An off-duty Buncombe County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a border collie mix at North Carolina’s Catawba Falls says he did so to protect his children from what appeared to be an aggressive dog.
“You’re damn right I shot your dog,” he reportedly told the dog’s owner, Scott Shulman of Durham.
Shulman, who was hiking with his son, said his three dogs got ahead of them when he fell into the water.
By the time he caught up, he saw Deputy Jason Honeycutt pointing a gun at one of his dogs, a 45-pound border collie mix named Nellie, who he says was barking and wagging her tail.
“I hear two or three pops, and I see Nellie roll over and hit the ground,” Shulman said. “I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I just said, ‘Did you shoot my dog?’ He said something like, ‘you’re damn right I shot your dog.’”
Shulman told the Asheville Citizen-Times that his dog was not posing a threat to the officer or his children, and that he thought shooting the dog was “disproportionate and excessive.”
The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has investigated the case, and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal probe, but no charges or disciplinary action were recommended against the deputy.
“We don’t have any issue with what our officer did,” said Lt. Randy Sorrells of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department. “He was protecting his children.”
A McDowell County incident report that lists Deputy Honeycutt as the victim states the dog appeared to be aggressive toward children.
Shulman disagrees, and says two witnesses to the shooting also believe Nellie, while barking, wasn’t behaving aggressively otherwise.
“My main concern is making the citizens aware that this incident occurred … I don’t want anybody else to have to experience something like this.”
(Photo: Asheville Citizen-Times)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 26th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
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In honor of his Shiba Inu, 12-year-old Aaron Coash is lobbying the Kansas legislature to pass a law aimed at stemming the number of dogs killed by antifreeze poisoning.
With the help of the Humane Society, he’s proposing a law that would require all antifreeze sold in in the state contain a chemical that turns its sweet taste bitter.
He’s calling it Nikko’s law, in honor of his dog, who died last month.
Antifreeze poisoning kills an estimated 10,000 animals and more than a thousand children each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
“The doctor said without a doubt it was antifreeze poisoning,” Aaron told Fox News in Kansas City.
Aaron said Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn has offered to help with the cause.
“Nikko was a champion, so I want to be a champion,” he explained. You can sign a petition in support of Nikko’s law at his website
Other states that have passed similar legislation are Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Ethylene glycol’s sweet smell and taste makes antifreeze and coolant attractive to animals and children. It costs manufacturers an estimated additional two to three cents per gallon to add the bittering agent.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 15th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: aaron coash, agent, antifreeze, attracts, bittering, ethylene glyol, humane society, kansas, kills, law, legislature, manufacturers, nikko, nikkos law, poison, poisoning, shiba inu, sweet, taste, toxic
A St. Petersburg, Florida, police officer shot and killed two dogs Sunday night.
Chris Clark, 44, said he was walking his Rottweiler, Quincy, and his landlord’s Chesapeake Bay retriever, Missy, when he heard a police officer shouting at him — Officer Slobodan Juric, who was investigating a complaint about a suspicious person in the area.
When Clark stopped, a third dog, unleashed approached Missy and the two exchanged growls. Quincy’s leash got wrapped around him. Clark fell and the dogs started fighting.
Clark told the St. Petersburg Times that he was grabbing his dogs’ collars, trying to pull them away, when Juric yelled “mad dog” and pointed the gun at Missy.
Clark said Juric fired one shot into the dog, pointed the gun at Quincy and fired another round, then fired two more shots into Missy.
“We’ve begun an internal affairs investigation,” said St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman Mike Puetz. “There will be a statement taken from (Clark) and from everybody who was a witness in the case, to try and discern the totality of the events and the appropriateness of the (officer’s) action.”
Juric, 25, has been with the department for more than a year. He was formerly a freelance photographer for the St. Petersburg Times.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 14th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, chesapeake bay retriever, chris clark, dog, dog walking, dogs, fight, florida, investigation, kill, kills, law enforcement, missy, news, officer, ohmidog!, pets, police, quincy, rottweiler, shooting, shoots, slobodan juric, st. petersburg, walking
Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled out his his pistol and popped a coyote during a February jog with his dog.
Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from his laser-sighted pistol to take down a coyote he says was menacing both him and his dog.
Perry said he carries his .380 Ruger when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes.
Perry, a Republican running for a third full term, is living in a private house in a hilly area southwest of downtown Austin while the Governor’s Mansion is being repaired after a 2008 fire.
“I knew there were a lot of predators out there. You’ll hear a pack of coyotes. People are losing small cats and dogs all the time out there in that community,” Perry said. “They’re very wily creatures.”
