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.

Update: Suspect Arrested After Cats Shot With Arrows

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VERSAILLES, Mo. — A Versailles-area adult was arrested Tuesday night in the case of two adult cats who were found shot with arrows on Sept. 10.

Animal abuse charges are expected for this person, and the Humane Society of Missouri is recommending prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Charges of felony animal abuse carry a jail sentence of up to four years and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for each count.

The cats, 2-year-old males named Patches and Licorice, were shot in their necks with the arrows exiting or protruding near the shoulders. They were treated for pain and infection at the office of a local veterinarian and then transferred to HSMO headquarters where they have continued to receive care.

Patches, who had the larger wound, is still in danger of losing a leg as a result of the injuries he sustained. Licorice has nerve damage along the path of the arrow which may or may not resolve as he recovers.

The hope is that both cats will eventually be rehabilitated and adopted.

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office worked together on this investigation.

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VERSAILLES, Mo. — Patches and Licorice were found with arrows shot through their necks.

The 2-year-old male cats are being treated for pain and infection by a Morgan County veterinarian, who says Patches may lose a leg.

The felines will eventually go to the Humane Society of Missouri’s St. Louis headquarters for further rehabilitation and adoption.

The Humane Society is investigating the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for injuring the cats.

You can contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 573-378-5481with helpful information.

Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, said, “We are committed to vigorously pursuing this case and will recommend prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of cruelty to animals.”

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“Shooting Star” by Sinthya Somorra – Video Tribute – Dog Shot By NYPD

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“Video about the dog named Star, who was shot by NYPD police;  she is alive & well. I really hope this girl finds a warm loving & caring family, someone who will love Star the way she loved her previous owner. There is nothing vicious about a dog protecting the person she loves; had the dog been a Chihuahua, things would have been very different!”

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Star was shot by an NYPD officer in August 2012 while trying to protect her owner, a homeless man who had passed out on the street, as police approached him. She suffered soft tissue, bone, neurological, and eye damage from the gunshot to her mouth. 

She was brought to Animal Care & Control of NYC, which took care of her during the required waiting period. Her owner relinquished her to AC&C, at which point Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists was able to perform the necessary surgeries to remove her damaged left eye, remove metal fragments, and reconstruct the bone and soft tissue injuries to her head. The surgeries were paid for by a generous donation to AC&C’s STAR Fund (name unrelated to Star’s name). When she had recovered from surgery, she was transferred to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which transported her on its Wheels of Hope van to a rehab facility, where she will live until she is fully healed and ready for adoption. The Lexus Project assisted in Star’s excellent care.

To pitch in toward Star’s rehab care, make a secure online donation and mention “Star Recovery Fund” in the designation: Thank you for your generosity!

Video produced independently by Sinthya Somorra. Thanks, Sinthya, for your dedication to Star’s cause!

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Wheels of Hope of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

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In Defense Of Animals Offers $7,000 Reward In Tennessee Dog Cruelty Case

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“Come on guy’s somebody knows who did this, if someone is covering for them just think on…it could be your dog or someone’s family next! I scoured the internet for a picture of Corona for people to see if they recognised the dog, so I got a nice surprise when I found this one, looking so much better, on a Face Book page. She has almost a perfect triangle on her nose which is quite distinctive…if anyone recognises her owner, please contact the number below. I looked at so many FB sites for a picture, I forgot to add the link & now can’t find it, sorry, I’ll keep looking & if I find it I will amend this asap.”

Reward fund now totals $7,000 to convict person(s) who shot dog in the mouth

(We would not have posted the before picture without a happy after picture, but we think it’s important to understand just how heinous this crime is. – photo credit: Warren County Humane Society)

Warren County, Tenn. (August 14, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has added $2,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever beat a dog and shot her through the mouth, leaving her for dead in Warren County, Tennessee. This brings the total reward to $7,000.

On August 8, Warren County Humane Society Cruelty Investigator Clay Lerch responded to an injured dog call. A kind family had been feeding and caring for a stray dog for weeks. The dog, who the family named Corona, showed up bleeding from the mouth, nose, and eyes. Investigator Lerch believed that Corona had been shot but could find no entry wound.

