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March 22, 2011

The War On Dogs – 03/22/2011

The first of an ongoing series chronicling the tireless efforts of the nation’s law enforcement officers to rid our society of the scourge of dogs.

Atlanta, Georgia, December 21, 2010: While walking through the yard of an Atlanta residence unannounced, a police officer found himself facing a barking Golden Retriever, a breed notorious for barking a lot.  Falling back on training as much as instinct, the police officer shot the dog dead. A police spokesperson noted that the dog had “ignored commands to stop.”

Raceland, Louisiana, February 10, 2011: While responding to an unrelated complaint from a neighbor, Deputy Brody Thibodeaux came across a dog owned by Dwain Matherne.  The dog, which was on a leash attached to a cable in the yard, was said to be acting like a dog who was being approached by a total stranger, giving the deputy little choice but to shoot him.  The Sherriff’s office noted that “There were no signs indicating a dog’s presence,” other than the presence of the dog. The dog lived. There was no word on whether the deputy will be reprimanded.

Phoenix, Arizona, February 11, 2011: Police Officer Richard Chrisman, responding to a routine domestic violence call, observed that the suspect had inadvertently left a dog out in plain view.  Upon ascertaining that the dog was sitting in a corner barking, Officer Chrisman proved all that time at the shooting range had paid off, hitting the large motionless target just a few feet a way.

Memphis, Tennessee, February 23, 2011: While on a drug raid (which resulted in what was easily a full marijuana joint being found) police officers, suspicious that this might also be a dog den of some kind, asked who was there. One of the miscreants immediately confessed that he was in possession of a dog, asleep in a back room behind a closed door. The police wasted no time in finding the alleged dog, and shot him.

February 24, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: While raiding the wrong house, police officers came across a dog that acted the way a dog would, if you were to raid its house resulting in the officers shooting the dog four times. So at least the raid wasn’t a complete waste.

March 2, 2011, The Bronx, New York: Responding to a domestic disturbance call, a dog standing in the doorway of the house where he lived greeted the officers by barking.  Big mistake, dog, big mistake.

March 21, 2011, Ripley, Missippi: In a sign of the increasing fury of the war on dogs, two police officers opened fire on a Chow, the ricochet injuring a young boy nearby. Just more collateral damage resulting from our seeming intractable dog problem.

Sometimes, it must seem like no matter how many dogs they shoot, there are always more to shoot the next day. And yet, despite the Sisyphean nature of their work, our men and women in blue soldier on whether it’s pulling over completely innocent people and killing their family pet with a shotgun, or engaging in risky undercover work with a decoy dog, and shooting a dog who comes up to play, they never seem to grow discouraged or tired with the task at hand.

And for you kids out there, remember, when it comes to dogs, “just say no.” Or “stay.” Or maybe “sit.”


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over at the site www.theagitator.com, if you do a search of his site (left side of page, scroll down some) on the term "puppycide", you'll find over 100 cases of police killing dogs. Some weren't even dogs in the home they had a warrant to search.

I recall at least one case where the police were, during the approach to the house to be searched, in the back yard of the neighbor of the home they had the warrant for, and they killed the dog there. So, the police trespassed on private property without cause and killed the dog. This wasn't a case of chasing some fleeing criminal, they chose to trespass, and shot the dog. A warrant issued for your neighbor's property doesn't give them the authority to trespass on YOUR property. It was probably a good thing there weren't any people in the back yard to yell at them for trespassing, as they may have been shot, too.

I recall another one where a dog FLED from the police, and they chased it down to kill it. When the police entered the living room via the front door, the dog fled to the bedroom of one of the children (preteen, as I recall). The police chased the dog, and shot it in front of the child.

Posted by: MPH | Mar 23, 2011 8:43:51 AM

So, you think I'm pretty safe in describing this as "the first of an ongoing series?"

Posted by: Planet Moron | Mar 23, 2011 9:40:44 AM

Cheye Calvo salutes you.

How long will the "war on some dogs" continue?

Posted by: Michael | Mar 23, 2011 4:20:21 PM

I guess the excitement of shooting at stationary paper targets has lost its charm.

Posted by: barryjo | Mar 23, 2011 6:29:27 PM

this is why i hate cops

Posted by: Declan | Mar 23, 2011 6:50:34 PM

Yeah, you're definitely safe describing this as "first of an ongoing series". Which is pretty depressing...

Posted by: MPH | Mar 24, 2011 8:34:34 AM

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