Death Of Dog Spurs Planned Protest

Death Of Dog Spurs Planned Protest

There are 260 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Mar 9, 2010, titled Death Of Dog Spurs Planned Protest. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

The shooting death of a family dog by police in Westlake is now causing and outcry from the public.

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United States

#21 Mar 9, 2010
Hey while you're there check out the sweet copper gutters on City Hall.
If the Mayor comes out kick him in the balls and post it on youtube! He's an arrogant jerk!

Cleveland, OH

#22 Mar 9, 2010

Sterling Heights, MI

#23 Mar 9, 2010
No Morales never shot himself in he foot. He's the one that left a prisoner in his running patrol car and, surprise, the prisoner drove off in the patrol car. Says a lot about his judgement. He makes Barney Fife look competent.

Cleveland, OH

#24 Mar 9, 2010
Put yourself in the officer's shoes - so you'd take a bite from a dog you dont know? Shut your mouths.
Kevin Clarke

Cleveland, OH

#25 Mar 9, 2010
Im an irrelevant fool and now I am harassing westsiders.

Mantua, OH

#26 Mar 9, 2010
No one loves their dog more than I do. My dog is my service animal. We also do pet visitations at nursing homes and hospitals.

This situation would never have happened if the dogs owners had properly secured their doors and been more responsible pet owners by crating their dogs when left alone.

An 8 year old lab is a senior. It could have hearing and/or vision issues that could change it's personality, especially when frightened. Demential could also be an issue. After finding itself outside, without it's owner, and listening to a blaring alarm, for what had to be several minutes, the dog was scared and would not have been behaving normally. Many dogs react aggressively toward people in uniform.

I don't doubt the officers account for one second. The owners are mourning the lose of a beloved pet. The owner keeps talking about the 'kind of dog' he was. The officer did not encounter that dog, nor know what kind of dog he normally was. Walk a mile in their shoes before casting a stone.

Canal Fulton, OH

#27 Mar 9, 2010
Give me a break..It is a freakin dog. I wish people put as much energy into saving humans and missing people as they do animals, this is ridiculous. News channels should be ashamed of themselves for making this a big event. Hey why dont you go find some missing children photos or starving children photos and put them on the segment intead of a dog story. Put yourself in the shoes of the officers for once. This is a waste of time.

United States

#28 Mar 9, 2010
The jerk cop is just trying to cover his but like all cops do. The cop is always in the right...right? I hope he gets fired, fined, put in jail, and is never permitted to touch a firearm the rest of his life!
Against-the-grai n-J

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#29 Mar 9, 2010
I am sorry that the dog died.
I am sorry that this cop was put into a situation where he was forced to pull his gun. I am even more sorry that this man's job may be at stake because he was doing what we (overly) depend on the police to do. Protecting someone else's property.
He was doing his job.
Every one wants to say "He should have used his pepper spray. He should have used his taser." Well, guess what, he was in an unknown situation. He has to be prepared for the WORST. He was prepared to defend himself, and STOP what ever danger he came upon. He was responding to an alarm. Think: dogs can be viscious (I did not say they all were).
Office Morales, I am sorry that you are getting treated like a criminal for doing what all of us sheople expect you to do. I do not hold it against you. I hope your superiors continue to stand with you. Good luck.

New York, NY

#30 Mar 9, 2010
people just stop it was a damn dog oh fucking well get over it by tommorow something else will happen and this will be forgotten none of us where there none of us know the family or dog who cares u people act like it was a person he shot it was a dog you can go out and buy a new one u people act like it was a kid people get over it move on it over that dog aint coming back how much they gonna sue for 500.00 cuase thats how much the dog is worth shit ill pay the family

Medina, OH

#31 Mar 9, 2010
Allen Senz from Medina tried to get Karma's Law started after a cop shot his boxer and offered a very poor (and highly disputed) excuse.(The cop's story also mysteriously changed a bit throughout the case, but I digress.) If I remember correctly, Karma's Law was meant to provide more training to officers in order to prevent unnecessary lethal action when handling these situations. The cop in this case had options, as did the girl in Medina and the cops on the east coast who shot the mayor's labs during a misguided raid. At least the Lakewood officer last summer had enough sense to not shoot first and think later. It is wreckless how quickly the cops in the other three cases reached for their guns.

