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Pet Owner Upset After Police Officer Shoots, Kills Dog

There are 213 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Aug 2, 2010, titled Pet Owner Upset After Police Officer Shoots, Kills Dog. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

A grieving pet owner says a Catoosa police officer cruelly killed her dog. The two-year-old Boxer was shot after police say she lunged at the officer.

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Mr Evil

Broken Arrow, OK

#1 Aug 2, 2010
"There's no officer here that seeks out a reason to shoot a dog or shoot someone else's pet," Spencer said.

Riiiiigggghhhhht. Whatever.
Randy

Tulsa, OK

#3 Aug 2, 2010
Ditto. For a pig, the action's always the juice. I'd like to have seen his definition of "lunge." Or better still, what the pig did to provoke the "lunge."
At the same time, unfortunately, I have to admit if you can't keep up with your dog to keep it in the yard, you don't need to have one.
SEP

Tulsa, OK

#4 Aug 2, 2010
This is the classic case of seeing the breed first not the behavior. My guess is the cable man saw the boxer and thought he was some kind of dangerous dog and called the cops. Boxers look similar to pit bulls which are assumed to be dangerous and violent dogs. NO DOG BREED is naturally violent or dangerous. It's all about how it's raised and trained. The dog may be been defending his neighborhood and suspicious of the cable man and the cop. OR she may have been running to greet one of the men and they miss read it as violent behavior because of the breed. People who do not know how to handle dogs and just assume a certain breed is bad make bad decisions. This is a sad sad story that should not have ended this way. I feel terrible for the mother and her son. I could only imagine her grief and anger. My heart goes out to you.
Danninttown

Tulsa, OK

#5 Aug 2, 2010
This is so sad, just another example of the "Law can do no wrong" and the "Prince" won't get in any trouble..........goodness, so dang sad!
wintertimefarmer

Muskogee, OK

#6 Aug 2, 2010
that cop, need to look at what a boxer look's like, anyone can tell the different
fron a pit bull and a boxer if they are smart, he to go back to school and learn
what a boxer look's like.
NTS

Tulsa, OK

#7 Aug 2, 2010
Hello, rewind!

The origin of this tragic event rests with the owner of the dog. The dog should have been on a leash. Had the dog been on a leash, odds are that a repairman would not have called the police, the dog wouldn't have been shot, and we would not be discussing definitions of lunge or what did the cop did to provoke the lunge....

Geesh!
east tulsa

United States

#9 Aug 2, 2010
dog should of been in her yard,enough said
Kelly

Broken Arrow, OK

#10 Aug 2, 2010
Okay, I understand that aggressive dogs are going to bite, but do you really have to shoot it in the head?! Wow! I would imagine if you fired off a warning shot in the air, it would probably have snapped the dog to attention. He could probably have come up lights and sirens and that may have distracted the dog also. When a dog is scared, it is their instinct to "look" aggressive. I would imagine a call to the Tulsa animal control could have brought someone out to Catoosa, rather than put down a beautiful pet. I think chancing a dog bite is worth trying something else. Maybe calling in a K9 handler? He would at least have protective gear.
sosad

Tulsa, OK

#11 Aug 2, 2010
We have had many boxers over the years. They are the sweetest dogs ever. You can't make them be mean, they are wonderful with children. This incident is unbelievable.
Kady

Owasso, OK

#12 Aug 2, 2010
I agree with wintertimefarmer... that was my first thought when I heard this story... how can you get a boxer and bull terrier (there are Staffordshire bull terriers, Yorkshire terriers and American Bull terrier or pit bull...) mixed up. They look totally different. We used to have a Staffordshire bull terrier and people always called her a pit bull, she was not, only the American is the what is recognized as the Pit bull, even those two look different.
Besides that though, doesn't the cop have mace or any other way to defend himself against a 'lunging' dog.
What do you do if a person lunges at you, shoot first then defend your actions. Why isn't an officer more collected than to just shoot like that. My heart goes out to the mom and her child as well... so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet.
my2cents

Tulsa, OK

#13 Aug 2, 2010
as much fun as it is to bash the police, the dog should not have been running around, as a concealed carry license holder I am always armed when I walk in the neighborhood and if a dog runs at me, well same result
RoastPuppy

