Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Infuriating story from San Diego’s alternative weekly.

Around noon on Tuesday, Dec. 2, Peeples was watching TV at home when he heard a knock at the front door. When he looked out the door’s top window, he saw a group of men standing on his porch wearing jeans and T-shirts, a couple of them looking a little ratty. To get a better look, he went to a side window and peeked through the drawn blinds. “Honestly, they looked like they were transients,” he said.

The men, it ends up, were undercover narcotics officers who were there on a complaint about drug activity at that address—Peeples was later told that it had to do with a “chemical smell.” Peeples said the men—he estimates there were six—never announced who they were.

Peeples waited until they circled back to the front of his house, at which point he opened his back door to investigate.  That’s when his dog, a three-year-old Staffy named Eygpt ran out.  Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, except that one of the police officers had left the backyard gate open. The dog ran out, and down Peeple’s driveway toward the officers, at which point they shot it three times.  Even the police concede the dog never attacked. They shot it as it was running toward them.

It only gets worse from there. The police then arrested Peeples on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon—the weapon being his now dying dog.  Peeples says they then euthanized his dog, despite his explicit instructions not to.

Animal Control spokesperson Dan DeSousa said Peeples’ verbal authorization to euthanize Egypt was witnessed by a second officer, but Peeples insists he never gave permission. “Do not kill my dog; do everything you can to save my dog,” he remembers yelling. When he saw Chris Victor, his neighbor, he asked him to make sure Egypt was kept alive. Victor said he called animal control to let them know he’d cover any cost for Egypt’s care, but by the time his call got through, Egypt had been euthanized. DeSousa said the dog was put down immediately after arriving.

The police didn’t find the meth lab they were presumably looking for.  They did apparently find a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in Peeple’s garage—marijuana that, according to the article, was “so old that it disintegrated upon contact.”

These stories seem to be popping up with increasing frequency.  Three weeks ago, police in Waldorf, Maryland shot a family dog in front of two small children while attempting to serve papers on a man who no longer lived at the address.  They claim the dog charged them.  Last month, police in Indianapolis put nine bullets in a German Shepherd.  They ignored warning signs about the dog posted on the property before walking in to serve a warrant on a man who hadn’t lived at the address in years.  Just last week week, police in Gwinnett County, Georgia shot and killed a Dalmatian after entering the wrong garage to serve a warrant in a gang-related case.

Milwaukee resident Virginia Villo is suing that city for the 2004 police shooting of her lab-springer spaniel mix, Bubba.  As part of her lawsuit, she requested police reports of every dog killed by Milwaukee police over a nine-year period.  The request turned up 434 dead puppy reports, or about one every seven-and-a-half days.

See more puppycide stories from recent months here, here, and here.  Or browse stories from the last couple of years here.

Note too that none of these more recent incidents were associated with drug raids (that’s a different problem).  They’re cases where the police walked or drove onto private property (usually at the wrong address), were confronted by the dog that lived on that property, interepreted—correctly or not—the dog’s barks or gestures to be threatening, then shot the animal.  Last August, video surfaced of a case in Oklahoma where an officer pulled into a woman named Tammy Christopher’s driveway to ask directions.  When Christopher’s Wheaton Terrier ran out of the house to great the officer (the dog appears to be bounding in the video)—still on Christopher’s property—the officer shoots the dog dead. Christopher released the video to a local news station when the police department wouldn’t listen to her complaint.

What’s troubling is how often in these stories the police officer’s first reaction is to fire his weapon at the animal.  I suppose that reaction might be understandable if the dog is, say, a pit bull, given that type of dog’s (not entirely deserved) reputation.  But black labs? Dalmatians? Springer spaniels? A Jack Russell? Something’s clearly amiss when a police officer can stroll onto the private property of someone who’s doing nothing illegal, be confronted by a dog who’s merely doing what dogs do—defending his territory—shoot the dog dead, and get nothing but full support from his superiors. Moreover, many of these shootings have happened in neighborhoods, inside of homes, and in a few cases, directly in front of children.  You’d think there would be some public safety concerns, too.

Police departments should be training officers how to deal with dogs in ways other than filling them full of bullets.  Cops should be taught, for example, how to tell a charging dog from a bounding one; an angry dog from a barking but playful one; and that a curious or territorial bark is much less threatening than a snarl.  Mailmen, firemen, paramedics, and the rest of us non-badge-wearing citizens manage to visit private homes and deal with the dogs that may reside in them without resorting gunfire.  It’s odd that not insignificant number of police officers can’t.

There are plenty of ways of safely dealing with even a large, aggressive dog that fall far short of shooting it. I don’t know what percentage of police departments offer this sort of training, but it seems clear that quite a few of them don’t.

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53 Responses to “Puppycide”

  1. #1 |  Nick T | 

    Do we have any reports of cops shooting the family pig? Would that be irony?

    This is not a small issue either. It’s indicative of the bravado that pervades modern policework and leads to many more significant problems. Though it’s purely specualtive, it seems to me that officers don’t shoot dogs because they truly feel threatened or that they have no other option, but because it gives them a reason to fire their weapon at an “aggressive” live target without all the guilt and *accountability* that comes with shooting a person. This seems to be the same attitude that drives the ridiculous overuse of SWAT teams: it’s fun!

    Putting their own macho cop egos above the safety, property and freedom of the people they are assigned to protect is a catastrophic problem no matter what shape it takes.

  2. #2 |  kcaw | 

    I am a mailman, and once while delivering my route a mean medium-sized shorthaired dog charged at me snarling and barking. At the last second it veered away from me along the front edge of the houses property ( I was in the gravel pulloff area along the road). Then the dog turned around and charged again.By this time I had picked up a small pebble. As the dog neared I fired the pebble, breaking a driveway reflector but not touching the dog.The dog yelped like it was dying.

    Now the owner comes out mad! “What’d you do to my dog!?”

    I explained exactly what happened. He starts going on about how he is a state trooper , runs in and gets his badge, starts talking about how he could arrest me for vandalism or somesuch and blah blah blah.

    Meanwhile I’m mad myself and give him a little attitude myself.

    “Go ahead, go down and complain to the postmaster, aint nothing coming of it pal”, and other antagonisms.

    Well he went down there and I headed it off at the pass. I was being civil but when he mentioned he didn’t “like my attitude”. I dropped the fact that he said he was going to arrest me. This rightfully pissed off the postmaster and after a couple words and threats to call his Commanding Officer about the incident , he asked us to please not do that and went home with his tail between his legs.

    There are some more cool details but this post got way huge way fast.

  3. #3 |  Kristen | 

    Man, i just had to laugh when Radley spews nonsense like “we need to train police not to kill dogs.” Are we going to also train them not to break into people’s homes of the middle of the night? What about training police not to enforce unconstitutional laws?

    This isn’t a problem with training. This is a problem with ethics and morality. The simple truth is, we have a monopoly government that rewards violent, sociopathic behavior. Bad people become cops; being cops doesn’t make them bad. The only “training” these people understand is violence.

  4. #4 |  Stephen | 

    “Mailmen, firemen, paramedics, and the rest of us non-badge-wearing citizens” aren’t usually carrying a gun looking for an excuse to use it. Any excuse.

  5. #5 |  Mike T | 

    It’s insane that they would have sent six guys who looked like thugs to the house of a suspected meth maker. If you buy into all of the bullshit that the police tell us about inter-dealer/maker violence, their decision was likely to cause a violent situation if they gave a real meth maker reason to believe that they were six guys out to rob and murder him.

  6. #6 |  Stephen | 

    You know what? Screw it. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that the cop should have to wait until bitten before they are allowed to shoot at a dog.

  7. #7 |  BobG | 

    “Police departments should be training officers how to deal with dogs in ways other than filling them full of bullets.”

    The problem isn’t training; it is arrogant jerks who shouldn’t be wearing badges or firearms.
    I’ve known several mail deliverers; they come across dogs several times a day and they don’t go around shooting dogs.

  8. #8 |  Eric | 

    Thanks for these stories, Radley. My company has meter readers that go on private property to read utility meters every day. They carry pepper spray and know how and when to use it, and undergo training to recognize and defend against aggressive dogs. With that, dogs are not an issue.

    It’s hard to believe that police departments don’t mandate training, or at least billy clubs instead of guns – especially with your once-a-week stat in Milwaukee. 50 dead pets a year probably puts a nice dent in the goodwill that “Officer Friendly” builds when he visits elementary schools.

  9. #9 |  Ben | 

    If I shoot a police dog, I’m guilty of the murder of a police officer. If a cop shoots my dog, he’s guilty of nothing.

