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Illinois: Hazel Crest Cops Shoot, Kill Dog During Search For Fugitive
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Hazel Crest Cops Shoot, Kill Dog During Search For Fugitive

HAZEL CREST, Ill. (CBS) — The search for a fugitive might have taken a tragic turn; Kenneth Conley escaped from the federal jail in downtown Chicago last week, and one suburban family said the search for Conley claimed the life of their beloved pet.

CBS 2′s Pamela Jones reports this past September was supposed to be the 6-year-old pooch’s birthday, not a prelude to his death Christmas Eve.

Kobi, a 70-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback mix was shot dead, allegedly by a Hazel Crest police officer.

Chanette Weaver said a police officer told her officers were acting in self-defense when they shot Kobi.

She said she’d just put Kobi in her closed, fenced-in yard at about 6:50 a.m. on Christmas Eve. She said, five minutes later, Hazel Crest police showed up at her door.

LINK: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/12/26/h...-fugitive/
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Moral of these stories is never let the cops see your dog, I guess. Sigh.
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The article kind of leads you to believe that they shot the dog in the fenced yard, but then mentions that the gate was locked. It doesn't mention where the dog was found. I doubt that the police shot the dog in the yard, dragged it into the sidewalk. If the dog got out, and was young, I could see it possibly being aggressive. I like ridgebacks, but they can be kind of large, and if I didn't know it, I could see being fearful of it.

Just sayin'.
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Dogs don't attack and kill instantaneously. Some of these cops are so trigger happy. I don't think you should shoot a dog dead unless he actually bites you, personally, although I guess that would mean rabies shots.

I don't get why they don't use tasers or mace though. Shooting is a little extreme, especially in a neighborhood where dogs are in fenced in back yards.

My 7 month old akita puppy already has a mean bark on him, but he's such a baby. He even barks "mean" at us when we are coming in the house (before we open the door), and I think part of it is just excitement because then he turns into a ball of mush. (Ball of mush with company too.) Unfortunately he's just the type of breed that would get shot real quick if any cops are around. Maybe cops should get some training on dog body language.....you should be able to tell if a dog is about to attack or if a dog is just sending out a warning, or just wants to come greet you, by the body language.
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RugerGirl;59556 Wrote:Dogs don't attack and kill instantaneously. Some of these cops are so trigger happy. I don't think you should shoot a dog dead unless he actually bites you, personally, although I guess that would mean rabies shots.

I don't get why they don't use tasers or mace though. Shooting is a little extreme, especially in a neighborhood where dogs are in fenced in back yards.

My 7 month old akita puppy already has a mean bark on him, but he's such a baby. He even barks "mean" at us when we are coming in the house (before we open the door), and I think part of it is just excitement because then he turns into a ball of mush. (Ball of mush with company too.) Unfortunately he's just the type of breed that would get shot real quick if any cops are around. Maybe cops should get some training on dog body language.....you should be able to tell if a dog is about to attack or if a dog is just sending out a warning, or just wants to come greet you, by the body language.

Dogs can kill quickly; if one attacks I'm not going to hold any ill-will to an individual that shoots it.

There are cases where police officers and civilians have shot dogs clearly not a threat to them, but I'm not positive this is one of them.
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IronSight;59584 Wrote:Dogs can kill quickly; if one attacks I'm not going to hold any ill-will to an individual that shoots it.

There are cases where police officers and civilians have shot dogs clearly not a threat to them, but I'm not positive this is one of them.

Unless you're very young, very old or incredibly frail, a single dog isn't going to kill a human quickly. Attack quickly yes, kill quickly, just don't see it.

I'm a dog lover but agree that if you're being attacked, you need to defend yourself.
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