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When a Commerce City, Colorado man saw a dog that he didn’t recognize wandering his neighborhood, he thought he was doing the right thing by calling police. What unfolded was a tragic and shocking display of the ignorance of police departments around the country on how to deal with dogs.
Police shot and killed the dog they say was dangerous and trying to attack them. However, the dog had already been restrained by Animal Control, had a catch-pole around her neck, and was under the control of an animal control officer.
Perhaps even more shocking, is that it wasn’t a single shot fired, but 5 shots at close range, killing the dog that was already captured. Further, this all happened in a quiet, family-filled neighborhood, in the garage of the person who was dogsitting a friend’s pet.
And, it was all caught on tape.
Kenny Collins didn’t know his neighbor was dogsitting for a friend. So, when he saw a large dog wandering loose around the neighborhood, he called police. His neighbor left the 3-year old pit bull-mix, named Chloe, in the garage while she left to run errands. Somehow, the dog tripped the garage door sensor, forcing the door open, allowing her to wander the neighborhood.
“He never came at me in an aggressive manner,” Collins told reporters for 9News. He was never afraid of the dog, and the dog never showed aggression, he just wanted animal control to pick up the loose dog.
When police arrived, the dog was back in the garage, sitting by her bed. Police stood around for about a half hour, deciding what to do. When Chloe tried to exit the garage, an officer fired at her, at which point the animal control officer was able to loop the catch pole around her neck.
At this point, Chloe was restrained by an animal control officer. However, a police officer continued firing – 4 more shots into the dog, killing her at the scene.
Commerce City Police released this statement reading in part, “An animal control agent was able to place a ‘catch pole’ around the dog’s neck. The pit bull remained extremely agitated and continued to attempt to attack the animal control agent. Due to the dog’s size and aggressive demeanor, it could not be controlled on the catch pole. For the safety of the animal control agent and the community, a police officer shot and killed the dog.”
But Kenny Collins’ report, and the video captured by his son’s cell phone video recorder, tells a different story.
Police are now reviewing the video and say that if inappropriate action was taken, they will admit to it.
Meanwhile, 9News showed the video to an animal behaviorist that said:
“The video, it’s pretty far away and kind of fuzzy, so it’s hard to see a lot of the dog’s body postures, but what I did see is that the dog did retreat quite a bit from the police officers and the animal control officer. It ran into the garage rather than coming out of the garage. And even when he was coming out of the garage, it didn’t look like he was coming after them, it looked like he was trying to get away from them.”
The video below may be disturbing to some viewers, although portions of the video have been removed because of their graphic nature.
The entire uncut video can be seen at 9News by clicking here.