Another dog shot by improperly trained police!!!! Just exactly how many of these will go on before we demand change?

The idea to do this post came to me from a contact on Facebook, Charlie Cifarelli. He has created a page: (Star The New York Pit Bull Shot by Police) here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/StarTheNewYorkPitbullShotByPolice Thank you Charlie for sending me the info and the link!

I understand the fear behind a rushing dog, believe me I do being the victim of a vicious dog attack, I above others understand that, however the dog that attacked me and this dog are in very different categories and circumstances.

In a society where we have companion animals, better understanding and training are quite obviously needed, I mean how many dogs have been shot this year by misguided and overly aggressive policing? Well there have been 8 reported cases in the USA and 3 reported in Canada to date this year, and I should say that I found, there could be more, so who knows the real numbers, we will never know about the unreported cases now will we?

Today police are so sadly and obviously untrained on how to deal with such situations, so let me give the good old boys in blue some insight, and this comes from over 30 years experience with dogs.., dogs give “bluff” rushes or “charges” in situations where they feel their safety or the safety of their pack is in question. That is Fact!

This dog was trying to back them off, to get people to step back, he was protecting his daddy! Plain and simple! This was no aggressive or dangerous dog, and he certainly was no “threat” to public safety.

My problem with this is a two-fold one, and it comes to play when I see police men/women not taking the “proper” steps in conflict resolution with companion animals more specifically dogs. My concerns are as follows;

Firstly the use of deadly force, when a taser or pepper spray should have been the first choice, and deadly force the last and only option, I can also tell you that pepper spray or mace would have incapacitated that dog long enough to subdue him. All police officers should be equipped with such items, Yes???

Secondly the dog appears to have no leash on, so again, we have a situation where a pit bull is out in public without proper protection, yes that’s right protection, like it or not as bully/ pitbull/ mastiff/ boxer/ rotti/ owners we are all under the microscope, ALL OF THE TIME, and we MUST protect our dogs.

As an example I always “umbilical” or waist belt my dog when we go for walks, ALWAYS!  I am not blaming the victim by any means rather I feel for this man, on many levels, but… had he been leashed, had a leash been around his owners hand, or waist maybe the outcome could have been different.

For me anyway, this is proof that police are NOT properly trained, and yet are given guns, given weapons that kill, and given carte blanch to do so, and very little training to go along with that heavy burden. It is shameful to me! It is scary that a police officer can say something like “I only had 10 seconds to react, so what could I do?” and all of a sudden it wipes the slate clean. It shouldn’t! So here’s just one more thing to think about if it was your dog, or child, or husband that they perceived in 10 seconds to be a threat, would it wipe the slate for you?

Many aspects of police work, standards and policies MUST be revamped and much more in-depth training simply MUST take place for the safety of all citizens, and their pets!

Here is the video originally released on YouTube: Star shot by improperly trained idiot policemen

What do you think about this? Please feel free to comment.

Thanks

-Apitome-

About apitome

I am a mother, a pit bull advocate, but mostly I am just like any of you, I am passionate about politics, the environment and dog advocacy. I want possitive changes within the judicial system as well. I want my children to grow up in a country where we are not told what breed of dog we can own. I want to see BSL put in the trash where it belongs! I want to see the constitution protected but not manipulated *see anything on the mosque near ground zero (USA) or changing Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays (Canada)* I am not racist in any way shape or form against any ethnic group, I do however have prejudices against bad behavior! If you abuse our laws, kids, the elderly, or animals, If you move to a new country and then demand that country to change everything about it's laws & way of life to suit your own agenda, If you blatantly break those laws with no regard and show no repect for them, if you engage in dog fighting or any other forms of animal abuse, torture or neglect, or if you are a pedophile, Than yes! You are on my radar for sure, and I will do EVERYTHING within my power to see you stopped and brought to justice! Furthering that goal, I have no qualms about publishing the names and faces of convicted abusers. I am not trying to change the world, I simply want to see things improve not backslide, Mostly for my children and these wonderful dogs futures! I may say things you agree with, and I may say things that you won't agree with, I may anger you, challenge you, or just plain piss you off, but in my book that's ok as long as long as it inspires some form of action on your part. This is not a popularity contest, If I have said anything about a group or person that you don't agree with please feel free to leave a comment or simply don't come back. If You have been mentioned in my blog it is for one of two reasons, you are either an advocate or you are an abuser loser, if you are the latter I could care less what you think! I value the opinions of trash about as much as I do that of a slug! Everything in print here is a matter of public record, or came from a trusted source, with that said, I am certainly willing to print both sides of any story, in an effort to be fair and always print the truth! View all posts by apitome

3 responses to “Another dog shot by improperly trained police!!!! Just exactly how many of these will go on before we demand change?

  • Charlie Cifarelli

    Thank you for the support of Star, would you consider writing about her a month after the shooting to let people know her progress and shed more light on these shootings. I will never forget the first time I watched the video of her shooting, but I will say this,” the Canine World got another fighter in their corner when I saw it.”

    Thank you,
    Charlie Cifarelli

    • apitome

      Absolutely! and I agree, so many things changed for me in relation to dogs over the last four years, ignorance is sometimes bliss, I guess I have seen alot, I always try to update an article when I can and repost them as *update* I was just thinking I should see what’s in news, last I heard was sshe was being fostered out or adopted but I didn’t want to add that yet, as it was just Facebook, speculation, but as soon as I hear anything I will post it. I am gathering info now on how many dogs die each year at the hands of police but the research is daunting, mainly because unless it made the headlines, its not recorded as police brutality, but it should be as far as I am concerned! Thanks again Charlie, it takes many voices to be heard!
      I believe one day we will be, until then I just keep writing and researching 🙂
      -holly- (aka Apitome)

  • Charlie Cifarelli

    2 Plus years after Star being shot she has made a miraculous recovery! April 2013 I became her guardian and yes it is a miracle come true for me & my family.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: