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Unfortunately, it probably won’t stop until the cops kill dogs belonging to someone with a lot of influence, or a large bank balance. What we need is something like the ACLU, but for puppycide, to bring a class action.
SJE “Unfortunately, it probably won’t stop until the cops kill dogs belonging to someone with a lot of influence, or a large bank balance. What we need is something like the ACLU, but for puppycide, to bring a class action.”
The ACLU’s too busy with their silly war on Christianity to bother about civil rights abuses. After all, people praying in public is a much greater threat than Cops killing innocents.
I’ve known many dachshunds. They’re all bark and no bite. Dan Rather would say, all hat and no cattle. If you ever encounter one, growl back, the dachshund will likely tuck his tail and roll over in submission.
I’m wondering when the SPCA is going to step up and speak out against puppycide. Given that there are now armed and badged SPCA agents, they’re likely too busy pursuing their own authoritarian agenda.
JSubD (#5) – You, sir, are WRONG. The spokesperson will say
“A thorough investigation is not planned as it appears the officers acted in accordance with departmental policy.”
Calling it “appropriate” just fuels the fire of public anger. When you say they followed policy, they are beyond reproach because no one knows how to complain (or to whom) about policy.
XI “You forgot to mention that “this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian philosophy” or whatever it is you apologists say.”
You got me wrong XI. I’m no apologist I’m just saying they waste too much time on suing people for praying or putting crosses by the side of the road while we turn into a police state and they don’t seem to be doing much about that.
“What we need is something like the ACLU, but for puppycide, to bring a class action.”
Unfortunately PETA is more worried about the Seattle Fish markets throwing dead fish around.
I don’t see anything in the future that will stop this. Cops are the beneficiaries of the biggest propaganda tools out there. They are the heroes of movies and television, and all of our politicians and media can’t wait to drop to their knees and start sucking LEO cock at every opportunity. The cops are now the king’s men.
Stop brutalizing and killing innocent people and animals? Hell, they are closer to being given open permission to rape our brides on our wedding days.
JS, I’m not aware of any such lawsuits. Unless you are referring to the cases where they sue over public displays or school prayer. Or have they been suing 7 year olds for saying their bedtime prayers?
You must respect mah AUTHORITAH or you will be tased!
The second the Trooper told her she was under arrest and to exit the vehicle, he was unlawfully detaining her. All he had to do was give her the unsigned ticket. There is no texas law allowing him to arrest her for that.
Her mistake was thinking that police were there to ‘protect and serve’.
I was wondering if she was being lippy… being lippy to a cop is like antagonizing a strange dog… it’s a bad idea. Especially when cops are unprofessional dirt bags who do not have your best interest at heart. You’re just an arrest to them. Or… target practice if you have a dog.
First off, dachshunds were bred to take on badgers on their own turf. BADGERS. They’re not dinky little lapdogs.
That being said… the miniature variation IS pretty much a lapdog, only dangerous to vermin and dropped food. Yeah, dachshunds (standard or mini) are mouthy. But come on; a twelve pound dog constituting a physical threat to a police officer? Warranting a /firearm response/? That’s like shooting a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, for crissake.
They can spin it all they like, the cop still looks like a swaggering moron and the department looks like it condones the behavior.
#7 | SJE — “Unfortunately, it probably won’t stop until the cops kill dogs belonging to someone with a lot of influence, or a large bank balance. What we need is something like the ACLU, but for puppycide, to bring a class action.”
Disclaimer: I am anti-“puppycide.” I do not condone violence in any form. Explaining is not justifying.
For economic reasons, there is no support for a class action suit or any type of collective action at present as far as I can tell. As has been discussed in the comments before, the cost to an individual dog owner of legal action (even in the collective) far outweighs the perceived reward, and the risk of one’s own dog being a victim of a police shooting is still vanishingly small, as tragic and seeming numerous these incidents appear.
There are probably no “puppycide” statistics kept, but I’m willing to wager that there are fewer dog-killings by law enforcement than total homicides in the U.S. per annum. Heck, there are probably more “puppycides” committed by non-LEO citizens per annum. And “puppycides” by LEOs are dwarfed by “puppycides” in animal shelters.
You want to know the real tragedy in Dogland USA? It is the rampant overpopulation that results in so many unwanted animals having to be exterminated each year. The shift from dogs being working contributors to human society to parasitic surrogate family members now means that there’s a bubble in family pet dogs, about two in every household in ths US on average.
So, there’s this reality called the State that has agents empowered to enter any private residence in the US. And there’s this conflicting reality that these private residences are homes to what are considered to be dangerous animals by the State’s agents.
That is reality folks. There’s two solutions that present themselves: eradicate the dogs or eradicate the State. It’s your choice. If you choose not to decide, then the status quo of “puppycide” is here to stay. But as you weep for the dog victim of law enforcement, weep ten times more for the dogs who were put down in shelters that same day. Their story doesn’t get the same play in the media.
If you’re wondering why, it’s because stories that inflict collective guilt on the readership don’t sell as well as stories that can be blamed on the boogieman.
Let me get this straight. So Michael Vick get’s prison time for dog fighting. The dogs at least get a fighting chance! But cops can freely shoot and kill dogs. I’m at a loss for words. Don’t these whimps wear boots with which they can kick or better yet walk away. How heroic.
As a dog-lover who lives in a neighborhood where street lighting is dim and leash-less dogs are common (and animal control unresponsive at night), I completely understand being threatened by a barking dog of undeterminable size running at you in near dark. We don’t feel safe walking our dog after dusk, and it sucks.
Surely the officer overused force in this case, but I’m not sure this is a sign of widespread misconduct we aim to stop.
Thorn, I’m pretty sick of the constant appeals to “policy” that come from everywhere these days: local government, my bank, retail outlets, etc.
I really don’t give a shit what some internal policy says and that’s usually what I tell people who cite it as their reason for behaving in a certain way. Same goes for the cops. Treat me honestly and fairly and we won’t have a problem – keep the bureaucratic nonsense to yourself.
(It’s the same link as before… but now with an update for today.)
“Shooting a dog which is actively presenting a threat to an officer is within the department’s policy,” ac-cording to the release.
This is why there are no good cops. The cop that shot the dog is clearly lying to cover his sick ass, and the supervisor was clearly sorry… but could do nothing about the situation. Police departments are messed up to the core.
Let’s just analyze what the officer put in his report and what he told the pet owner…
Here is the police announcement, which… I assume is fully backed up by the officer’s official report.
As the officer returned to his car, “he was surprised by a growling dog running through the yard directly at him from the rear, leaving him with just seconds to consider his options,” according to the news release. The options for the officer in that type of situation include running to the squad car; distracting the dog; or using pepper spray, a baton or firearm. The dog lunged at the police officer and attacked him as the officer fired one shot that hit and killed the dog, Broadfoot said.
And of course… his peeps had his back! Gotta protect the blue line at all cost:
An investigation by the Danville Police Department found that the dog displayed aggressive tendencies before other people.
Now… this is what he told the pet owner:
the officer told him that he had to shoot the dog because he was barking at him.
Hmm. Hardly the homicidal terror as described in the report, huh? In the report, it was actually attacking him. And of course… he refused to identify himself or reveal his badge number.
So… the guy blows away a tiny little WIENER DOG he could have easily brushed away with his foot, then refuses to identify himself, then commits PERJURY by lying on the report… all backed and bonded by his fellow cops.
A new statement released today by the chief clarifies that the dog did not actually lunge or attack, but simply ran at the officer barking in an “aggressive manner”, but that the officer was said to still be acting within accordance of policy… of course.