Corona was taken to Dr. Gayle Tate, who first believed that the dog had been struck with a board or bat across the face. During surgery, Dr. Tate became concerned about the deep wound on Corona’s tongue. An x-ray showed bullet fragments in her throat and stomach. Someone had placed a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

“What is so sad is that I imagine that this wonderful and friendly girl probably sat wagging her tail and this coward put the gun in her mouth and shot her and then hit her across the nose,” Lerch said on the Humane Society website. “It takes a truly callous and immoral person to do this.”

“The cold-bloodedness of this crime indicates what a danger this abuser is to all of us,” noted Jack Carone, Communications Director for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and will be doing a service to everyone by stepping forward.” Carone added that FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree that a person who commits cruelty to animalsis probably just warming up,” a reference to studies showing that unpunished violence to animals usually leads to violence directed at people.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact the Warren County Humane Society at 931-743-0164. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

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Dog found shot

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“Does anyone know this dog from the area? It belongs to someone, but who & do they know if they lost it, that it’s been found? Chocolate labs aren’t your everyday dog so somebody knows; your doing no good by protecting them. So please if you know anything at all, contact Joe Harmon, chief deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks!” 

Outside the Twin City Animal Shelter, a friendly, tail-wagging chocolate lab comes to the fence, begging for affection. As she turns her head, a twinge of shock ensues — her neck, chest and both ears are covered in recent, still-open wounds. Gun shot wounds.

Twin City Animal Shelter volunteer Teah Pray is absolutely stunned that someone would inflict the injuries they did upon this chocolate lab found Sunday off Camp Five Road with gunshot wounds.

On Sunday night Heath and Dusty Pinske and their family were four-wheeling in a remote area off Camp Five Road when suddenly their son Carson said, “Hey, there’s a dog!” A closer look revealed a wet chocolate lab laying listless in the grass and barely moving.

As they tried to help, they discovered several wounds on the animal, which was covered in dried blood and still bleeding. They gathered the dog up, took her to town, called the Twin City Animal Shelter and after contacting Dr. Ken Ireland of Northern Hills Veterinary Clinic, decided that because the dog was not bleeding profusely at that time and that her injuries at that point did not appear to be life threatening, they would take her to the vet in the morning.

“I wasn’t sure if they were gunshot wounds or not,” Ireland said. “Most of the time, you just have one hole. This dog came in with multiple holes all over its body. I thought it had been attacked by an animal. To rule that out, we did x-rays and you can actually see metal. We found multiple sites of metal of different sizes. It appeared the dog had been shot more than once.

“She was pretty miserable when they brought her in,” Ireland added. “A pellet type wound, maybe buckshot is in her liver area, a bigger pellet from perhaps a pellet gun created a big wound on her chest. It entered the dog’s thorax on the left side and the bullet stayed in there. There appears to be one entry and one exit wound in one other area and three to four metal fragments in the neck.

Practically anywhere a person would normally put their hands to pet a dog or show them affection is now shaved, revealing wounds.

Ireland is still not certain if the holes in Dusty’s ears are gunshot wounds or the result of an animal attack, since there is no metal.

Whether Dusty the dog was dumped and shot, abused by an owner or shot at by a property owner, her story is still speculative.

Joe Harmon, chief deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said that in a case like this there are many unknown circumstances surrounding the incident.

“There are such a variety of circumstances, so many variables we don’t know regarding whether or not a crime was committed,” Harmon said. “The law says that if you have livestock and a dog is attacking or worrying that livestock, then you can put the animal down.”

Harmon said that while there are animal cruelty laws against abusing animals, again, in this case, it would depend on what the circumstances and variables are……

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Coyote killed after attacking little girl

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MANZANITA, Ore., June 26 (UPI) — Oregon Parks and Recreation officials said they are confident a coyote suspected of attacking a 5-year-old girl in Nehalem Bay State Park was killed.

