As a family in southern Idaho celebrated their son’s 9th birthday inside, a police officer pulled in front of their house, warned two unleashed and barking dogs to get away, then shot one of them, fearing it was going to attack him – all as his dashboard cam recorded the scene.
Warning: The video is disturbing and contains some profanity.
As the police car’s windshield wipers slap away, the officer can be heard telling the dogs to “get back … move!” as he gets out of his car. He can be seen kicking at one dog, then pointing his gun at him — as if a dog would understand that warning.
Then, almost casually it appears, he shoots the dog in the front yard before heading to the family’s front door, while telling dispatchers over the radio, in case they received reports of shots being fired, that it was him: ”I just shot the dog.”
In the four minutes that follow he can be heard, but not seen, informing the dog’s owner what happened — mostly by screaming at him:
“Is this your dog? … I just shot your dog because it tried to bite me. Okay? I come here for a f—ing call and it tried to bite me.”
It happened Saturday, when Filer police officer Tarek Hassani arrived to check on a complaint of dogs running at large. The dashboard video was obtained Monday by the Times-News in southern Idaho.
Rick Clubb said his son’s birthday party was wrapping up about 5:30 p.m. when the 7-year-old black Labrador retriever, named Hooch, was shot outside his home.
Clubb said he suffers Parkinson’s disease, and Hooch, who did not survive, was his trained service animal.
Clubb was he plans to fight the ticket Hassani issued him for an unleashed dog. He added, “He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog. It was right outside my son’s bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?”
Filer Police Chief Tim Reeves said Hassani said that the officer had no choice but to shoot the Lab because it was behaving aggressively.
Clearly, Filer police could use some training on how to deal with dogs, other than using lethal force.
Judging from the one-sided conversation Hassani had with Clubb, they could use some training in being civil as well.
“It’s aggressing me. its’ growling at me,” Hassani can be heard telling Clubb minutes after the shooting. ” … I’m not going to get bit. The last time I got bit I ended up in the ER and I ended up with stitches in my hand … Your dog aggresses me … all of it’s teeth are showing, aggressing me, what am I supposed to think? I yelled at it, I even kicked it a couple of times to get it away from me. It kept charging toward me so I shot it … I love dogs, but I’m not going to be bit again.”
“Is he dead?” Clubb finally asks.
“I think so, yes,” Hassani says.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 12th, 2014 under Muttsblog, videos.
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The reason dogs are still around — and probably will still be when we’re not — is their uncanny ability to adapt.
Since wolves were first domesticated, becoming dogs, they’ve been on a continuous learning curve, learning how to live alongside man, and taking advantage of everything from his good nature to his furniture to his kitchen appliances.
Perhaps no breed is more adept at working these angles than beagles. They are master escape artists, wily hunters and accomplished problem solvers whose cuteness and charm trumps those occasions when they are — dare we say it — pains in the ass.
This one found a way to get chicken nuggets out of a toaster oven on the kitchen counter.
And his owner caught her in the act.
After Lucy came under suspicion for the disappearance of a roast that had been cooking in the oven, her owner set up a hidden camera. It caught Lucy as she nudged a chair next to the counter, jumped up on said counter, opened the toaster oven, removed some chicken nuggets, and enjoyed a snack.
”A few weeks before she took a roast out of the oven that had been cooking for a few hours … So I set her up. I put some nuggets in the oven… Pressed record and left,” her owner, Rodd Scheinerman, said on his YouTube post. “This was 7 minutes into the video.”
We present this as proof positive that dogs just keep getting more clever while we humans … well, I’ll refrain from badmouthing an entire species.
But given Lucy’s kitchen skills, and the possibility she could be injured, we think her owner might want to consider limiting her access to the room when he’s not there and the oven is on, maybe with a dog-proof barricade.
A very dog-proof barricade.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 17th, 2014 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adapt, adaptability, animals, appliances, beagle, beagles, behavior, camera, caught in the act, chicken, clever, dog, dogs, domesticated, domestication, evolution, food, furniture, hidden camera, humans, kitchen, nuggets, oven, pets, toaster oven, video
Time.com says this video shows some interspecies teamwork.
I’m not seeing it.
I’m seeing a dog (Gizmo) waiting patiently for a cat (Dexter) to open the kitchen door.
If that’s teamwork, then I, from the comfort of my couch, am a professional football player. (I’ll take my salary now please.) Then again, I guess spectators do their part, simply by spectating.
This video was the result of a camera set up by a couple trying to figure out how their pets were escaping from the kitchen.
