Dogs & Laws

Michigan Police Shoot, Kill Puppy in His Own Backyard

RockAt around midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, Redford Township Police shot and killed 10-month old ‘Rock,’ a Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull mix, in his own backyard.

In pursuit of a suspect, police entered the backyard of Bianca Alakson and Ryan Showalter, despite the “Beware of Dog” sign clearly posted on the couple’s fence.

One officer said the dog charged him and, fearing for his life, he fired once at the dog. He says Rock continued toward him, so he fired a second, fatal shot.

When Ryan Showalter confronted police, frantically asking why they killed his dog, he was handcuffed and arrested for interfering with a police investigation.

“I was breaking down hysterically in the back seat of the cop car, crying,” he explained to Detroit’s WDIV News. Showalter says he only wanted to know what happened to his dog.

Friends and neighbors say Rock was a friendly dog, nice to everyone, including strangers.

“He was just my baby.” said Alakson.

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  3. jennifer

    May 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    the more people sue these cops and i do mean sue them the force then maybe these gun toting asses will think twice before shooting a furry member of the family check out lawsuits against cops whom have killed dogs i’m sorry for your losses best get motion detecters and a sign that warns anyone not to worry about the dog the owner has a gun to

  4. Sophie Bowns

    May 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Oh that’s terrible! I’d maybe understand if the dog was loose on the street, but not in his own back yard! 🙁

  5. lynsey

    May 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    —>*313 387 2585*<—- heres the NUMBER to the POLICE CHIEF at this idiots police department. call them and demand answers and most of all justice for this pup and his family!

  6. SARATH

    May 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

    heart and mind less

  7. Dee

    May 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    What was the dog supposed to do? Someone comes into his backyard. A stranger at that. I don’t have all the answers but there had to have been another way.

  8. yogs mom

    May 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

    First, I think cops killings family dogs is wrong, period. However, they said the dog that was shot “Rock” was a 10 mo. puppy and that their female was expecting a litter of puppies from “Rock”. Wonder how young the momma dog is? Extremely ignorant and irresponsible backyard breeder couple. No their dog shouldn’t have been shot and that’s such a tragedy. But the other tragedy is more unwanted puppies on the way. You never know both sides of a story.

    • Ellen Kline

      May 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      What type of men call themselves cops,they seem to be getting so much enjoyment by killing these harmless babies,hope a dog rips you apart when u are not armed you morone,you cops sre a bunch of assholes

  9. I hate cops

    May 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    COPS ARE A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY!!!!!! They are dumb asses and need to be kicked off. I think this cop was a retard. LOL! geez he sounds like a coward and an idiot!!! I prefer to have the cop shot than the darling pooch!!! Please people there is no reason to argue about the cop situation crap as it’s just silly! So please DO NOT!!!!!!!!

    • Dan R.

      May 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      You are literally, too stupid to vote. I cannot believe, people like you are allowed to partake in the involvement of bettering this country. Please, do NOT vote on anything EVER.

  10. Marcia Hatt

    May 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    wtf kind of cunt pussy cops are we hiring that don’t think they can survive a dog running at them or even biting them???

  11. Teena

    May 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    If there was someone who just went through this yard, why didn’t the dog “charge” him or her. he waited to “charge ” a police officer, yeah he knew which one that would be!!!!!!!

    • I hate cops

      May 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

      I think this cop was such an idiot that he shot an innocent dog to cover up his incompetence. Cops waste taxpayers money. If people decide to stop working these PIGS of cops will not have jobs. I say Justice should be served and this dumb ass cop should be dismissed or kicked up the ass. This cop will die and go to hell. This stupid so called should be FIRED!!!!!!!!!! I hate him and curse him and hope the worst for this Idiot. I hate him for killing an innocent sweetheart of a pooch!!! This cop is full of shit and will be in shit he needs to explain himself and own up to his stupidity and not fit for a cop!!!! I HATE THIS COP!!!!!!

