Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Doggycide in Monroe, Louisiana

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Dog chalk outline

Of all the questions this horrible report raises, undoubtedly the most prominent is how, exactly, was this cop ever put in charge of animal control?

When Monroe's humane society's shelter is full, they call the city's only animal control officer.But when this situation happened in May, it quickly turned ugly.

"He arrived and in a few short moments, that's when things really changed." said Ellen Hicks, Monroe Humane Society President. She says three witnesses saw the officer tell a shelter employee that two four month old puppies and pregnant dog would soon be killed anyway, so he was going to shoot them.

"And at that time he pumped up the air rifle to max capacity and shot one puppy and the other puppy he took with the catch pole and reached around it's neck and took it airborne and put it in the truck. The momma dog did growl at him and she was shot as well."

On the upside (if one may call it that), an internal investigation was immediately launched and eventually resulted in the officer losing his job, though this was reportedly thanks to pressure from PETA. (Stopped clocks and all that.)

(via @radleybalko)

Doggycide Bingo card
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Doggycide Bingo Index

Confirmed hits:

  • Dead dog(s)
  • Dogs were passive shelter puppies
  • Dogs were kept in kennels
  • Animal control officer shot without provocation
  • Small/passive dogs (puppies!)
  • Officer far from apologized
  • Shootings were casual/cold-blooded
  • Total: 7/25
    Extra points for spectacular cruelty, but no bingo.