or not, it should not have happened,” said Becky Bonds, the dog owner’s daughter.
Bonds’ parents’ dog Sadie was shot to death right outside their home.
Neighbors are shocked to hear that a Harrisonburg Police Officer is accused of pulling the trigger.
“Being a police officer, if he would just shoot an animal for no reason, you have to wonder you know, what else would they do?” said Tammy Evans, a neighbor.
Bonds says she would bring her dog Cooper to play with Sadie all the time.
“He’s very timid around other dogs and she really was one of the only other dogs that he would play with, just rough and tumble having fun out in the yard, having fun together,” said Bonds.
She says Sadie was not intimidating at all.
“She wasn’t very big, she was maybe 20 pounds,” said Bonds. “She was on the smaller side of the border collie lab mix and she was just really sweet, loved to have her belly rubbed, sometimes would get so excited to see people that she’d have little accidents on the carpet.”
Bonds and her parents posted flyers all over the community, asking for help to find the man who killed their dog.
Now that they know who the Sheriff says he is, Bonds says this man should be held accountable for his actions.
“She was not mean in any way and didn’t deserve this, so we hope justice is served in some way so that you know something like this doesn’t happen again,” said Bonds.
Bonds says a family with a one-year-old girl lives right next to where their dog was shot. She says no one should be using a gun in that neighborhood.
No charges have been filed yet. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.
Owner Says Police Unnecessarily Shot Dog
Thursday May 10, 2012 10:47 PM
UPDATED: Thursday May 10, 2012 10:48 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A dog owner Thursday was distraught because police said that they were forced to shoot her pet.
According to the owner, Amber, who did not want to use her last name, police showed up at her south Columbus home thinking there was a domestic dispute.
The dispute ended up being at the house next door, 10TV’s Justin Moss reported.
According to police, when a man answered the door at the house, a 5-year-old pitbull ran outside at the officer.
The officer said that he was forced to shoot the dog.
“It’s an elevated porch,” Columbus police Lt. Dave Hughes said. “The officer took a couple of steps back, when the dog was coming at him, and he shot twice. The dog was basically right at his feet.”
Amber said that the man was holding their dog by its collar.
“He said the dog did not bark but came directly at him in an aggressive stance,” Hughes said.
The officer who fired shots was uninjured by the dog, Moss reported.
Amber said that the dog had to be put down.
“It’s an unfortunate situation, but we’re glad our officer didn’t get hurt, and we’re sorry that the dog had to be shot, but sometimes these things do happen, unfortunately,” Hughes said.
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