Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Attempted doggycide in San Bernardino, California

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Julio the dog
Julio the dog

Maybe it’s time police learned such basic customs as “alerting residents when barging through private property” and “not trying to kill their pets the moment you see them”:

A San Bernardino woman is speaking out after police officers shot her dog. It was her own 911 call that led to the shooting.


It all happened outside her house on Stoddard Avenue near 10th Street. Cuevas said she saw burglars trying to steal wiring from the vacant home behind her on Wednesday at about 7 p.m. She called 911 and told police, but she didn't even know officers had arrived until she heard gunfire.

She said police told her that when they arrived, they tried to go through her backyard to get to the burglary-in-progress. They say they shook the fence to alert any dogs and heard nothing.

But when the officer jumped into the yard, he saw a dog charging at him. In a statement, police said, "The officer felt he was in danger of great bodily injury and fired one time at the dog. The dog was transported to a nearby animal hospital, and was later released to the owner."

Police never caught the burglars.

Far be it from me to suggest such a thing, but can anyone really blame the increasing number of people who declare that the police should never be called when faced with the ever-growing mountain of abuses, violations and plain ol’ incompetence to their name?

Doggycide Bingo card
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Doggycide Bingo Index

Confirmed hits:

  • Injured Julio
  • Dog was in backyard
  • Cop shot first
  • Cops shouldn’t have been there without notice
  • Total: 4/25
    No bingo.

    (via @radleybalko)