Cops and dogs I: Tasered in Illinois
“I want the officer to know that what he did was wrong,” Haley Pekala, 20, told the Chicago Tribune Tuesday. “There was no need to taser the dog.”
Pekala’s 50-pound dog, named Chooch, died May 8 . Police said officers responding to a report of a dog bite were forced to use a Taser on the animal to subdue it.
Chooch had bitten a relative of her boyfriend at his family home in Roselle.
Roselle police said that after helping the woman to an ambulance, they found Chooch in the kitchen. Unable to slip a noose around Chooch, they used a Taser on the 2-year-old dog.
After that, officers transported the dog to a Schaumburg animal hospital, where he died.
“We don’t know for sure why the dog died,” said Lawson. “Part of our training is to learn how to properly use a Taser on an animal.”
Pekala and her boyfriend weren’t home when the bite occured.
She said Chooch and a dog belonging to her boyfriend’s family became agitated when a delivery person rang the doorbell. That might have agitated the two dogs, she said.
“It was a dog dominance thing,” said Pekala, a college student who plans on becoming a veterinarian.
Pekala drove the dog to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have a necropsy performed. She is awaiting results of that examination before having Chooch cremated.
“My dog, he’s still not resting in peace,” she said.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 17th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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