Police fatally shoot dog during manhunt in West Valley City

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A pit bull was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City Police Department officer in West Valley City Friday night as officers were searching for suspects in connection with a call of shots fired.

Officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department were participating in the manhunt as part of a multi-agency task force, and the suspects in the alleged shooting fled on foot after a car chase and ended up hiding near a home in West Valley City.

When police approached the property, they said a pit bull charged and an officer shot and killed the dog. Video featuring the gunshots was sent to FOX 13 News by a neighbor, see the video above for that footage.

Some residents are questioning the decision to shoot and kill the dog, saying that, though they understand the danger officers face, the officers were entering a yard with a 'beware of dog' sign. They add that the home was randomly chosen by the suspect, putting that dog in the officer's cross hairs through no fault of its own.

"And the fact that the officers didn't try to mace the dog, they didn't try to get away from the dog at all, he just shot her, point blank, two times,” neighbor Brenna McGarrity said of the incident.

Salt Lake City PD said they will not comment further on the shooting until Monday. FOX 13 News will have more details as they become available.

55 comments

  • Gail

    WOW, How messed up, I would be LIVID if my dog was shot in my yard by anyone.. NOT COOL, The cops should have gotten the dogs owner to take the dog inside instead of killing it.. Just because you have a badge does not give you the right to kill innocent pets, I understand what you do for a living, but please take into consideration that you were in someones yard that you were not invited to, regardless of a suspect being chased, the suspect made the mistake, not the dog.. sheesh.. Would you have killed it if it had been a toy poodle???

    • MoreManNoMoreMan

      I toy poodle can not do the same kind of damage in the short amount of time that a pitbull breed can. I have 2 dogs and I’m tossed up on this one. I guess i would want the guy off the streets and also charged with putting my dogs in a life taking situation.

      • Nick Barone

        It shouldn’t have been a “life atking situation.” So far there is no evidence the suspect even went into the yard.The SLPD learned nothing from the Geist shooting all though I never expected them to. No, I’m sorry. You pull the trigger, you, and only you are responsible for your actions.

  • Sean

    Salt Lake City Police Department didn’t learn anything when Brett Olsen killed Geist. They don’t notify animal control to help with a search. They don’t read fence signs or look for signs of dogs. They don’t try and de-escalate the situation. They don’t try and protect lives and private property. Salt Lake City Police learned nothing because Becker refused to hold anyone accountable.

    • bob

      Not the same thing at all. In the case of Geist the cop ILLEGALLY trespassed. Courts have already ruled that a fenced back yard is part of the home, and a warrant is required to enter it. (Subject to the same exceptions as entering the building itself.) The cop could easily look through the fence and see that the missing child wasn’t there. There was no reason to suspect that the child was there. (The child was, in fact, at home. Asleep in the basement.) Furthermore, Geist displayed no “aggression” beyond merely barking.

      This case is VERY different. The cop was pursuing a criminal suspect. There was no question that he was in the yard. What’s more, the cop reasonably assumed that the suspect could pose a danger to the residents. Pursuing him into the yard was legal and proper.

      Charge the CRIMINAL with “animal cruelty”, in addition to his other charges. It’s HIS fault the dog was shot.

    • Christopher Jones

      Dog was only acting on what it felt its role was. Fatally shooting assuredly unnecessary. Another department with more testosterone and indifference than composure and responsibility.

  • Steve

    Today class we will learn about dogs,
    1 dogs are Territorial
    2 dogs will protect territory by barking and charging

    Next, we will make you better observers.
    1. Open your eyes
    2. Think about what you just saw/read.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

    Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

    “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

    “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

    He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

    ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

    “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

    A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

    “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

    Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

    The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

    Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

    Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].

    ALAN BECK, Sc.D

    However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

    “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

    Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

    “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

    “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

    “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

    MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor

    There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

    But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

    Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.

    STANLEY COREN, PhD

    “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

    “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

    John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.”

