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  1. Victim Name: Itchabon
    State: Alabama
    City: Hanceville
    Officer Name: Unknown K9 trainer
    Police Department: Hanceville Police Department
    Breed: Belgian Malinois, 6yo police K9

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2013-06-24

    HANCEVILLE, AL (WBRC) - A Hanceville Police officer is seriously injured after his K9 partner attacked him after a training exercise Monday. Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail says the 6-year-old Malinois, Itchabon, bit the officer's leg, circled him, and then attacked his head. The officer was forced to shoot and kill the dog. The department says they have had Itchabon for a year and a half and Nail says the officer is very upset by Monday's events. Officials say they are investigating what happened but the officer is expected to make a full recovery.

  2. Victim Name: police canine Igor
    State: Florida
    City: Kissimmee
    Officer Name: police K9 Igor, Gerardo Bellido
    Police Department: Kissimmee Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Breed: police K9 German shepherd

    Source URL 2: http://m.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-officer-leaves-police-dog-igor-hot-cars-article-1.2486580?cid=bitly
    Source URL 3: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-igor-kissimmee-police-dog-dead-20150423-story.html
    Date: 2015-04-21

    From the Orlando Sentinel: e day after Kissimmee Police dog Igor died in April, the dog's handler called a fellow officer and admitted he had lied. "I killed the dog, it's my fault," said Officer Gerardo Bellido, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report. "I left the dog in the car." FDLE and Kissimmee Police Department's Internal Affairs records reveal Bellido initially lied to his superiors on April 21, telling them the dog had been in his air-conditioned K-9 vehicle when he found it unconscious and immediately rushed it to the vet. But Bellido admitted the next day he lied and that he actually left the dog in the back of a parked, regular patrol car for more than three hours before he realized his mistake, records show. The car was not running and had no air conditioning on a day when temperatures reached the mid-80s. By the time Bellido took the dog to the Osceola Animal Emergency Clinic, the 4-year-old German shepherd was in "full rigor mortis" and had an internal body temperature of more than 110 degrees. According to the internal-affairs investigation, it was determined in October that Bellido committed two violations of department policy: neglect in performance of duties and falsification of a report. While both offenses rise to the level of possible termination, Bellido's discipline consisted of 160 hours of suspension, all taken out of his accrued vacation time. Currently, Bellido is no longer a K-9 officer but he remains on the force as a patrol officer. Bellido, who's been with the department since 2004, has been named officer of the month four times and was named officer of the year in 2011. He was also one of seven officers awarded a unit citation in June, two months after Igor's death, for his role in a burglary arrest in March. The department's only previous finding of employee misconduct was for Bellido's use of profanity during a traffic stop in 2011. The FLDE (sic) report investigating Bellido for possible animal cruelty was forwarded to State Attorney Jeff Ashton's office in June for review. No charges have been filed. State Attorney spokeswoman Angela Starke had no information about the report. Bellido referred all comment about Igor's death to the police department. "I suffered enough from everything," Bellido said Wednesday. "It's not being investigated anymore, it's all cleared and over with. … I don't want to even talk about it, to be honest." Bellido's attorney, Stewart Cohen, declined to comment. Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie declined to comment on the details of the investigation and referred all questions about the incident to the internal affairs report. "It was thoroughly investigated and the charges were what they were, and the discipline is what it is," Massie said Wednesday. In June, Igor was posthumously honored with a memorial service befitting an officer, with flags at half staff and an honor guard. Representatives for the Central Florida Police Benevolent Association did not return calls for comment. 'Evidence of heat stroke' Igor, one of three Kissimmee police K-9s, had been with the department for about 16 months when he was taken out for routine training on April 21. K-9s are usually held either in a kennel or in a specially-equipped area in the back of a K-9 vehicle. But that day, according to the reports, Bellido's K-9 vehicle had to be serviced in the city's automobile service center. So Bellido was issued a spare patrol car for the day. After training at the police station ended around 4:30 p.m., surveillance video shows Bellido opening the back door of his spare patrol car for Igor to jump in. He then drove to the service center to pick up his K-9 vehicle. Bellido told investigators that he transferred his equipment from one car to another, but he forgot Igor in the back seat of the spare patrol car at the service center. He then returned the keys to the spare car and drove off in his K-9 vehicle to meet up with two fellow K-9 officers for dinner at Tijuana Flats, records show. He went back to the police station to complete paperwork, the reports said, and then he stopped by a bakery after the end of his shift at 6 p.m. The internal-affairs report stated he entered and exited his vehicle nine times during this period of time. "[Bellido] said he did not look in the back seat during that three-hour period," the internal affairs report states. "Bellido explained that after a training day it was common for Igor to lie down and sleep the remainder of the day." When he got home around 7:20 p.m., Bellido told investigators he "opened the back door of the K-9 vehicle … [and] when Igor did not come out right away he called for him. Bellido looked inside the back seat of his car and around his yard but could not find Igor." Bellido said he quickly returned to the service center, the last place he remembered seeing Igor. Shortly after 8 p.m., he looked inside the spare patrol car and found the dog, "wet and hot to the touch," the internal affairs report states. "He was overcome with grief knowing that Igor was deceased at that time." Bellido removed Igor from the patrol car and placed the dog's body in his K-9 car, the internal affairs report states. He drove to the Osceola Animal Emergency Clinic, where the dog was pronounced dead. But while at the clinic, both reports state, Bellido initially lied to doctors and his superiors about how Igor died. He told them he had found Igor dead in the back of his air-conditioned K-9 vehicle at his house, and he had driven it straight from home to the hospital. Fellow K-9 Officer Joe Mata asked when Bellido had last seen or heard Igor. According to the internal-affairs report, Bellido said he "heard Igor barking at Tijuana Flats, when two girls walked past." The reports show that Bellido only revealed the truth the next day, after Mata told him in a phone conversation that there were cameras inside the service center. Bellido then admitted to Mata that he had lied the day before and had actually forgotten the dog in the spare patrol car in the service center. Despite what Mata told Bellido about the cameras, the FDLE report states the video system at the service center was "non-operable" that day, so no video actually exists of what happened when Bellido returned to find Igor's body. But outdoor surveillance video does show Bellido returning to the service center, which contradicted his original story. Bellido returned a second time that night to wipe down the back seat of the patrol vehicle where Igor died; he used towels and hand sanitizer to clean the car, according to records. The final necropsy report states that Igor died of "terminal circulatory collapse/shock with evidence of heat stroke."

  3. Victim Name: police canine Maggie, unknown dog
    State: Virginia
    City: Louisa
    Officer Name: police K9 Maggie badge number 107A, Lieutenant Patrick Sheridan
    Police Department: Louisa County Sheriffs Office
    Breed: 1 police canine Bloodhound, 1 dog unconfirmed breed - police claim pit bull

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2011-12-10

    From Officer Down Memorial Page based entirely on police statements: Breed: Bloodhound Origin: New Jersey Age: 6 Gender: F Tour: 6 years End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 2011 K9 Maggie, badge number 107A, died from injuries sustained when she was attacked by a pit bull as she and her handler searched for a suicidal person. Maggie had served with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office for six years and had over 300 calls for service, resulting in multiple arrests.

  4. Victim Name: police canine Mako, unknown dog
    State: North Carolina
    City: Shelby
    Officer Name: police K9 Mako
    Police Department: Cleveland County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Division
    Breed: one police canine 9yo unconfirmed breed, one civilian dog unconfirmed breed

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2014-11-19

    From Officer Down Memorial Page based entirely on police statements: End of Watch: Thursday, February 19, 2015 K9 Mako died of injuries sustained three months earlier when he was attacked by another dog while assisting members of the agency's Vice / Narcotics Division serve a warrant near Shelby, North Carolina. As Mako and his handler searched the outside of the home a dog that lived on the property attacked him. Mako was immediately taken to an emergency animal hospital and underwent surgery. He never fully recovered and died on February 19th, 2015, as a result of the injuries. K9 Mako had served with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office for seven years.

  5. Victim Name: police dog fax and unidentified dog
    State: Indiana
    City: Crown Point
    Officer Name: two unknown police, police K9 fax
    Police Department: Lake County Sheriffs Department
    Breed: german shephard and dog of unconfirmed breed - police claim pit bull

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2002-04-23

    From the Officer Down Memorial Page - based entirely on police statements: K9 Fax died after being attacked by a pit bull while protecting his handler and another officer. The two officers were checking a wooded area commonly used to dump stolen vehicles when they observed a man sitting in a car. As they approached the subject the man suddenly turned on the lights and drove towards the officers, who ordered him to stop at gunpoint. As they attempted to talk to the subject, the man let his pitbull out of the vehicle. The pitbull was put back into the truck upon instructions from the officers. As the officers attempted to place the subject under arrest he began to struggle and again ordered the pitbull out of the truck. As it attempted to attack the officers, K9 Fax intercepted it kept it from the officers, but suffered serious injuries. Fax's handler was able to fatally shoot the pitbull. Fax was taken to animal hospital where he underwent surgery, but died a short time later from complications. K9 Fax had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for six years.

