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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Drew Renfroe

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outraged animal lover wrote:
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No you are wrong and if justice provails that pig will fired and possibly jailed you are what is wrong with todays society.
This utter disrespect for the police makes me sick.
I doubt that you have risked your life for a single person other than yourself.
Do you understand the situation?
Did u want him to get into a fist fight with a dog when he had reason to believe that there was somebody armed in the house who more than likely would have intent to escape even if it involved killing him.
You make me want to puke. My dad is a police officer and he risks his life nightly, including right now protecting people like you.
but, if you value the life of a dog higher than that of a policde officer or anybody else for that matter still fine. But, just one question.... And I would expect a response:
Would you take a bullet for that dog?
I2 support Morales

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A PD dispatcher once told me that more people call about an animal struck by a car that they do for a pedestrian. Since when do we value an animal more than a person. He shot some morons dog, not a person. Fine the Dr. the cost of the bullet.
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These posts are becoming more mindless internet ramblings then real actual thought and concerns
Disgusted in Cleveland

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Batty wrote:
<quoted text>Shame on you MsConcerned!!! You have no idea what it's like to be a policeman. How can you sit there talking about something you know nothing about. And shame on Dick Goddard choosing a DOG over a HUMAN. I am a dog lover but I love that I am protected by the police more.
"no idea what it's like to be a POLICEMAN" !!! please !! there are many other ways a true "policeman" could have stopped that beautiful lab from "charging" @ him !!! And in reading the initial story....the dog never layed a paw, or a mark on him & was FOUR FEET AWAY !!! Honestly tell me that this policeman couldn't have gotten away from this dog @ FOUR FEET AWAY other than KILLING him !!!??? Absolutely disgusting.....
Disgusted in Cleveland

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My question is what happens when Officer Morales encounters a person that yells at him and scares him? Shoot them in the head? I thought when law enforcement encountered a threat (animal or human) they did not automatically resort to deadly force. What exactly is the mace for? Perhaps we should arm all our mailmen and meter readers with a firearm in case the encounter a barking dog. Shame on you Officer Morales you give those respectable, decent people in law enforcement a bad name. Thanks to Mr. Goddard for speaking out against this poor excuse of a man.
EXACTLY !!! is this what the policeman are taught to do now.....SHOOT & KILL !!?? What happened to mace, or tazers !!?? Shame on the officer....absolutely
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Animal lover? you are obviously not an educated animal lover. I pitty the animals you own.
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"he would bark, he would run up, he has no history of ever biting anyone."
These are the owners own words above. If a large dog is barking and running at you, what would you think? How was the officer to know this dog had no history of biting? I am so sorry this happened, but put yourself in the officers shoes for one second. A large dog is running at you and barking.....any dog, Lab or not, will bite. If you don't think so, you are wrong. And yes, I am owned by a dog, before you ask.
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Good riddance MUTT!!!
This officer should get a medal, commendation and a prompt raise for his clearly justifiable actions.
If it is just a worthless animal, cops should always shoot first
It is people like who should be shot.
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Police SUPPORTER wrote:
First of all, this was not the first time police were called to this home, where is Mr. Cooke's responsibility in disarming the alarm to the door that his dogs triggered?? What would Mr. Cooke be saying now if the police didn't respond, and his home was burglarized? None of you cowards have been in uniform and know what they face daily. When this happens in Cleveland does it make headline news?? Dick get a life and retire already!!!!
If you did your research you would know that the police have been to the home 1 other time because of the dogs. The other times had nothing to do with the dogs.
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home owner wrote:
Maybe it's time to get rid of the alarm. How many times have the Westlake Police responded needlessly because the good doctor can't secure these "gentle giants" properly. What if the officers were involved in an accident responding to the multiple false alarms?
You may want to do some research before you talk. The police have only been to the house 1 time because of the dogs.
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Lisa Brunswick Ohio wrote:
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I'd disagree with you about labs. I was sorry to hear about your grand-daughter being bit by a lab-mix. Pure bred labs are not aggressive in any way. The problem was that it was a lab-mix - could have been mixed with anything - even an aggressive breed.
Any breed can be aggressive. There is not a "specific aggressive breed". It is all in the owner and training. People are just ignorant.
About the little child getting bit, was the child supervised? could it have been the childs fault?
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Drew Renfroe wrote:
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This utter disrespect for the police makes me sick.
I doubt that you have risked your life for a single person other than yourself.
Do you understand the situation?
Did u want him to get into a fist fight with a dog when he had reason to believe that there was somebody armed in the house who more than likely would have intent to escape even if it involved killing him.
You make me want to puke. My dad is a police officer and he risks his life nightly, including right now protecting people like you.
but, if you value the life of a dog higher than that of a policde officer or anybody else for that matter still fine. But, just one question.... And I would expect a response:
Would you take a bullet for that dog?
You make me sick and I think you are the one who doesn't understand the situation. There are very few good cops out there and maybe your dad is one of the few. I have no problem with good respectable cops but unfortunetly I have not meant any. Most are cocky a*******. Many people would agree with me too. Before you go there I am not and have never been a criminal. I am a good citizen who hates injustice and when a family pet is shot in the head for no good reason I and everyone else with sense have every right to stand up for those owners who lost thier pet. There was other ways to handle the situation. I don't give a damn what any of you say it was wrong and will always be wrong.
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"no idea what it's like to be a POLICEMAN" !!! please !! there are many other ways a true "policeman" could have stopped that beautiful lab from "charging" @ him !!! And in reading the initial story....the dog never layed a paw, or a mark on him & was FOUR FEET AWAY !!! Honestly tell me that this policeman couldn't have gotten away from this dog @ FOUR FEET AWAY other than KILLING him !!!??? Absolutely disgusting.....
I 100% agree. You are a very smart and caring person. Thank you for standing up againts there fools :)
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An animal lover wrote:
To "outraged". More like "wackjob". Enough. The year is 2010. Using the term "pig", and your potty mouth shows a lack of class. Not good for your cause.
I am aware what year it is imbecile. I have plenty of class and a heart unlike some of you people out there. An animal lover you say not likely if you side with the cop on this one or aka pig I call it like it is if you don't like I could give a flying leap. Another thing you don't know me and you better watch who you insult.
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This Officer used a taser (not a gun) against not one but TWO Pittbulls!!!!!!!!
cops&courts (Sandusky Register
Compiled from staff reports
PERKINS TWP.
Border Patrol arrests illegal immigrant
The Border Patrol arrested an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop on Friday. Perkins police Officer Aaron Bramel pulled over a 1997 Dodge Neon at 11:35 a.m. in the 4900 block of Milan Road because it appeared to have a nonfunctioning brake light. The driver presented an Ohio driver’s license, but the passenger, Jesus Santiago Morales, 23, Fremont, provided a Mexican consular ID that looked grainy and possibly fraudulent, according to Bramel’s report.
Upon questioning, Morales told Bramel he was in the United States illegally. According to the police report, Morales’ wallet also contained Social Security cards and an international driver’s license with Morales’ photo but different names. Bramel turned Morales over to the Border Patrol.
PERKINS TWP.
Pit bulls attack other dogs
Two pit bulls on the loose attacked dogs on Lynn Drive Saturday evening. Gerald Crayton told Perkins police he heard his German shepherd fighting with another dog in the backyard of his home in the 2800 block of Lynn Drive at about 7:30 p.m. When he went outside, his dog’s nose was bloody and the other dog had run off toward the next-door neighbor’s house.
The neighbor, Mary Zeigler, called 911 a few minutes later to report two pit bulls had gotten into her house and were killing her beagle. She locked herself in the bathroom, according to the police report.
When officers arrived they found a pit bull biting the beagle’s throat. The beagle got away and was able to hide under a couch. The pit bull paced back and forth in front of the couch and came toward the officers aggressively each time they tried to approach. Eventually Officer Edward Hastings shocked the dog with his Taser, and two officers snared it around the neck, according to Hastings’ report.
The other pit bull was not found. Erie County dog warden Barb Knapp identified the captured dog as belonging to Kipp L. Halstead, 39, 2200 block Fallen Timber Drive, who was cited for failure to contain a vicious animal.
labs taste like chicken