      • dawnbuchroeder

        May 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        I feel the same way!!!
        Couldn’t have said it better! There should be no way that what this cops did wasn’t wrong on many different levels! Cops have come to our house , and won’t step in it because of our male yellow lab!!! Pussy’s!!! They could have used spray or a taser!!that’s what most cops use for circumstances like this! Especially when the dog was at his own home where hes supposed to be safe! They had no right to enter the premise where that dog lived!!!! I hope this family has their day in court!!!!

  12. Devin Irby

    May 14, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    This is so stupid… I may not be educated but I do know that they needed a warrant… but the thing about the dog “charging” is EXTREMELY common… my family owns 4 dogs and when anyone comes up our driveway they run at the car and bark… they are just protecting their land… their was no reason for that cop to shoot that dog not once but TWICE!!! I mean seriously… that is really stupid… I agree that all cops need dog/animal training to use in the field… I would also like to note that the dog was 10 MONTHS OLD.. I mean how in the world is the puppy supposed to not run at a stranger that he probably wants to play with??? And this lab/pit mix bullshit is so stupid.. I mean the only thing for that to even be their is to justify the killing of the dog… My dog is a boxer mix and he has never bitten and/or attacked anyone except for when he attacks your face with kisses… And finally the point about the owner being arrested for wanting to know what happened to his dog??? I would going for blood if someone shot any four of our dogs, especially my dog… that is all…

  13. Robin McGee

    May 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    The police are just stupid. For one there was a sign posted, yes even though they were chasing someone doesn’t give them the right to enter a persons yard I don’t care who they are. If the officer had any idea that the dog was growling, showing his teeth or barking then yeah he had the right to be afraid but all he said was that the dog was coming toward him or in his words “charging” him wow. The dog was running to greet him because the cop was in the dogs yard. I would sue in a heartbeat. More or less you shoot my dog I will shoot you. Plain and simple.

    • Joan Gudall

      May 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      A felony for the cops.

    • Mark Tumblin

      May 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      A$$hole cop

      • suann carrington

        May 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

        cops need animal training to learn the ways that dogs communicate.
        like if a dog is friendly it wags its tail.
        if a dog is unfriendly it growls.
        the cop never said it was growling he said it came towards him running.

  14. Erin Burkey

    May 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    No cops should kill a dog no matter it was a fuckin puppy too, I hope the ass gets fired too, The puppy was in its owe yard doing nothing too, No cop or cops should be on anyone propety the late at night I don’tcare too,The puppy was doing what is was tioobdoing protecting propety too and puppy do play too and run if thrythink its a game, That does not mean it was going hurt ya or bite the damn cop too, And the owner did need too be putin hand cuffs just for asking why the damn cop shoot his dog too, I feel for the family and puppy too , Sorry for their lost too, Anf I sure be angry as hell too for that too

  15. jaun

    May 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    they so called saw the guy they were looking for through a window at a party man they must have great eyes to see a certain peron among a party. in my opinion they are useing the chase as a exscuse for the reason they shot the dog and what happen to tear spray what the automaticlly pull there guns in difence man mail men cary pepper spray for dogs why cant police use that instead of shooting the dog. thats the problem with some cops the usually the bullies in school then become cops and think they are thee law. there not the law the work for the law. the couple should be giving something for there trouble but probley wont cause it was just a dog not a person. sad thing is most dogs are betteer theen most people.

  16. Annette Delgau

    May 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    What a shame. My heart goes out to owners of this poor animal. I would certainly hope there would be some justice . What happened! Will anyone ever know? If their were no witnesses their was only one side of the story. What goes round comes round I always say. I hope he feels remorse .I’m sorry.

  17. Heather

    May 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    IF the dog was in fact charging at him, he was doing what dogs do, protecting their property. yes the police officer was chasing a suspect, BUT there was a beware of dog sign on the fence which should have been a huge tip off that (shocked look) they have a DOG!

  18. jess

    May 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    If these people loved there dog so much why was it left outside at that time of night. If you really have the animals interest at heart he should be inside with his people or at least in the garage. If he has this whole thing could have been avoided. Not saying the cop was in the right but I would never leave my Doug out that late

    • Heather

      May 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      maybe it was out to use the bathroom, dogs do that sometimes

    • Kelsey

      May 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Oh get over yourself. Just because a dog was outside in his OWN FENCED IN YARD doesn’t mean he wasn’t loved.