    On a slightly related note, my cousin who’s 8 years younger than me, signed up for the Marines a couple weeks ago. I told him I thought he was an idiot for doing it.

    His response was “I want to be a cop and the vast majority of cops I’ve talked to went through either Marine or Army training.”

    That speaks volumes to me.

  10. #10 |  MacK | 

    #6 | Stephen

    “You know what? Screw it. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that the cop should have to wait until bitten before they are allowed to shoot at a dog.”

    I totally agree. If the dog does actually attack, then I can see a reasonable person saying “I must defend myself at all costs, even the death of the animal”.

    Think of it this way. You could not arrest a guy running past a bank, for bank robbery, when the bank has not been robbed.

  11. #11 |  DamnthatDE | 

    everytime I read one of these stories and see that the offices state that the dog was charging them or something to that effect, it always reminds me of an old South Park episode where Uncle Jimbo screams out “They’re comeing right at me” and then shoots the animal. Reason being, he can shoot any animal as long as they are attacking him.

  12. #12 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Just another case of cops doing what they know they can get away with.

    Maybe they should start sending cops to the same school they send mail delivery people to. Mail and package delivery folks face the terrifying epidemic threat of blood thirsty killer pets daily and seem to go home every night without once having knocked off a local family dog. Of course, recruiting cops from the ranks of people who actually have a spine (not to mention a conscience) might also be a step in the right direction.

  13. #13 |  Mikestermike | 

    It’s pretty obvious what is going on here: shooting dogs is a chance for these overly-macho-redneck-rambo-splinter cell-fucks masquerading as defenders of the people to shoot something in the line of duty that won’t get them a desk job, fired or thrown in jail. I mean, they are just shooting animals, like stepping on ants or spraying for cockroaches, right?
    The whole system is flawed to the point that I don’t think it can be fixed without something terribly drastic and horrible happening, and Lord knows we don’t want that.

  14. #14 |  Frank | 

    It’s long past time to go to a “cop shoots dog, owner shoots cop, claims self-defense” police on these tyrants.

    Dead cops on the ground seems to be the only way to get their attention these days. Lawsuits sure don’t work.

  15. #15 |  Marty | 

    ‘Police departments should be training officers how to deal with dogs in ways other than filling them full of bullets.’

    they should be training officers to respect the constitution and our fucking property. almost every one of these cases shows a violation of property rights or the 4th amendment. I can’t imagine more people (cops and citizens) not getting killed over this bullshit.

  16. #16 |  ClubMedSux | 

    1. I brew beer in my garage.
    2. I have an 80-lb. dog that likes to jump on people.
    3. I live in a neighborhood full of cops.

    My wife and I sometimes joke about this being a dangerous mix, but the joke keeps getting less and less funny.

  17. #17 |  mooglar | 

    Let me get this straight… lurking in houses all over this nation are vicious predators so dangerous that cops regularly have to shoot them dead on sight to protect themselves, and yet, in most places the average citizen is expected to navigate this monster-infested minefield without benefit of a weapon of any kind to defend him or herself? I mean, if there are truly this many dogs around that are such a threat to one’s life and limb that a police officer’s only choice is to shoot the dog dead, how can the rest of us be expected to walk around defenseless, just so much raw meat to the next killer Jack Russell that we run across?

    (Not arguing against gun control as much as pointing out the inherent hypocrisy in cops supporting disarming citizens and then also saying that the family dog is so dangerous they have to shoot it).

  18. #18 |  Stephen | 

    Hi MacK, thanks.

    I have actually been bitten by dogs 3 times in my life. None of those occasions felt life threatening enough for me to even think of throwing bullets around even if I had been carrying a gun.

    The only time dogs have truly scared me is when a pack of wild dogs started tracking me when I was out hunting one time. It’s a strange feeling to go from hunter to hunted.

    But ONE dog? It’s got to be pretty big and aggressive before it should need more than a swift kick or a whack with a billy club.

    If you need to shoot a dog that weighs less than 40 pounds, you are a pussy.

  19. #19 |  Zeb | 

    I wonder what would happen if I started shooting any dog that approaches me?

  20. #20 |  Whim | 

    I suspect that police are shooting aggressive/reactive dogs for one simple reason:

    LIVE Target practice. It’s a small targeet; it’s moving; and, it’s alive (temporarily). And, they always get away with it.

    Pepper Spray or Mace works excellently to deter dogs. Why? Their sense of SMELL is at least 40X more sensitive than humans.

    Just imagine what Mace or Pepper Spray does to their olfactories?

    Meter Readers, deliverymen, and postal carriers routinely carry, and occassionally use these deterents effectively.

    Also, another viable alternative: SHOOT the first gunshot INTO the air.

    That will scare the living crap out of just about any dog. Again, because dogs have SUPERIOR hearing, they are going to scram to get far away from this very loud noise of a pistol report.

    Lastly, BLOW on their police whistle. A dog’s super-sensitive hearing will send them off howling into the deep recesses of the yard or house to get away from a sharp, loud police whistle.

    Try a loud whistle on your own pet something.

  21. #21 |  Gonzo | 


    Hey kcaw, let’s here some of these cool details mate.

  22. #22 |  Steve Verdon | 

    [quote]My wife and I sometimes joke about this being a dangerous mix, but the joke keeps getting less and less funny.[/quote]

    You can stop the jumping by using a knee. When the dog jumps on you or your wife you (she) stick(s) your (her) knee out. You don’t hit the dog with your knee you let the dog hit your knee. Its unpleasant for the dog and after a bit they stop. Quite effective really.

  23. #23 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Ooops, too much time spend posting on UBB boards….

  24. #24 |  Cynical In CA | 

    I don’t know what’s more pathetic, the heart-rending stories of dogs being slaughtered or Radley Balko’s naivete that police departments actually give a shit about what he or any of us think.

    I’m going to balance that cynicism and all the negative karma it will attract with this idea for a plan of action:

    Dog owners have their ownership and love of dogs in common. Common bonds are the glue that bind society. I suggest that a grass-roots organization or even a new PAC be formed exclusively for dog owners of all stripes with the sole mission to shame police forces into submission, or for more motivated types, to force them into submission with the threat of violence (think Greenpeace or Whale Wars).

    I challenge all dog owners, all of you here who are shocked anew every time Radley posts a new “puppycide” thread, take it to the streets, seize control.

    Wishing, hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth will not change a thing. Authority only answers up the chain, never down. It is time for the individuals who comprise the middle and lower classes to call bullshit on the myth of popular sovereignty and actually institute it.

  25. #25 |  Warren | 

    Do we even NEED cops?

  26. #26 |  Greg N. | 

    Sounds like a reason.tv story to me.

  27. #27 |  Jason | 

    Very sad and very depressing. What the ****?

  28. #28 |  MacK | 

    Warren that is a good question.

    I have argued many times that we DO NOT.
    I know some would say “that is insane, with no cops society would implode”.

    For 6000 years of mans known history the police as we know them today have only existed for about 150 – 300 years yet we managed that other 5700 years somehow.
    How? It is human nature even more then criminality can be.

    Think of it this way; if there were no police tomorrow would you awake, and go on a killing spree? Would you beat your spouse? Would you rob a bank? Would you drive drunk?

    Most of us would not, because it is not what you consider to be your societal morals.

    Some would say “with no police that murderers, rapist, thieves, and all types of criminals would run rampant”.

    I got news for you, they already do, and as many on here know the police can really do nothing about it. The police are not going to keep a criminal from waking up, and going out to attempt to commit a crime.

    In fact if you look through most of history you find that when a force has been assembled for law enforcement duties they are always under the control of the elite classes, and to the detriment of the lower classes.

    Societies as a whole have been able to this though.
    An entire nation of Native Americans survived without police for thousands of years before the Europeans came.
    Millions of tribes in Africa never had police forces on the payroll.
    There are villages in South America that thrive with no police in sight to this day.

  29. #29 |  Cynical In CA | 

    Re #28 — And the anarchist beat on this blog grows daily …

    #20 | Whim | December 23rd, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    “I suspect that police are shooting aggressive/reactive dogs for one simple reason: LIVE Target practice. It’s a small targeet; it’s moving; and, it’s alive (temporarily). And, they always get away with it.”

    This train of thought reminded me of Nazi training of future SS in the Hitler Jugend. Young boys were taught to kill rodents and other small animals to get them accustomed to killing without mercy. This training paid dividends to their masters once it came time to go to war and carry out the final solution.

