Police tase and shoot Chihuahua three times

United States
June 10, 2009 6:47pm CST
CINCINNATI -- A Blue Ash family is outraged after returning home to find their dog had been shot and killed by a police officer. The dog was a Chihuahua-mix named “Jack” that Scott and Sharon Bullock had given to their 12-year-old son for his birthday a few years ago. When the Bullocks returned home from a family member's funeral on Friday, they found blood and three bullets on their front porch – along with a note to call the Blue Ash Police Department about their dog. The Bullocks were shocked to learn that Jack had gotten out of the backyard and two officers who tried to catch him, ended up shooting and killing him right on the family's front porch. "He was cornered on the porch and scared," said Sharon Bullock. "The officer bent down bare-handed to pick up Jack, and Jack bit him." "My five-year-old cried himself to sleep the night before last, wanting his dog," said Sharon Bullock. "He ‘barks’ for him" added Scott Bullock. "He'd ‘bark’ and Jack would always come to him, so he's outside going ‘Bark bark bark,’ hoping he's gonna come back. It's heartbreaking." The Bullocks told their five-year-old and three-year-old sons that Jack ran away. The Bullocks admit they were at fault for leaving their dog outside, and are sorry the officer was bitten, but they say their dog was not a vicious animal and had never bitten anyone before. They're wondering why the officers didn't call the SPCA to catch the dog. "They didn't make that phone call other than to come scoop the dog off the porch after they shot him," said Scott Bullock. "Two grown men that can't gather up a five-pound dog – and they're trained police officers – sounds ridiculous to me." That officer later explained to the family that he was following procedure. Blue Ash police say one of the officers was bitten on both hands. One hand was bitten 17 times and the other was bitten nine times. The dog was holding on so tight he left one of his teeth in the officer's hands. An officer attempted to tase the dog while another officer was holding him, but it did not work, so they had to shoot the animal. Blue Ash police say the officers handled the situation according to department policy. http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story/Family-Outraged-After-Officer-Shoots-Their-Dog/s8GbE4dftEigqCUBVDkUzA.cspx
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• United States
10 Jun 09
I feel bad for the kids.
• United States
11 Jun 09
How do you tell your kid the police shot your dog? The parents had to lie and say it ran away. I would have told them the truth.
• United States
11 Jun 09
I wouldn't. They might shoot some cops or something. Kids are unpredictable now.
@hi2rashid (153)
• India
11 Jun 09
i am an indian i don't know what this matter is please comment me to tell what this matter is?. so that i can able to increase my knowledge about this world.
@Mitobid (57)
• Malta
11 Jun 09
Personally, i hate chiuauas. But thats not the point. I feel pretty bad for the kids. However the police were doing the right thing, The trid to tase it but it resisted and continued to harm them. I dont think they were out of line
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Isn't police in this country to protect our family and our pets? Why they wanted to catch the dog? Dogs are cared by strangers and this is normal dogs reaction... It makes me very mad... They supposed to have help from ASPA....shooting small dog? I wish they get fired for this...I would sue the police officers....
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
Oh man the poor kid. I think shooting the dog was a bit extreme. that lie was a merciful one instead of saying the dog got shot by the police.
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
11 Jun 09
That is absolutely ridiculous! A little Chihuahua is so vicous that 2 grown men can't pick it up? I would've lied to the children too and tell them that Jack ran away. I don't think that at that age the kids would've understand that the police shot their dog. I think that is completely awful. Those dogs are yappy but you just pick them up and put them in the dog carrier. How do you get bet bit 17 and 9 times? I mean seriously.
@tanjam420 (228)
• United States
11 Jun 09
this is just absolutly crazy.. sounds to me they were just trigger happy to me... for one if the dog was on the pourch they had no right to try to catch it..that is just my opinion.. then shoot the poor thing... yes if the dog was running the neighborhood then they should have called the spca they should know the proper procedure for that..i am sure the dog had tags they could...uuugghhh this irritates me those poor children.. i know i have had to tell my kids that there cats had ran away but it got hit by a car and i couldnt tell them that.. they were heart broken enough.. i couldnt imagin having to tell them that the police shoot there pet for what because it bit them because they were in his territory and he was scared...for one they should know never to corner a dog of any kind bitting is there only defense... what were they thinking....
@momiecat (997)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Another sad and abusive story against animals. I am so sorry to hear this. There is no bleepin way that they should have shot that little dog. The officers responsible should have their jobs taken away. It is not like this dog was known to be a human killer. Come on, these dogs are small. This is just another thing that makes me so mad about humanity in general. Just pitiful. My heart goes out to the family.