SAN MATEO, Ca.: San Mateo police officers responding to a 911 call on Monday say they were forced to shoot and kill two loose and vicious boxers that were acting in a threatening way in a neighborhood park.
The 911 call reported that the two dogs were attacking a small girl and her little dog. But other than the two shot boxers, there was no evidence discovered of any injury to the girl or her pet or any others in the park following the incident.
Yet another fatal shooting of Bay Area dogs by police. Yet another reminder that too many local police departments do not train their officers in understanding animal behavior.
This incident happened around about 4:20 p.m., in Laurie Meadows Park. When the officers arrived, a small group of adults had placed themselves between the dogs and people in the park, including some children playing soccer on another section of the park.
The two boxers, named Jordan and Bella were acting in a very aggressive manner toward the officers, according to San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris. “One of the dogs was drooling, it was gnashing its teeth, it was acting in a very aggressive manner toward the officers and they felt that they had no choice but to take immediate means to control those animals,” Norris said.
After an unsuccessful attempt to Taser the dogs, the officers decided to shoot.
The Peninsula Humane Society arrived moments later, but it was too late. Jordon was dead, and Bella lay bleeding with a fatal wound.
In counter to police reports that paints the scene of two vicious, uncontrollable dogs, Carla Torres, companion of the two dogs said, “They were not vicious dogs, they were wonderful, great dogs that were family members.” Torres pointed out that they had absolutely no history of trouble with either of the dogs and can’t understand why the police were so quick in deciding to kill them.
Peninsula Humane Society spokesperson Scott DeLucchi said, “Dogs may act different than they normally would when they’re off leash and there’s a lot of activity, strangers around them, people yelling, that kind of a scene.” DeLucchi added that it would be beneficial for all concerned, pet owners, neighbors and the police themselves, if animal behavior awareness became a regular part of the police office training program.
Agitated behavior is understandable for any animal (or person) after being cournered and Tasered and should be recognized as such.
The Torres family is being investigated for possible negligence by the Peninsula Humane Society and the family is considering a law suit against the San Mateo Police Department.
To read more about other Bay Area animal shootings by authorities, please go to:
> Oakland: Grieving family of dog shot by Police says no to offer of a puppy.
> Cupertino: Sherrif deputy shoots dog protecting his home
> Dog shot by Sheriff depuuty during eviction process, dies
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