Residents in an Ontario neighborhood contacted police about a coyote roaming the area Monday night. Ontario police sent a car in response and an animal approached the car:
“It just kept hanging around and it wasn’t afraid of the vehicle at all, of anything. It was just lurking around looking at the vehicle,” resident Kelly O’Neill told CTV Barrie on Tuesday. “It wasn’t afraid at all.”
Instead of capturing the animal, O’Neill said the police cruiser ran over it several times. One of the officers then got out of the car and shot it.
On Wednesday morning, OPP confirmed the animal was a dog, not a coyote.
Oops. I guess that’s why she wasn’t afraid. The 21 year old dog, called Merrick, was blind, deaf and suffered from dementia according to the owner. After a windstorm blew open a gate in Merrick’s yard, she wandered out. When she saw the police cruiser, she apparently ambled toward it before she was violently tortured to death.
The killing was caught on a cellphone video which was spread on social media. It caused a public outcry which resulted in the police having to admit that the animal was a pet dog, not a coyote.
But: EXCUSES FOR THE EXCUSE GOD.
The police commander wants to remind everyone that Merrick looked like a coyote. And as far as the standard police response to a report of a roaming coyote being Brutalize First, ID Later, that’s still fly:
The OPP “remain committed to destruction of wildlife that is an imminent threat to public safety,” the statement said.
To be clear, the “destruction” the Ontario police is committed to involves slow and deliberate cruelty to animals. Which sounds so crimey. Especially when it’s based on what the victim looks like. In the dark. From inside the car.
The historically awful Ontario SPCA has received requests from the public to investigate but has declined to lift a finger. Police will investigate themselves in the matter.
(Thanks Jan for the link.)