Officials set traps and used animal calls to track the coyote, The Oregonian reported. When the animal was in range, one of the officials shot and killed it during the weekend.

Officials confirmed the identity of the coyote with a photograph taken by a visitor who had a run-in with the animal Thursday.

This one animal was unusually aggressive,” spokesman for Oregon Parks and Recreation Chris Havel said. “Normally, coyotes go after mice or rabbits, nothing larger. This one wasn’t hunting.”

The coyote attacked Sadie Couch Thursday evening as she and her parents were walking along the beach. The coyote bit the stick the little girl was carrying, then bit her feet and scraped her back.

She was taken to a Portland hospital for a vaccine and precautionary rabies shots.

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Endangered species: Snow leopard shot dead by villagers in Kashmir

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MIRPUR (AJK): A scared cat climbs up a tree, is spotted by an innocent child and consequently rescued by local heroes – an anecdote of human compassion often narrated in children’s books.

Locals acted on ‘self-help basis’ amid wildlife apathy.

However, in the remote town of Rawalkot in Azad Kashmir, when a snow leopard, an endangered species, climbed up a tree in fear, the villagers shot it down.

Kashmir is home to two of the world’s big cats, the common leopard (Panthera pardus) and the snow leopard (Uncia uncia), a cat so secretive few have been privileged enough to get a glimpse of it in the wild.

A businessman of the area, Waseem Khursheed, is a witness to the killing. “A snow leopard climbed up a tree and remained there for eight hours in the town of Banjosa, some 18 kilometres from Rawalkot.”

Locals informed Deputy Commissioner Sohail Azam about the animal which had left its habitat and ventured near the settled areas. The deputy commissioner asked the villagers to scare the leopard through firecrackers, but finding the steps inadequate, they decided to kill it instead.

Khursheed said the villagers acted upon a “self-help basis” to avert any threat to human life. After the DC was informed of the leopard’s presence, a few police constables visited the site, but left shortly without taking any initiative. “Sensing the snow leopard’s hunger, the scared villagers shot down the animal with a 7mm rifle.”

Khursheed added that the villagers skinned the animal and distributed its meat among the locals as it is considered to be very useful for patients of orthopedic diseases. He added that a snow leopard was also killed last year in the same area, and though the police arrested the accused, he was later released on bail.

According to the AJK Wildlife Act, the killing of a snow leopard can result in imprisonment of up to 6 months and/or fine. However, no charges are a framed if the animal is killed in self-defence.

Narrating his version, DC Sohail Azam said that on being informed of the animal’s presence, he immediately contacted AJK Wildlife Department’s Director General Javed Ayub to dispatch a team to capture the animal without injury.

“The Wildlife Department’s DG was attending a function when he received my call. He suggested the use of firecrackers to scare the leopard away.” Azam added that he dispatched some policemen with the directives to adopt the same preventive measures.

Azam strongly advocates the need for a district-level office of the Wildlife Department to ensure the safety and protection of endangered animals in the populous hills and forests around Rawalkot.

He confirmed the death of another leopard last February, who was also shot dead by locals.

Newly-inducted Wildlife Department DG Chaudhry Muhammad Razaq, who has recently replaced Javed Ayub, blames lack of manpower and proper equipment for the inefficacy. “My predecessor’s advice of using firecrackers to scare the animal away was the right solution.”

Encounters between humans and the big cats are becoming increasingly frequent. The animals wander off in search of food and venture towards the settled areas where they are killed by the locals out of fear and lack of awareness.

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Wandering bear killed in Moncton

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“Why isn’t something done to protect the public & the bears from getting shot?? Surely if a town is surrounded by bear Country, can’t some sort of fencing be put up? The bears are obviously coming down for food, or are just nosy…but we can’t just continue to shoot them…that’s just the lazy option!”

Police in New Brunswick killed a black bear in downtown Moncton as it wandered through the city.

Police and officers with the province’s Natural Resources Department were called to respond when the animal was seen near the Old Garrison on John Street. Police shot the animal.

Natural Resources Department officers no longer trap or tranquilize bears when they enter urban areas.

