Friday, December 30, 2011

Doggycide in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Elvis the dog
Elvis the dog

What a better way to keep up that Holiday cheer than with another report of a dog being slaughtered by police for no good reason?

A Wake County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a couple’s 3-year-old dog Wednesday night while searching for a runaway teenager.

John and Linda Super say two deputies came to their home on King Circle, looking for a 15-year-old neighbor who had run away and had often spent time with them.

One of the couple’s dogs, Elvis, forced his way out the front door and ran outside as the couple talked to the deputies, they said. One of the deputies shot Elvis twice, including once in the back of the head, killing him, according to the Supers.

“All we’ve got is a dead dog and a lot of questions that need answers,” Linda Super said. “(Elvis) came running out, never bothered a soul, never opened his mouth, never woofed or nothing when he came out the door.”

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the deputy, Roderick Belfield, said the dog was barking and running towards him. Belfield will not be punished for shooting the dog.

“Nobody wants to shoot a dog, but things like this are going to happen,” Harrison said. “Please put yourself in the deputy’s position. If you had been standing there, what would you have thought when the dog comes out charging towards you?”

How utterly formulaic. Dog presumed innocent and reportedly non-aggressive: Check. Police’s first reaction is to immediately use deadly force: Check. Police department disputes what happened in defense of trigger-happy officer: Check. Refuses to hold anyone accountable: Check. Silly and pathetic attempt at making excuses: Check. This could be a movie.

(via The Agitator)