Protest Held Over Dog Killed by Officer

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Dozens of people gathered at Westlake's City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to protest the shooting of a family dog in the backyard of the owner by a police officer.

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Dog LOVER

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This so called COP needs the BOOT... An 8 year old lab really??? Those dogs are freaking harmless, Biggest Babies ever and this lowlife cop killed him?? I feel so sorry for this family I know my dogs are like family and if anyone harmed them watch out....
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Nice what a guy...
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All the houses in the neighborhood look the same!!! so what!!! Its your job to make the right decisions. If we just shot a dog trying to help someone we would be fined somehow.But you the almighty officer will get nothing ,which I think is bullcrap.The city should pay for the burial and re-place the dog sorta speak and any training it may have had
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To all of you "Fike" Supporters......
Try being a cop for a day. Cry that this officer should have received better training. Cry that he could've used "non-lethal" force on this dog. Cry that he should have known these dogs were not vicious.....and while you are doing all of this....I dare you to go to someone's house, enter into the backyard, and have a dog lunge at you showing teeth, and tell me that YOU would fire a warning shot into a tree....OR better yet, HOLSTER your weapon, take out your taser and tase the dog. Or reach for that pepper spray that you rarely use because it could get in your fellow officers eyes and in fact put you at more risk than not using it....and tell me that what Officer Morales did was wrong.
I stand behind Officer Morales and what he did 100%. I do not know Officer Morales, but I come from a strong background in Law Enforcement. Everyone is so quick to judge this officer. A man who puts on the blue uniform, pins on his badge, buckles his duty belt that holds his firearm and handcuffs, and goes out into the streets to protect who? YOU! The ungrateful citizen. Officer Morales goes to work every day HOPING he will get to return home at the end of his shift alive and in one piece. What he encountered on this day, NOBODY will ever understand except Officer Morales.
Dr. Cooke should be charged for misuse of emergency services by the City of Westlake. 4 FALSE Alarms in 3 months? Completely unacceptable. He should be the one held responsible for the death of his dog.
Don't jump and criticize the officer for his actions. There is not one single person that reads this post that can honestly say that when a dog charges them, they reach in their pocket and grab a milk bone to calm the dog down. No, they panic, they get scared, and they usually get bit. Officer Morales did what he felt his only option was, and he shot and killed an attacker. That dog was not coming up to lick his hand, he was coming up to attack.
Officer Morales, if you read this post, I say to you, and the rest of the WPD, Good Job. Thank you for your years of service, and continue on with a job well done. You deserve a pat on the back, not for killing a dog, but for having the courage to go out there and protect Joe Citizen from the fate of Crime.
DO NOT FIRE OFFICER MORALES FOR DOING HIS JOB!!!!!!
Thank you Westlake PD. Stay safe
Judi

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I have never heard of such nonsense. I am a dog lover. However, if my home alarm is going off, I would hope the officers would do whatever to protect it and THEMSELVES. The protestors should be shot!
Do the animal lovers know how quickly a dog could lunge? How long does is an officer expected to analyze and decide whether to use a tazor or gun. The media should stay out of this!
Furthermore, the blond lady better hope she is not a victim at a scene. The officer may have to use precious moments to decide if her abductor should be tazed or shot.!!!!!!!!
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I wish I could have shown up, however, even with my service dog, it was not possible. Today was not a good day for me.

An 8yr old lab harmless? What, because the owner says so? Last month I was bitten, very seriously, by a friends 7 1/2 year old DELTA CERTIFIED dog. Older dogs in particular, are dangerous. They can start to lose their hearing and eye sight. This can make them startle easily, become more protective and yes, aggressive. Dementia is also an issue for senior dogs. And an 8 year old lab is an OLD dog. He may be experiencing personality/behavioral changes, because of his age, that could be the very reason he is tearing up the doors and escaping.

The facts are: the owners had installed, and SET his alarm. He does not crate or otherwise secure his dogs when left alone. The officers were responding to a BURGLAR ALARM. They did not know if there was a burglar in the house, who might even be holding the property owner with a deadly weapon. I would think protocol would call for the officer to at the very least, unclip his holster and have his hand on his weapon when approaching the property.

Then, when arriving and he sees/hears the dogs (not sure if he could see the door. From the picture I saw of the damage the dog did, there would be no way the officer would know it was a dog or a burglar, gaining entrance, that did the damage.). He could not know if a burglar let the dogs loose and was still in the house, again, possibly with the property owner and/or other family members. His job was to secure the safety of the proterty owner, his family, then the property.

