Colorado Cops Shoot Restrained Dog
KUSA-TV reported. -COMMERCE CITY - The moments before a dog was shot to death on Saturday were recorded by a neighbor on a cell phone. Police say the dog was dangerous but some neighbors say officers went too far. When Kenny Collins called police about an unfamiliar dog loose in his neighborhood, he had no idea his neighbor was dog sitting for a relative. He had no idea it would end with the dog dead. "I called police because I saw a dog wandering loose out front," Collins said.
Collins' neighbor was watching a large breed dog for her cousin who was out of town for the holidays. The woman, who did not want to comment at this time, said she left the 3-year-old dog named Chloe in the garage when she left to go shopping. She thought she closed the garage upon leaving, but it seems the dog tripped the sensor forcing the garage door open. That's when Chloe started roaming the neighborhood.
"He never came at me in an aggressive manner," Collins said.
He said he never feared the dog, but just wanted animal control to pick it up since it was loose. But, when two police officers arrived, things took a different turn. Collins' son shot video with a cell phone of the whole incident. "He's basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from police," Collins said. Collins said for about 30 minutes, the dog just sat inside the open garage door near her bed while officers decided what to dog "You see the dog Tased whenever you see the dog drop," Collins said.
One police officer uses his Taser twice on the dog driving her back into the garage. Then, as the dog tries to run out of the garage, an officer pulls out his gun and shoots at the dog. "[The dog is] coming out and [the animal control officer] just noosed him," Collins said. After the first shot, the dog is captured by the animal control officer on the catch pole. But, after it is captured, a police officer fires four more shots at Chloe, killing the dog. Collins said the video shows that the animal control officer appears upset.
"You can see her or whatever," Collins said. "Obviously, she was distraught." He said he is also troubled by the fact that at least one stray bullet hit the animal control officer's car with neighbors and kids all around. "That bullet was fired in my direction with me standing across the street," Collins said.
26 Nov 2012
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