  6. Victim Name: Police dog Dynasty
    State: Florida
    City: Miami
    Officer Name: Rondal Lardy Brown, Police K9 Dynasty
    Police Department: Miami Police Department
    Breed: unconfirmed police K9

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2007-11-01

    MIAMI (CBS4) – A former Miami police officer accused of starving his K9 to death will not see the inside of a prison. On Tuesday Rondal Brown, 51, accepted a plea deal from prosecutors in exchange for pleading no contest to a single count of animal cruelty. Under terms of the deal, Brown will serve a year of probation, surrender his law enforcement certification and never again seek employment with the City of Miami. He will also have to pay court costs along with making a thousand dollar donation to the Animal Services Trust Fund and $500 donation to the Jimmy Ryce Foundation. ADDITIONAL COVERAGE http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/sfl-k9skilledinlineofduty-story.html Miami K-9 officer, Rondal Lardy Brown, 49, of Miami, is charged with starving his K-9 partner to death in a November 2007 case in which investigators found the deceased animal's body to be half its normal weight.Brown was charged with cruelty to animals and offenses against police dogs, both felonies, after investigators discovered the dog's weight had dropped from a normal 66 pounds to 33 pounds and that a wound on the dog's front paw was so severe it showed tendon and bone.

  7. Victim Name: Unknown
    State: Florida
    City: Bradenton
    Officer Name: Unknown police, unknown police K9
    Police Department: Manatee County Sheriffs Office
    Breed: Unconfirmed - two reported pitbulls one police K9

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-03-01

    BRADENTON (FOX 13) - In Manatee County, deputies say they were forced to shoot a dog during a call. It happened while they were responding to a shooting and disturbance at a home on 30th Street West in Bradenton. Deputies say as they were searching the home for someone, two pit bulls on the property broke free and started attacking the police K9. They tried to pull the dogs off, but deputies say they kept attacking. That's when they tased one dog and were forced to shoot another. The police K9 has minor injuries to his tail. The other dog was not hit in any vital organs and it is expected to be okay.

  8. Victim Name: Nena, Brownie, unknown police canine
    State: Florida
    City: Lehigh Acres
    Officer Name: unknown K9, unknown deputy k9 handler
    Police Department: Lee County Sheriffs Office
    Breed: Two dogs unconfirmed breed, one police canine

    Source URL 2: https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Nena-1605583212997770/info/?tab=page_info
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-01-02

    From Lee County TV news station "NBC-2": A simple traffic stop involving a bicycle in Lehigh Acres led to a Lee County deputy firing off a shot to protect one of his own. It happened near Gilbert Avenue just west of Gunnery Road. Deputies tell us they attempted to stop a suspect on a bicycle outside of the Dollar General store on Gunnery Road for riding without a light. That's when the suspect ran away from deputies. A helicopter and K9 unit were called in to help search for the suspect. While tracking the suspect in a wooded area, a K9 unit was attacked by an unleashed Pit bull. That's when a deputy in pursuit shot the Pit bull. We spoke to the Pit bull's owner, Michael Rivera. Rivers says the entire incident happened on his property -- which he says has an invisible fence system. The Pit bull is receiving treatment from animal control. River tells us his dog isn't doing well. The K9 is expected to be okay. The suspect is still on the run. No description has been given to us at this time.

  9. Victim Name: Boss, unidentified police canine
    State: Texas
    City: Houston
    Officer Name: unidentified police K9, unidentified police officers
    Police Department: Harris County Constables Office Precinct 4
    Breed: one 1yo dog, one police K9 - police claim civilian dog pitbull

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2016-01-05

    From NBC affiliate Click2Houston: Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables continue to search for three suspects after a car chase ended with a dog shot in the street and an assortment of weapons were recovered by officers. Deputies said they were searching for a total of six suspects who ran from a car after a traffic stop in north Harris County near the Hardy Toll Road and East Richey Road. "When the deputy arrived, the males fled the location in the vehicle. It was a short chase," said Constable Mark Herman. "They set up a perimeter and ended up catching three of the six (suspects)." When a K-9 unit was brought in to search for the remaining three suspects, one of the captured suspects told deputies they could find at least one at a house on Regal Trace Lane. When police knocked on the door, they said it opened and they were charged by a year-old pit bull named Boss. A deputy constable pulled out his weapon and shot the dog. "My dog ran out after the big dog, but they had him," said the dog's owner, Janieya McDowell. "And that's when they just shot him. All I heard is, 'Shoot him,' and then I heard the gunshot." Boss was taken to the vet and is expected to recover, but when deputy constables searched the suspects' red Cadillac, they discovered several handguns, a small assault weapon and other equipment, including a gas mask. The search continues for the three suspects and the reason they had all those weapons is still unclear. "In the car they found ski masks and a total of six or seven guns," Herman said. "The officers are trying to determine if the vehicle is stolen or who the vehicle (belongs to). These individuals were obviously up to no good."

  10. Victim Name: Eazy, unknown police canine
    State: California
    City: Fresno
    Officer Name: K9 handler - shooter, police K9
    Police Department: Fresno Police Department
    Breed: unknown dog, unknown police canine

    Source URL 2: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForEazy
    Source URL 3: http://copblockfresno.org/2015/01/13/fresno-police-search-wrong-house-shoot-familys-pet-dog/
    Date: 2014-12-13

    Victim family statement: "****PLEASE HELP US GET JUSTICE FOR EAZY**** WE WON'T JUST LET THIS GO. LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS, PICTURES, STORIES... TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A STAND.....EAZY DESERVES IT. The internet is filled with the stories of innocent dogs being shot by police. You can find new stories on the Internet almost daily. In the majority of these cases, the dog is either on or adjacent to where the dog lives. On many occasions, the officer is at the wrong address entirely. Legislation needs to be enacted on a federal level defining strict fines and prison sentences for police officer's who abuse their authority and kill innocent pets. If an average citizen can be charged for the same offense and face fines and jail time, then so should the officer committing the same crime. A police officer is no better than those of us not in uniform when committing such a horrendous act. Perhaps this "kill at will" attitude will change as more dog owner's are suing those responsible for the wrongful death of their pet. Many of these lawsuits name not just the department, but the actual officer involved. Why aren't police officers "dealt with appropriately?" Why do police departments not issue any words of sympathy when their officers kill the family pet? How can we turn this tragic event into a positive, to make it a teachable moment so that events do not repeat themselves? The police be held to the same set of standards as the rest of us. POLICE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE KILLING OUR DOGS!! NOT ALL PITBULLS ARE TRAINED TO BE VICIOUS AND ATTACK!! Eazy was part of our family for over 7 years. A big sweetheart. He was the most loving, most friendly dog ever. Everyone who knew Eazy loved him and he loved everyone. He was loyal, obedient, playful, loveable and just the best dog anyone could ask for. On December 13, 2014, Fresno Police opened and went through our back gate without consent and UNLAWFULLY searched our home without a valid search warrant. Because of all the commotion being made while the FPD harassed my son for no reason, but that he was outside along with other neighbors trying to find out about the gunshots, Eazy ran out scared from our backyard... he didn't charge them or their K-9 as they "claim". They unnecessarily shot and killed our dog just like that. And when it was all said and done, they made no arrests, they recovered NOTHING in their unlawful search. They had the wrong people and the wrong address and Eazy paid with his life. The FPD should be held accountable for their actions. The Fresno Police Department has a shameful history of police brutality, unnecessarily shooting people and dogs and not being held accountable. Let's make our voice heard and get the message out there that WE AREN'T GOING TO STAND FOR THIS ANY LONGER. EAZY'S LIFE DIDN'T HAVE TO END SO SOON. THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO SHOOT OUR BOY." From Cop Block Fresno: December 13th 2014, Fresno Police Officers killed a family’s pet dog, after profiling a 19-year-old and his friend. Felicia Rodriguez tells Cop Block Fresno her teenage son and his friend were wrongfully detained at gunpoint while standing in front of their own home. Responding to shots fired somewhere in the neighborhood, F.P.D. detained the boys, opening a gate to do so and letting the families pet dog, Eazy, out of the yard. When Eazy walked out of the open gate, he came in contact with a K9 officer and did what playful dogs do. The K9’s handler shot Eazy five times, killing him in front of his family that adored the companion for seven years. Rodriguez writes: “He didn’t charge or attack the dog nor any officers. He was never trained to be that way and he did nothing but be loveable and playful with anyone he came in contact with. While my son was detained, he had to watch helplessly while they murdered his best friend in cold blood. “While the teenagers were witnessing the murder of their four-legged friend from the back seat of police cars, Fresno police officers ransacked the home without consent or a search warrant. After no guns were found in the house, the boys were free to go and the police left the scene, and left the family traumatized. “…and to add insult to injury, they ADMITTED to us they had the WRONG ADDRESS… and because of their negligence, our beloved Eazy had to pay with his life. This has turned our world upside down. My 19 year old is scarred for life, my 10 year old is deeply heartbroken over the loss of his companion too.” F.P.D. told Felicia Rodriguez the dog “charged officers”, but the family insists the dog was friendly and wanted to play. The family is demanding justice for their murdered loved one via Facebook on the page “Justice for Eazy”. From Justice for Eazy on Facebook: “A police officer is no better than those of us not in uniform when committing such a horrendous act.” “The FPD should be held accountable for their actions. The Fresno Police Department has a shameful history of police brutality, unnecessarily shooting people and dogs and not being held accountable.” The Fresno Police Department has declined to respond to my inquiry into this incident. I have since sent a CPRA request (California Records Request Act); Cop Block Fresno will continue to cover this story as it develops.