    • debbie livingston

      May 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      maybe they had a doggie door! I have 3 labs and we have a doggie door. My labs are my babies.

    • jaun

      May 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      whats the diffence thee garage or thee yard. he was probley an out side dog just because he was outside doesnt mean the owners didnt love him they had a party at the time. so yeah probley betteer outside then in with people around and the cops should of saw the dog sign.

  19. Dan R.

    May 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Let me begin this comment with stating that I am an animal lover, and particularly a dog person. What happened is horrible. However, I can’t believe some of the comments I’m reading…you guys are ridiculous! First off let me state what I agree: there is an increase in the unnecessary shooting of dogs in this country. Additionally, police are abusing their power more and more, I do agree with that too. HOWEVER, this is where this conversation gets absurd and you guys are just using whatever little knowledge you have of the law/your ridiculous views on gun sense to put you opinion in.

    First off, the shooting of this particular dog is justified in my eyes. You guys are saying that the cop was on the property illegally without a warrant? You’re a moron. That law is specific to unlawful search and seizures, they cannot search your house for anything incriminating against you without a warrant. Additionally, they can’t just step onto your property for no reason at all. HOWEVER, he was in pursuit of a suspect that was most likely hopping fences and hiding in someones backyard. Your going to be a liberal douche and tell the cop he can’t come onto your property when there might be a criminal hiding in your shed?! …Start thinking before you speak.

    Secondly – as someone who works on the streets and has first experience dealing with this kind of situation on a daily basis, let me tell you that this police officer was not a “shooting happy trigger finger” cop – he saw an animal charging at him and feared for his life. Most of you have no idea what it’s like to work on the streets, person or animal the goal is to go home safely at the end of the day.I’m not a murderer and I don’t hate animals, but I’m not going to DIE when I’m at work caring for the public if I don’t have to. When it comes down to it, its him/her vs me in a life or death situation like these, and it’s not going to be me.

    Nothings going to happen to the police officer because he didn’t do anything wrong, he had full capacity to shoot the dog, and full capacity to be on the property. Anyone who says this has to do with gun sense in America is a moron and needs to get an education.

    I will further agree with however, that if the home owner shot the cop, he/she would be in the right as well. An unidentified stranger was on the property who just shot their dog, I wouldn’t even run down stairs I would start shooting from inside because I would have no idea what’s going on. When you read something on the internet, use your brain and think about it from all aspects not just what you think is right because when it comes down to it, you don’t know what you would have done.

    • Dan R.

      May 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      I do realize there are spelling and grammatical errors in this, I apologize. I’m not “uneducated” as many people are going to comment, I was in a rush and didn’t have time to edit and autocorrect isn’t the best thing in the world.

      • Robyn

        May 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

        So now he was in a life or death situation. Even if the dog bit him I don’t think he would DIE as you say. And he took the time to shoot the dog and arrest the homeowner so I guess whoever he was chasing wasn’t that important.

        • Dan R.

          May 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

          Robyn, if he had allowed the dog to bite him and it bit an artery yes it could have been a life or death situation…which could result in him DYING as I said.

          Additionally, whenever an officer fires his weapon it becomes a crime scene. Paperwork needs to be filed, and an investigation needs to ensue. There were other officers who were involved with the pursuit that continued in their efforts to search for him. So yes, he was that important, but this particular officers priorities changed when he fired his weapon.

          I don’t agree with him arresting the home owner, but again I don’t know the specifics of how the dog owner reacted…exhibit A of why people need to educate themselves on an issue before they start typing away on a keyboard.

          • Robyn

            May 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm

            Sounds like you were there so I am gathering you know all of the specifics and since you know where was the dog shot, head, back of head Where? The part about the artery was good though. Worked in a city hospital. The amount of death by dog bite was low.