Perry said he was jogging shortly after sunrise when the coyote appeared, stopped in its tracks and stared at his dog.
“I holler and the coyote stopped. I holler again. By this time I had taken my weapon out and charged it. It is now staring dead at me. Either me or the dog are in imminent danger. I did the appropriate thing and sent it to where coyotes go,” he said.
Texas state law allows people to shoot coyotes that are threatening livestock or domestic animals. The dog was unharmed, Perry said. Perry holds a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The governor left the coyote where it fell. “He became mulch,” Perry said.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 28th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, coyote, dog, dogs, governor, handgun, jogging, kills, menacing, news, pets, pistol, rick perry, ruger, shoots, texas, wily
A mastiff that killed a terrier-Chihuahua mix Thursday at Charlotte’s Frazier Dog Park mistook the smaller dog for his favorite chew toy, according to the man who brought the mastiff to the park.
On Thursday, Maran Heatwole walked into the dog park with her 12-pound dog, Presley. Witnesses said the mastiff, about 140 pounds, picked up Presley and shook her from side to side, reports the Charlotte Observer.
The man who brought the mastiff to the park told the newspaper that the dog had been playing at the park with his favorite toy, a brown stuffed bear. When Presley walked by, he said, the mastiff picked her up because they looked similar.
The newspaper did not identify the man by name, and he declined to give the dog’s name, but he did provide a photo of the toy in question.
He said he feels sorry for Presley’s owner, but pointed out the park has a separate area designated for small dogs, and that Presley should have been there. He said the mastiff was not his, but belongs to his girlfriend’s relatives in Tennessee.
Heatwole drove Presley to Dilworth Animal Hospital after the incident but veterinarians were unable to save the dog.
Heatwole passed the man’s name on to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. Officials there said Sunday night that the case is under investigation.
Parks officials said this is the first fatal incident they know of at one of the county’s five dog parks, which have been open for eight years.
Joseph Hawley, Heatwole’s fiance, said the couple is devastated by the loss and plans to lobby for stricter safety regulations for aggressive dogs in parks. “We’re gonna do as much as we can to make sure no other owner or family has to go through this.”
Posted by jwoestendiek April 5th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal control, animals, bear, big dog, charlotte, chew toy, chihuahua, death, died, dog parks, dogs, fatal, Frazier dog park, investigation, killed, kills, maran heatwole, mastiff, mistaken identity, mix, news, ohmidog!, parks, pets, presley, shook, small dog, stuffed toy, terrier, toy
The animal shelter run by the town of Houston, Alaska, says its eight residents — four dogs and four cats — were just too difficult to adopt out.
So, according to police Sgt. Charlie Seidl, under orders, he shot them all.
Seidl said some of the animals had been at the city’s “Animal Protection and Safety Shelter” since November — unclaimed and unadopted.
“We stretched out as long as we could,” Seidl said. “At one point in time, we were completely full. So we were able to adopt out the animals that we could adopt out, but with these ones that were left we weren’t able to do that. And like I said, we can’t hang on to them indefinitely.”
Even in Alaska — a state with, to put it nicely, different sensibilities — the event sparked outrage.
“This is barbaric,” said shelter volunteer Evelyn Rohr. “I think there are better ways to handle it.” Rohr told the Anchorage Daily News she managed to get six or seven cats out before the culling and planned to deliver them to rescue facilities in Anchorage, about 30 miles south.
The Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (now there’s a tough job) said it would have tried to help find homes for the animals, but Houston animal control hadn’t contacted the agency.
“There are more humane ways of killing animals than taking them out and shooting them,” said Cindy Liggett, who operates Kitty and K-9 Connection animal rescue in Anchorage “We are not a poor society. We are not a backwoods community. There is a vet clinic there.”
Rohr said Mayor Roger Purcell ordered police to kill the animals after an officer at the shelter refused to do it, and police Sgt. Seidl said he carried out the shootings under the mayor’s orders.
Purcell denied issuing any such order. “Animal control keeps them for three to five days and then they’re disposed of in a legal way. But I don’t get told when they dispose of dogs,” he said. “I know our officers try really hard to find homes and we keep dogs longer than any other.”
Purcell said the city was working to have its animal control officer licensed by the state to euthanize animals by lethal injection rather than having a veterinarian do it at greater cost. He said euthanizing by gun is common in rural areas around the state.
Sally Clampitt, executive director of the Alaska SPCA, said lethal injections are for more humane than is terminating a dog’s life by gunshot. “I think that’s really horrible, frankly,” she said. “Our position is that euthanasia done by a licensed veterinarian is the preferred and most humane way.”