  11. Victim Name: Hydro, one unconfirmed dog
    State: Missouri
    City: Springfield
    Officer Name: police K9 handler Tom Spence - shooter, unknown police officers
    Police Department: Springfield Police Department
    Breed: one 4 yo black Labrador retriever, one unconfirmed dog

    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-07-07

    From the News-Leader: Shena Matthias thought she was doing the right thing when she called 911 to report a possible burglary in her neighborhood. Matthias, 29, believed someone might be in danger, so she reached out to police for help. But if she had it to do over again, she would have kept her mouth shut. Matthias called 911 on Sunday evening after her fiance saw a masked man trying to get into a residence near their house on the 1000 block of East Pacific Street in Springfield. A short time later, however, Matthias would be holding her dying dog in her arms. Two officers responded to the scene after the 911 call, but Matthias said, due to confusion with the dispatcher, officers went to the wrong home. Then, the officers decided to go to Matthias' home to get clarification on which residence they were supposed to be checking out. The officers undid the two locks on Matthias' gate and began walking toward the porch, when Matthias' two dogs burst through the screen door and charged at the officers. Matthias said one officer Tom Spence pulled out his duty weapon and fired three shots at Hydro, a 4-year-old black Labrador retriever. Hydro spun around, stumbled, dragged himself to the porch steps and died in Matthias' arms, she said. "I felt the warm blood dripping on my fingers," Matthias said. "I held him. I watched my dog's eyes go gray. I know when he took his last breath." Matthias said she is grieving the loss of a family member, and she is now looking for a lawyer who will take her case. "My dog died for no reason," Matthias said. "It just doesn't make sense to me." Matthias said Hydro has never bitten anyone before, but she believes his protective instincts were triggered and he might have bitten the officer Sunday had the officer not shot him. She believes, however, that the officers should not have come into her yard the way they did. Matthias said she specifically told the 911 dispatcher that if the officers wanted to make contact with her, they needed to call her first so that she could put her dogs in a room. The officers told her they never got that message about the dogs. Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said officer Spence — who is a K9 officer — asked dispatch to contact Matthias before he went to her home, but dispatch could not reach her. Matthias told a News-Leader reporter she did not have any missed calls. "It completely could have been avoided," Matthias said. "That officer should have made himself known. My front door was wide open, he could have made himself known." Matthias said within minutes of the shooting, there were more than 20 police cars on her block and officers put crime scene tape around her yard. She said she was hysterical after Hydro was shot, and the whole incident still doesn't seem real. "I was screaming frantically for two hours, you probably would have called a mental institution on me," Matthias said. "I laid on my dog's dead body just holding him and telling him I was sorry." Matthias said she got Hydro when he was a puppy and he was for the most part a friendly dog. She said she would often take him outside without a leash. She said Sunday's events have been tough on her, but they have been even more difficult for her 4-year-old son, who witnessed the shooting. Matthias said her son is having nightmares and asking when Hydro will come back. As of Tuesday morning, Hydro's body was in an ice- and toy-filled box on Matthias' back porch. The box was decorated with a card made by her son. Matthias said she got some good news Tuesday afternoon when a local organization stepped up to pay the costs of Hydro's cremation. "My dogs are my world," Matthias said. "We haven't stopped crying for days." Police say the complete report from Sunday's incident is not available because it has not yet been reviewed by the officer's supervisor. Cox, with the police department, said anytime a weapon is discharged, the involved officer's chain of command reviews the use of force. Police provided some details of the shooting with an entry in their daily media report. Officer Spence wrote in that report that he was dispatched to 1066 E. Pacific St. for reports of an abandoned house being burglarized. Spence noticed, however, that the house was not actually abandoned. The residents of the home told the officer there was no burglary occurring, according to the report. Spence then went to 1056 E. Pacific St. to contact the people who made the 911 call and get some clarification on where the alleged burglary had occurred, the report says. As Spence was approaching the home at 1056 E. Pacific St., two dogs broke though the screen door of the house and attacked the officer, according to the report. The officer writes in his report that "the dogs did not retreat and came at me aggressively to attack, forcing me to shoot one of them." Cox said the second dog ran away after Spence shot Hydro. The Springfield Police Department's Resistance Response guidelines address dealing with animals. The guidelines say officers "may use weapons to destroy severely injured non-domesticated animals or to defend themselves against vicious, rabid or otherwise dangerous animals." Cox said Spence is not on administrative leave.

  12. Victim Name: Little Man, police canine Pluto
    State: Georgia
    City: Union City
    Officer Name: police K9 Pluto, unknown police officers
    Police Department: Union City Police Department
    Breed: unconfirmed

    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-11-13

    From WSB-TV: SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A family is calling for an internal investigation after a Union City police officer shot and killed their dog. A spokesperson for the Union City Police Department tells Channel 2 Action News that officers went to the family's home on Nichols Drive to serve aggravated assault and terroristic threats warrants on one their relatives. As they were leaving, police say the dog attacked them. Friday, Sharon Jones and her son Mark Coursey stood at their dog's grave in their backyard. Their pit bull named Little Man was shot by an officer on Nov. 13 and died three days later after going through two surgeries. "Our house is empty," said Jones. "Our yard is empty. They didn't have the right to take our dog." Police say Jones' dog attacked their K9 and his handler twice out in the street. Coursey says the officers had finished searching the home and were on the way to their vehicles. At one point, Coursey says he went out a back door and his dog got loose. Within moments, Little Man was clashing with police K9 Pluto. "About 15 seconds into the fight I hear 'boom,' and then that's it," said Coursey. Police say that the pit bull did not respond to their commands to stop. They say the officer fired a shot into the dog's side to prevent him from causing serious damage to their dog. Jones has filed a complaint with internal affairs demanding an investigation. "They had no business being out here with a K9 without letting me know to secure my dog," said Jones. "They used more force than what they should," she said. The family says they not only lost their dog, but were also left with a $2,800 veterinarian bill after two surgeries failed to save him. "That's a family member to us," said Jones. "That's our dog." "Shoot the ground," said Coursey. "Shoot the grass. You didn't have to shoot my dog." Police say the fault lies with the owners for failing to restrain and secure their dog.

  13. Victim Name: unknown
    State: Virginia
    City: Manassas
    Officer Name: unknown police officers, unknown police K9
    Police Department: Prince William County Police Department
    Breed: one civilian dog unconfirmed breed, one police canine unconfirmed breed

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-10-23

    From InsideNOVA: Police shot and killed a pit bull late Friday after a violent dispute in the Lake Jackson area of Manassas. Officers were called to Hilltop Drive at 9:43 p.m., where it was reported the suspect assaulted one victim and attempted to stab another in an altercation between people who know each other, said Prince William police spokesman Mark Merriman "The suspect then fled on foot into the woods nearby, along with a pit pull belonging to one of the parties involved," Merriman said. As officers searched for the suspect, they encountered the pit bull in the area of McGrath Road. Merriman said the dog "charged aggressively at the police officers and K9 two times." The dog was shot by one officer and died at the scene. The suspect involved in the attempted stabbing was taken into custody, Merriman said. His name has not yet been released. The condition of the two victims in the altercation was not known Saturday morning.