    • stephanie black- mcdonald

      May 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      THESE FUCKING PIGS ARE OF CONTROL !!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY KILLED THIS PUPPY FOR NO FUCKING REASON AT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY DESERVE TO BE FIRED, ARRESTED & CHARGED WITH A CRIME !!!!!!!!!!!!! THEN THEY WONDER WHY VERY FEW PEOPLE LIKE OR TRUST THEIR SORRY ASSES ?!?!?!?

      • Robyn

        May 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        So now he was in a life or death situation. Even if the dog bit him I don’t think he would DIE as you say. And he took the time to shoot the dog and arrest the homeowner so I guess whoever he was chasing wasn’t that important.

    • Vickie

      May 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      OK, then think about this. If this dog was so vicious why would the “supposed criminal that this cop was supposedly chasing” not have tangled with him if he was in HIS back yard??

      • Dan R.

        May 14, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        The puppy was supposedly a nice dog which I’m not disputing, so he very well may have gotten through the backyard without an issue, and that’s if he went through the backyard at all. But again, I wouldn’t have known that if I was the cop, he had maybe a solid second to make the decision to fire his weapon or not, and did the same thing I would have done.

        • Daniel Simpson

          May 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

          You are an A$$HOLE!! You are reaching for straws that do not exist. The shooting of this dog WAS NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, FASHION, OR FORM JUSTIFIED!! And you say you are a dog lover?? I would hope someone takes your dogs away from you before you allow them to be shot and killed by some idiot pig. My dogs are my children, you screw with one of them, I WILL SHOOT YOU DEAD. That is a simple fact. Pig or not, you mess with my children, it’s your a$$ that is going to be carried away in a bag. You’re not a dog lover, you’re a pig sympathizer and supporter—-> Go F-CK YOURSELF!!!

          • Dan R.

            May 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm

            First off, Daniel Simpson, I am not an asshole. I’m not reaching for straws that do not exist, and I am in fact a dog lover. I have had dogs my entire life and I would be devastated if someone shot my dog and would return with gun fire as well. You are obviously not a very well educated person, and most definitely a liberal, because instead of retaliating my comment (which has all legitimate points) in an educated fashion, …you retaliate with name calling. Yes everyone hates police officers because they’re “scumbags and they fuck with people,” until you need a cop to save you. Then they are heroes.

            Additionally, like I stated, you weren’t in the situation. You were not there, and you’ve never been in this situation, so therefore you cannot attempt to put me down, and make me look like I’m in the wrong, because your points were all about biases, and ridiculous beliefs, not facts.

            Robyn, I as well worked out of a NYC hospital. I didn’t state statistics, I stated the possibility of it occurring, albeit low, the officer made a split second decision in that he didn’t want to find out if the dog would get his popliteal artery and then possibly his carotid. Also I was not there, its just that those procedures occur nationwide and is pretty common knowledge.

    • jaun

      May 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      no read the story they had a party and thee cops saw the suspect through the window and thought they saaw him go through the back door.

    • Daniela H

      May 15, 2014 at 7:44 am

      To make this short and simple i agree with dan learn your laws and what the police are ale to do or not do the next thing is the owns had a BEWARE OF DOG
      sign posted on their yard this shows that they believe the dog will bite NOT THAT THERE IS A DOG IN THE YARD.If you want to let people you know you have a dog post “dog in yard” not BEWARE this word simple states you believe your dog will bite or attack if you enter the yard. There fore just on this the officer had every right to protect him self from the dog the officer was in pursuit of someone that will more then likely hurt you or had hurt someone that was more harmful then just going around the yard and wait till later to get him. For police our safety comes first then his and his partner if at anytime he felt his life was in danger he has the right to shot JUST LIKE WE DO.
      So yes the loss of the dog is sad and I would be very upset that my dog was shot but if I was dumb enough to let people know my dog bites then that killing is on me not the person who shot him. Next fuck my grammar if you dont understand it reread it till you do I write like i talk so fuck you petty people who worry about that shit in a blog.