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    28 months ago today, the well-funded, huge lobbyist, pro-pit bull organizations, backed with millions of dollars, killed my son.

    28 months ago today, the Best Friends Animal Society that claims pit bulls are “just like any other dogs,” killed my son.

    28 months ago today, the National Canine Research Council, Animal Farm Foundation, BADRAP, and Pit Bulletin Legal News Network, among others, killed my son.

    28 months ago today, the American SPCA, which admits the dog-aggressive heritage of the breed, but holds to the false claim that pit bulls were once “nursemaid” dogs, killed my son.

    28 months ago today, television shows such as “Pit Bosses”, “Pit Bulls & Parolees,” and “The Dog Whisperer” that keep pushing the lie “It’s not the breed, it’s how you raise them,” killed my son.

    28 months ago today, the people at the Humane Society of the U.S. who tell us that, “Responsible ownership is all it takes,” killed my son.

    28 months ago today, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, which dropped the issue in 1998, made my son the 211th American killed by a pit bull and the 358th in recorded history.

    28 months ago today, the American Veterinary Medical Association message that “The owner’s behavior is the underlying causal factor,” killed my son.

    28 months ago today, the “nanny dog” myth killed my son.

    28 months ago today, “All dogs bite” killed my son.

    28 months ago today, parents who post photos of their pit bulls and children on Facebook killed my son.

    28 months ago today, my son was killed by the truth not being told to the American public.

    28 months ago today, we were by the myths, misinformation and lie that took the life of 14-month-old Daxton James Borchardt.

    All of the people and organizations that I just mentioned are just as responsible for the death of my son as the pit bulls who turned “dead game” on March 6th, 2013, holding and shaking Dax in a sustained 15-minute attack that ripped his face off and crushed his skull.

    The truth not being told is what killed my son 18 months ago today.

    ––Jeff Borchardt
    East Troy, Wisconsin

    • Rwhipple

      I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine your pain. I must agree with all of these conclusions, and say that it is time to get rid of this breed.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?

    Fifty thousand dogs per year, including at least 34,250 pit bulls,
    attack other animals, according to ANIMALS 24-7 analysis of dog attack
    data from 2013-2014.

    Of the 82,000 animal victims per year,
    59,000 die; 23,000 survive their injuries. Among the dead are 15,500
    dogs, 95% of them attacked by pit bulls, and 6,000 hooved animals, 93%
    of them attacked by pit bulls.

    Pit bulls also inflict at least
    60% of the 29,000 fatal attacks on domestic birds and small mammals, and
    at least 60% of the 8,250 fatal attacks on cats. About a third of the
    fatal dog attacks on domestic birds, small mammals, and cats are by dogs
    who are not caught and identified, so might also include many pit
    bulls.
    ****************************************************************************
    Two years of quantification

    This data has emerged from more than two years of systematic effort to
    quantify how many other dogs, cats, livestock, and other domestic
    animals are victims of dog attacks.

    117,515 animals killed by dogs in 2013-2014;

    Rounding off the numbers to the nearest five, about 99,750 dogs
    attacked about 164,240 other animals in the U.S. in 2013-2014, killing
    117,515 and seriously injuring 46,725.

    The animals killed
    included about 31,000 dogs, 16,500 cats, 11,885 hooved animals, and
    57,240 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

    The
    seriously injured included about 24,325 dogs, 5,216 cats, and 3,715
    hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog
    attacks.

    Pit bulls committed more than 60% of fatal attacks

    Pit bulls appear to have inflicted not less than 60% of the total fatal
    attacks on animals (68,500), and probably considerably more, since
    pit bulls might also have inflicted a significant share of the 49,000
    fatalities on other animals in cases where the attacking dogs were not
    identified.

    Altogether, pit bulls inflicted 95% of the fatal
    attacks on other dogs (30,466); 93% of the fatal attacks on livestock
    (10,583); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry
    (56,400); and at least 61% of the fatal attacks on cats (21,226), of
    which 35% involved unidentified dogs.

