We try to report each and every dog that gets shot by cops moving forward as the problem is obviously widening. Not only in the United States but also in Canada. But the United States dog killing have seriously ramped up in the last several years and have become the norm whenever a dog is around an incident.
It has gotten so bad that it’s scary to allow the dogs in the backyard as today the raids are happening at wrong addresses, local investigations lead the cops to a neighbors yard and the kill happens to the innocent dog behind the fence. It is sickening to what has happened.
Is it one of the ways how a population loses empathy, is another way to make a population live in fear? Is it how they desensitize a nation so they get used to killings? Is WWII repeating itself with the massive dog murdering stage seen here?
Richmond RCMP has launched an investigation after a Mountie shot a family dog in the face during a property search. The incident happened at 3340 Garden City Road in north Richmond as officers — reacting to reports of a break-in nearby and believing the suspect was still in the area — honed in on a duffle bag, matching the description of the suspect’s bag, police say was inside the dog owner’s yard. Noticing “beware of dog” signs all over the fencing, officers claim they shouted out to the owners and made plenty of noise so not to startle any animals as they investigated the bag.
As they ventured into the yard last Friday around 9 a.m., police say one of the family’s two pitbull-cross rescue dogs, Koda, ran at the officers, one of whom fired his weapon as he fled, apparently in fear for his safety.
After being operated on for its wounds, the dog is now convalescing at home, albeit very subdued and heavily medicated. Riquelme’s family and friends have set up multiple GoFundMe pages online, one of which was up and running within a few hours of the incident, to help pay for the near $3,500 vet bills.
Koda’s owner, Hector Riquelme, however, who was only a few yards away at the side of the house, is demanding the police pay for bills and claims there are major holes in the police version of events. “The black bag they are talking about was outside the fence next to the driveway, not in my yard, they had no reason to be in there,” claimed Riquelme, adding that Koda needs more stitches, more medications and will be re-assessed for canine implants in its mouth. “I didn’t hear any voices or shouts (prior to police entering the yard), but I was on the side of the house and had no idea police were in the area.
If I did, I would have kept the dogs inside…because I know how police are with dogs when they are in active situations.” Riquelme said he’s certain the shot was fired at his dog from outside of the fence, not inside as the officers claim; although he admits he didn’t see the actual shot being fired. “The angle of the wound on Koda’s face tells you (the shot) came from above the fence,” he said. “Plus, afterwards, the police spent lots of time looking for the shell casing outside of the fence. Why was that?” Riquelme said police asked to see footage from his CCTV cameras.
However, he has refused them access thus far and refused to comment to the News on whether he’s watched the recording or not, which could determine how much danger the officer was in, where the shot was fired from and if, indeed, the duffle bag in question was inside the yard or not. “All the feeds go to Alarm Force; they can go there with a warrant if they want to see it,” added Riquelme, who said, as well as featuring on CTV news, he might be appearing on a “chat show” very soon to talk about the incident. “I want them to pay for the vet bills. They shot my dog in the face.” Richmond RCMP’s media relations officer, Cpl. Dennis Hwang, said an investigation into the shooting is underway.
But he was adamant the officer’s account was that the shot was fired “while in flight,” from the yard, as opposed to from outside the relative safety of the four-foot high gate. Hwang also added that there would be no reason for the officers to be in the yard if the bag in question was not actually in the yard and on the driveway as claimed by Riquelme. ”(The officers) were sure the (break-in suspect) was still in the area, the investigation was still very much live. “A member of the dog team spotted inside the yard a bag that matched the description of the suspect’s bag.
We’ve gone in there, thinking the suspect could still be around. We had no other reason to enter the property.” In terms of the dog owner’s demands for the bills to be paid, Hwang added that a “process has to be followed.” The bag in question was found not to be part of the break-in and the suspect is still at large – See more at: http://www.richmond-news.com/news/family-dog-shot-in-the-face-prompts-mountie-probe-1.1954758#sthash.fy1PblV3.dpuf
In this particular case, the witnesses say the dog was shot behind the fence and police say the cop was being chased and another officer shot the dog in the face. Where is the video? When dog killings happen so often it becomes impossible to believe the police stories on these shootings as they are happening so nonchalant these days. Lets hope the penalties for cops killing dogs move up, looking forward to some big wins in court for civil lawsuits to stop these hideous dog killers.