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.
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.