Owner Questions The Shooting Of His Beloved Pet

Full story: WJW Fox 8 Cleveland

Dr. Stephen Cooke says his three yellow Labrador retrievers have been an important part of his family, starting eight years ago when he adopted a friendly lab he named Callaway.
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MORALESISAJOKE

Canton, OH

#1 Mar 8, 2010
DR COOKE, YOU NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND SUE THE HELL OUT OF WESTLAKE PD. I HAVE BEEN A COP FOR 12 YEARS AND THERE IS NO REASON YOUR DOG SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT. THIS IS THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF BULLSHIT. I COULD GO ON FOR HOURS ABOUT THE MISTAKES THIS COP MADE. THIS COP IS A DYSFUNCTIONAL LIAR WITH NO COMMON SENSE OR JUDGEMENT. MORALES GIVES THE REST OF US A BAD NAME. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION COUNTLESS TIMES.GIVE ME A BREAK ! MORALES SHOWS UP TO AN ALARM AND DOES NOT NOTICE ANY SIGN OF DOGS...THEY ARE NOT BARKING? NO SIGNS? NO DOG "MORALES"AKA SHIT IN THE YARD...COME ON THEY HAD THREE. SO THE DUMB ASS MISSES THE SIGNS AND GOES INTO THE BACK YARD. HE IS GREETED BY A BARKING GROWLING YELLOW LAB...NOT A PITBULL , OR A ROT, OR A PESARIO, A YELLOW LAB. AT THIS POINT JUST BACK UP AN LEAVE, CALL THE OWNER AN LET HIM KNOW THE ALARM WENT OFF. IF THE DOG IS SO VICIOUS DO YOU THINK A STRANGER ENTERED THE HOUSE...GIVE ME A BREAK. THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE DOG TO BE SHOT. BACK UP AN LEAVE THE DOG IS DOING HIS JOB. THIS COP IS A JOKE I BET I CAN TELL YOU EXCATLY THE WAY HIS BS REPORT READS. DR Cooke don't let this go this guy has no bussiness being a cop.

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David Thomas

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#3 Mar 8, 2010
The killing of the dog is unfortunate and should not have happened. I think cooler heads need to prevail on what was done and what, if anything, should be done. The above comment is unnecessarily inflammatory.

I do believe that the incident should be carefully investigated and a balanced report be made to the public through the media.

Dick Goddard's condemnation of the incident on the 10PM broadcast of March 8th was unprofessional and unnecessary. We all know he is an animal lover and supports animal rights but public condemnation of a police officer's actions without knowing the details is inappropriate.

All Labs are not gentle giants, some can be aggressive and protective.

By the way, my grand-daughter was bit by a Lab-mix severely enough to require multiple sutures. Two years later, at age 6 she is still very frightened of large dogs. If I had had my way, I would have personally killed the animal but he is still alive and acting aggressively.

AS MISTER GODDARD SAID, "SHAME ON OFFICER MORALES!" I ADD SHAME ON MR. GODDARD FOR HIS ON-SCREEN EDITORIALIZING ABOUT THE INCIDENT.
Blue Knight

Elyria, OH

#4 Mar 8, 2010
MORALESISAJOKE YES SIR! TELL IT LIKE IT IS SIR!
That is a PIG in that dept. I will not call that one with honor an OFFICER! if he was walking next to me in the CPD march in May, I would ask for him to be REMOVED! Disgusting! OC Dum S#*T ever hear of it? Chief this guy is Crap! FIRE FIRE FIRE HIS ASS! This Union guy would LOVe to be the one to remove him! damn I am hot over this! I think All Officers should show up to This Dept. And stand in uniform till Chief no balls tell us he is FIRED!
We should've heard that he was FIRED in the same breath after seeing the interview with the Doc. All work so hard to help and defend the helpless! and get crap off the streets! and here is the crap wearing a Badge!
Time to take a heart pill ! WOW I am Mad!
PLEASE CHIEF FIRE HIM! and make him donate 6 weeks pay to animals in need of what ever the Doc wants! And Dick, Thank you Sir for youre true heart!
Kara

United States

#5 Mar 8, 2010
That police officer is a Di*^! He should be shot in the head. I hope this cop sees my post! YOUR A LOOSER!!!!!!!!!! I hope one day something bad happens to you!!!!!!!!!
dogs best friend

Akron, OH

#6 Mar 8, 2010
have never seen a lab go after anyone and i have owned one for five years. i hope westlake gets the crap sued out of them. dick goddard i feel your pain. my lab is part of my family and i love him like one of my kids. dr. cooke do not let this go! that cop should be fired!
Randy