Niceville, FL

#14 Aug 2, 2010
I am so sick of these people who let their dogs run loose and/or attack people and then whine when police shoot them. Williams has no one but herself to blame for her dog's death. What did she expect the officer to do when confronted by her attacking dog, try to reason with the dog? One other thing, if a dog was this woman's "best friend" as she claims, she has far greater problems than a lost dog.
WHINER

Owasso, OK

#15 Aug 2, 2010
I do sympathize with the Catoosa owner who lost her dog. However as a responsible pet owner, you need to do whatever is necessary to keep them safe. The owner herself stated the dog had gotten out of her yard several times before. Apparently she did nothing about it. This is abhorrent to me. I would worry that my dogs would get run over or something. While this incident is unfortunate, the true loser is the dog whose owner failed in her duty to keep it safe.
Mike

Tulsa, OK

#16 Aug 2, 2010
Officer Prince is a little wussie.
eric

Tulsa, OK

#17 Aug 2, 2010
what a freaking joke! This dog looks just like my boxer and makes me SICK! If some dumb hillbilly cop had shot him in the head Id sue. I'm pretty sure that a 2 year old boxer that plays with kids all the time isn't going to be aggressive enough to attack a full grown man. They are not aggressive by nature. And shoot in the head? Threatened his life? Really? A warning shot wouldn't have worked? Another case of giving some idiot on a power trip too much authority....just glad it wasn't a person.
Obe

Muldrow, OK

#19 Aug 2, 2010
Sad story... The owner should have tried harder to keep her dog in the back yard or in the house.
I realize sometimes, a dog will get out of the yard, because I have had a few "escape" problems with one of mine. I immediately retrieve my dog back into the house. I have had to monitor their outside "potty" time very closely because of this recent problem.
Most family pets are very sweet around family but they can appear and even become aggressive, when approached or cornered by a stranger.
That poor dog, it wasn't its fault.
The owner was negligent in the first place,
a hard lesson learned.
kevin coffelt

Tulsa, OK

#20 Aug 2, 2010
this is crule the story i heard was the cop thought it was a pit bull i own 2 boxer yes they bark but they do not attack no one good thing the bullet did not hit anyone else why was animal control not called out until the dog was shot it did not die it went in my friends yard then animal control picked it up with the tool they use and put in the truck this poor dog suffered your more than welcome to meet my boxer they will love you to death any dog will bark if they are scared they let the dog suffer and it was shot in the middle of the street go talk to her next door neighbore he watched it all
SS Parent

Farmington, NM

#21 Aug 2, 2010
A boxer, hello, those dogs are nice, no way it was going after that cop. probably barked at him and stood its ground and he shot it. What a STUD this officer, is. Lets give him a medal for being so "courageous". if he shot my dog i would get his ass back for sure, in one way or another. True the pet should be in the yard but it doesnt deserve to die. Fine the homeowner or something first. Way to go Barney Fife, you are a true man!
Teri

Claremore, OK

#22 Aug 2, 2010
The Catoosa Police Dept has already proven what a class act they are...this just seems to go along with that.

Yes, this owner should've tried harder to keep the dog in the yard but as she said she is a struggling single mother and I know that replacing a fence is expensive. Give her a break. Maybe someone in the neighborhood could have offered to help her when they knew the dog could get out? Whatever happened to love thy neighbor?

I am sorry for this families loss and sorry that the dog had her life ended. She didn't deserve it.

I hope the officer learns patience, to tell dog breeds apart as well as to get more information before he shoots a family pet.
Really

Broken Arrow, OK

#23 Aug 2, 2010
Kelly wrote:
Okay, I understand that aggressive dogs are going to bite, but do you really have to shoot it in the head?! Wow! I would imagine if you fired off a warning shot in the air, it would probably have snapped the dog to attention. He could probably have come up lights and sirens and that may have distracted the dog also. When a dog is scared, it is their instinct to "look" aggressive. I would imagine a call to the Tulsa animal control could have brought someone out to Catoosa, rather than put down a beautiful pet. I think chancing a dog bite is worth trying something else. Maybe calling in a K9 handler? He would at least have protective gear.
Where would that warning shot have landed brainiac? It probably would come down and kill some innocent grandmother next door. That's why cops are not allowed to fire warning shots. Do you remember the story of the cops killing the 5 year old boy by shooting up at a snake in a bird house. I suggest they give you a call and let you handle all of the aggressive dogs. A few dog bites won't hurt you, well maybe scar and disfigure you, cause nerve damage, infections, transmit rabies, persistent pain for the rest of your life, but that is something that you should be willing to risk.

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