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Published: Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:45 a.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If the facts are as reported, then this is a perfectly legitimate exercise of self defense by the officer. While we might feel sorry at the taking of a canine life, the fault is the guy who ordered the do to "get him," not the officer.

Thank you officers for doing your job, even for people who are ungrateful for it.

This is totally different from the dog shooting in Salt Lake a few weeks ago, so we should not see any nonsense about "Cops on dog killing spree.."

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

What kind of a person does this? The officers are there to see if you are ok and you send the dog after them? What kind of a family is this? How can you blame the officers? Your sister from California asked them to come!

Something is seriously wrong with these people. If it were me, I might have shot more than just the dog.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

But for the dog, everyone appears to have committed wrongdoing.

The man seems very likely to have attempted to assault a police officer. He should be held accountable.

The police entered a fenced residence without invitation and ignored what appears to be a highly visible warning sign regarding a dog on the premises despite no illegal activity occurring. I'm sorry, but failure to respond for three days on Facebook is not sufficient to warrant any sort of "missing persons" or "suspect gang activity" response from the police. They need to be held accountable for the dog's death.

The owner apparently did not license her pet which is not fair to the animal in the first place. She should be held accountable.

As is often the case, this scenario shows that the innocent often pay the heaviest price. Very unfortunate.

Brio
Alpine, UT

Since there was an unbiased, separate witness to the incident who backed the officer's story, things seem pretty cut and dried. It wouldn't surprise me if the dog handler had been drinking alcohol to act so invidious toward the officers.

Had I been one of the officers, I would've done the same thing. Any dog attack can be dangerous. But Pit Bulls can be especially dangerous.

I believe the guy who sent the dog after the officers (after they had identified themselves) should have been arrested. There is no excuse for his conduct. I feel sorry for the dog who was just being obedient. I hope the lady who owned the dog recognizes the real fault in this case and kicks out the guy who ordered the dog attack.

I very much agree with DN Subscriber that this is totally different from the SLC dog killing incident last month. From what was reported, the officer in that case seemed to be at fault.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

This is a typical gang attack dog that we see here in South Central LA.

athought
Salt Lake City, UT

I hate to see any animal hurt or killed, they are only doing what comes natural or what they are taught. I would never condone an animal being disposed of unless absolutely necessary. This was just unfortunate and stupid on the part of the dog owner. With that being said, and going back to the shooting of Geist a few weeks ago, it is another unfortunate situation. No, the owner did not order him to attack the officer, but the officer was performing his duty of searching for a lost child, and the dog was protecting his territory. I'm sure he wasn't aggressive with the owner, or when the owner was around, but when there is a stranger, dogs become aggressive when they are in their territory. I don't know of any of the protesters in this shooting who would be okay with the officer not searching everywhere if their child was missing. Maybe it would have had a different public outcome had the child been found hurt or dead?????

suess
Salt Lake City, UT

I just saw on FOX13 that this family is planning to sue Ogden PD for shooting an attack dog. Even if he wasn't raised to attack, he did apparently on command, even if it wasn't the owner giving the command. The owner didn't care enough about the animal to license him, and there had been calls for the animal being aggressive before. And they really think they may get something for suing -- what kind of attorney would represent them. Are they getting this idea from the dog who was shot by the officer a few weeks ago? I think that one was justified also, and if I saw a pit bull coming toward me, or a 110 lb dog of any kind, I think I would shoot too.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

If the facts in the story are correct, this is very different from the shooting of Geist. Any person who orders a dog to attack others, whether the dog is trained to or not, is the responsible party in the dog's death and should face charges.

I expect Police to use caution and better common-sense tactics than shown with Geist, but I don't expect Police to have to be bitten first before using force to defend themselves when a dog is charging them. If the dog is barking and charging while staying out of arm's length that requires an entirely different response.

An unknown dog charging at me that gets within my reach would cause me to defend myself because I wouldn't know if the dog would actually attack. But, since I don't carry a gun, shooting the dog would not be an option.

The Debbie Bell
Philadelphia, PA

Before pits polluted our communities, police and other first responders never shot dogs.

30 years ago, this dog would have been a Collie/shep mix pet and would not come with centuries of attack and maul heritage.

Yes the dog might have rushed the officers, however a yell to get back or one swift kick would have ended the danger.

Before pits we never had victim dogs killed on public sidewalks and we never had home invasion dog murders where dogs broke into neighbor homes to seek and destroy victim dogs.

These attacks are solely the work of good mutant pit bulls.

Who needs these traits?
Dog fighters do.
Let's stop supporting dog fighters. Let's stop breeding pits.

Irving
IRVING, TX

@ Stalwart Sentinel

The police entered without an invitation? Police officers can do wellness checks by invitation which was requested in this case. I work in the mental health field and if the safety of someone is in question then it is within their job duty to complete a wellness check. No fault on the police officers here for going to the house.

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