Police Taser Stray Dog and Animal Rescuers Step In to Help Pet

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A concerned homeowner in the Fletcher Hills community of El Cajon, Calif, saw a loose female lab-terrier mix running the streets on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, and called rescue organizations to help rescue the pet. The dog had been frequenting the neighborhood for about a week and no one had been able to capture her. El Cajon Police and Animal Control came to assist the dog’s capture, but unfortunately police inhumanly used mace and a taser to control the loose pup. Instead of helping, authorities frightened and hurt the stray animal even more.

Grace after capture. Photo Credit: NBC San Diego
Grace after capture. Photo Credit: NBC San Diego

Police said they used appropriate force because the dog became aggressive and tried to attack them, but neighbors and Rebecca Stevens with the rescue organization Four Paws Coonhound Rescue, witnessed how the dog cried and stumbled in pain before getting away with darts embedded in her body.

“I feel as though I failed her,” Stevens told NBC San Diego. “It’s incredibly upsetting to me. I wish I hadn’t called authorities.”

Four days later Stevens was able to capture the elusive dog using pieces of chicken, hot dogs, and a humane trap.

The dog, now named Grace, was capture in Santee, Calif., three miles away from where she was initially maced and tasered.

Rebecca Stevens shows Grace some affection. Photo Credit: CBS 8 News
Rebecca Stevens shows Grace some affection. Photo Credit: CBS 8 News

Fortunately for Grace, the darts had fallen off her body when found days later. She was taken to San Diego Department of Animal Services and the veterinarian who examined her said she had not suffered any injuries other than a torn nail.

Grace was still skittish of humans, but rescuers hope that with love and training she would be able to trust people again.

There was no micro chip implanted and Stevens placed a hold on Grace to take her in to her rescue for rehabilitation and to get her ready for adoption.

Grace was scheduled to be spayed on Oct. 24, afterwards she was free to go to Four Paws Coonhound Rescue with Stevens.

If interested in learning more about Grace and possibly adopt her, contact Four Paws Coonhound Rescue.

 

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

 

8 thoughts on “Police Taser Stray Dog and Animal Rescuers Step In to Help Pet”

  1. I become disappointed more and more with Law Enforcement everyday!!! They can be scumbags too, they just wear a uniform!!!!

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    • Don’t lump all law enforcement into one category here. Many times there have been stories posted where they help rescue animals in distress.

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      • I agree. JusT a few days ago was a sTory of a pOlice officer who adopted a kitten he helped rescue. Very sweet story. And another who had a pit jump right into his lap through the open window of his patrol car. I’m pretty sure he adopted that dog too.

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  2. Never call the cops. There are some who are compassionate, loving humans who go out of their way to save dogs and cats, but they are so few and far between that it is probably smarter to leave cops out of it. most of them are brutal and will use whatever brutal methods they have on hand to put down any animal and then later say they felt threatened. I believe tasers should be banned, but that’s another story.

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  3. Better tasers than bullets. More than one pet a day is killed by cops in this country. Too many trigger happy cops killing dogs and puppies that are in their own home, some even crated, and some tethered in their own back yard, and even on a leash being held by their owner. A few were even on a catch pole being dragged away by animal control when they were shot! A large % of those were shot in the back as they were running away yet the claim was made “I feared for my life.” and it was accepted as valid.

    One cop, with a wife and 2 small children, was shot in the face and killed because he was aiming to shoot a guy’s dogs. A 12 year old girl was killed by a bullet that went through her dog. A cop was killed by a ricochet fired by his partner at a dog. Several bullets were find in autos and houses after Chloe was killed while on a catch pole.

    This has to stop. Cops have to stop shooting dogs!!

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  4. Some of these police don’t even care for their own dogs that they work with leaving then in squad cars on hot summer days and they die happened in Indiana

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