Thursday, May 17, 2012

Doggycide in Vallejo, California

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Jack Mollner (7) with Belle (Labrador mix, left) and Flicka (Australian Shepherd)
Jack Mollner (7), Belle (l.) & Flicka

Report identity theft to the police, have them show up to slaughter your dog:

Officer Chase Calhoun went to Erika Gregory's home to investigate a case of identity theft she had reported, said police Lt. Ken Weaver. Calhoun approached the front gate and opened it after seeing there were no dogs in the yard, Weaver said.

But as the officer opened the gate, two dogs came around the corner and "started snarling," Weaver said. Calhoun tried to back up, but "they closed the gap on him almost immediately," Weaver said.

"They were aggressive," the lieutenant said. "He felt they were trying to attack him and, in his defense, he fired two rounds, striking the closest dog."

The dog, Belle, an 11-year-old Labrador mix, died on the spot.

Gregory, 49, said police had never told her an officer was coming to take the report, and that she would have kept the dogs inside had she known. Although her dogs are friendly with visitors who are familiar to them, they are protective and will bark at strangers, she said.

However, the dogs have never attacked anyone, Gregory said.

Isn’t it amazing how it’s only ever police who are constantly “attacked” by “aggressive” and “threatening” dogs the moment they approach someone’s property?

(via @radleybalko)

Doggycide Bingo card
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Doggycide Bingo Index

Confirmed hits:

  • Dead Belle
  • Cop shot first
  • Belle was being defensive
  • Owner disagrees that Belle was aggressive
  • Total: 4/25
    A rare show of apparent remorse. No bingo.