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Published: Thursday, June 19 2014 3:05 p.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Respect works both ways. If he is afraid of dogs he shouldn't of gone in with the dog. a little logic, a 3 year old, open and close a gate. I don't think so. The man deserves a dog of his choice.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

I saw the news last night, and that child would NEVER have been able to get into that back yard.

If you can't get into something, mark it for searching later. Killing a dog because YOU entered its territory? Fire this trigger-happy cop.


So this officer can think of no better plan than to enter the yard, then, when the dog responds predictably, kill the dog? What about calling animal control to restrain the dog while the yard is searched? They can respond quickly, officer could continue to search nearby areas while waiting. Someone with a smidgeon of common sense could have figured out a way to search the yard without killing the dog. Apparently this officer's skills are limited to just shooting at anything that gets in his/her way. We deserve better.

Ogden, UT

Perhaps SLC PD can invest in some pepper spray for their officers. It works well and is effective against dogs. A lot of mailmen, delivery men, people who deliver newspapers and utility workers who often need to enter private yards and gated properties carry it in performing their duties.

Saint Paul, MN

Feel bad for both parties in this one. The police officer obviously didn't enter thinking he wanted to shoot a dog, but rather to look for the lost child, and I've no doubt he felt threatened. At the same time, as a lifelong dog owner, I understand exactly how much such a "family member" means to one. Sounds like the SLPD owes the gentleman a dog, though the new one will never quite be the same as the old.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Reminds me of about 14 years ago when I was moving to Utah. I was at a home in Lehi and my dog got free from his leash and ran up the block. I went to find him calling his name. A Lehi police officer stopped and got out of his car. The dog was responding to the calls and was running back to me but past the police officer. The Officer pulled out his gun and was about to shoot when I yield at the officer who stopped momentarily. I grabbed the dog and put on his leash again went over to the police officer who explained that he thought the dog was going to attack. While he explained the dog started licking his hand to make friends.

Kuna, ID

That breed of dog, is not mean.

Bountiful, UT

Its the officer who was the intruder. He should have done everything humanly possible to avoid what happened. Slowly back out. Fire a warning shot to scare the dog away. Were any of these tried? If not the officer doesn't seem to get it.


"I feared--".
Doesn't matter how he got into that position.
Investigation case closed.

Cedar Hills, UT

this makes me sick. Sue the police!!! I would be meeting with lawyers and filing suits if I were the pet owner. There is such a thing as MACE and every officer should carry a can in cases just like this.

Cedar Hills, UT

better hope some police officer does come barging into your back yard for whatever reason because your dog is dead if he does. The police dept owes this guy TOP DOLLAR for a new dog as well as money for retribution but even after that the guys dog and probably best friend is DEAD for doing what dogs are supposed to do - PROTECT THE FAMILY.

Salt lake, UT

Whatever happened to knocking on the homeowners door and asking PERMISSION to enter the yard? I think this officer is a lose cannon and should have his badge taken.

Austin, TX

I've been a police officer. There is absolutely NO excuse for this. As mentioned by others there are several non-lethal methods for handling this type of situation. Police now days are much too quick to use deadly force with people and animals.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

The officer shot the dog because he thought he could get away with it.

What else would drive the officer to use deadly force against an animal protecting its territory?

Where did he get the idea that deadly force is the go to plan when confronted by a dog?

This officer needs to find other employment.

Left Field
Longmont, Colorado

Decent chance this ends up as a lawsuit. It wouldn't be frivolous, but it wouldn't bring the dog back, either.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is yet one more demonstration of the inevitable result of the culture of impunity that exists among law enforcement in Utah. No need for common sense or human(e) decency when you're hiding behind a firearm.

It's beginning to seem like the following summary is the extent of training Utah LEOs receive: if anything startles you, gets in your way or just annoys you - just point and shoot - problem solved!

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

Good thing the child was not in the yard or he could have been shot too.

Fire the officer, settle with the family, train the rest of the force to respect the citizens.


Is it legal in Utah for the police to enter your property without permission or a warrant? I understand the urgency to find the child, but is it legal to do that? Just wondering.

Mesquite, NV

I say Fire that Officer, That in my eyes is Animal Cruelty, and Failure to stay at the scene of an Incident...

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

That's a total coward move! Fire the officer. He has no common decency sense to shoot the dog.

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