UPDATE: Police Officer Charged with Felony For Tasering & Shooting Therapy Dog

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The Commerce City, Colorado police officer who killed Chloe last month has been charged with animal cruelty Officer Robert Price was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a class six felony.

The incident occurred on November 24, when owner Gary Branson dropped Chloe off at a relative’s house while he went out of town for Thanksgiving.  She left Chloe in her garage when she went out shopping, but the dog tripped the sensor and opened the door.

Police received a call from neighbour Kenny Collins, who said there was a large, aggressive pit bull-mix (chocolate Lab mix, according to Branson) wandering around, barking at his windows.  Police arrived with animal control, and Collins’ son began filming the event on his cell phone.

“He’s basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from the police,” Collins said. Collins said that Chloe just sat in the garage near her bed for about half an hour while the officers scratched their heads, thinking what to do.

Chloe must have attempted to get back out, because one of the officers used his Taser on her twice, forcing her back insideScared, Chloe tried to escape again, but was shot by Price. The animal control officer finally got the wounded dog on the catch pole, but Price shot her four more times, finally ending her life.

Commerce City Police issued a statement that read:  “An animal control agent was able to place a ‘catch pole’ around the dog’s neck.  The pit bull remained extremely agitated and continued to attempt to attack the animal control agent.  Due to the dog’s size and aggressive demeanour, it could not be controlled on the catch pole.

For the safety of the animal control agent and the community, a police officer shot and killed the dog.” Collins said that from the video, you could tell Chloe was just scared and trying to run away from danger. “I totally disagree with it, totally,” he said.  “The dog was not attacking people and that’s not what I said when I called 911.”

Gary Branson with framed photos of his dogs

 Branson is devastated at the loss of his dog, who had been a therapy dog to him since he underwent heart surgery in 2008.

“She was my constant companion pretty much 24/7.  And there’s never been any incidents where she was violent or aggressive,” Branson said.  “She was as gentle as a lamb.  She loved kids.  She loved running around with them, playing with them.  She’d let them ride on her like a horse, bounce on her, pull her ears, and she never once did anything to harm a child – or an adult.

She was just a loving, loving animal who loved attention.  It didn’t matter from who.” After a thorough investigation, the Adams County District Attorney charged price with cruelty to animals.  The cell phone video, which went viral, has been a key piece of evidence, along with witness accounts.  A necropsy was also performed. 

Branson is considering taking legal action against the Commerce City Police Department. “They had the opportunity to do the right thing – to own their mistake, to apologize for that mistake. And they didn’t,” said Branson’s attorney, Jennifer Edwards.  “So now I think they need to change their ways within that police department.

 Obviously, there’s something wrong in the culture there.  In three months, we’ve gone to trial on one dog getting shot, and now we have another one needlessly murdered.  Something has to change.”

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/12/police-officer-charged-with-felony-for-tasering-and-shooting-therapy-dog/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Related:https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/innocent-dog-shot-5-times-by-police/

WARNING: The link below contains Video which is very graphic and heartbreaking.  

You Tube video:- Discretion is advised

Published on 27 Nov 2012

One police officer uses his Taser twice on the dog. Then the dog tries to run away and is captured by the animal control officer on the catch pole. But, after it is captured, a police officer fires five shots at Chloe, killing the dog.

At least one stray bullet hit the animal control officer’s car with neighbors and kids all around.

Commerce City Police initially lied, releasing a statement reading in part, “An animal control agent was able to place a ‘catch pole’ around the dog’s neck. The pit bull remained extremely agitated and continued to attempt to attack the animal control agent. Due to the dog’s size and aggressive demeanor, it could not be controlled on the catch pole. For the safety of the animal control agent and the community, a police officer shot and killed the dog.”

In the video, it does not appear that the dog moved aggressively toward two police officers and an animal control worker. The video seems to show a terrified dog who is determined to run away.

Alicia Hall, an animal behavior technician with the Dumb Friends League, said, “The animal could still potentially be a danger, but if the catch pole is being used appropriately, the animal should be restrained safely. As far as I can see from the video, it looks like the dog actually walked right into the catch pole as it was coming out of the garage and was safely restrained.”

