Two more sad stories about police entering private property and shooting the dogs who live there.
In El Monte, California, police entered a family’s yard through a locked gate which contained a “Beware of Dog” sign. Two dogs approached and one of the officers went back outside the gate and re-locked it. The officer still inside the yard shot one of the dogs. The 2 year old dog suffered for an hour until AC arrived and brought the injured dog to a vet. The vet told the family the cost to save the dog would be $8000 and since the family was unable to pay, the dog was euthanized. There is video of the incident at the link.
The family says they had requested police call ahead of their arrival so the two dogs could be secured. Officers blamed the family for not having a “Beware of Dog” sign on the gate. The sign is clearly visible in the video. The El Monte police department has hired a PR firm to handle all inquiries about the shooting so they don’t have to answer any questions about what their officers did to this family. I wonder if the PR firm’s bill is more than $8000. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
In Texas, police were mistakenly serving a warrant at the home of a dog trainer when two dogs approached the officer. He fired three shots, hitting one of the dogs in the neck and missing the six year old child who was playing nearby. The warrant was for some guy the dog trainer never heard of in another town (oops) whose car registration had expired. A local animal group is collecting donations to pay for the wounded dog’s vet bills. (Thanks Chris for the link.)