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Dog-shooting officer placed on leave

The off-duty federal police officer who shot and killed a Siberian husky he claims attacked his German shepherd in a Severn dog park has been placed on administrative leave.

Police in Anne Arundel County are still declining to identify the 32-year-old officer, and the officer’s attorney would not release his name either, citing threats against his client.

Attorney David Putzi says the Department of Defense officer shot the 3-year-old husky known as Bear-Bear in defense of his dog, himself and his wife, according to the Associated Press. Putzi says Bear-Bear attacked the officer’s German shepherd and that the husky’s owners “could not or would not” control their pet.

Police say the officer fired his personal handgun.

About 50 people, including Bear-Bear’s owner and her family attended a memorial for the dog at the Quail Run Dog Park last night, according to the Baltimore Sun blog, “Unleashed.”

The blog reported that consideration will be given to renaming the park in Bear-Bear’s honor.


Comment from Wendy Toth
Time August 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on this terrible incident.

Petside.com referenced your story in our weekly news roundup: http://www.petside.com/petsideblog/2010/08/the-petside-digest-this-weeks.php

and we posted a Dog Park Rules article that we hope will have a positive effect on park-goers all over:

Comment from Basset Hound Guy
Time August 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

At least the mystery fed rent-a-cop got himself a tough lawyer. Any guy with ‘Putz’ in his name had to have had a rough adolescence.

Now that the AA Police were forced to drop that inane “Don’t cross the blue line” crap, let the facts come out and let the chips fall as they may.

I gladly support the police when they do their jobs properly, but give them no slack when they are stupid or criminal. They work for us, not the other way around.