“The video, it’s pretty far away and kind of fuzzy, so it’s hard to see a lot of the dog’s body postures, but what I did see is that the dog did retreat quite a bit from the police officers and the animal control officer. It ran into the garage rather than coming out of the garage. And even when he was coming out of the garage, it didn’t look like he was coming after them, it looked like he was trying to get away from them,” Hall said.

Not surprisingly, Commerce City Police Chief Chuck Saunier defends the actions of the killers.

The dog was temporarily being housed at this location by the owner’s relative. She was charged with numerous violations.

More here: 

http://www.examiner.com/article/colorado-police-shoot-dog-restrained-on-catch…

http://www.examiner.com/article/protestors-dcry-pit-bull-shooting-commerce-ci…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Chloe-Dog-shot-by-Commerce-City-Co…

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Innocent Dog Fatally Shot By Police After Being Restrained

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“This is shocking to say the least, the poor dog was on the end of a catch-pole,  if the prick that was using it didn’t have control, then he wasn’t trained properly, police are very trigger happy around stray dogs…shoot then ask question…which is not good enough!” R.I.P Chloe x”

The actions of police officers in Commerce City, CO are being called into question after they responded to a call to pick up a loose dog and shot it 5 times, fatally wounding it.

The large breed dog was seen wandering around a neighbourhood, and while it was not causing any sort of disturbance a neighbour called to have it picked up, thinking it was a stray, and was astonished to see police capture and kill the dog.

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“I called police because I saw a dog wandering loose out front,” said Ken Collins.  Unbeknownst to Collins, his neighbour was looking after the dog, named Chloe, for a cousin who was out of town for the holidays.  When she went out, she left the dog in the garage with the door closed.  But somehow Chloe tripped the door opener and wandered outside.

Collins, who observed the whole scene, said he did not fear the dog, and said  that after about 30 minutes, the dog just sat inside the open garage door near her bed while officers decided what to do.  ”He’s basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from police.”   Chloe was tasered twice, and she dropped to the ground each time.  Then animal control used a catch pole to contain the dog, and it while she was on the catch pole and effectively restrained that police started shooting.

Collins, who videotaped the whole incident, was very troubled by the fact that the police started shooting and said that at least one stray bullet hit the animal control officer’s car with neighbors and kids all around.  Alicia Hall, an animal behaviour technician with the Dumb Friends League said ”The animal could still potentially be a danger, but if the catch pole is being used appropriately, the animal should be restrained safely. As far as I can see from the video, it looks like the dog actually walked right into the catch pole as it was coming out of the garage and was safely restrained,” Hall said.

Commerce City Police Detective Mike Saunders says the incident will be investigated and added  ”We need time to look at the video. We need time to look over the officer’s report. And we need time to speak to the officer before we can comment.”

Collins later said, “I wish I hadn’t called, but like my kids keep reassuring me, I did what anybody else would do and that’s what the lady across the street said, whose dog was shot, that she would have done the same thing,”

 But nothing can bring back Chloe, who was seemingly the innocent victim in a tragic story or explain why police shot at the animal 5 times, finally killing her.

Burned dog Hercules perks up, fights for life in NJ vet clinic

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Hercules is living up to his name.

When he was found on July 5 on West Cheltenham Ave. in north Philadelphia, the pit bull puppy was more flesh than fur, suffering from burns covering more than 75 percent of his body.

Today he is making great strides, fighting hard against the odds.

For two weeks the staff at Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, NJ have toiled 24/7 to bring the nearly six-month old youngster back to life.

Dr. Wendy Ross says Hercules is now able to eat and stand on his own and be touched without crying in pain. He’s also been taken off drip antibiotics and is  receiving medication orally.

Best of all, she said, he’s starting to show his personality. “He’s perking up, coming out of his cage and climbing into people’s laps,” she said.

Hercules underwent a grafting procedure today that Ross said will allow him full movement in his hind end. The medical device firm, Integra, donated material made from cow tendons and used on human burn victims, to repair deep wounds on his right hind leg. Because Hercules suffered such extensive burns, there was no available skin on his body to use and allowing the wounds to heal naturally would have meant restricted movement in his leg.

Ross reported this afternoon: “So far, so good.” She said while Hercules is largely out of the woods as far as life-threatening infections are concerned, that he will be monitored to ensure his body accepts the graft material.

