Saturday, February 25th, 2012

A New Mexico woman called the state police to report that she had been the victim of an Internet scam. The police told her they couldn’t come right away. She asked them to call before showing up at her house. They didn’t.  Instead, an officer arrived while she wasn’t home, ignored the woman’s “Beware of Dog” sign, hopped the woman’s fence . . . and then killed her dog.

The department tells our media partners at KOB-TV that it will investigate the incident, but initially sees no cause for disciplinary action. KOB-TV did not indicate whether the officer’s name was made public.

“Was there things that could have done different? Absolutely, however that’s the situation that occurred and so now we’ll deal with it,” Lt. Robert McDonald said . . .

State police said the officer thought Baca was home and entered her property.

Police called Baca after the shooting and when she and her children arrived home, Jilly was dead on the front porch of their home.
“My 4-year-old’s response was, ‘Did they shoot our dog?'” Baca said. “My son walked up the stairs and started shaking her, trying to wake her up.” . . .

“I called for help and instead I ended up with the loss of a family member,” Baca said.

McDonald told KOB-TV it appears the officer was only acting in self defense and he said the department apologizes to the family for the tragic event.

So they’re going to conduct an investigation, but before they start, they’re say it “appears the officer was only acting in self defense” and they “initially see no cause for disciplinary action.” Inspires confidence in the impartiality of this forthcoming investigation, doesn’t it?

Also, whether or not the officer legitimately acted in self-defense doesn’t address the alleged fence-hopping, ignoring the “Beware of Dog” sign, and failure to call before coming to the woman’s home. It isn’t really clear what else the woman could have done to protect her dog, here. I mean, short of not calling the police at all.

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77 Responses to “Puppycide”

  1. #1 |  picachu | 

    Cyto “This “advance at all costs, never retreat” attitude is causing lots of death and destruction.”

    It’s called pride. And arrogance. And that’s a big part of the problem. The majority of the public constantly kiss their ass and tell them what heros they are and even on their own internet message boards they ban anyone remotely critical. Like all megolamaniacs they have insulated themelves from all legitimate constructive criticism and the predictable result is an out of control despot mentality.

  2. #2 |  Al | 

    After reading these puppycide posts for several years now I’ve realized something. The cop and the dog are basically operating on the same intellectual plane. They both have a fixed set of parameters with fixed reactions, once triggered logic and reason are useless. A dog will react violently to any intrusion on it’s territory. Likewise a cop will defend itself violently to any perceived threat. Whenever these two forces meet the cop is usually the victor only because they possess the opposable thumb necessary to operate a firearm. I suggest not making any loud noises or sudden movements around either.

  3. #3 |  NWA | 

    I hope this guy burns in the hell I don’t believe in.

  4. #4 |  Sean | 

    “Effective disciplinary action (at least here in California) might include forfeiture of their pension.”

    Even cops who murder people are often allowed to retire with full benefits and pension. The absolute worst that could happen to a cop for wrongfully killing a family pet is a letter of reprimand or a “tsk tsk, shouldn’t uh dun that.” It doesn’t even rate the usual “paid suspension” / paid vacation “punishment.”

  5. #5 |  James Bond | 

    If the dog was that violent, then the filthy mutual deserved to be put down. They owe that officer a medal and an apology.

  6. #6 |  James Bond | 


  7. #7 |  Donnie Davison | 

    Sure, I would have stood there trying to look amused while the dog chewed on my legs, just like the rest of you! NOT!!

    Come on, people – do you REALLY think all the cops want to do is get involved in stupid incidents like this one? Does anyone who was there on the scene, who WITNESSED THE INCIDENT, deserve a chance to have a say, or shall we just march them off to the gallows, too?

    Is this the kind of society you really want to live in?

    What I think is that if you CHOOSE to have a dog that appears to others as vicious as I’m sure this one did, you take your chances with liability and certain other things. Yes, I know, I know; he was kind and patient and has NEVER bothered anyone. But how am I supposed to know that if I come to the door when no one’s home?

  8. #8 |  Chris MacMillan | 

    in my experience if the police actually went to jail every time they failed to follow orders or broke the law; more would be in jail then on the job. I was witness to a homicide and was asked for my phone number I stated Florida is a open law state and I didnt want my unlisted number made public; I was assured it would be under the law kept private as long as it was in fact unlisted as it was it was actually against the law to knowingly release my number. So when I started getting phone calls from all the media on my UNLISTED PRIVATE PHONE NUMBER; I knew the police had released it and had done so illegally. They decided it was a accident not intentionally and no crime had been commited

  9. #9 |  BZ | 

    Their whole “we see no cause for disciplinary action” attitude infuriates me.

  10. #10 |  hatespigs | 

    I’d let that police department know any further attempts to illegally enter my property and harm my family members would be met with lethal force.

  11. #11 |  Jacob Tarr | 

    That’s just wrong. Simply just wrong.

  12. #12 |  JOR | 

    Nice to see the badgelickers are willing as ever to defend the indefensible.