Turned out the cat was both the apparent mastermind and the door-opener, which is no big surprise given Dexter, being a cat, is more conniving than Gizmo — not too mention far more dexterous.
Does that mean Dexter is smarter than Gizmo?
Not necessarily. We think Gizmo is the wiser one, taking an approach that says, “You take the risks, you make the play; I’ll sit back and watch. If you’re successful, I’ll say say ‘yay!’ and reap whatever bounties lay beyond the kitchen door.”
Posted by John Woestendiek October 23rd, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, behavior, camera, cat opens door for dog, cats, dexter, dexterous, dogs, door, doorknob, gizmo, open, opening, opens, pets, skills, smarter, teamwork, video, viral, viral video
A dashboard camera caught only a slice of the action, but police in Fort Worth say the video shows an officer was justified in shooting a family’s pit bull mix on Easter Sunday.
The family, meanwhile — one cousin was hit by shrapnel — is outraged.
Channel 5 in Dallas reports that the incident began as a traffic stop.The officer stopped a pickup truck with unrestrained children in the back.
The driver pulled into a relative’s driveway, where the dog greeted him, then began barking and advancing toward the officer.
Just off camera the officer fires two or three shots, injuring the dog. Police say the video shows the officer clearly feared his life was in danger. The family says the officer should never have even pulled out his gun, pointing out that several children were within feet of him when he fired.
The dog, named Papi, is recuperating at a vet clinic.
Police say that, while it appears the officer was defending himself from the dog, they are continuing their investigation.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, camera, dash cam, dashboard, dog, fort worth, gun, investigation, mix, news, officer, ohmidog!, papi, pet, pets, pit bull, police, self defense, shooting, shot
Firefighters used jackhammers, bolt-cutters, a spy camera and lots of patience to rescue nine newborn pups from a drainage pipe in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to the Tulsa World, residents first noticed a pregnant dog wandering the neighborhood during a blizzard on Christmas Eve. Attempts to catch her didn’t succeed until Wednesday, when Tiaunna Hooper and Virgil Dowline managed to trap her — by which time she was no longer pregnant.
When they realized that the dog had given birth in the past few days, they called for help in getting her puppies out of the drainage pipe the mother was using for a home.
Fire rescue crews used a spy camera to figure out where the puppies were, then drilled into the drainpipe to remove them.
All of the dogs, just days old, were pulled out of the trash-filled pipe, placed in a cardboard box lined with a blanket and whisked to a veterinarian.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 21st, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, cam, camera, dog, dogs, drainpipe, firefighters, newborn, news, nine, oklahoma, pets, pipe, puppies, pups, rescue, rescued, saved, tulsa, video
Picture this: A police dog chases a suspect into a dead-end alley and has him cornered against a wall. It’s a standoff. And then the dog says, “Drop your weapon and lay down on the ground.”
It’s a scenario that could come true in the year ahead. A Canadian company plans to start marketing a bulletproof vest for dogs that comes equipped with a wireless camera, speakers and a microphone — allowing the dog’s handler to see what the dog sees and issues commands.
The vest is made by K9 Storm in Winnipeg, Canada, a company that sells $5 million of custom dog armor a year for canines in Army, Navy, Marines, police departments in 13 countries and security firms worldwide.
“This will change the way dogs are managed in emergencies,” Glori Slater, vice president and co-founder of K9 Storm, said of the new vest, called “K9 Storm Intruder.” The vest relays sound and images over a distance of up to 300 yards.
Slater and her husband, Jim, a former dog handler for the Winnipeg Police Department, spent 11 years perfecting the vest, according to CNNMoney.com.
The Slaters say they have dozens of preorders for the Intruder, prices for which start at $20,000.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 4th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: armor, army, audio, bulletproof, camera, canada, dog, dogs, intruder, k9, k9 storm, marines, microphone, military, navy, police, protection, vests, video, winnipeg, working dogs
Authorities are considering filing animal cruelty charges against a Pennsyvlania woman who was captured on video running over a dog with her truck, possibly on purpose.
Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Erica Parham confirmed the office had received a case file from the Aston Police Department and, after review, asked Aston police to further investigate.
According to Aston Police Sgt. Michael Ruggieri, a township resident arrived at police headquarters last week and presented a video — which depicts a white dog being run over by a red truck. The dog was killed.
The video was posted on YouTube, as well as GoAston.com, but later removed from both sites, the Delaware County Times reports.
The woman said she accidentally ran over the dog Oct. 11, but the video reportedly suggests otherwise.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: aston, banned, camera, charges, delaware county, dog, goaston.com, pennsylvania, police, pulled, removed, run over, truck, video, videotape, youtube