      • elford, elle

        May 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        absolutely right on your statements, Daniela. BEWARE indicates there not only is a dog on property but that there is a possibility you could be at risk if you enter. It really is intended to keep the bad guys not the cops out of the yard. DOG in yard signs at my gate and by the front door. My dogs have a doggie door but sleep with me, and at times will get up in the middle of the night to go out and relieve themselves. I live at the first end of a subdivision with a green belt right next door. It would be very easy for a perp to hop the fence from the greenbelt area in to my back yard so I keep a very bright light on so I can see what is going on and so if there is a runner, the cops can find him/her. I have no doubt that my dogs would raise a ruckus and alert but probably not advance unless it was to put themselves between me and perceived danger. They are dogs and not expected to analyze a situation before reacting. Officers pull your pepper spray and let me fix that problem a lot easier than surgery to remove a bullet or deal with the death of one of my loyal companions.

    • Dee

      May 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Sure I don’t work the streets. I don’t know what it’s like. But maybe there was another answer, maybe a non lethal alternative. Especially since this animal was in it’s own back yard.

  20. Cyndy Groves

    May 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    The cop had his adrenaline pumping from chasing the suspect, and when he saw the dog, he got scared. It’s plain and simple. Sure the dog may have been running towards him. The dog was a puppy at 10-months-old. The dog probably thought it was some kind of game! What I do NOT believe is that once the dog was shot the first time, that it kept coming. I think the officer shot the dog, saw it was not dead, was afraid of possible repurcussions of wounding an obviously gentle dog (which could be proven because the dog was still alive), so he decided to shoot it again to make sure it was dead. There is a difference between a dog CHARGING at you in an attack mode and a dog playfully BOUNDING at you. This officer panicked. Even if there is an investigation, I’m sure he won’t be found at fault. Police officers need to be better trained at how to deal with companion animals in situations like these.

  21. Ray

    May 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Gestapo! Thats all it is. It will get worse.

  22. Ellie

    May 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    This is happening more and more. This whole country is killing crazy. And anyone can buy a gun. Scares the crap out of me.

    • Daniela H

      May 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

      not everyone can buy a gun you have to go thru paper work to buy one legally its the ones that are illegal that you need to worry about. We are active gun owners who keep our guns locked up and protected from illegal use so dont get one a high horse about guns this was not the issue here.

      • lynsey

        May 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        actually where i live you dont need a license to own a gun. just one to carry a concealed gun. but i do agree that guns were not the cause of this. i think it was poor decision making on the cops behalf. ive owned pits and they can get overly excited at the site of a person especially at that young age and they will charge you but rarely out of aggression. plus i doubt he really feared for his life from one 10 month old dog. cops get put into way worse situations.
        or even more sinister… what if he did it feeling that since it was a dog that he could do it and get away with it. and instead of fear being the driving cause it was that he saw the dog as a problem that he didnt want to deal with.

  23. Rhonda

    May 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    There has been tons cases of people shooting cops who wrongfully enter their homes and the homeowner was exonerated. The same thing should go for dogs. All dogs should have the right to protect their homes and their family.

  24. Isolde Topaz

    May 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    they may charge them for invasion and murder inside of their private property, beside from that , where is the order for get into the house without a owner’s permition?

  25. John Palmer

    May 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This is becoming an epidemic in all states , I read about cops killing dogs everyday People we are becoming a police state as we speak cops get away with way to much anymore and need to have charges filed against them , I feel for this family and if it would happen to any one of my dogs well i’m afraid to say there would be hell to pay from the cops cos this oldman will give them more of a fight than any dog could so cops if you ever run into me be prepared to shoot me if you shoot one of my dogs for your stupidity!!

    • Lynn

      May 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      In the last 6 mo. to year. This type of police–vs–family dog is happening
      all to often. A lot of canine owners have a dog in house/yard as a protector or warning system, esp. after dark. A chase, usually at fast pace
      would certainly startle the dog-who was in his own territory. So, the greeting from the dog was a normal response to the after-dark entre by a stranger. One story recently even had the police shot and kill a dog tied
      up in his own backyard. My recommendation–maybe all police officers should
      take animal/dog care training,,,not just the K-9 officers.

  26. Michaelb

    May 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    No witnesses for the need shoot not only once but twice. Is there a recording of the cop saying “he was in our way?” This is common to lay on charges which allow negotiation.