    As America has adopted much of German culture (socialism, social security, public schooling, honoring Bismarck by naming the capital of North Dakota after him, etc.), I would not be surprised at all to find that Whim has it spot-on — this is official policy.

    Kind of makes you wonder what’s next?

  30. #30 |  Wondering | 

    ISTR in one of the RKBA (right to keep and bear arms ) books
    of some years back that black people in some areas of the South
    at one time were forbidden to own 1. guns and 2. dogs.
    Not sure of the book though.
    (There’s also the drum ban, which IIRC was earlier.)

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  32. #32 |  Billy Beck | 

    “This isn’t a problem with training. This is a problem with ethics and morality.”

    Pay attention, Radley.

    You are not deep enough.

  33. #33 |  HTownTX | 

    Cops should be taught, for example, how to tell a charging dog from a bounding one; an angry dog from a barking but playful one; and that a curious or territorial bark is much less threatening than a snarl.

    Radley, I know that you know the issue is not a lack of training. Cops overwhelmingly lack common sense, a respect for life, and respect for other people’s property.

    Mailmen, firemen, paramedics, and the rest of us non-badge-wearing citizens manage to visit private homes and deal with the dogs that may reside in them without resorting gunfire.

    Exactly, common sense, respect for life, respect for other people’s property.

    It’s odd that not insignificant number of police officers can’t.

    No it’s not.

    Any cop that opens fire on my residence will be assumed a threat and I will open fire to stop the threat. That they are shooting a family member (my pet) will confirm the threat. Attention Cops, you shoot my animal, I shoot you.

  34. #34 |  annemg | 

    Even worse is that these cops are firing in neighborhoods when they don’t need to be. In my experience, cops are worse shots (by far) than the average gun owner. Half the time they can’t even keep it on the paper. Think of the implications of that.

  35. #35 |  Bob | 

    Here’s a slightly different take:

    6 cops in plain clothes with no warrant go to a house where a meth lab is.

    These are cops. In their minds, they’re the hero of the little guy, so long as the little guy worships them, that is.

    (Note, I didn’t say ‘suspected meth lab’, as far as these guys are concerned, there’s a meth lab there and it’s their sworn duty to protect their innocent fans.)

    All our heroes need now is probable cause! Anything will do… an obstinate homeowner, a broken window, a wierd smell…

    Dang! Noone answered the door. We don’t have a warrant, so we’ll go around back and snoop around…

    A barking dog that’s coming right at us! Ka-ching! Instant probable cause! Blam! Blam!

    Homeowner: “WTF!!! My Dog!”

    Sir, you’re under arrest for some micky mouse charge…

    Ka Ching! No warrant search! Score!

    And guess what! The assholes ‘investigating’ the incident think the same way! So it’s no wonder “No wrongdoing was found” and “The officers followed procedures”.

  36. #36 |  witless chum | 


    Another from Kalamazoo. Second in a year. Both were basically the same situation, where cop comes on property investigating unrelated crime, dog runs at them and they shoot it.

  37. #37 |  Larry | 

    Surely few of these dogs are puppies. So why not a more accurate term than “puppycide”?

  38. #38 |  Blurm | 

    Would it be wrong to find out where all the cops in these towns live and go around shooting their dogs?

  39. #39 |  Bob | 

    From the other Kalamazoo dog shooting:


    “He noted that the way the officer was canvassing the area for possible witnesses to the break-in was standard procedure.”

    Screw knocking on the door! Go around back and start snooping around first! Because, obviously, it’s standard procedure to kill all dogs in the area.

    Since when is snooping around in some guy’s back yard when he’s home standard procedure?

  40. #40 |  Red Green | 

    The Humane Society and Peta, among others, would call it a felony.

  41. #41 |  Tokin42 | 

    I mistakenly posted this in the wrong thread just a second ago, sorry about that….

    Last month police tore down a section of privacy fence in my folks back yard looking for a guy who had stabbed someone in a nearby neighborhood. 6 cops and what looked like a dutch shepherd came crashing through and ran into my folks dog, a very high energy 2 yr old australian shepherd. He’ a great dog but his desire to play overrules everything with him. He’s barely out of his pup stage and he thinks every dog he meets wants to run and roughhouse. They have a pretty large yard and he came running at them at a dead run for awhile so they had a chance to think about it. He went right for their dog and stopped ready to play. My dad said the officers dog seemed up to playing but the other cops were kinda busy. 30 seconds later when my dad made it outside the cops were trying to keep the two dogs separated. They asked him if he would bite and then politely asked him to take the dog inside while they worked.

