Officer Willie Bryant is a member of a multi-jurisdictional gang task force that was serving a drug-related warrant at a home in north Memphis.
He was wearing a bulletproof vest when the shot — intended for a Cane Corso police said was charging at officers — struck him in the back last Thursday.
Two men inside the home were arrested and charged with possessing a handgun during attempted commission of a felony, and possessing crack cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell.
The dog, along with three others, were later picked up by Memphis Animal Services.
When police entered the home, two dogs — a pit bull and a Cane Corso — were inside, James Rogers, administrator of Memphis Animal Services, told the Commercial Appeal. The Corso was loose and the pit bull was in a kennel.
Police say the loose dog charged at them, leading officer Byron Willis to fire his weapon. The dog was not struck, and apparently, after the shot was fired, didn’t cause problems requiring officers to use lethal force .
That dog, the pit bull, and two more Cane Corsos in the backyard of the property were taken in by animal control.
Bryant, 32, who has been on the force for nine years, was rushed to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Willis, 43, who has been with the force since July, was been placed on leave pending an investigation.
During a search of the home, officers found crack cocaine, three body armor vests, and five handguns, police said.
“Dogs, armed parties, you never know what you are going to encounter when you kick a door in,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said. “We have to make life or death decisions, not only about our lives, but about other people’s lives, in less than a second’s notice.”
Posted by jwoestendiek November 15th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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In a tank.
That’s what happened to an Arizona man who plans to file a lawsuit against the actor and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for killing his dog during a police raid, TMZ reports.
The action film star was participating in the raid earlier this year as part of his new reality show, “Steven Seagal Lawman,” having secured permission from Arizona’s infamous sheriff Joe Arpaio — no slouch himself when it comes to macho-fueled overkill.
Jesus Sanchez Llovera has served notice of his intention to sue to Seagal and Arpaio.
He says Seagal and the sheriff’s department raided his home suspecting to find an illegal cockfighting farm.
Llovera says he raises roosters only for show.
Llovera says Seagal arrived at his home on March 9 with a tank, and rammed through the gate on his property. The tank was followed by officers dressed in riot gear.
He says his 11-month old puppy was shot and killed during the raid, that his home sustained “substantial damage,” and that — between the tank and the storm troopers — more than 100 of his roosters were killed.
Llovera’s lawyer says his client wants $100,000 for the damage and an apology form Seagal about the death of his family’s puppy.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 31st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Sixty-five dogs hit the surf Saturday at California’s Imperial Beach in the fifth annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition.
The event, which benefited the San Diego Police Department’s Canine Unit, drew an estimated 2,000 people, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Competitors ranged from a 5-lb. Pomeranian named Bobby Gorgeous, who came with his owner all the way from Hawaii to an 85-lb. Bernese mountain dog named Nani from Carmel Valley named Nani.
The dogs competed in three categories — small dogs, big dogs and tandem-style with humans.
George the Great Dane playing “Marmaduke” in the movie — and his human co-stars, Owen Wilson and George Lopez — also made an appearance.
The event got its start after Loews Coronado Bay Resort started offering surfing packages for dogs and their owners six years ago.
In the event — the video above is from last year’s contest — each dog has 10 minutes each dog to surf.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 24th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Another dog befriended by U.S. troops in Afghanistan has made it to America.
Oso was rescued as a four-month-old pup from the streets of Afghanistan five months ago by Phil Bourillion, of the 5th Stryker Brigade, then went on to befriend his entire unit.
The dog arrived at Sea-Tac Airport late Tuesday morning, where she was met by Bourillion’s wife, Lena, KOMO in Seattle reported.
“She means a lot,” Spc. David LaForge, who is with Bourillon’s unit but home this week on R&R, said of the dog. “She was a big boost of morale when we had her – she was a little puppy – we raised her from nothing.”
When the unit got orders to transfer to another base, plans to bring Oso along were nixed by the Army.
That’s when Lena Bourillion began the long process of trying to get the dog out on her own.
Members of the unit paid a driver to sneak Oso through enemy lines to Kabul. Once Oso was there, Lena, with the help of family and friends, found someone who would get Oso into Pakistan. From there, Oso was placed on a flight to New York and another to Seattle.
Bourillion is due back from Afghanistan in five months.
Oso will spend three weeks in quarantine before going to the Bourillion’s home in Puyallup.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Six-year-old Kayleigh Crimmins sold her toys on Craigslist to raise money to buy bullet-proof vests for police dogs in Newport News.
The Virginia girl received a well deserved standing ovation from the Newport News City Council Tuesday.
“I think she’s determined. I think she loves dogs,” her mother, Lee Crimmins, told MyFoxDC.com. “And there’s no end to this. She’s made that very clear.”
Crimmins who also sells toys donated by friends, as well as t-shirts and stickers, has made similar donations to K-9 units in Maryland and North Carolina.
Some of her donations have gone towards other safety equipment for police dogs, including a heat alarm for patrol cars that alerts officers to rising temperatures that could be hazardous for their canine partners.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 16th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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