  14. Victim Name: Sugar - victim, Dreamos - police canine
    State: North Dakota
    City: Jamestown
    Officer Name: K9 handler Matthew Thom - shooter, Dreamos - police K9
    Police Department: Jamestown Police Department, Stutsman County Sheriff
    Breed: one unconfirmed civilian dog, one unconfirmed police K9

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    Source URL 2: http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/local/3832132-shootings-aftermath-jones-talks-about-shooting-man-says-shooting-dog-not
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-08-30

    From NBC affiliate Valley News Live: "I guess there are two sides of the story, like everything and sometimes what you hear right away is not the total story," says Sheriff Chad Kaiser of Jamestown. He spoke exclusively with Valley News Live about an incident that has gathered a lot of attention. "A lot of people respond to social media and don't know the whole story of what happened." Kaiser says that an officer on duty used his best judgement when he was called on a home invasion where the owner's pit bull ran towards the officer and K-9 unit. "The dog kept coming and so one shot was fired at the dog," says Kaiser. Jones explained how helpless he felt while he watched his dog get shot. "I was handcuffed right there for about 30 minutes on the ground." Police say that the pit bull was snarling. "The dog kept coming and snarling and then at that time, the officer had to shoot the dog," Kaiser adds. Jones says that his dog, "Sugar", wasn't. "My dog never showed his teeth, not one time at the sheriff; never. Even when he came out the door, he didn't show his teeth." He wants to set the record straight that not all pit bulls are vicious animals, saying that people give pitbulls a bad name. Jones is upset that he called police for help and they ended up shooting his pet. Now unsure if he will ever call them again. "I wish I wouldn't have called 9-1-1. It wasn't like anyone else called 9-1-1, I called 9-1-1.That's sad, that's really sad," Jones says. Sheriff Kaiser knows this was a hard situation. "We sympathize with the dog owner, it's not something we normally do is shoot dogs," Kaiser says. "But in this instance, that was the only way for the handler to keep his dog and himself for safety reasons." Jone's biggest hope is that his, "Sugar", is in a better place. "He'll be alright, I'll be alright, one day. ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: "Officials express remorse for shooting dog": Chris Olson: http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/local/3829522-officials-express-remorse-shooting-dog The Jamestown police chief and Stutsman County sheriff expressed remorse Monday about a homeowner’s dog being shot during an investigation early Friday morning of a man being shot during an alleged break-in, but said they felt the shooting was warranted. At 12:17 a.m. Friday, Jamestown Police Department officers were dispatched to 1115 1st Ave. N to the report of a man shot after breaking into a home at the address. The man who was shot, identified as Richard Daniel by Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger, was transported by Jamestown Area Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. He was then transferred by air ambulance to a Fargo hospital, police Lt. Justin Blinsky said on Friday morning. Edinger said Daniel’s injuries were not life-threatening. He did not know Daniel’s current medical condition Monday afternoon. Edinger said the homeowner who called Stutsman County Communications to report the alleged break-in and shooting is Delmonty Jones. No ages were available for Jones and Daniel. Jones was not home Monday afternoon when a Sun reporter stopped by his home to speak to him about the incident. A man who answered the door said Jones was at work. Edinger said Daniel is the husband of Irene Daniel, who was in Jones’ home at the time of the incident.Irene Daniel, 38, Jamestown, pleaded not guilty on Aug. 4 to stolen property and drug charges in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Edinger said some police reports of the incident have been given to Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen, but not all reports are complete. Edinger said he didn’t know exactly when all the police reports would be filed. Edinger said he arrived after the first police officers arrived on scene. He said based on what he learned from the officers who were first on scene, the officers entered the house and Jones’ dog, a pitbull named Sug, got out of the house and went after the Stutsman County sheriff’s canine deputy, Dreamos. Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said Deputy Matthew Thom, Dreamos’ handler, attempted to move Dreamos away from Jones’ dog to de-escalate a possible confrontation between the two dogs. “The owner (Jones) tried calling the dog (Sug) off,” Kaiser said. Kaiser, who arrived after the dog was shot, said that Thoms told him that when Jones’ dog first came out of the house, the dog made a loop around the yard, then went toward Thom and Dreamos. He said the two dogs sniffed each other and then Jones’ dog started to growl and snarl at Dreamos. Kaiser said after moving Dreamos away a few times, Thom shot Jones’ dog. “The other dog (Jones’ dog) kept following him,” Kaiser said. “Every effort was made not to shoot the dog.” He said Thom “did the right thing.” Immediately after Jones’ dog was shot, Edinger said he contacted Stutsman County Communications to call Southwood Veterinary Clinic to be ready for Jones’ dog. Edinger said the dog was transported to the clinic. The dog died as a result of the gunshot. Edinger said the incident has gotten attention on social media sites and two television news reports. He said it’s important people understand that some of the information presented in social media was not accurate. We try to keep the public informed (about incidents like this), but that isn’t our top priority,” he said. Edinger said he was sorry that Jones’ dog was shot and killed. “It’s an unfortunate thing (the dog being shot), but the important thing is no other human beings were injured,” he said. “I own a dog and he is a member of my family. We feel terrible this happened.” ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: Shootings aftermath Jones talks about shooting man says shooting of dog not justified officer calls it terrible deal: The Jamestown Sun: By Chris Olson: Delmonty Jones blinked back tears Wednesday as he talked about his dog, Sugar, a 90-pound pitbull that was shot by a Stutsman County sheriff's deputy early Aug. 28. "Sug was one of the sweetest dogs you'd ever want to meet," Jones said. "For him to get shot the way he did, that's a sad day." Jones talked Wednesday about shooting a man he said broke into his home and the subsequent shooting of his dog at the home he rents at 1115 1st Ave. N. Jamestown Police Department officers were dispatched to the home at 12:17 a.m. Aug. 28 on a report of a man being shot after breaking into the home. Jones, 51, said he was in his bedroom with a friend, Irene Daniel, 38, when Richard Daniel allegedly kicked in the back door to the house and was in the doorway to the bedroom before Jones realized someone was in the house. Jone said he and Richard Daniel "tussled" on the floor next to the bed. Jones said there was a handgun on a table next to the bed, and he shot Daniel in the abdomen area with the gun. Jones said he called 911 to report the break-in and that he had shot Daniel. As of Thursday afternoon no charges have been filed, and the case remains under investigation, according to the Jamestown Police Department. When police officers and Stutsman County deputies arrived, Jones said he was the one who was treated like a suspect. He said Richard Daniel had crawled out to the street in front of the house when the first police officers arrived. "There was only three of us here (outside the house)," Jones said. "He (Daniel) crawled out into the street saying he was shot and every Tom, Dick and Harry pulled their guns on me." Daniel was transported by Jamestown Area Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center, then flown by air ambulance to a Fargo hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officials at Sanford Medical Center and Essentia Health, both in Fargo, said Daniel was not a patient in their facilities Thursday afternoon. Jones said a police officer handcuffed him and made him lay down on the ground in front of his house. Jones said he told a police officer, who was preparing to open the front door to the house, that there was a pitbull dog inside. Jones said the officer asked him if the dog would bite, and Jones said no he wouldn't. Jones said the officer opened the door and his pitbull came out. "He (Sugar) looked at me and he sees that dog," Jones said, referring to Dreamos, the canine unit for the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office. "What's a dog's normal reaction? To go see what the other dog is doing in his yard." Jones said about two minutes before the police opened the door to his house, he had asked Stutsman County Deputy Matthew Thom to put Dreamos back in his patrol vehicle in case Sugar got out. Thom said Thursday he was on the scene in support of the police officers who were entering Jones' home. Thom was there with Dreamos in case the dog was needed to apprehend somebody who might have been in the house and tried to run away. He said he had his duty weapon in his other hand, which is standard procedure given the situation. Thom said Jones' dog came out of the house, went past Jones, who was laying on the ground and handcuffed, and went up to police officer who was in the street with Daniel. Jones' dog then came back into the yard, saw Thom and Dreamos, and walked straight at the deputy and dog. "I was on edge from it because of the posture of the dog (Jones' dog)," Thom said. Being a canine handler, Thom said he can "read" a dog, whether it's in a friendly or aggressive mode. He said Jones' dog had his head up and his body was tense, which Thom said is an aggressive posture. Thom said he grabbed Dreamos by his collar and lifted his front paws off the ground so Dreamos couldn't do much. He said Sugar came up to Dreamos and started sniffing him. Thom said he allowed Sugar to sniff Dreamos for a split second because Sugar immediately started to growl and snarl. Thom said he moved Dreamos again, holding the dog close against his body and away from Sugar. He said Jones' dog kept following him. Thom said sometimes just moving a dog away from a more aggressive dog will work, but Sugar kept coming around. Thom said he brought his duty weapon over the top of Dreamos and "neutralized the threat to my dog." Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said Thursday given the situation as Thom described in his report, Thom didn't have enough time to switch from his duty weapon to a nonlethal weapon like a taser. He said Thom also couldn't put Dreamos in his patrol vehicle for security reasons. Thom described the situation as "a terrible deal." "I didn't want to have to dispatch a dog at all," he said. "I'm a canine handler, I love dogs. I had to keep my dog safe. He doesn't do any good if he's scrapping with another dog and I need him to apprehend somebody." Thom said if Jones' dog had sniffed Dreamos and nothing else, he could have taken a different route that night. "It was a split-second decision," he said. Jones said Sugar did not growl or snarl once at Dreamos or Thom, even after the dog was shot. "When Sug got shot, he never growled, never even yelped," Jones said. He said Sugar ran around and came over by where Jones was laying on the ground and sat. Jones said that is when he saw the hole in Sugar from the gunshot wound. "It's really hard on me," Jones said about seeing his dog shot. "There is no justification for shooting my dog." Jones said he couldn't provide a photo of Sugar to The Sun because he said all of the photos he had were on his cell phone, which police had taken as part of its investigation. Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said Monday he had Stutsman County Communications contact someone at Southwood Veterinary Clinic to let them know Jones' dog had been shot and would be transported to Southwood for treatment of a gunshot wound. Jones, who is a farm laborer and has his own auto detailing and landscaping business, said he contacted one of his workers and had him transport Sugar to Southwood. The dog died as a result of the gunshot wound. Kaiser and Edinger said that every effort was made to not harm Jones' dog. Kaiser said after hearing what Thom had to say and reading his report, he felt Thom did the right thing in shooting Jones' dog. Jones said this incident has left him questioning whether he will ever call the police again if something happens in his home. "I'm still traumatized by someone kicking my door in and coming into my bedroom where I lay my head," Jones said. "He (Daniel) came into my house, but I got treated like I was the suspect." Jones said he is trying to move on but has trouble sleeping and eating. He said he was protecting himself and his home. "If you can't protect the inside of your home, what is America coming to?" Jones said. "That's for every color, not just for black or for white. That's for everyone."