    When dad called to tell me that the cops broke down his fence the first thought I had was they shot my folks dog. How sad is it that a situation like this where cops DON’T shoot the dog is an incredible story? Cop shoots dog stories are so frequent that I felt compelled to send a letter of thanks for the officers using good judgment when they were already obviously amped up a bit. Until people start paying attention to this and making their voices heard on the local level this is not going to stop.

  42. #42 |  LRW | 

    Does anyone know if there are other countries where this is not a problem?

  43. #43 |  John Wilburn | 

    What I’m wondering is, are there any incidences on record where a dog attacked and killed, or seriously (as in life-threatening) injured a police officer? It seems to me, in order for this (shooting dogs) to be an acceptable practice (established police department procedure), there must, first of all, be justification, in the form of frequent occurences of police death and/or injuries, from attacking dogs.
    The scariest part of all of this, is that police seem to be of the opinion that in order to successfully enforce the law, it is necessary for them to violate it. This goes back to the question, “Do we even need cops?”
    I would submit, that since they feel that they are above, therefore, not subject to the law, that we can easily and readily do without them…

  44. #44 |  Cynical In CA | 

    From the police perspective, from a tactical point of view, I think the dog is viewed as dangerous in a secondary way, not as a primary method of attack. A suspect could release the dog as a diversion, forcing the officer(s) to deal with the dog first while the suspect targets the officers with a firearm. I think this is the tactical justification for police eliminating the dog from the equation as soon as possible and without prejudice.

    Y’all know me, I’m completely unsympathetic to the police, but viewed pragmatically, it is hard to reach any other conclusion.

    And as long as there is a super-agency unaccountable down the chain, this situation will persist.

  45. #45 |  richard | 

    You know I know several police officers not one who has ever shot a animal. What is this media outlet your quoting never heard of it, is it credible I would like to know where you get your facts. Several of these comments sound like resentment we as a people resent the people who enforce the laws its human nature. But if alot of the people posting these comments want to change things I know most police departments are hiring.

  46. #46 |  TBoneJones | 

    If they didn’t charge the guy with ADW that would mean they would have to be accountable for shooting the guys dog. Maybe even apologize. (Or, maybe not because I think they changed the law a while back to where they can shoot dogs if they “feel” threatened even when they’re trespassing. No wait, here’s no such thing as trespassing in Cali when it comes to law enforcement.) Not sure what it’s like in the rest of the country but I’ve never heard of any law enforcement agency in San Diego apologize or accept responsibility for anything (even when they blow it). Way better to just bust the guy. Then, they can make a deal they won’t prosecute if he doesn’t sue

  47. #47 |  Amused Observer | 

    If you recall, the Randy Weaver situation blew up over law enforcement killing dogs. If someone shot a cop after his dog was shot he could only hope and pray I was on the jury.

  48. #48 |  adele_h | 

    last night (New Years Eve)the police were getting out of their car on a neighborhood street full of ppl, when they seen our neighbors family dog mingling w/ the family & neighbors. The dog instantly started barking but kept it’s distance. One officer pulled his gun out & shot Bucky twice. Everyone was traumatized b/c it was like watching a human die the teens said. There was barely anything left to the dog’s leg yet he painfully & quietly dragged himself across to his home, thru the gate, to the back yard & half way up the long porch stairs when he collapsed. they said there was a huge pool of blood & a bloody trail where he drug himself. Ppl were sceaming & crying & who ever (SPCA?) was called to come help the dog never came. Hours later the dog died. After the cop shot Bucky they just got back in his car & drove off but kept coming around the block looking over at him. They said it was obvious the cop felt bad & looked scared.

  49. #49 |  Rhys Southan | 

    Do you think cops got the idea for this from No Country for Old Men?

  50. #50 |  Katie | 

    A friend lost his dog when he was a kid, because the cops mixed up the address on a drug bust. The meth lab had the last two digits swapped. The narcotics dept. trashed the house, and shot the dog while no one was home. Not exactly a pleasant experience when you come home from school.

    Bad things happen, and it does make me nervous for my dog should the cops screw up, but if there’s ever a problem, the first people I would call are the cops.

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