http://www.examiner.com/article/colorado-police-shoot-dog-restrained-on-catch-pole

November 26, 2012
By: Penny Eims

Cops Kill Dog

On Saturday, a dog in Commerce City, Colo. was shot and killed by police who responded to a dog at large call.

The police have stated that the dog, a Labrador retriever/pit bull mix named “Chloe,” was so aggressive that officers had no other choice than to shoot and kill her.

However, one witness saw something different from the officer’s recount of what took place, and that witness happened to be recording the entire scene on his cell phone.

According to Monday’s publication of the Coloradoan, Kenny Collins is the man who initially contacted the authorities about a strange dog in the neighborhood. He is also the individual who watched, and recorded what took place after the police arrived.

Chloe is first hit with a taser, then, as she attempts to run from the garage, she is caught by the catch pole.
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Tragically, the dog, who appears to be terrified as she attempts to flee from those who have caught her, is then shot.

Not once or twice, but five times.

The authorities defend the shooting because they claim that Chloe was too aggressive to handle on the catch pole, and therefore, still dangerous.

The video seems to show a terrified dog who is determined to run away.

Making the entire situation more heartbreaking is the fact that Chloe was not a ‘random’ stray dog in the neighborhood. She was actually being cared for by a neighbor who was dog-sitting for a relative.

Chloe had somehow managed to slip out of the garage before the door closed and her dog sitter never saw her escape.

Collins told Fox2 News:

“I wish I hadn’t called, but like my kids keep reassuring me, I did what anybody else would do and that’s what the lady across the street said, whose dog was shot, that she would have done the same thing,”

The video taken by Collins has been turned over to the Commerce City Police for review.

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