Then the dog charges him, barking,and baring teeth.

I have my service dog and I work with dogs every week. I would have protected myself against a strange, large, barking, teeth baring dog as well.
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Dog LOVER wrote:
This so called COP needs the BOOT... An 8 year old lab really??? Those dogs are freaking harmless, Biggest Babies ever and this lowlife cop killed him?? I feel so sorry for this family I know my dogs are like family and if anyone harmed them watch out....
I hope you aren't a victim of a crime. Time is precious when making decisions. I bank on the cops ability to make a quick decision.
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Dog Lover, Whatever, and Ron....

Have any of you been a cop before? Do YOU know what it takes to put that uniform on and go out that door, not knowing if you will make it home? I doubt it.

Ron, Dr. Cooke should be responsible for his dogs burial....he is the one that failed to secure a door that would have kept his dog alive.

You people are so damn ridiculous. Leave this officer alone and don't comment unless you can honestly say you have been in his shoes before. If you have been, than you would say he did nothing wrong. next time you need help, call the water company...don't call the cops...They are all bad people with no training, right? Anytime you need help, you will beg for an officer to hurry to your home...and you would expect it. This cop did his job, and he did it well.'Nuff said
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I support Ofc Morales wrote:
To all of you "Fike" Supporters......
Try being a cop for a day. Cry that this officer should have received better training. Cry that he could've used "non-lethal" force on this dog. Cry that he should have known these dogs were not vicious.....and while you are doing all of this....I dare you to go to someone's house, enter into the backyard, and have a dog lunge at you showing teeth, and tell me that YOU would fire a warning shot into a tree....OR better yet, HOLSTER your weapon, take out your taser and tase the dog. Or reach for that pepper spray that you rarely use because it could get in your fellow officers eyes and in fact put you at more risk than not using it....and tell me that what Officer Morales did was wrong.
I stand behind Officer Morales and what he did 100%. I do not know Officer Morales, but I come from a strong background in Law Enforcement. Everyone is so quick to judge this officer. A man who puts on the blue uniform, pins on his badge, buckles his duty belt that holds his firearm and handcuffs, and goes out into the streets to protect who? YOU! The ungrateful citizen. Officer Morales goes to work every day HOPING he will get to return home at the end of his shift alive and in one piece. What he encountered on this day, NOBODY will ever understand except Officer Morales.
Dr. Cooke should be charged for misuse of emergency services by the City of Westlake. 4 FALSE Alarms in 3 months? Completely unacceptable. He should be the one held responsible for the death of his dog.
Don't jump and criticize the officer for his actions. There is not one single person that reads this post that can honestly say that when a dog charges them, they reach in their pocket and grab a milk bone to calm the dog down. No, they panic, they get scared, and they usually get bit. Officer Morales did what he felt his only option was, and he shot and killed an attacker. That dog was not coming up to lick his hand, he was coming up to attack.
Officer Morales, if you read this post, I say to you, and the rest of the WPD, Good Job. Thank you for your years of service, and continue on with a job well done. You deserve a pat on the back, not for killing a dog, but for having the courage to go out there and protect Joe Citizen from the fate of Crime.
DO NOT FIRE OFFICER MORALES FOR DOING HIS JOB!!!!!!
Thank you Westlake PD. Stay safe
Good Job! We agree with you and took the time to call the Westlake PD to let them know they are doing a great!!! job. Too many people jump to conclusions before knowing the facts. Decisions were made, so let them be.
Judi

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STFU Already wrote:
Dog Lover, Whatever, and Ron....
Have any of you been a cop before? Do YOU know what it takes to put that uniform on and go out that door, not knowing if you will make it home? I doubt it.
Ron, Dr. Cooke should be responsible for his dogs burial....he is the one that failed to secure a door that would have kept his dog alive.
You people are so damn ridiculous. Leave this officer alone and don't comment unless you can honestly say you have been in his shoes before. If you have been, than you would say he did nothing wrong. next time you need help, call the water company...don't call the cops...They are all bad people with no training, right? Anytime you need help, you will beg for an officer to hurry to your home...and you would expect it. This cop did his job, and he did it well.'Nuff said
Ditto! I respect our law enforcement. We have no one else.
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My family has had labs for at least 20 years. We raised them for just as many years. I have never know a lab to be agressive. The only possible reason is as a new mom with puppies. Me and my husband have a 1 year old yellow lab and she is a part of our family. My heart breaks for the family. They are in my thoughts.
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Dog LOVER wrote:
This so called COP needs the BOOT... An 8 year old lab really??? Those dogs are freaking harmless, Biggest Babies ever and this lowlife cop killed him?? I feel so sorry for this family I know my dogs are like family and if anyone harmed them watch out....
labs are all harmless huh ...its called google people...
http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/Oth ...

