Many police officers, not just in Utah, seem to lack common sense -- isn't
there any screening in the hiring and training process? There is too much
tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. Why was this officer looking in
a location where no 3-year-old child could be? Couldn't he figure out any
other method of dealing with a dog, acting like a normal dog, than shooting it?
Animal Control knows how to handle dogs. So do the owners, usually.Perhaps
the officer thought that this dog had masterminded a kidnapping of the little
child, and had the child imprisoned in its kennel back there, and was now going
to protect the kidnapped child which the dog was holding for ransom, since the
ransom would be lost if the child were taken by the officer, which clearly the
dog knew was an officer-of-the-law. If that sounds bizarre, then perhaps
the dog's owner thinks the same of the officer's current story of how
he came to shoot that dog!!!The stories sound about the same to me!
A four year college degree in criminal justice or psychology PRIOR to being sent
out on patrol should be mandatory! What point is enough concerning the many
rouge police officers that seem to be plentiful here in Utah? You need a four
year college degree to manage a bank but one is not needed to become a police
Don't give guns to people who don't know how to use them!
Not a dog lover or even a fan of dogs, but I am absolutely horrified by this
situation.This could have been handled so much better than it was.I
agree with other posts on here....bring the pepper spray or even mace. The dog
was only doing what he was supposed to do! What a tragedy for this poor
This may indicate an attitude problem on the part of SLPD, and other
departments. What we, as citizens, need to understand about police is that they
are mostly a cloistered society with relatively little unstructured interaction
with the rest of the unwashed masses. Their society sees the world
as a "them versus us". So it appears natural for a LEO to want to
establish the dominant position or high ground in any and all situations. IMO
the officer felt challenged by the dog, not in danger as much as challenged, and
he killed the animal who challenged him. Do LEO's do good? Of
course. Are they heroes in many situations? Without a doubt. This is a case
where one "Aw shucks" wiped out a lot of "Atta boys". Bad press lingers longer in the public's mind.
While I feel for this dog owner and appreciate the fact his dog was in a fenced
yard, I'm definitely no fan of dogs. I've been bit before and had two
close calls with unrestrained, extremely aggressive dogs when I was out walking.
Although the owner in the article was following the law, it infuriates me the
number of dog owners in the places I've lived that have NOT obeyed city
leash laws. We have several dogs in our neighborhood that are allowed to roam
freely with no owner in sight and they regularly poop all over our lawn.
Another is aggressive to the point my kids are afraid to play in our yard. Dogs
are required to be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard. Kudos to this dog owner
for actually following the law and condolences for his loss.
No one has mentioned it yet, and some will not like me saying it either but,
despite that, here we have a "veteran" police officer with a hand gun
and having been trained in its use and he obviously uses it inappropriately on a
dog.Now consider the fact that there are thousands of Utah citizens with
much less training who have purchased guns and concealed weapon permits and are
likely, no doubt, to act even more inappropriately when confronted with similar
situations.Yet here we also have politicians elected who will defend
vociferously "the right" to own and bear firearms without passing even
reasonable gun laws!Go figure.
@lollyAgree totally.Maybe hire even more storm
troopers/dog killers...to keep our backyards safe.Perfect.
I read all of the responses and talk about cruelty. My dog got killed when he
wandered into the street. The driver should have seen him. He should have lost
his license. What you say? Is this any different? Lay off the officer, he has
responsibilities and family to support. Let the police handle it.
I once had a SLC police officer pull a gun on our 18 pound Miniature Schnauzer
in our front yard, just as the neighborhood kids were passing by on their way to
school. He had a better chance of shooting his own foot, myself or one of the
kids than the dog. The police DO need better training on how to handle
encounters with dogs. Their first reaction should not be to reach for their
What is wrong with this officer that he lacks common sense, and what is wrong
with his supervisors that they tolerate this behavior. Suppose the homeowner
had rushed out and challenged the officer, would he have used deadly force on
That's a total coward move! Fire the officer. He has no common decency
sense to shoot the dog.
I say Fire that Officer, That in my eyes is Animal Cruelty, and Failure to stay
at the scene of an Incident...
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.
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.
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!
Decent chance this ends up as a lawsuit. It wouldn't be frivolous, but it
wouldn't bring the dog back, either.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
"I feared--".Doesn't matter how he got into that position. Investigation case closed.
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
That breed of dog, is not mean.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.