  15. Victim Name: Zane
    State: Georgia
    City: Conyers
    Officer Name: Jerahmy Williams
    Police Department: Conyers Police Department, Rockdale County Sheriffs Office
    Breed: Bloodhound 5yo

    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-07-16

    From NBC: A Conyers Police Corporal is on paid leave after his K9 partner was found dead in his patrol car. Police say officer Jerahmy Williams drove home sick in a take-home police car at the end of his overnight shift Thursday morning. Police say he neglected to take his K-9, who lived with Williams, out of the back of the car. Police say the 5-year-old bloodhound named Zane died after spending seven hours in the back of Williams's patrol car Thursday as temperatures approached the 90s. Police say the distraught officer discovered the dog when he went to the car to report back to work Thursday night. "He truly, truly loves that dog. And for him to know that it was his actions that caused the dog to perish, its going to be difficult for him to deal with," said Conyers police chief Gene Wilson. Williams has worked for the police department for nearly five years and spent three years as Zane's handler. "We are committed to the care and proper treatment of our working K9s. We are mourning the loss of our own," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said in a statement. But Wilson says Williams will face internal disciplinary charges. The Rockdale County Sheriff's office is handling the criminal investigation. Possible charges include reckless conduct and animal cruelty. Wilson says Williams has a clean disciplinary record in his five years at Conyers PD. ADDITIONAL COVERAGE - The Inquisitr - http://www.inquisitr.com/2264940/k-9-dies-after-being-left-in-hot-car-calls-increase-for-officer-jerahmy-williams-to-face-charges/ - A Georgia K-9 died after being left in a hot car for 10 hours, and now calls are growing for the officer responsible to face animal cruelty charges. The dog, a bloodhound named Zane, was found dead inside his handler’s patrol car on Thursday evening. The Conyers Police Department released a statement on Facebook about the K-9’s death, noting that the officer responsible was placed on paid leave during an investigation. “Zane, a five year old bloodhound, has worked as a tracking dog for Conyers Police Department for four years, three of those with his current handler. “Zane’s handler, Jerahmy Williams, has been with the police department nearly five years and is a patrol Corporal. Williams is currently on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. “Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office responded to Corporal Williams’ residence last night and is currently conducting a separate investigation with the assistance of the Rockdale County District Attorney’s Office. “We are committed to the care and proper treatment of our working K9s. We are mourning the loss of our own.” The tragedy could have been avoided, reports indicated. The patrol car is equipped with an alarm to alert when the temperature rises too high, but it is only activated when the ignition is turned on. Police have said that Williams is remorseful for the K-9’s death. “[Williams] truly, truly loves that dog. And for him to know that it was his actions that caused the dog to perish, its going to be difficult for him to deal with,” Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told 11 Alive. But after the K-9 died in the hot car, many people outside the department are calling for Jerahmy Williams to be fired and to face charges. The department’s Facebook page is filled with angry messages. “Your officer needs to be charged with animal cruelty just as a normal citizen would,” wrote Ashlee Cerone. “This is absolutely disgusting and inexcusable. Any normal human being should know common sense LET ALONE A K-9 officer. There is no excuse for this and your officer needs to be held accountable.” While the majority of commenters believed that Jerahmy Williams deserved charges for leaving the K-9 in a hot car, others called for calm and to allow the department to complete its investigation. Conyers Police Department officials have not given a timeframe for when the investigation could be completed.

  16. Victim Name: unknown police canine
    State: Minnesota
    City: Minneapolis
    Officer Name: Brett Arthur Berry
    Police Department: Ramsey County Sheriffs Office, Carlton County Sheriffs Office
    Breed: unconfirmed police K9

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    Date: 2015-06-14

    NOTE: Surveillance video of at least part of the beating that Brett Arthur Berry inflicted on his K9 partner is available on the Puppycide Database Project Youtube Channel here: https://youtu.be/Hvgm18lu-cQ From CBS Minnesota - A Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy faces criminal charges after he was caught on surveillance cameras abusing his K-9 partner at a Carlton casino. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry was at Black Bear Casino on June 14 for a canine training and certification event. Deputies were called to the casino just before 3 a.m. on June 15 on a report of animal cruelty caught on camera involving Berry, who had been asked to leave the casino’s Cobalt Lounge earlier in the night by deputies due to staff complaints. Berry was observed on camera leaving the lounge, going back to his hotel room and then leaving with his K-9 partner five minutes later. He was then observed carrying the dog to his car while being visibly upset. The accused was next seen on camera picking up the dog by the collar and throwing it to the ground. The K-9 then ran back to the casino and got trapped between entryway doors. Berry was seen catching up to his partner, and then repeatedly hitting the K-9. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office released a written statement Friday, saying they are “troubled” by the allegations. “Deputy Berry was sent home from the K-9 trials and placed on administrative leave,” the sheriff’s office said. “The K-9 was evaluated by a veterinarian and no injuries were found. The K-9 partner is currently in the care of others.” Berry was arrested and has been charged with two misdemeanor counts: one for assaulting a public safety dog and one for animal cruelty. He is an 18-year veteran of the department and has received letters of recognition in the past. One complaint has been filed against Berry in his career, involving “poor public relations” during a traffic stop.

  17. Victim Name: unknown police canine
    State: California
    City: Richmond
    Officer Name: unknown police officer, unknown police K9
    Police Department: Richmond Police Department
    Breed: Belgian Malinois 3 yo police K9

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-06-23

    From local FOX News affiliate KTVU, based entirely on uncorroborated police statements: A Richmond police officer shot and injured a K-9 unit dog that attacked him early Tuesday morning at police headquarters, according to authorities. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. in a secured parking lot of the Richmond Police Department. Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said the officer was walking into the building to start his shift when the canine attacked and bit his hand. The officer shot the dog, a Belgian Melinois, in self defense. “The canine was inside of the secure vehicle when the handler left him there,” Abetkov said. “We're trying to figure out what transpired between that time and when the officer was confronted by the canine.” The dog was shot once, although Abetkov did not say where. The canine is recovering at an emergency vet hospital and is in stable condition. The officer was taken to a hospital and is expected to be okay, but sustained serious injuries to his hand. “All of it merits an investigation,” Abetkov said. “How the incident occurred to begin with merits an investigation. Obviously, the actions of the officer in response to what was happening merits an investigation.” The canine unit the dog was in will also be looked at closely. Abetkov said the canine is kept inside a cage in the car that can only be opened by the handler with the touch of a button. The car will be looked at to determine if there was a malfunction or if the cage was left unlocked. Abetkov also said they will try to determine if the dog was provoked or spooked before the attack. “This struck all of us to the core,” she added. “We don't want to see one of our officers get injured, neither one of our canines.” The officer who fired his weapon has been on the force for three years. The canine has been on the force for three years. Abetkov said the dog would recover, but likely not return to work and instead be retired from service.