Posted by jwoestendiek February 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alaska, anchorage, animal protection and safety shelter, animal shelter, animals, cats, death, dogs, euthanasia, houston, humane, kills, lethal injection, mayor, police, roger purcell, shelter, shoot, shoots, spca
The police chief of the small California town of Maricopa has apparently been ordered to turn in his gun after shooting and killing a family’s dog in September.
A temporary restraining order delivered to him Friday by the Kern County Superior Court commissioner also requires Chief Gene Fretheim to stay away from the four people whose dog he shot.
Lutie Thompson, a Bakersfield attorney who requested the restraining order, described the a 63-year-old officer with more than 27 years experience at the Los Angeles Police Department as “a loose cannon,” according to the newspaper report.
Th0mpson requested the order on behalf of Lisa Chavez, who claimed that her 8-year-old pit bull mix, Matty, had been snared by a dog catcher and then shot by Fretheim. She said the chief wants to get rid of all pit bulls in town, and told her he shot her dog because it was a pit bull.
The chief said the dog had bitten a city employee, and that as he and ”a volunteer dog catcher” tried to capture it, the dog lunged at him. He shot the dog, and then it was snared, he said.
The court order says Fretheim has to stay100 yards away from Chavez, 38, Milne, 35, and their two children aged, 7 and 13. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 15 on whether the order will be extended.
City officials say the restrianing order may have been delivered prematurely – and that the court merely approved scheduling a hearing on the request for a restraining order, as opposed to the order itself.
Until it’s all figured out, the chief will perform only administrative duties.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 6th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: california, chief, dog, dog catcher, gene fretheim, gun, killed, kills, lisa chavzex, maricopa, matty, pit bull, police, restraining order, shoots, shot
A Chicago man is accused of killing the landlord who told him he couldn’t have a dog, using garden tools, an ice scraper, a BB gun and a pipe to allegedly beat him before setting his body on fire.
Martin Vega, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and could face the death penalty, Cook County prosecutors said.
A judge denied bail for Vega, who was renting an apartment from William Hallin, 67, in the two-story home Hallin owned in Chicago’s Gage Park community, according to the Chicago Tribune.
On Friday, Hallin went to collect rent and saw Vega had a dog in his apartment. When Hallin told Vega he would have to move out, a bloody fight ensued, officials said.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: apartment, argument, chicago, death penalty, dog, gage park, kills, landlord, lease, martin vega, murder, no dogs, rent, tenant, tools, william hallin
A police officer in Danville, Virginia, shot and killed a miniature dachsund named Killer Monday night, an action the department says was justified.
The officer was returning to his car after trying to serve a warrant, when a dachsund living next door came “running throught the yard directly at him from the rear,” according to a police department press release.
Police say the 11-pound dog was growling and that the officer shot him when he “lunged” and “attacked him.”
The press release says the officer had only seconds to consider his options — “run for the safety of the police vehicle, attempt to distract the dog from its attack, try to use pepper spray or baton, or use his firearm.”
Police said an “investigation revealed that the dog was named ‘Killer’, was a Dachshund, had displayed aggressive tendencies before to others, and belonged at the house next door to where the officer was attempting to serve the warrant.”
The press release added, “Shooting a dog which is actively presenting a threat to an officer is within the department’s policy. An officer is not required to ‘take a bite’ from any dog, including small breeds, because any breaking of the skin can transmit rabies. If the attacking dog cannot be identified and captured and quarantined after the attack, the officer must take a series of rabies vaccine shots.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 11th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, attacked, dachsund, danville, dog, growl, killed, killer, kills, lunged, miniature, pets, police, police. officer, shot, virginia
The city council of Springfield, Missouri turned down a proposal that would have allowed some animal rescue groups to take pit bulls from the city pound and find new homes for them.
Instead, the city, which doesn’t allow unclaimed pit bulls and pit bull mixes to be adopted, plans to continue killing any that come into the shelter.
Councilwoman Mary Collette proposed changing that policy, but was outvoted, 6-3.
If a dog’s owner doesn’t claim it within five days of Animal Control officers capturing it, it is euthanized, rerports TV station KY3.
Collette argued rescue groups should be able to save the animals just as they do breeds, and suggested rescue groups could sign waivers promising that they wouldn’t sue the city if a dog bites and injures a person.
Despite that, the majority of the council agreed that the risk of a lawsuit payout is too great.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 9th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoption, ban, council, dogs, euthanasia, euthanized, killing, kills, mary colllette, missouri, pit bulls, rescue, shelter, springfield, unclaimed