Sheridan, AR

#7 Mar 8, 2010
That is totally uncalled for! I have known a lot of labs, they bark and run up to people, but have never known one to bite or be vicious. Someone needs to evaluate this cops mentality.
dogs best friend

Akron, OH

#8 Mar 8, 2010
Dick Goddard was right for saying shame on morales! Morales your a ***HOLE!
Bob-64

Conneaut, OH

#9 Mar 8, 2010
Thank you Mr Goddard for your comments on the news this evening expressing your anger at the shooting of the yellow lab by the Westlake officer. I know there are numerous options when one is faced off with a dog and shooting or killing in any manner is the last option in any case. If the cop would have merely shot into the air, the dog would have most likely backed off. This cop obviously cannot deal with confrontation and I pity any person he would think is a threat. I own a yellow lab and she barks at uniformed persons like postal carriers, UPS drivers, etc. She will let them know she is in the house and is quite cautious with strangers but has never bitten a person. Once she realizes the person is not threatening her or the family, she becomes very friendly and will sit with the new person and loves to lean into their legs. Labs are warm friendly dogs and loyal to their owners. I have had contact with hundreds of dogs during employment and NEVER had considered harming one seriously in any encounter. I agree with your comments on the air this evening. Thank you for speaking out.
FJCFF

Cleveland, OH

#10 Mar 8, 2010
Wow I didn't realize so many of you were there and apparently know what the officer encountered. How dare you question his actions without being there. Dick Goddard is proving his senility by lashing out. He's needed the Westlake Police to come to his aid before when he was getting his ass beat Poor Mr Cooke.....either get rid of your alarm that the police keep having to respond to falsely or get rid of your dogs.
bigdaddy

Elyria, OH

#11 Mar 8, 2010
i would like to know if the officer has a pet...he would not have shot his own pet in that situation.
bigdaddy

Elyria, OH

#12 Mar 8, 2010
How many dogs would would be shot for running up on someone and growling? Everyday they run up on people, mailmen, delivery people, children...does not mean they have to be shot. I've been bit twice in my lifetime by dogs...never once thought the dog should be shot...was it scary? I'm sure. Do you shoot every suspect that confronts you? The cop had many options, I don't believe death was one of them...sad for the family
Mark

AOL

#13 Mar 8, 2010
Horrible action against a dog that was in it's own fenced in yard - what kind of police officer was that?? A little kid scared of a dog??- what would he have done if he had seen a few black people walking down the street? Would he have shot them TOOO!!!! Get rid of this idiot - he has NO right to have a badge and carry a gun!!!!!!
Mark

AOL

#14 Mar 8, 2010
Anybodey that thinks MR Goddards comments on the news are bad obviously does NOT know what an animal relationship consists of - go ahead and trap and kill them - you are the problems to begin with!!! Try getting married to an actual woman and maybe you can learn compassion!! If not - then I feel very sorry for your hatefullness for Gods creatures!!!!!!!!
Vikki

AOL

#15 Mar 8, 2010
My prayers and thoughts are with the Cooke family,as they grieve for their lost, loved one. Bless you, Dick Goddard, for addressing that officer on the air. I feel the exact same way.Morales should be off the force,without pay. He should also have to pay a fine and do jail time for ANIMAL CRUELTY, the same as anyone else would have to. The people of West Lake should watch their animals, and even their children!! This guy seems trigger-happy to me!!
Vikki

AOL

#16 Mar 8, 2010
I have posted 2 different comments and can't get them to show up. Don't know what I'm doing wrong ??
Lindsey

Chardon, OH

#17 Mar 8, 2010
Why was this officer not put on leave. How can you justify shooting a dog that clearly did nothing wrong? did have have to take such rastic action, why shoot the pup in the head. He came running at the officer most likely because he was a pup and someone had entered his yard. People like this westlake officer make me sick. I hope this haunts him for the rest of his life. Who can we right to so this pup and his family can get some justice?
Lindsey

Chardon, OH

#18 Mar 8, 2010
MORALESISA
It does not matter what breed the dog was whether a pit, rot, or lab. The barking should have been heard. I am not sure why you made mention of the other breeds. Are you saying that if it was a pit or rot the shooting would be justified?
Tina

Amherst, OH

#19 Mar 8, 2010
This is why I love animals more then humans. And I always will.
Felix

United States

#21 Mar 8, 2010
Dick Goddard was right on the mark making the comments he made about that wild and rogue Westlake police officer on the news broadcast earlier this evening. He has a right to voice his opinion and there is nothing "unprofessional" about his comments. Perhaps this idiot called David Thomas needs to be put out of his misery by this officer's weapon since society would be better off if people like David Thomas were eliminated from the face of this planet.
justine

Mansfield, OH

#22 Mar 8, 2010
im sooo pised off at this! words cant even discribe my fellings for the family.

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