  18. Victim Name: police dog Jimmy, police dog Hector
    State: Florida
    City: Davie
    Officer Name: Nelson Enriquez, two police K9s
    Police Department: Hialeah Police Department, Davie Police Department
    Breed: Bloodhound 6yo Police K9, Belgian Malinois 4yo Police K9

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2015-05-27

    From the Miami Herald: More than six years ago, Hialeah patrol officer Nelson Enriquez was teamed up with a dog named Jimmy, a bloodhound named after Jimmy Ryce, the 9-year-old South Florida boy whose abduction and murder 20 years ago transfixed the nation. The dog lived in Enriquez’s Davie home with his wife and two children. Enriquez took him to work each day, trained Jimmy and fed and cared for him. Hialeah police considered Jimmy’s adoption “one of the best day’s in Hialeah police history.” On Wednesday morning after returning home from his midnight shift, Enriquez entered his home without Jimmy and a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois he also cared for named Hector. He left the dogs in the back cabin of a Ford Explorer SUV with the engine turned off. When Enriquez returned to the car several hours later, the dogs were dead. Several questions remained unanswered Thursday. Top among them: What happened during the nine-hour window when Enriquez parked his vehicle in his home driveway and when he called Davie police at 6:50 p.m? Though Hialeah police wouldn’t give an exact time, they said Enriquez’s midnight shift ended at 7 a.m., and that he was home by sometime “mid-morning.” They said the dogs were alone in the car for four or five hours in the broiling midday sun. Davie police, the lead investigators on the case, said Enriquez didn’t contact them until 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. They released no other details. Enriquez, a 13-year veteran who has spent the past seven years on K9 patrol, has been suspended with pay. While Davie police investigate, Hialeah police are running a parallel investigation into Enriquez’s actions through internal affairs. But on Thursday, Hialeah police mainly focused on the sadness of losing two members of their K9 crew. “The entire Hialeah Police Department is in mourning. We have lost two beloved members of our family,” said Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby. “They were a three-member team.” Enriquez, Zogby said, is “extremely distraught.” Like fallen officers, the dogs will be honored. The city’s Honor Guard escorted Jimmy and Hector on Thursday from a veterinarian’s office in Hollywood to the lab at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where necropsies will be performed. Zogby promised a full memorial service when the canines’ corpses are returned to Hialeah. According to Zogby, Enriquez, Jimmy and Hector worked from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. He said the three were delayed several hours because Jimmy was needed to help in the search for an elderly person after Enriquez’s shift ended. Zogby couldn’t explain why it took until almost 7 p.m. for Enriquez to call Davie police. The department spokesman also said he didn’t believe Enriquez’s two children or his wife were at the Davie home Wednesday between the time the officer got home and when he discovered the dogs were dead. Zogby said Enriquez called Hialeah police before informing Davie police of the deaths. If Enriquez is charged with a crime or malfeasance for the unnatural death of a K9 partner it would be unusual, but not unheard of. In 2007, Miami-Dade police Sgt. Allen Cockfield was charged with animal cruelty after prosecutors determined a kick he administered to his German shepherd Duke during a training session was a fatal blow. Cockfield was later acquitted at trail. Then in March 2008, Miami officer Rondal Brown was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after his bloodhound Dynasty starved to death. Dynasty, as was Jimmy the bloodhound, also was donated to the department by the Jimmy Ryce Center, a charity named in the child’s honor. Dynasty was discovered starving and emaciated. Brown later left the police department and agreed to serve probation on animal cruelty charges. Weighing in Thursday on the loss of the dogs was Don Ryce, Jimmy Ryce’s father and an advocate in helping police find missing children since his child’s murder in 1995 in South Miami-Dade. Jimmy, who did search and discovery primarily for children, was the department’s only bloodhound. "I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of two remarkable police dogs,” Ryce said. “Our mission is stronger than ever and with the public’s help we hope to be able to raise funds to replace these dogs.”

  19. Victim Name: Duke
    State: Texas
    City: San Antonio
    Officer Name: Ebony Jones, Police K9 duke
    Police Department: Bexar County Sheriffs Office, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services
    Breed: Labrador police K9 5yo

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    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2010-06-16

    From KENS5 Eyewitness News - www.kens5.com/story/news/local/2014/06/24/10259352/ - SAN ANTONIO Was it a sick dog... or a case of an insensitive partner? The I-Team has revisited a case where an officer s canine partner died in his car and has learned that deputy faces charges of animal cruelty. We need to really get this fixed, said Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, speaking about the death of three sheriff s dogs in two years. It is a terrible record, Reed said. They need to take a close look at their K-9 Corps, because these dogs are officers. They are officers as far as I m concerned. The latest incident occurred last week, when two Belgian Malinois, Vegas and Hades, died when their partner left them in the patrol car overnight. That deputy, Steve Benoy, is under investigation. He is on paid leave and reportedly very upset over the death of the animals. Reed says her office wont tolerate animal cruelty, as she referenced another case that surfaced in 2010. In June of that year, a tan Labrador named Duke died in Bexar County deputy Ebony Jones's patrol vehicle. News outlets were told the dog was chronically ill, and died on the eve of a visit to the veterinarian. But Reed said a subsequent Sheriff s Office investigation revealed the dog had suffered a case of heart-worm three years earlier, making it more susceptible to the Texas heat. And the D.A. said Jones ignored the warning signs. We felt that the actions of the defendant were reckless, she said. Records show Jones was suspended, then, terminated from the Bexar County Sheriff s Office. Two years later, he made a court appearance on animal cruelty charges--the very week two Belgian Malinois ended up succumbing to the heat in Benoy s SUV. Meantime, Jones faces a state jail felony charge of animal cruelty. He could face prison time if convicted. ADDITIONAL COVERAGE - SAN ANTONIO - A former Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy was not responsible for the death of his K-9 partner, a jury decided Friday after being instructed by a judge to reach a not guilty verdict. Ebony Jones had been charged with cruelty to animals, accused of acting recklessly in the death of his K-9 partner, a 5-year-old yellow Labrador retriever named Duke. The dog died in the back of their squad car June 16, 2010, while the deputy made a routine stop at a substation. Prosecutors argued Jones, 38, "betrayed" Duke by leaving him in the car for about 30 minutes on a hot day, with temperatures rising to about 90 degrees. But shortly after prosecutors rested their case Friday, Jones' attorney, Mark Stevens, asked visiting Judge George Godwin to instruct the jury to reach a not guilty verdict - based on what Godwin and Stevens both later called "insufficient evidence" to prove Jones' guilt. Instructed verdicts often are requested by defense attorneys but rarely granted. Stevens said it was the third one he's seen in all of his cases spanning the past 35 years. Bexar County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Frazier had spent much of the week calling first responders to the witness stand. Melissa Draper, former chief veterinarian for Animal Care Services - the city's animal control division - told jurors Wednesday that while performing a necropsy on Duke the day after he died, she saw "hallmark signs" of heatstroke, including rigid limbs and hemorrhaging throughout his body. No test for heatstroke in dogs is available, Draper said, but hot cars often are fatal on hot summer days. "It's essentially a cooking of the body," she said. Hours after the dog's death, animal control workers found Duke's body to be 107.5 degrees - more than 4 degrees higher than a healthy temperature for a dog, Draper said. But Stevens - and apparently Godwin - weren't convinced Jones had anything to do with Duke's death. "If he did die of heatstroke, it wasn't Ebony's fault," Stevens said. "There must've been a malfunction in the car." Jones, who was fired from the sheriff's office in fall 2010, said he already has plans to ask for his old job back and work until retirement. "This man didn't kill his dog," Stevens said. "That's what I know - 100 percent." NOTE Ebony Jones was allowed to return to work at the Bexar County Sheriffs Department in March 2015 http://www.foxsanantonio.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/former-bexar-county-deputy-back-job-11111.shtml

  20. Victim Name: Vegas, Hades
    State: Texas
    City: Adkins
    Officer Name: Steven John Benoy
    Police Department: Bexar County Sheriffs Office, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services
    Breed: Belgian Malinois police K9

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    Source URL 2: NA
    Source URL 3: NA
    Date: 2012-07-24

