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Bear-Bear remembered in tribute

It started with some flowers and a dog toy left in his honor at the dog park, but by this evening a full-fledged memorial and tribute were underway for Bear-Bear, the Siberian Husky gunned down by a federal officer in Anne Arundel County this week.

Those saddened and upset with the dog’s death — he was fatally shot by a Department of Defense officer who felt Bear-Bear was playing too roughly with his leashed German shepherd — began gathering at Quail Run Park around 6:30 p.m. for a tribute that was expected to go until 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, at the recommendation of County Executive John R. Leopold, the Anne Arundel County Police Department will be investigating the incident — contrary to its earlier assertions — and receiving assistance in that investigation from the Humane Society of the United States.

HSUS representatives also plan to help the Severn community ensure that the Quail Run Community Dog Park is safe.

“I welcome the opportunity to partner with this national organization,” County Executive John Leopold said in a statement. “With our combined resources, I look forward to bringing closure to this egregious incident.”

Leopold said he was “outraged” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the killing. Police originally called the matter closed, but Police Chief James Teare called the case a “priority” Wednesday and pledged a full investigation, according to the Washington Post.

“The Anne Arundel County Police Department has taken this case seriously and is thoroughly investigating this incident that appears to involve the violent death of a beloved dog. We welcome the opportunity to work with Anne Arundel County on the investigation and to assist the community in making it a safer place for both animals and people,” said Justin L. Scally of the HSUS.

WBAL-TV reported that the unidentified, off-duty Department of Defense officer used his personal weapon to fire at Bear-Bear, and that he told officers he “feared for the safety of himself, his wife and their dog.”

Bear-Bear was taken to Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, where he died. Since the incident Monday, police have not released the officer’s identity.


Comment from Carey
Time August 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Yeah, feared for their lives. Yet not one of them-their dog included-had a scratch on them.

Comment from burley2002
Time August 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

That officer should not be permitted to carry a gun either on duet or off. Als he should not be alowed to own a dog. I have a husky that was adopted and he is a big baby. If the officer was in that much danger he should have left and not use the park again. What a shame and shame on officials who did not want to investigate. contacy all the major news media.

Comment from Mark Case
Time December 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

The officer “feared for his life”, the same lame excuse used to justify shooting dogs & people that you here from those folks over and over. If I shot someone or a dog every time I feared for my life…..I would be in jail or worse. Dogs fight and it’s not a pretty site but with some firm methods other than deadly force you can get things under control. Why would you go to the dog park packing a weapon anyway? What kind of person carries a weapon off-duty, a person looking for trouble….and he surely has found it. Poor dog! damn that officer.