    About 90,000 pit bulls were
    involved in attacks on other animals in 2013-2014: more than 90% of all
    the dogs inflicting attacks who were identified by breed.

    There are about 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according
    to the my annual surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via
    online classified ads.
    Thus in 2013-2014 more than one pit bull in 40 killed or seriously
    injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of

    Taking into account the increase in the U.S. pit bull population over
    the past decade, and the resultant surge in dog attacks on other
    animals, my findings are reasonably consistent with USDA Wildlife
    Services estimates published in 2006.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Aurora, Colorado

    Population 339,030

    Also in March, Aurora released statistical data showing a significant reduction in the volume of pit bull attacks and pit bulls euthanized after adopting a pit bull ban in 2005.

    “Since the ban has been in place, bites are down 73 percent from pit bulls,” said Cheryl Conway, a spokeswoman for the city’s animal care division.
    She described various problems the city encountered before enacting the ban in 2005 that included irresponsible owners letting the dogs run at large, and owners using pit bulls to taunt pedestrians.

    She added that the dogs placed a tremendous burden on city staff. According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005, up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known owner. That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels.

    “There hasn’t been a human mauling in many years. Complaints and requests related to pit bulls are down 50 percent. Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is down 93 percent. Of those few that are put down, they are primarily those that come in as strays and their owners don’t come to claim them,” she said.
    ************************************************************
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Population 415,068

    After the City of Omaha adopted a pit bull law in 2008, Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society, who opposed the law, said in September 2009 that pit bull biting incidents were down 35% since its adoption:

    “Despite the attack of Haynes, The Humane Society’s Mark Langan says pitbull bites are down since new laws went into effect last year. Langan says so far this year 54 bites have been reported compared to 83 last year.”

    In September 2010, the Nebraska Humane Society provided bite statistical data to city council members and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the pit bull ordinance adopted by the City of Omaha in late 2008.

    “It is the position of the Nebraska Human Society that this ordinance has been effective in reducing bites involving dogs defined as “Pit Bulls” in the ordinance.”

    Judy Varner, President and CEO, Nebraska Human Society
    Varner’s attached statistical data shows that bites by pit bulls dropped 40% after one year of the adoption of the ordinance, 121 bites in 2008 down to 73 bites in 2009. The bite rate dropped even further in 2010.

    2008 Pit Bull Bites: 121 Total
    2009 Pit Bull Bites: 73 Total
    2010 Pit Bull Bites (through August): 28 Total

    In January 2013, the Nebraska Humane Society reported that pit bull bites dropped to 31 in 2012, down from 121 in 2008 (a 74% reduction), the year that Omaha enacted a progressive pit bull ordinance.

    2008 Pit Bull Bites Total: 121 (pre-breed specific ordinance)
    Level 2: 52; Level 3: 58, Level 4: 8; Level 5: 3 (69 were Level 3-5 attacks)

    2009 Pit Bull Bites Total: 73
    Level 2: 49; Level 3: 17; Level 4: 4; Level 5: 3 (24 were Level 3-5 attacks)

    2010 (through August) Pit Bull Bites Total: 28
    Level 2: 19; Level 3: 6; Level 4: 2; Level 5: 1 (9 were Level 3-5 attacks)

    2012 Pit Bull Bites Total: 31
    No bite level break down provided
    ***********************************************************
    Saginaw, Michigan
    Population 51,230

    In November 2012, Saginaw reported a reduction in dog attacks eighteen months after enacting a “Light” BSL ordinance1 requiring owners of the top 5 dangerous dog breeds2 to comply with new regulations.

    Eighteen months after Saginaw created its dangerous dog ordinance, put into effect in June 2011, Saginaw City Chief Inspector John Stemple said it has helped to lower the amount of dog attacks in the city.

    “It was the government reacting to a problem,” Stemple said. “And if you look at the numbers, it’s been very effective.”

