There has been a huge backlash over the incident. Police officer Chris Chancellor has been taking calls from people angry about the unnecessary and cruel killing. He paints the owner, Mr. Fry, as a potentially dangerous man with a history of making threats against police.
Regarding the specific circumstances of the dog’s killing, Mr. Chancellor confirms a city ordinance allows police to kill an impounded pet if not redeemed within 3 days. The chief of police adds the gruesome details:
Hydro’s police chief told a local newspaper publisher the dog was held for three days, placed in a box and killed with carbon monoxide from the exhaust pipe of a police car.
And then the cover-up ensues:
Chancellor said Buddy Tough was euthanized in a “gas chamber” with “carbon monoxide.”
He said the town’s police chief handled the matter and possibly took the dog to a veterinarian in Weatherford.
The town clerk claims she has no record or financial receipt showing the dog was taken to an animal hospital.
The Oklahoman’s calls to the Police Chief Mike “Colonel” Sanders were not returned.
Once again, I have to speak up in defense of this poor dog. To my mind, the owner’s strange and potentially dangerous actions in the past should have no impact on the decision to kill the man’s dog. I don’t care if Mr. Fry was the Unabomber himself, there is zero justification for stuffing this little dog in a box and causing him to suffer a slow, agonizing death by breathing in exhaust fumes from a police car. Tell me the person(s) who did this were not doing it out of revenge. To my mind, that’s exactly what happened and that’s why police are lying and attempting to cover it up now. And that is truly evil.
Will there be any justice?
The three-person town council is scheduled Tuesday to discuss the predicament.