Outcry After 3 Recent Dog Shootings by Police

Controversy surrounds the recent shootings of three dogs, in three states.

In Milwaukee, Sonja and Vaughn Schroeder are highly upset after their dalmatian was shot and killed by a local police officer. “They killed my dog. That’s all I have to say,” Vaughn told reporters.

The officer claims that after knocking on the door, he heard a dog barking and proceeded back down the stairs. The dog, growling and showing his teeth, bounded down the stairs. Fearing for his safety, the officer said, he fired his gun at the dog, killing him.

Colonel

Meanwhile, a few days earlier, a police officer in Chicago was issuing a parking ticket in front of a home. As the homeowner, Al Phillips, walked outside to talk with the officer, his miniature bull terrier puppy wandered out the gate behind him. In a matter of seconds, according to Phillips, the officer shot his puppy twice, injuring him. Witnesses said the officer then calmly finished writing his ticket as neighbors screamed, “He shot the puppy!”

Two days later, authorities showed up at the home again, not to apologize,but to question why the family had gone to the media with this incident. When the family would not agree to stop talking to the media, they were given a ticket for not having had the dog on a leash.

As the puppy, Colonel, recovers from his injuries, the Phillips family has filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer.

Late last month, Chloe, a Lab/pit mix in Colorado, escaped from her home. A concerned resident (thinking the dog looked strange) called the police, who showed up and tased Chloe as she tried to run away. Then, even as the dog was on a catch pole, the police officers shot her five times, killing her. The whole thing was recorded on the resident’s cell phone.

Every year, hundreds of dogs are killed needlessly by police. “Most wouldn’t happen if police knew just a little bit more about dogs,” says the ASPCA.

Sources: Fox11, Chicago Tribune, Examiner

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.ingeii Gerald Inge II

    We need to push for national law that allows pet owners to file lawsuits against the police and local governments. Most have laws that will not hold them accountable and it is almost a losing battle to file a lawsuit against them. We need the the Federal Government enacting a law that will supersede there self protecting laws.

  • Guest

    All of them need to be stripped of their jobs in the police force…if you can’t handle something as simple as giving a ticket to someone without shooting their dog with no prior intensive, they clearly will not be able to handle the vast majority of things that come their way in their jobs.

    Even the case where the person claimed the dog was growling at him…shooting and killing anything should be your last option as you are taught when being a police officer in the USA; I highly doubt even form what was described here that he had no other options. Dogs don’t have thumbs, they aren’t going to go open a door if you close it…when even in the story it says the officer backed down the stairs, so that was more then likely possible. Second officer if the article is true, obviously has issues and it would be highly concerning that he’s a police officer considering his disregard for life…the third officer as well, if your only way to get an innocent thing showing no aggression is to hurt it even without the intent to kill…there can be a lot of misunderstandings with people that could get an innocent person killed. A child running away because they’re scared — what happens if you kill them, too? Children can be very badly affected from that, more then most adults; one can very much kill a child by tasering them.

    smh to all of them; how is the general community supposed to feel safe with a force supposed to protect them with people in it such as the three described above — even if the stories are fabricated, our laws ensure that these people will almost certainly not face any real changes for what they did..

  • Guest

    All of them need to be stripped of their jobs in the police force…if you can’t handle something as simple as giving a ticket to someone without shooting their dog with no prior intensive, they clearly will not be able to handle the vast majority of things that come their way in their jobs.

    Even the case where the person claimed the dog was growling at him…shooting and killing anything should be your last option as you are taught when being a police officer in the USA; I highly doubt even form what was described here that he had no other options. Dogs don’t have thumbs, they aren’t going to go open a door if you close it…when even in the story it says the officer backed down the stairs, so that was more then likely possible. Second officer if the article is true, obviously has issues and it would be highly concerning that he’s a police officer considering his disregard for life…the third officer as well, if your only way to get an innocent thing showing no aggression is to hurt it even without the intent to kill…there can be a lot of misunderstandings with people that could get an innocent person killed. A child running away because they’re scared — what happens if you kill them, too? Children can be very badly affected from that, more then most adults; one can very much kill a child by tasering them.

    smh to all of them; how is the general community supposed to feel safe with a force supposed to protect them with people in it such as the three described above — even if the stories are fabricated, our laws ensure that these people will almost certainly not face any real changes for what they did..

  • Guest

    All of them need to be stripped of their jobs in the police force…if you can’t handle something as simple as giving a ticket to someone without shooting their dog with no prior intensive, they clearly will not be able to handle the vast majority of things that come their way in their jobs.

    Even the case where the person claimed the dog was growling at him…shooting and killing anything should be your last option as you are taught when being a police officer in the USA; I highly doubt even from what was described here that he had no other options. Dogs don’t have thumbs, they aren’t going to go open a door if you close it…when even in the story it says the officer backed down the stairs, so that was more then likely possible. Second officer if the article is true, obviously has issues and it would be highly concerning that he’s a police officer considering his disregard for life…the third officer as well, if your only way to get an innocent thing showing no aggression is to hurt it even without the intent to kill…there can be a lot of misunderstandings with people that could get an innocent person killed. A child running away because they’re scared — what happens if you taser them and they die, too? Children can be very badly affected from that, more then most adults; one can very much kill a child by tasering them.

    smh to all of them; how is the general community supposed to feel safe with a force supposed to protect them with people in it such as the three described above — even if the stories are fabricated, our laws ensure that these people will almost certainly not face any real changes for what they did..

  • Musu Foo

    All of them need to be stripped of their jobs in the police force…if you can’t handle something as simple as giving a ticket to someone without shooting their dog with no prior intensive, they clearly will not be able to handle the vast majority of things that come their way in their jobs.

    Even the case where the person claimed the dog was growling at him…shooting and killing anything should be your last option as you are taught when being a police officer in the USA; I highly doubt even from what was described here that he had no other options. Dogs don’t have thumbs, they aren’t going to go open a door if you close it…when even in the story it says the officer backed down the stairs, so that was more then likely possible. Second officer if the article is true, obviously has issues and it would be highly concerning that he’s a police officer considering his disregard for life…the third officer as well, if your only way to get an innocent thing showing no aggression is to hurt it even without the intent to kill…there can be a lot of misunderstandings with people that could get an innocent person killed. A child running away because they’re scared — what happens if you taser them and they die, too? Children can be very badly affected from that, more then most adults; one can very much kill a child by tasering them.

    smh to all of them; how is the general community supposed to feel safe with a force supposed to protect them with people in it such as the three described above — even if the stories have been fabricated to a point or the stories are totally made up (not saying that is true… just food for thought), our laws ensure that these people will almost certainly not face any real changes for what they did.

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