    The ordinance requires residents to register dogs whose breeds are deemed “dangerous” at the City Clerk’s office, post a “Dog on premises” sign in the front of their homes and when outdoors, keep their animals either on a leash or within a 4-foot-high fenced area or kennel.

    The breeds included in the ordinance are pit bulls, presa canario, bull mastiffs, rottweilers and German shepherds.

    Stemple said he has heard from employees at Consumers Energy and the U.S. Postal Service that the signs and tethering rules have made their work safer. The number of reported dog bites fell in 2011 to nine, from 24 in 2009.

    • Finny Wiggen

      The sad thing is that you think your posts somehow, be it however illogical, justify the officers actions. When in reality they strengthen the case of the home owner.

      The officer should, according to your posts, know that this breed may present a problem, and be prepared with mace in hand. Not pop off shots from his gun, like some out of control wild west villain, taken by surprise.

  • Finny Wiggen

    There is no excuse for what that officer did. Absolutely none. He is 100% in the wrong, and sight a to be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

  • bob

    It may have been no fault of the dog, but the blame properly lies with the CRIMINAL. Add “animal cruelty” to his charges.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Yeah, What’s wrong with children getting their faces ripped off and adults being permanently maimed and losing limbs? Don’t you know none of that is important, what is important is me and my fetish for fighting breeds of dog.

    When will people stop caring about their own lives and self preservation, don’t they realize that Pit bull Owners are far more important than whether or not a child is maimed, mauled or killed. Plus, I get a massive sense of misguided feel good feelings from thinking I am doing something positive even if it is responsible for many animals and humans being regularly maimed, mauled and killed.

    Can’t you see how important I am, if you could tell how important I am as much as I could, you would agree with me.

    Show me verifiable proof that Pit bull Owners are not sociopathic narcissists. Prove to me that Pit bull Nutters are capable of empathy or caring about another human being other than themselves.

    So a Pit bulls life is seen as an important living being, but the numerous and regular Pit bull attack victims, whether it be man, woman, child or animal, their life is not seen as important at all.

    —> Oh, brother, the mindset of the average pit bull owner is a scary place!”

    • MoreManNoMoreMan

      I’ll tell you what… The day that you can get the wealthy people to quit only caring about their lives and how to get more money at the expense of society braking down, I’ll take take care of this matter ;-)

      • MoreManNoMoreMan

        Btw, interesting post. I never really thought about it like that. I’m on your side with this one .

    • Joe

      By your logic we should put in regulators so all cars cant go above 25, because it will save lives… There is no need for people to travel either, since it could be dangerous. Bears are pretty scary, lets get rid of them, and bees.
      The dog was protecting his property, the cop and criminals were trespassing. Pretty sure those cops would have shot a poodle based on their record.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In fact, 96% of all pit bulls are dumped by a shelter at their owners before their 6th birthday due to aggression problems. Many of the few left go on to maul or kill in their old age. This whole business of ‘not all pit bulls are aggressive’ is just another pit bull type dog advocate delusion.

    ‘Most pit-bull type dogs have not hurt anyone` is a statistically unsupportable pernicious myth. A third of the pit bull population is being impounded or surrendered to shelters each year, primarily for dangerous behavior.

    A third are under one year old. What that means is that among pit bulls who have reached sexual maturity, there is a 50% chance that the dog will get into some sort of trouble leading to the dog going to a shelter each and every year.

    That’s a 50% chance at age 2, a 50% chance at age 3, a 50% chance at age 4, etc. If a pit bull lives to age 10, the odds are actually quite high that the pit bull will have hurt someone.

    • bob

      They require a firm, steady hand from an experienced, confident trainer. And even then they should be thought of as a defensive weapon, and treated as such. Few people have any business owning a pit bull.