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Kara wrote:
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!!!!!!!!!
well you should all be happy now that a elyria officer was shot and killed last night while handleing a simple peeping tom call....but hey at least no animals were hurt
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How on earth is this a choice between the life of an officer and the life of a dog? Am I to understand that we have not only decided that this dog going to bite, but that he would have killed this policeman? Does anyone else think this sounds just a little crazy?

And how on earth are criticisms of one particular officer an attack on all officers? They aren't. I strongly suspect most officers would not want to have to work with and rely on this quick-to-shoot policeman.
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outrageg animal lover wrote:
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You make me sick and I think you are the one who doesn't understand the situation. There are very few good cops out there and maybe your dad is one of the few. I have no problem with good respectable cops but unfortunetly I have not meant any. Most are cocky *********. Many people would agree with me too. Before you go there I am not and have never been a criminal. I am a good citizen who hates injustice and when a family pet is shot in the head for no good reason I and everyone else with sense have every right to stand up for those owners who lost thier pet. There was other ways to handle the situation. I don't give a damn what any of you say it was wrong and will always be wrong.
How exactly do you think he should have acted?

Remember as far as he knows there is a person in the house likely armed and with intent to escape.

No time to tase a dog and I have heard that they are barely affected by pepper spray (which most police don't carry any more).
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DogLover wrote:
failure to contain a vicious animal.
Sounds familiar.
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Drew wrote:
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How exactly do you think he should have acted?
Remember as far as he knows there is a person in the house likely armed and with intent to escape.
No time to tase a dog and I have heard that they are barely affected by pepper spray (which most police don't carry any more).
He should of acted with common sense when he saw the dog and maybe not entered the yard when he knew there was a dog in it. Don't tell me he confused a dog with a human being not likely they don't sound the same. Also that wasn't the first time he was at that house. He was there 4 other times. I don't care what anyone says shooting that poor lab in the head was and will always be very wrong.
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outraged animal lover wrote:
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He should of acted with common sense when he saw the dog and maybe not entered the yard when he knew there was a dog in it. Don't tell me he confused a dog with a human being not likely they don't sound the same. Also that wasn't the first time he was at that house. He was there 4 other times. I don't care what anyone says shooting that poor lab in the head was and will always be very wrong.
He waited until it was very close, 3-4ft is not that far for a charging dog.
Hearing something moving in the back yard would sound the same whether it was a lab or a human.
It is very unfortunate that beloved pet had to die, I own a dog too.

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