R.I.P Sweet Chloe

Hercules was found a week after another pit bull puppy, Chloe, was set aflame and abandoned about a mile away, on West Grey Ave. in Germantown. Chloe succumbed to her wounds despite the best efforts of veterinarians at Crown. 

Meanwhile, humane law enforcement officers are continuing to pursue leads in both cases. Reward funds stand at $5,000 for Chloe and $1,500 for Hercules. Volunteers are canvassing the neighborhoods. alerting residents to the rewards, said Wendy Marano, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Last week several hundred people turned out for a rally, Justice for Chloe and Hercules, at the PSPCA last week. District Attorney Seth Williams was among the speakers.

Donations are needed to help pay for Hercules’ costly and continuing round-the-clock care over the next several weeks before he is able to be placed in a new home.

The PSPCA has relinquished ownership of Hercules to the Animal Alliance of NJ, a rescue that specializes in treating and finding homes for the most severely injured and abused animals – many of them saved from the streets of Philadelphia.

News Link:http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/162940146.html

Related:https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/pspca-third-philadelphias-pet-set-on-fire-rally-planned/

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PSPCA: Third Philadelphia’s pet set on fire; rally planned

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“WTF…sorry but this makes me so mad, these people are obviously not in their right mind, no sane person would purposely set a puppy on fire! or would they? Wouldn’t surprise me if it wasn’t kids…but whoever it was, they need to be caught & thrown in jail for several years, not months!”

For the third time in less than a month, a pet has been discovered with serious burns after being set ablaze.

Hercules was found suffering from severe burns in the city’s West Oak Lane section.… (Pennsylvania SPCA )

The latest victim, a pit bull puppy, was found in severe pain by a passerby in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section. The four-month-old pup, spotted wandering on West Cheltenham Avenue, had been burned on the legs and back and left to die, said a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Hercules, who is expected to survive, was first taken to PSPCA headquarters then transferred to a shelter hospital in New Jersey for emergency care, said spokeswoman Wendy Marano. The puppy remained in serious condition this afternoon at Animal Alliance of NJ in Lambertville.

The case follows two others in less than fortnight.

“This is an extremely troubling trend,” said Marc Peralta, chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA.

On Sunday, a man who barricaded himself inside a South Philadelphia rowhouse reportedly killed a small cat, set it on fire, and hung it on a fence on the side of his house. The man, who lived on the 1800 block of Dickinson, later surrendered to police.

Last week, a young pit bull named Chloe died of severe burns after being set on fire near the 700 block of Gray Street in the East Germantown section. Investigators have several leads, Marano said. PSPCA officials do not know if the two pit bull incidents are related.

Chloe, a young pit bull, was found severely burned in an East Germantown neighborhood.

The PSPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to Chloe.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also put up another $1,000.

“We see a lot of cases of animal abuse in the city,” said Marano, “but setting an animal on fire and leaving it to die is just heinous. We need the community to stand with us and not tolerate these kind of acts.”

The PSPCA is planning a rally, Justice for Chloe, to bring attention to extreme animal cruelty within the city limits. “Justice for Chloe” will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s headquarters at 350 E. Erie Avenue.

“We don’t know what causes people to do this,” Marano said. “It appears to be a spur of the moment kind of action.

“We can’t even get into the mind of someone who would do this,” she said. “But one thing’s certain, we can’t let anyone get away with these acts.”

News Link:-http://articles.philly.com/2012-07-05/news/32552381_1_pit-bull-severe-burns-pspca

Anyone with information is asked to call the Anti-Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-7722. Donations to the reward fund can be made athttp://pspca.org/support-us/donate/ or call 215-426-6304 Ext. 272.

Milwaukee Police arrest man for starting dog on fire

“I have been trying to find out more about this case, as yet nothing but will keep looking…If these scum bags don’t get prison time, I don’t know what it will take to get an animal abuser banged up!”

The Milwaukee Police Department is reporting that they took a 23-year-old man into custody for animal cruelty. The suspect was arrested in the 4400 block of N.54th Street Friday evening after attempting to set the family dog on fire .

The Boxer was conveyed to a local animal hospital for treatment for burns over 25 percent of its body. More information to follow as it becomes available.