    Steven John Benoy, a police K9 officer, put two police dogs in his car and then left town. It was the middle of July in Texas. The dogs were dead upon his return. Benoy was suspended and indicted by a grand jury for misdemeanor animal cruelty. The case was dismissed for "insufficient evidence". CRIMINAL CASE INFORMATION: Bexar County TX Circuit Court Cause # 2014CR0954 SID :449397 Court :D144 Offense Desc :CRUELTY TO NON-LIVESTOCK ANIMA Location :CLS Name :STEVEN J BENOY JN :1560784 Attorney :STEVENS, MARK Disposition Status :TRF FR DIST TO CC Case Status :CASE CLOSED Disposition Date :04/01/2014 Bexar County TX Circuit Court Cause # 455385 Case Status :CASE CLOSED Disposition Date :01/14/2015 Disposition Status :DSMD-INSF EVIDENCE SID :449397 Court :CC12 Offense Desc :CRUELTY TO NON-LIVESTOCK ANIMAL Location :CLS Name :STEVEN J BENOY JN :1560784 From the Houston Chronicle - http://www.chron.com/news/local_news/article/Deputy-put-on-leave-after-2-police-dogs-die-in-3737733.php - A Bexar County Sheriff's deputy was placed on administrative leave this week after the two police dogs he cared for were left inside a sweltering county vehicle overnight, killing them, authorities said. Sheriff's Deputy Steve Benoy, who has been with the office for 23 years, is on a 10-day leave while the department investigates the deaths of the two Belgian Malinois. Although authorities said they believe the dogs suffered from apparent heat exhaustion, Animal Care Services is conducting a necropsy. According to Deputy Chief Ronald “Dale” Bennett, Benoy drove the dogs to his Adkins home, 23 miles east of San Antonio, after he got off work around 2 p.m. Tuesday, just like he did every day. “He had a routine,” Bennett said. But Benoy then left town for the night. When he returned home Wednesday, the dogs weren't where he usually keeps them when at home, Bennett said. Instead, Benoy found the dogs where he had left them: in a county-owned Chevrolet Tahoe fitted with dog kennels. Animal Care Services was called to retrieve the bodies. Officials did not immediately release the names and ages of the dogs, but Bennett said one was a narcotics dog and the other was assigned to patrol. “It's just a very tragic accident,” Bennett said, adding that Benoy “is completely devastated.” Benoy, who Bennett said has been a K-9 handler for 13 years and spent 10 years before that on patrol, declined to comment Thursday on the deaths. The sheriff's office is conducting dual investigations, one to rule out animal cruelty and the other for administrative purposes. Bennett said a decision on any further action against Benoy won't be made until the investigation is complete. “After the 10 days, it depends on what the investigation reveals,” Bennett said, adding that Benoy is “one of my most dedicated guys.” According to state law, a person could face a charge of animal cruelty if the offense is committed “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.” The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Two years ago, a Bexar County K-9 named Duke died of medical complications after he was left in a patrol car for 15 minutes with the air-conditioning running. Duke hadn't been acting normal earlier in the day, officials said at the time, and his handler was making arrangements to take him to the veterinarian. No charges were brought in that case. Handlers take their animals home overnight, Bennett said, and the county pays for their kennels. Benoy has other dogs of his own and also raises horses, he said. The county's policy regarding care requirements for police dogs was not immediately available Thursday. Sharon Gregory, the executive secretary of the Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County who also manages a vet clinic, said handlers work with their police dogs during the day and go home together at night. “I know they become extremely attached,” she said. “Not only were they companions, but it's also a tremendous financial loss.”Buying a police canine costs about $2,000, she said, estimating that training, supplies and upkeep can cost close to $40,000. Although it wasn't clear Thursday exactly what time Benoy discovered the bodies of the dogs, the high temperature both Tuesday and Wednesday was 96, according to the National Weather Service. In just an hour, the temperature inside a vehicle on an 80-degree day can reach 123 degrees, according to the San Francisco State University's Department of Geosciences. Veterinarian Donald Vestal said although dogs have a higher normal core temperature than humans — 101.5 is a normal temperature for a dog, he said — they have a harder time controlling their body temperature. “Dogs are able to expel the heat from their bodies by panting,” Vestal said, “but they don't have many sweat glands; so they don't sweat efficiently. They have a much tougher time in hot situations.” As a dog's body heats up, their ability to regulate their temperature weakens, he said. At 106 degrees, a dog's brain cells begin to fail, and cellular death soon follows. Vestal said in San Antonio's hot, humid weather, heat exhaustion in pets is frequent. But of the 15 cases he sees in one year, Vestal said he typically saves 80 percent. The most effective way to cool down a dog suffering heat exhaustion is by an ice bath or cool water, he said. Gregory said similar types of pet deaths aren't uncommon. Just last week, she said, she arrived at her clinic to a box of dead puppies outside the door. “I'm sure they didn't mean to kill the puppies, but because they were left in a box with no water while we were closed, all six puppies died before we got there,” she said. “It's very serious in this kind of weather.” ADDITIONAL COVERAGE - San Antonio Express-News - A grand jury indicted a Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy Thursday for his role in the deaths of two police dogs he left overnight in a hot patrol vehicle two years ago. Steve Benoy, a 23-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office at the time of the July 2012 incident, faces Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for allegedly leaving the dogs locked in kennels in the back of a Chevrolet Tahoe after getting off work at about 2 p.m. Benoy left town for the night, returning to realize the dogs, Vegas and Hades, were not where he usually kept them, authorities said at the time. He found them dead from heat exhaustion. A conviction could result in a jail stay of up to a year and a fine of up to $4,000. The law bars transportation or confinement of an animal in a reckless, cruel manner. “Judge (Susan) Reed's office will not tolerate animal cruelty,” said Trey Banack, chief of the district attorney's white collar crimes division. “We believe it is criminally reckless to leave your K-9 officer in a vehicle for over 24 hours in the month of July.” Sheriff's Office spokesman Paul Berry said Thursday that Benoy had been on administrative duty since the incident. He has not yet been arrested. “He is currently on administrative leave pending dismissal procedures,” he said. Benoy had been a K-9 handler for 13 years. His previous 10 years with the sheriff's office were spent on patrol. He is not the only local deputy currently facing charges for the death of a police dog. Ebony Jones, whose K-9 partner died in a patrol car in June 2010, was not initially suspected of wrongdoing. But a grand jury indicted him on a charge of state jail felony cruelty to animals in February 2012. If convicted, he could face up to two years incarceration.

  21. Victim Name: Jari
    State: Texas
    City: Pasadena
    Officer Name: M.D. Cooper - shooter, Jari police K9
    Police Department: Pasadena Police Department, Houston Police Department
    Breed: Belgian Malanois, police K9

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    Date: 2001-02-06

    From the Houston Chronicle: A Pasadena Police Department dog was shot and killed by an officer chasing robbery suspects. The officer, M.D. Cooper, 28, who joined the force in March 1999, was one of several involved in the chase early Sunday, Pasadena police spokesman Sgt. J.M. Baird said. Cooper was trying to apprehend one of the suspects when he felt something bump his leg, looked down and saw the dog, growling and ready to attack, Baird said. The officer did not realize the dog was Jari, a 7-year-old Belgian Malanois K-9 who had been released by his handler minutes earlier, Baird said. "The officer shot Jari because he was in fear of his safety," he said. A veterinarian was unable to save Jari, who had been purchased by the Pasadena Police Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association in 1996. The chase that resulted in the 4 a.m. shooting began when a man entered the Taqueria Arandas restaurant at 1629 Richey and reported to an off-duty Houston police officer, who was working as a security guard, that he had been robbed. The Houston officer chased the fleeing vehicle that the man pointed out. Pasadena officers joined the chase in the 4000 block of Shaver after the Houston officer called them on a mobile phone. The driver struck a fence at a dead end in the 4300 block of Freeton in Houston, and the two suspects ran. One was arrested near the vehicle, and the other jumped a fence and fled with two officers in pursuit -- unaware that the K-9 unit arrived and released Jari. The dog was shot in the back yard of a house as the officer tried to get a suspect to surrender, Baird said. The man was arrested. Jari, who was shot in the head, was not wearing a bulletproof vest, donated to the department for canines, Baird said. Baird, who said the shooting is under investigation, added that officers are planning a memorial service for the dog. The department has three other dogs and was preparing to get another. The man who alerted police to the robbery left the restaurant without making a report or identifying himself, Pasadena officers said. The two suspects were charged with evading arrest.

  22. Victim Name: Papi
    State: New York
    City: Rochester
    Officer Name: police K9,
    Police Department: Rochester Police Department Special Operations Division
    Breed: Unconfirmed

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    Date: 2015-02-12

    Rochester, NY (WROC)- "Beware of the dog." It's a sign that's supposed to protect a home and keep strangers out. In Jayme Resnick's case, it didn't exactly work. "My friend called me and said 'Don't panic- Papi got shot by the police.'" Papi is Resnick's 55-pound pitbull, a small and playful animal whose large brown doghouse with his name painted on the front, sits on a tree stump in his backyard. Last Thursday while Resnick was away his friend was dog-sitting. They were inside the kitchen when a police K-9 unit entered the backyard looking for a suspected robber. They say Papi heard the commotion and ran out the door only to find a police canine on the other side. Witnesses say the two dogs began to fight. "They came inside with another dog and they fight and I was surprised because he never bite nobody or hurt nobody either," says Jessica Vicente, a neighbor. The police report says the officer kicked Resnick's dog to break up the fight before firing four rounds from a .45 caliber Glock. Neighbors say they heard four to five gunshots. "Papi lives here, the whole neighborhood knows him," says Resnick. "I mean people walk by and say hi to Papi all the time you know." One neighbor who says he saw police shoot at Papi presented photos that show what appear to be bullets in the snow. "He shot four shots towards my dog and one of them did catch him in the ear, which was probably not even a centimeter from his head he almost got killed," says Resnick. Resnick says police told him they were justified in entering the property and fired because his dog was fighting their canine. He wants the city to pay what he says is $600 veterinary bill and to consider discipline for the officer who fired at Papi. "They treated him like he was the guy that robbed the dollar store," he says. The Rochester Police Department's K9 unit is part of RPD's Special Operations Division. UPDATE 2/18/15: A Rochester Police Department spokeswoman says an officer shot at Resnick's dog four times after it attacked a police K9.