      The Caucasian Mountain Dog is becoming increasingly popular in America, among people who require a bigger genital extension than a mere pit bull can provide. They are absolutely psychotic, and can push 200 pounds. Unlike pit bulls they NEVER “snap” and harm members of their family. (They’re sheep dogs, and that would be the ultimate taboo according to their breeding.) But they attack anything they view as a threat without mercy, and EVERYTHING is a threat outside their family. They make pit bulls look like gerbils. Just wait and see how much mayhem ensues when THOSE monsters start showing up in suburban neighborhoods.

      People need to think things through. Dogs are wolves, at heart. They’re not something you just “get”. They require training. And some of them are just not appropriate in a civilized society.

  • bob

    Thank you for the reality check, Thomas. Pit bulls are involved in serious injuries or fatal maulings are a rate VASTLY out of proportion to their numbers. No other breed is even close. In fact, all other breeds COMBINED don’t come close.

    It is a myth that they’re “no different from other dogs”, or that “the bad ones were mistreated.” It is not uncommon for well-trained, well-adjusted, well-treated pit bulls to maul people to DEATH. People in their own “families.” Especially young children or the elderly.

    I find it absurd that people believe pit bulls are the only breed of dog whose behavior is not influenced by breeding.

    They ARE perfectly nice dogs…..until they snap. I know a few. Friendly, fun-loving creatures. But I wouldn’t trust them any further than I can throw them.

    They are BRED to “snap”, and once they do so they don’t stop until the job is finished. They are wired that way.

    Other breeds that had similar breeding have been bred for docile behavior for CENTURIES. Mastiffs, for example. They were bred to be killing machines, but that was a very long time ago. Pit bulls were bred as fighting dogs RECENTLY. Still are, in some cases. It is not possible for breeding to have altered their basic behavior patterns already.

    A hand grenade is perfectly safe, until it explodes. You wouldn’t get your kids a grenade, would you?

    • bob

      My daughter insisted on having a pit bull. A more pampered pet you never saw. He was friendly, sweet-natured….everything the apologists claim the breed to be. Never mistreated in any way.

      A couple of moths ago she was talking to a neighbor. The neighbor raised his voice (not in anger) in the course of the conversation. For some reason her pit bull interpreted it as “aggression.” He snapped. Latched onto the man’s arm and mauled him. He required hospitalization. The dog could not be stopped once he got started.

      Result: She lost her insurance after they paid out a huge settlement, and the dog was confiscated and destroyed.

      Don’t kid yourselves. They are NOT “like other dogs.” Not even close.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Benjamin Hart, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and an animal behaviorist, said he wasn’t surprised by dog behaviorists positive assessment’s of pit bull type dogs after attacks.

    “It’s quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression,” Hart said Wednesday. “People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors – and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done.”

    Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is “way out of proportion” compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population.

    “It’s very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog,” Hart said.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    An example of the failure that is breed neutral legislation:

    In Calgary, by Bill Bruce’s own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city’s serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city’s dogs.

    In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary’s dogs.

    Why aren’t these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership?
    An example of why leashing and licensing laws don’t work to solve the breed-specific problem of pit bulls:

    Pitbull supporters always point to Calgary Model as the perfect solution when dealing with dangerous dogs. The city introduced its responsible pet ownership bylaw in 2006.
    Calgary’s bylaw department emphasizes responsible pet ownership through intensive licensing, hefty fines and owner education.

    In Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, “confirmed aggressive dog incidents” and related criminal charges tripled in 2013, and in mid-2014 were up 15% more.

    Has their model worked? The statistics from the past four years would indicate a resounding “NO”. For the past four years dog bites have risen steadily every year, and over 350% in the past 4 years, from 58 in 2009 to 203 in 2012.

    And In 2010 Pit bulls led the ‘bite’ count. Meanwhile in Toronto, four years after implementing Breed Bans, dog bites were down 32%, from 486 to 329.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four banned breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010.

    Considering these breeds regularly inflict the most serious damage, this is an undeniable win for the citizens of Toronto.