  27. devon

    May 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Terrible. Only one question; if the dog was part of the family, why was it outside at midnight? My dog is part of the family and sleeps indoors. Maybe he was out for last call potty break?
    Don’t cops have to ask permission to come onto your property?

    • Lori

      May 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Some people have doggy doors. Just sayin’.

    • Daniela H

      May 15, 2014 at 7:53 am

      not they dont not if they have probable cause and he was in pursuit of a criminal so yeah i would let him come and offer coffee as he was running thru
      Learn your LAW they cant enter your house to do a search with out a warrant but to run thru your yard after someone who is running from them and could possible be a killer hmm ya let him tr=hru to do his job.

  28. Kathy

    May 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Wow!thats is horrible! There was a sign posted, they ignored it. The dog what it is suppose to do, protect its home and his family, dogs don’t know you are police, how about knocking on the front door and asking for access? Then to arrest the owner because he wants to know why?, you guys suck

  29. cris berwick

    May 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    They need to Sue Unfortunately the police do not care about an individuals rights but they care about their budget Sue their ass off.

  30. Anne Faro

    May 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t think it was right for the cop to kill the dog. It did nothing wrong. The dog was in his own back yard for god sake. Not only that, but the owner gets arrested just because he was trying to find out what happened to his dog. I would be very mad too if that was my dog. I really think that cop should berepremanded because there was a “BEWARE OF DOG” sign on the couple’s fence. The poor dog was only 10 months old. He did NOT deserve to get shot. The dog reacted as it normally would with a stranger. Something really needs to be done about that cop and/or police department. I feel bad for the puppy because he lost his life and I also feel bad for the couple too because their dog was part of their family.

  31. Lissie

    May 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Too bad the homeowner did not shoot the intruder in his backyard that shot his dog!! If it was so dark they couldn’t see the sign that said there was a dog in there, then the homeowner would not be able to see it was an ignorant cop that was shooting at his dog! And if the dog was vicious it would have attacked the perp they were supposedly chasing before the cops ever got there.

  32. Robyn

    May 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    No excuse for what happened. But I would like to know why the article had to put in Lab/ PITBULL mix. Is this to justify this action. The officer shot a puppy it does not matter what breed. Will the police department use this.

    • Jim Bancroft

      May 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      a 10 month old Lab/Pit Bull cross is no small animal, it most likely was at least 45 pounds, and looked a little menacing.
      However, what did he expect? He went in the dog’s yard, of COURSE the dog went for him.
      To arrest the owner made it even worse, unless the owner attacked the cop. if all the owner did was chew out the cop, that cop should be fired for that alone, let alone be suspended for shooting a dog after running in the dogs own yard!

      • Pamela Crane

        May 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

        That is BS! I had a male Pit Bull/Lab Mix and at 2 years old he only weighed 50lbs. You can’t justify that he was 40lbs at the age of 10 months. Just like people dogs weigh differently too. It still does not give them the right to shoot the PUPPY. They were invading his territory and he was protecting his family. If anyone shot my dog I would sue the whole department even if I had to sell everything I owned to get justice. This goes on too much and they think it is ok because they are the police.

    • Beth

      May 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I took the inclusion of the dog’s breed mix to further emphasize the blatant hatred displayed against the pit bull breed. Rock does have distinctive pit bull looks to him, mixed with his lab looks.

      • Robyn

        May 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        Just saying it does not matter the breed he was in his own back yard and this cop shot not once but twice.

    • Ellie

      May 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you for noticing that. A puppy is a puppy whether it’s Poodle or a Pit, a Basset or a Mastiff. AND no one has the right to kill it in it’s own yard.

  33. Sheila Hitchcock

    May 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Why couldn’t trigger the happy jerk have take a minute to be sure of the dogs intentions? What would that have hurt ? That sweet dog would still be alive with his family !! My opinion is that cops are getting too trigger happy when dealing with animals.

  34. Jay

    May 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This is happening WAY too much. This is the 4th time in a couple of weeks that there have been stories like this.

  35. lori demeretz

    May 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    The cop better have been fired! What an ass. The dog did NOTHING wrong.