  23. Victim Name: Raider
    State: Arizona
    City: Scottsdale
    Officer Name: K9 handler Tony Sanborn
    Police Department: Scottsdale Police Department
    Breed: Unconfirmed Police K9

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    Date: 2012-01-28

    (CBS5) - There's fantastic news about a Scottsdale police dog who was accidentally shot on Saturday. Not only is he well on his way to recovery, but he's been discharged from the animal hospital just two days after being hit. Scottsdale police officer Tony Sanborn and "Raider," a dual-purpose police dog who searches for both narcotics and people, have been partners for the last year and a half. On Saturday, Raider got between officers and a threatening suspect. Officers opened fire on the suspect, but one of the shots accidentally hit Raider in the neck, severing the his jugular vein and carotid artery. The dog wound up losing roughly 75 percent of his blood volume. Raider's vet said it was the rapid response, along with another K-9 officer, that ultimately saved Raider's life. "He is here today because of our team and his officers, including his fellow canine officers who donated blood," said Dr. Raegan Wells. "Havoc," another Scottsdale police dog, was one of the animals that donated blood. "It was hard to watch and hard to be involved in, but even after the fact and watching his recovery, I can tell you that every day as he got better, I got better," said Sanborn. Sanborn says Raider is going to live the good life for a while, hanging out at home, lounging in the living room and watching TV. Vets expect the dog to make a slow, steady recovery and will likely be able to go back to work in a few months.

  24. Victim Name: Napo
    State: Mississippi
    City: Perry County
    Officer Name: Steve Verret K9 handler, police K9 Napo
    Police Department: Perry County Sheriffs Office
    Breed: Belgian Malanois, 3yo, police K9

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    Date: 2013-05-02

    From the UK Daily Mail: A police dog that died after being locked overnight in a patrol car by his handler has sparked fury among animal lovers. Napo, a three-year-old Belgian Malnois, was found dead after his handler Steve Verret of the Perry County Police Department in Mississippi forgot he was in the vehicle. Verret was re-assigned to other duties, but has not faced any disciplinary action. The cause of Napo’s death may have been heat exhaustion or a heart attack, according to Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith. But animal lovers are disgusted that the police have taken no action against officer Verret. Many called for him to be fired and charged with neglect and bombarded a local TV station in Mississippi with complaints. One wrote: 'He KILLED a fellow police officer! Internal affairs should be called in.' Another wrote to WLOX13 saying: 'Should be fired and charged with animal cruelty. Depending on local laws you often can get more severe charges on killing a police dog so why not bring about manslaughter or some type of charges.' Verret and his dog Napo are featured on the Perry County Sheriff's Facebook page. The K-9 was bought with donations from area businesses about 18 months ago. The cost of the dog is reported to be between $5,000 and $10,000. The K-9 died three weeks ago but his death was not made public and only became known after a member of the public tipped off WLOX 13. He was buried but a full necropsy to determine the exact cause of death was never carried out. The TV station said the reaction from around the state from animal advocates and others has been one of shock and anger. ‘Certainly it was a very unfortunate situation all the way around,’ said Katherine Sammons, Founder Mississippi Animal Advocate Group. ‘I have known a lot of K-9 officers in my time and that all have been really great people who love their animals and treat them like family. I'm sure this officer feels terrible about what happened.’ ‘I absolutely know the Perry County Sheriff's Department will do the right thing; she added. ‘I'm confident they will take every aspect into consideration and do what's right for the community and the animal.’ ALTERNATE COVERAGE http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/22145501/perry-county-police-dies-after-being-left-in-patrol-car-overnight PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Perry County Sheriff's Office must replace a police dog after one of its canine officers was found dead in its handler's car. Napo, 3, a Belgian Malinois breed of dog, was discovered dead in the back of a patrol car after being left in the car overnight. Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith says the cause of death is unknown, but the dog could have died of a heart attack or of heat exhaustion. Smith says the handler has been re-assigned. Napo was with the department for about a year-and-a-half and was purchased with donations from area businesses. The cost has not been disclosed, but similar dogs cost in the range of $5-$10,000. The incident happened three weeks ago, but a tip from a viewer helped bring the story to light Thursday. ALTERNATE COVERAGE http://www.wlox.com/story/22157773/hundreds-r PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The accidental death of the Perry County K-9 dog who died after being locked in his handler's patrol car overnight has many people calling for his job. About three weeks ago, Napo, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, was found dead in the patrol car. His handler, Steve Verret, had apparently forgot the dog was in the vehicle. Reaction from around the state from animal advocates and others has been one of shock and anger. "Certainly it was a very unfortunate situation all the way around," said Katherine Sammons, Founder Mississippi Animal Advocate Group. "I have known a lot of K-9 officers in my time and that all have been really great people who love their animals and treat them like family. I'm sure this officer feels terrible about what happened." When news of the death hit the Internet Thursday hundreds of people responded with outrage, thinking it unbelievable that Verret could forget the dog was in the car. Many called for him to be fired and charged with neglect. "I think he needs to get a misdemeanor neglect charge. I'm absolutely certain this was not intentional on the officers part and like I said his family and him are suffering. But there does need to be consequences." The cause of the death was never determined. Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said it could have been heat exhaustion or a heart attack. An official funeral was held for the animal. "It's very unfortunate that a necropsy wasn't performed because that leaves everyone with the assumption that it was from heat exhaustion or heat stroke when in fact it may possibly be from something else." After the incident Verret was reassigned to another position. Attempts to reach Sheriff Smith Friday for comment were unsuccessful. "I absolutely know the Perry County Sheriff's Department will do the right thing. I'm confident they will take every aspect into consideration and do what's right for the community and the animal."

  25. Victim Name: Jerome AKA Stooge
    State: Vermont
    City: Rutland
    Officer Name: Frank Post - shooter, police K9 King Bricks, unknown State Troopers
    Police Department: Rutland Police Department, Vermont State Police
    Breed: German Shepherd, 5 yo

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    Date: 2009-08-10

    An investigation in Rutland after a Police Officer shot a family pet dead. Its not clear exactly what happened. But, as Adam Sullivan reports, the dog's owners want answers John Ragosta/Dog Owner: "feels like something is missing out of the house when you go in." That something is Jerome Ragosta's five-year-old German Shepard nicknamed "Stooge". Stooge was shot and killed by Rutland Police officer Frank Post early Friday morning. Post and his K9 named King Bricks were called to the residence by State Troopers. Police were looking for a speeding suspect who they believed fled on foot in the area. When Post arrived Bricks and Stooge who was tied to a dog run in the yard got into a vicious fight. Cortney Covell/Witnessed Shooting: "I tried to run to him and grab him, but when I did they started macing him. Then dogs both freaked out then I heard a pop." This picture was taken of Stooge the next day still tied to the tether. Witnesses say the dogs had stopped fighting after the mace was used so Stooge did NOT deserve to die. Covell: "I kept screaming what did you do to him, what did you do to him because he was on the ground crying but they wouldn't let me and no one would tell me that they actually shot him." But officers tell a different story. Lt. Kevin Geno/RPD: "everyone needs to know all the circumstances of this case before they start making judgement about what happened." According to police reports, Stooge was shot only AFTER repeated attempts to separate the dogs. Police say the mace had little affect. Geno: "question: the officers were trying to separate the dogs? The trooper was trying to pull on the tether to separate the dog from our dog, and our officer was also doing the same." A grave marks the site Stooge is buried in the yard only feet from the tether he was chained to when he died. Ragosta: "I still don't understand why they did it. I can't figure it out yet. Doesn't seem like any reason for it." Ragosta says he's frustrated that there seems to be two versions of the events that actually took place here. And he says that he just wants the truth to come out, even though he knows the truth will not bring back his dog. An official ruling on the officer's use of force is expected after an internal meeting at the police department Thursday morning. But police officers have already said that a preliminary review shows the officer was JUSTIFIED.

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