    The only good cop is a dead cop.

  13. #13 |  Wayne Smith | 

    Of course the woman’s only recourse is to sue the police department and the offending officer. Otherwise, absolutely nothing will happen.

    What is wrong with cops these days? I’m 64, and while cops have always done bad things from time to time, I can’t recall a time when they’ve been so completely out of hand, so completely careless of citizen’s rights or the constitution. It’s horrifying.

  14. #14 |  SJE | 

    OK, so the officer went to the front door and got bit. I can see the cops POV better. At the same time, the woman CALLED and said she will be running errands and that the police should call in advance. Why can’t they call first? Why must they use a gun instead of pepper spray? He could have just put a note in the letter box saying he came, and that she should come down to the station to make a report.

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  16. #16 |  Jason | 

    How about if I jumped into the officer’s backyard and he pointed a gun at me. I become afraid for my life and shoot him. That would be okay then right?

  17. #17 |  paige | 

    This is an incredibly sad situation, a similar thing happened to me when I was kid living in Arizona. Our exterminator didn’t ring the door bell and just went into our locked backyard to spray the house. We even had a beware of dog sign. My husky was in the back and bit the man on the hand. She was not an aggressive dog at all, most likely was just startled. The man didn’t shoot her, but he did report her to animal control and forced my family to euthanize her. This police officer was rash, and I highly doubt his life was in danger from one dog bite. I hope that there are consequences for his actions.

  18. #18 |  Joshua | 


    I suspect the only difference is that now we have the Internet. I see no reason to doubt that this kind of thing has always gone on.

  19. #19 |  Dan Z | 

    #64 The cop didnt go to the front door, the cop jumped a fence onto private property into a yard with a “beware of dog” sign to respond to a non emergency call. Theres no way to justify his actions and the reports from the PD do not indicate he was bit.

  20. #20 |  red | 

    It’s actually a combination of huge amounts of funding and incentive from Washington to make everything a crime. Cops used to apply huge law codes towards criminals and left the common man alone because the common man funded them. Now that their funding is dependent on X number of Type Y arrests they arrest and go after people for every little thing.

    Due to grants and state/federal funding the local police no longer feel they are employed by the local populace. Instead they feel they are employed by the state and Washington to enforce occupation law on the locals. This leads to the occupying army policing effect we see today.

  21. #21 |  Brian | 

    If I started shooting at someone, and they shot back, then I shot and killed them, would that be considered self-defense? No. It wouldn’t. The officer hopped a fence, intruding, and disrupting the dog, which reacted (obviously) then shot the dog. The officer is an idiot, and is completely at fault.

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  23. #23 |  Bill Poser | 

    There aren’t all that many dogs that are a real threat to a police officer aware that they might be there. These aren’t Siberian tigers. Most won’t actually attack a man who stands his ground, and few will keep coming after a swat with a baton. The idea that any dog that doesn’t immediately run away is a threat worth of a bullet is utter nonsense. My only hope is that a little macho will kick in and the police will realize that real men don’t go around shooting puppy dogs at the drop of a hot.

  24. #24 |  Natalie | 

    I think that anyone who reads this and disagrees should sent a letter or a phone call to the police station. If it gets enough national attention maybe they will make the cop resign or go on leave.

  25. #25 |  Windy | 

    #39 Winston Smith, re: Police officer shoots family’s dog

    This is the comment I left at that site:
    This is an all too common occurrence, I do not go looking for these kinds of articles but I see one or more of them online every single day, just yesterday there were three. Usually the family is not so lucky as to have their dog(s) survive the shooting. For some reason it appears that law enforcement has it in for dogs and the families that love them. For the family, it is just as painful as if it were one of the human family members that was shot/killed. Somehow, some way, we must put an end to this all too frequent and unnecessary killing of our beloved non-human family members. I don’t know how, but we must find a way.

    You know what? Maybe it is time to enlist the aid of veterinarians and all the agencies that claim to be there to protect animals. I have written to the ASPCA and Humane Society about this subject before with not even a single response, but if they start hearing from huge numbers of people, perhaps that will goad them into some kind of action? Everyone reading this who is disgusted with the cops killing people’s pets, please write to every animal protection agency you can and talk to your vet about getting involved in putting a stop to these crimes against people and dogs committed by cops.

  26. #26 |  JOR | 

    #70 That’s really only partly true. Laws deliberately designed to marginalize harmless but unpopular elements are nothing new. The “common man” that the cops were working for was every bit as venal and thoughtlessly bigoted as today’s badgelicking good Americans. So yes, they once upon a time reserved rough treatment for “criminals” – but they still do, and that meant as much then as it means now. Their depredations were perhaps more localized, much to the delight of localist conservatives and socialists, though this can be easily exaggerated.

    Cops today are a bit more egalitarian in their choice of targets than they used to be, but that’s easily exaggerated too (they still overwhelmingly target the poor and/or non-white).

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