News Link:-http://racineuncovered.org/2012/06/milwaukee-police-arrest-man-for-starting-dog-on-fire/

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Dog Set on Fire Dies From Injuries

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“This so utterly heart wrenching, tears fall whilst I write this! I was angry when I first posted about this sentient being, set alight by some uncivilized savage. But now the poor innocent has died… I’m bloody furious! If the person/s who did this are immature, narcissistic individuals who demand or crave attention…they will surely commit another remorseless attack, either on another animal or God forbid a human; so it is imperative that the merciless killers are caught.” 

“Somebody knows who did it, people talk, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone isn’t bragging about it, right now on facebook! So please, before another mortal soul is taken…if you know who committed this nefarious act…don’t be a coward & speak up!! R.I.P sweet Chloe.”

The Pennsylvania SPCA is offering a $1000 award for anyone with information on the crime.

Dog Set on Fire Dies From Injuries

On Sunday, a young female pit bull named Chloe was discovered on the 700 block of Gray Street, covered in severe burns, according to the SPCA.

Investigators are searching for the person or people responsible for the death of a dog by setting her on fire.

On Sunday, a young female pit bull named Chloe was discovered on the 700 block of Gray Street, covered in severe burns, according to the SPCA.

Investigators say she was initially brought to ACCT Philly, the city’s animal control shelter. Due to the severity of her injuries however she was soon transferred to the Pennsylvania SPCA as a case of animal cruelty.

Investigators say the dog appeared to have been doused with an accelerant and set on fire. She suffered extreme burns on her entire body. Veterinarians at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Shelter Hospital evaluated Chloe and gave her pain medications as well as initial treatment of the burns. The dog was then transferred to rescue for intensive care but later died from her injuries, according to the SPCA.

The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department is currently investigating. Investigators say they already located the dog’s owner and believe Chloe lived near the location where she was discovered. Investigators also believe there are multiple witnesses who have information on the people or person responsible. The Pennsylvania SPCA is offering a $1000 award for anyone with information on the crime.

Please call the Pennsylvania SPCA at 1-866-601-SPCA if you have any information.

News Link:- http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Dog-Struggling-to-Survive-After-Being-Set-on-Fire–160280725.html

Related:-https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/dog-struggling-to-survive-after-being-set-on-fire/

Dog Struggling to Survive After Being Set on Fire

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“To whomever did this, you are a heartless, pathetic, malevolent, iniquitous, libidinous, putrid, nefarious, reprobate…put simply…a reject of the human race!! You may think you have got away with this but….but I believe in Karma…& we are all out to catch YOU!!”

Investigators are searching for the person or people responsible for setting a dog on fire and leaving the animal to die.

On Sunday, a young female pit bull named Chloe was discovered on the 700 block of Gray Street, covered in severe burns, according to the SPCA.

On Sunday, a young female pit bull named Chloe was discovered on the 700 block of Gray Street, covered in severe burns, according to the SPCA.

Investigators say she was initially brought to ACCT Philly, the city’s animal control shelter. Due to the severity of her injuries however she was soon transferred to the Pennsylvania SPCA as a case of animal cruelty.

Investigators say the dog appeared to have been doused with an accelerant and set on fire. She suffered extreme burns on her entire body. Veterinarians at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Shelter Hospital evaluated Chloe and gave her pain medications as well as initial treatment of the burns.

The dog is being transferred to a specialty hospital through the Animal Alliance of New Jersey in Lambertville where she will receive intensive treatment.

“This is an extreme case of animal abuse,” said Lisa Germanis, V.M.D, head veterinarian at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Shelter Hospital.  “At this point, the next couple of days will be critical as to whether the dog is able to survive the injuries it endured.”

Poor Chloe, covered in severe burns after someone set her on fire.

The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department is currently investigating.

Investigators say they already located the dog’s owner and believe Chloe lived near the location where she was discovered. Investigators also believe there are multiple witnesses who have information on the people or person responsible.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is offering a $500 award for anyone with information on the crime.

Please call the Pennsylvania SPCA at 1-866-601-SPCA if you have any information.

News Link:-http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Dog-Struggling-to-Survive-After-Being-Set-on-Fire–160280725.html

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