  36. MARIA LUISA MOREIRA

    May 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    POLICE OFFICERS ARE A BUNCH OF MURDERS WITH A LICENSE TO KILL, AND THEN THEY BLAME THE VICTIMS FOR THERE FREAKING CRIMES, IF SOMEBODY KILL A POLICE DOG ALL HELL COMES DOWN ON THE FREAKING MURDER, BUT WEND THE POLICE OFFICERS KILL OUR FAMILY MEMBERS THEY GET A REWORD FOR THERE KILLING, IF YOU CALL THE POLICE THEY WILL COME AND DESTROYED YOUR FAMILY, AND NO ONE HOLDEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIME THEY PERPETRATED AGAIN YOUR FAMILY, THEY NEED TO HOLD THIS BASTARD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES BC THEY ARE DANGERS TO OUR SOCIETY, APPLY THE LAW EQUAL TO EVERYBODY, IF THEY KILL ANY FAMILY MEMBER PUT THEM IN JAIL, AND IF THERE DOGS POLICE K9 (OFFICER) GET KILL PUT THEM IN JAIL TO, I DON’T CARE WHO IS THE MURDER MAKE THEM PAID FOR THERE CRIME!!!!!!

    • Jay

      May 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      and it was in the dark!

  37. KYM johnaon

    May 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

    This is just ridiculous. Of course the dog would “Bark and Jump” seeing a stranger in his own back yard. The officer DID NOT NEED TO SHOOT this dog. SOMETHING has to be done about this problem.

  38. Phillip Coffey

    May 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    If this “public servant” reacts this way to a 10 month old puppy IN HIS OWN FENCED IN BACK YARD, then how will they react to a full grown suspect when they are confronted… shoot first and ask questions later? I, personally, don’t want a loose cannon on the streets in my home town. Suppose it had been a child? Sounds far fetched? It is only a small step from one to the other. Young boy slips out in the middle of the night to play with his new dog. Cop hears a rustle behind him, turns and shoots. Don’t tell me it cannot happen. This officer needs to be reprimanded and needs remedial training, because they obviously cannot control their situation on the street without resorting to deadly force. THEN the officer needs to make restitution… if that’s even possible. Losing a pet is like losing a family member to some folks. It may not be much, but that’s my honest opinion.

    • Vickie Francis

      May 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      the police shot and killed a pit bull running away from the police, poor little baby was shot more then once, the story the cops told was a lie, while trying to save the dog the Vet said the dog was shot running away because of the wounds on the dog. Come to find out the police officer has used her gun before when it was not needed. This happened on Staten Island New York at the park, the pit bull was not even in the dog fight dog that was the reason they were there, yes she was on a leash but got scared and pulled away from her owner to run home. My son was friends with the boyfriend of the owner. My son’s pit is the sweetest dog there is and you can bet your life on it if some finger happy cop was to shoot her there would be a war like no other. I’m very sorry for their lost.

  39. Brenda Skinner

    May 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

  40. Col. K.D. Frazier

    May 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Ok Folks … Don’t like COPS murdering family pets that are in the “Safety” of their own back yards ? Do Something !! Here is the e-mail for the Governor of Michigan … Let your voices be heard ! EACH time an innocent pet is murdered , get the governor of that state’s e-mail address and raise Hell … It’s the ONLY way we can stop this brutality …
    Here is the e-mail address for Michigan : https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

    • Joanne Reynolds

      May 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I sent a detailed statement to the Governor and do hope many more will also. There needs to be justice served for the brutal killing of this dog and the sadness the family is feeling.

    • Diane Johnson

      May 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you for the email for the Gov. to complain about these dog killings.
      As a person depending on a service dog, I am terrified some shoot-happy cop will shoot him.
      I am grateful to the many sane, responsible officers out there, but boy this really tarnishes their image and makes people forget what great work they do for us.

    • margo

      May 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      i also sent an email to the governor’s office in Michigan….hopefully enough people will to get him to respond to this matter. thank you so much for posting the email address so that we may do so…with ease…

  41. Ted Carter

    May 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    My reaction is, that I do not want an officer capable of of this panic reaction carrying a weapon in my town.

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