Maybe we need to look into this Karma's Law!!!

Medina, OH

#32 Mar 9, 2010
Obviously when officer Morales executed Callaway he exhibited bad judgement. He destroyed something that he can't replace, only God can do that. The question is whether the City of Westlake and its residents can be comfortable knowing that this officer is working in their community. When will he exhibit bad judgement again and what will the consequences of that bad judgement be the next time? If I lived in Westlake that's exactly the question I would be posing to the city government. I wouldn't want him in a position of authority in my community. Period.

We had a similar incident here in Medina last year and I expressed the same sentiments then. Both officers' actions were inexcusable.

And, I would have no trouble telling Officer Morales to his face that he is one lucky man that the dog he killed wasn't mine.

Think about it, Westlake. Do you really want this guy on your streets?

To quote a great American, Will Rogers, "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

United States

#33 Mar 9, 2010
This is absolutely uncalled for. Good for you Dick Goddard for what you said on your Monday night news cast!! That gave me the chills!
Frank James

Westland, MI

#34 Mar 9, 2010
Just because your name is Dick (Goddard}. Doesn't mean you have to be one...............Police 1.....................Goddard 0................

Greenfield Park, Canada

#35 Mar 9, 2010
Janice, I hope you don't have dogs. This officer had MANY other options. He should be fired.

Mantua, OH

#36 Mar 10, 2010
If people would have read this correctly, the dogs were secured. The officer entered the gate to the backyard area. Any dog would show territory. But unless you've owned any of the retriever breeds, you'd know that they could give a flying leap as to whom comes into the yard unless they are obedience trained. I have a yellow lab love him to pieces. Infact last summer the police were doing an on foot chase and the criminal jumped my fenced in yard along with the police, I was outside with my dogs (yellow lab, yorkie, & a lab mix) already enjoying the weather before this occurred. My dogs thought it was play time and ran with both the criminal and cop (the yorkie was laying besides me but I picked him up). The cop sure as hell didn't see my dogs as being aggressive by any means. And jumped another fenced in area of my yard and captured the criminal at that point I called my dogs in. Should the officer shot at my dogs?(He didn't and neither of my furrbabies were hurt.) Because in all reality it was a trespassing issue, neither the criminal nor cop had permission to enter my yard illegally?

As for this Officer Morales he entered a gated area, before doing so he should have used his flashlight to see if there were any animals, therefor he is at fault. And if a dog is charging that does NOT mean they are going to bite, especially an area that they keep secured by their pressence.
An animal lover

Erie, PA

#37 Mar 10, 2010
People are going overboard here. I not only love dogs, I have four of my own. ANY dog will bite. If a large dog ran at you barking, owners words, not mine, would YOU stand there and wait to see if it bit you?! Just because the dog was a Lab doesn't mean it wouldn't bite someone. I'm sorry the dog was shot, I really am, but let's get real people.

Mantua, OH

#38 Mar 10, 2010
I would expect a dog to bite me if I entered into his secured, gated area unannounced. Because I would be trespassing and the dog would only be doing what it felt was right to protect it's surroundings.
Kathy foe Shelby Ohio

United States

#39 Mar 10, 2010
Funny how people worry about a dog getting killed. But, what about all of the children that are killed when a woman has an abortion? A dog can be replaced.

Strongsville, OH

#40 Mar 10, 2010
First of all you don't even live here to make such a comment. Somepolice are quick to act with their guns. He should have maced the dog. For as long as it took him to pull out his gun he could have pulled out the mace as well. Get a life lady. You obviously have no feelings for animal cruelty.

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