    There were 400 dog bites in Calgary in 2013 and 500 in 2014.

  • Diana

    Good, one less pit bull in this world. They are proven to be dangerous because that’s what they were bred for. It’s in their genetic code to be violent and unpredictable. The smart countries ban them. Pit bulls are better off in designated facilities, or extinct.

    • Diana

      You obviously are pessimistic about everything! They are that way from IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS not every pit is mean, they are trained to be that way and that dog was on his OWN property! The cops knew it and the “BEWARE OF DOG” sign clearly posted. You’re ignorant!

  • tamara rieux

    I’m a woman , alone , with my dog .We live in a big property , in the south of France .If someone killed my lovin’ dog , so …My next life , without him , is sniper .Even if my life is normal until now.In France , it’s Loi du Talion . He’s like my last babe , so sweet , gentle , tender , .But , here , in France , cop’s can’t come at home and kill animals ….

  • Ken Stet

    Once again our brave men in blue with there brains fixed in deadly force. One reason is this type of enforcement is given the go ahead from the top of the chain of command. The officers shooting with the knowledge they will not have to be responsible even if they themselves are breaking the law by entering a posted property without the owners consent. God knows there is enough police to head off any on foot suspects by surrounding the area and contacting the property owners there is a dangerous suspect in the area bring in any pets and lock your doors. Also getting consent to enter there property. Training the officers to know better how to deal with pets is only a diversion from the truth. You cannot instruct certain types of personalities on moral responsibility, compassion and responsibility. these are mental conditions taught from a young age. Even then some personalities will never grasp compassion. They look on it as a weakness. The I.Q. rating had been lowered in order to be able to hire more of these personality types. Officers who will get the job done and not let simple things get in the way like constitutional rights or regard for public safety. You see the officers have there excuse book out no matter what the witnesses say. The decision makers are quick to sign it off as a legal use of force. without as much as talking to the dog owner or witnesses because after all they know better then us about such things and are not willing to hear any feedback on there decision. the public is too stupid to know about such things

  • Jay

    I have to wonder, if the suspect was in actually in the yard and if it wasn’t the suspects house, why didn’t the dog attack the suspect?

  • Robert

    Good morning everyone…I have been going through the posts and i appreciate all the comments…whether they are pro or con but as to give you some info this…the dog in question was my parents family dog…she has been in my family for almost 7-8 years…i can see from an outside perspective when looking at her you would think she would be a really vicious dog as she was a blue nose gray pit…not a very common breed…there was some concern when my parents got her about how she would be with the family and when I say this I mean it from deep within…she was one of the sweetest and nicest dogs that has ever been out there…she has been again in our family for so long and been around 14 grand kinds in our family…she has never instigated or been harmful with any situations going on…now for some comments that i head read again i see everyone’s point of view and how pit bulls get a bad name but again it all comes from upbringing and she was not bred to do harm…she was a family dog…and the one thing that really bits me is that she was PREGNANT!!!!!!…she has and always will be a mother…when the dogs shot and killer her she was caring puppies but again no one has seemed not notice or post that…any MOTHER would protect there child whether it be animals or humans…now again i realize i was not there and did not know the circumstance but i want to reiterate that this really was uncalled for and the loss of a family member is really unbearable. From my family I thank you for the comments and posting shared…thanks

  • mike

    Christianity does more harm to the masses than all animals combined. maybe we should start by exterminating them?

  • Bill

    Maybe you guys should know the full story before putting your thought in on it. There was no dog in the yard when the officer first entered, after a minute the dog came charging at the officers k9. The dogs mouth was open to bite when he was at the officers feet when the officers finally fired 2 rounds off. At the end of the day the officer and his k9 are going home. The officer is going to protect his k9 and stop anything from hurting his k9. The k9 is the officers partner. I wouldn’t let a dog attack my partner either. This officer is not in the wrong if you know the real story.

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