The actions of police officers in Commerce City, CO are being called into question after they responded to a call to pick up a loose dog and shot it 5 times, fatally wounding it. The large breed dog was seen wandering around a neighbourhood, and while it was not causing any sort of disturbance a neighbour called to have it picked up, thinking it was a stray, and was astonished to see police capture and kill the dog. This video may be disturbing to watch.
“I called police because I saw a dog wandering loose out front,” said Ken Collins. Unbeknownst to Collins, his neighbour was looking after the dog, named Chloe, for a cousin who was out of town for the holidays. When she went out, she left the dog in the garage with the door closed. But somehow Chloe tripped the door opener and wandered outside.
Collins, who observed the whole scene, said he did not fear the dog, and said that after about 30 minutes, the dog just sat inside the open garage door near her bed while officers decided what to do. “He’s basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from police.” Chloe was tasered twice, and she dropped to the ground each time. Then animal control used a catch pole to contain the dog, and it while she was on the catch pole and effectively restrained that police started shooting.
Collins, who videotaped the whole incident, was very troubled by the fact that the police started shooting and said that at least one stray bullet hit the animal control officer’s car with neighbors and kids all around. Alicia Hall, an animal behavior technician with the Dumb Friends League said “The animal could still potentially be a danger, but if the catch pole is being used appropriately, the animal should be restrained safely. As far as I can see from the video, it looks like the dog actually walked right into the catch pole as it was coming out of the garage and was safely restrained,” Hall said.
Commerce City Police Detective Mike Saunders says the incident will be investigated and added “We need time to look at the video. We need time to look over the officer’s report. And we need time to speak to the officer before we can comment.” Collins later said, “I wish I hadn’t called, but like my kids keep reassuring me, I did what anybody else would do and that’s what the lady across the street said, whose dog was shot, that she would have done the same thing,”