The RCMP say encounters with wildlife are common on the out-skirts of the city, but in this instance the bear wandered into a neighbourhood near the downtown core

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South Fort Worth family offers reward after dog is shot

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FORT WORTHFor Brittany Warren, the shooting of Susie, her 2-year-old Yorkie, has taken away the sense of safety at her south Fort Worth home.

The 7-pound dog was shot about 7:30 p.m. Sunday as she poked her head though a small opening in a brick wall. Susie suffered severe injuries to her face, and Warren took her to a veterinarian to be euthanized.

Susie was shot in the face through a wall in her back yard in south Fort Worth.

The shooter, whom Warren believes is male, had been walking on a sidewalk along West Risinger Road, behind the home.

“All I saw was someone with white tennis shoes,” Warren said. “They stopped and shot her.”

The shooting has left Warren and her two daughters, who normally play in the back yard, feeling unsafe in their Summer Creek Ranch Estates home. With the help of neighbors, Warren is putting up a $7,000 reward to help catch the shooter.

“The kids are afraid,” she said. “You can’t let them run or play outside and we’re afraid to let our other dog, Cupcake, out in the back yard.”

Fort Worth police detectives are investigating, but spokeswoman Sharron Neal said this kind of case is extremely unusual.

That was echoed by Fort Worth Animal Care and Control officers, who said animal cruelty cases usually involve the animal’s owner.

“What happened this past weekend is very rare,” said Scott Hanlan, assistant director of the Code Compliance Department, which oversees animal control.

Last year, animal control officers investigated 1,800 complaints of animal cruelty in Fort Worth, but only a handful were serious enough to require a criminal investigation by police, Hanlan said. Most dealt with issues of neglect, where an underfed or abandoned animal was reported.

“From time to time, you’ll hear something about somebody, usually a teen, doing something with a cat, but most of what we investigate involves the animal’s owner,” Hanlan said.

The Humane Society of the United States has noted that most abuse go unrecognized or unreported.

In a survey of news media reports released last year, the Humane Society reported that dogs were the most commonly abused animals. Of 1,880 cruelty cases reported in the news media in 2007, 64 percent involved dogs.

Legislators have recognized that animal cruelty is a growing problem. In 1986, only four states had felony provisions for animal cruelty. Now, 47 states, including Texas, have made some animal cruelty offenses a felony. The only holdouts are Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Bear killed in Burlington

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Halton police shot and killed a black bear in a Burlington park Wednesday after the animal was seen wandering close to peoples’ homes.

“Prevention is better than cure! You would think any Town that is surrounded by Bear Country, would have all the necessary departments & options in place, to quickly handle any stray bears, but apparently not…so they just shoot them instead!!” 

Halton Regional Police search for a black bear in Mountainside Park in Burlington Wednesday, May 17, 2012. (DAVID RITCHIE photo)

Residents reported seeing the 400-pound animal lumbering in Mountainside Park in the Mountain Rd. and Queen Elizabeth Way area around 10 a.m.

And while police reportedly called the Ministry of Natural Resources for help, officers were forced to shoot the animal after realizing help was unavailable.

“We do not have tranquillizer guns or that capability, nor are we trained to (use) them,” said Halton Regional Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Cross.

“Our officers do not relish having to dispatch an animal, but our options were extremely limited,” Cross added in a statement. “Why do they use the word ‘dispatch’ because using the word Kill, upsets people!”

It has also been reported that City of Burlington Animal Control was also contacted, but those at animal control claimed to not be adequately equipped to deal with the situation. “Well if Animal Control don’t have the equipment to deal with a case like this, why are they called animal Control?? How stupid!”

The bear, an adult male, reportedly had at one point ventured within nine metres of a house.

Ministry of Natural Resources told police it would be time consuming – and risky – to try and immobilize then relocate the bear themselves. “Oh, so they shot it because they didn’t have time to do the right thing!”

Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle reportedly said earlier this week that the ministry would no longer tranquilize and relocate wild bears, adding that bears were returning to the same areas despite the effort. “Well they are not taking them far enough away, the only reason the bears would come down is for food!”

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