http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-sports/200 ...

http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/l ...
tastes like chicken

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Barbara wrote:
My family has had labs for at least 20 years. We raised them for just as many years. I have never know a lab to be agressive. The only possible reason is as a new mom with puppies. Me and my husband have a 1 year old yellow lab and she is a part of our family. My heart breaks for the family. They are in my thoughts.
and heres one for you cupcake
heres a yellow lab that attacked a kid >>>

http://www.wesh.com/news/15682514/detail.html
GGG

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How hard is it to grab the taser or pepper spray when you know you might be attacked by a dog (a Labrador no less)?

You cannot compare a person being assaulted and cop having to chose between a gun and a taser and a cop checking out a house and a dog accosting him. It's not the same. False equivalence.

He had to time to think to grab something else, but he decided the grab the lethal method.

I hope he has to at least retrain.
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If the police officer had used "non-lethal" force, everyone would be up in arms and complaining about that. A Lab can be just as aggressive as any other big dog. If the dog had bitten or mauled the police officer incapacitating him, then the city would have to pay his medical and possible disability. Everyone wants to be a armchair quarterback. The people that are complaining about what the police officer did or didn't do should go the police academy, get hired, and do the same job and see if they would have done something different. Police have to make split second decisions. Walk a mile in the Officer Morales' shoes before everyone condemns him. Give the guy a break...
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I love dogs, and I always have but being a police officer I too understand that somtimes a dog can come at you and you respod based on your training. This officer very well might be afraid of dogs(just like many are afraid of snakes and other animals) It is easy to be the Monday morning quarterback and crusify this officer but that is not the fair thing to do. NON OF US WERE THERE!!! Asking for this officer to be fired over this? Come on folks, slightly extreme.
There are human beings who get shot at and people don't make this huge of a deal, because the Dick Goddards of the world sayd " he probably deserved it." Where as a dog gets shot and they want the officer fired?
Not all that fair guys.
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unfortunate situation, police respond to an alarm, shoot family pet and now the public demands the officer be fired or repremanded. pepper spray might have been a better response to a charging barking dog, the postmen fend off dogs that way. a possible laps in judgement by the officer, bent on arresting a burgler, made the decision to shoot a family pet which may or may not have attacked and bitten him. now only the officers word that he felt he was in danger of being attacked and bitten because he fires his weapon and the dog killed before any such attack took place?? officers discretion prevails in this situation, dog loses to gun. court of public opinion to prevail? I doubt that but lets see how this plays out in the end.
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So many people seem to have the time to "protest at city hall" why not go and volunteer your time in Haiti or at the Haven of Rest!!! Ofcourse, West Lake is not going to fire officer Moraless. What a rediculous request.
After the Monday morning quarterbacks have been in uniform and responded to calls, then your say might carry a little more weight. Untill then, don't be so harsh. I assure you I don't know this officer, but I can almost promise that he feels awful that this even happened.
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Hey you can come shoot my dog I wont be upset
STFU Already

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GGG wrote:
How hard is it to grab the taser or pepper spray when you know you might be attacked by a dog (a Labrador no less)?
You cannot compare a person being assaulted and cop having to chose between a gun and a taser and a cop checking out a house and a dog accosting him. It's not the same. False equivalence.
He had to time to think to grab something else, but he decided the grab the lethal method.
I hope he has to at least retrain.
GGG....ARE YOU SERIOUS? AGAIN, YOUR IGNORANCE IS BLISS. WHEN AN OFFICER IS CHECKING OUT A BURGLARY ALARM, HIS SERVICE WEAPON IS ALREADY DRAWN AS HE IS COMING INTO THE BACK YARD. HE MOST LIKELY HAD HIS SERVICE WEAPON IN HIS HAND WHEN HE ENCOUNTERED THE DOG...THEREFOR, RE-HOLSTERING HIS GUN TO GRAB HIS TASER WAS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE BEFORE GETTING BIT. AGAIN, HE DID WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO.

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