posted on Jul, 2 2013 @ 10:50 AM
Having watched the video the following can be stated:
The facts are as follows: There was a disturbance, at a house, with alot of cops in the area. The owner was walking his dog, a Rottwieler while
video what all was going on with his cell phone. He then puts the dog into a vehicle and approached the officers that called him to come to them, and
they proceeded to arrest him.
While he was in handcuffs and being taken towards a police cruiser, the dog started to bark and work to get out of the vehicle, at which it did. It
ran towards the cops, and then stopped. The officer, did reach down to pick up the leash and the dog growled and jumped, taking a snap at the
officer, at which point the officer fired and killed the dog.
This is the issue, is that everyone is complaining that the officer killed a dog for no apparent reason, yet fails to mention that the dog did go
running up to the officers, did indeed lunge and snap at the officer and the officer has to make a split decision, get bit or protect himself and
those around him, from this animal.
There are many problems here that are not mentioned, the first is the owner. If this person were to socialize and train his animal, it would not have
jumped out of the vehicle like it did, nor would it have gone up. But look at the windows, they are down in a large amount, where the animal could
The police are at fault, as they saw that this man did have a large dog, some would have considered to be dangerous, due to the reputation that many
bad owners have had it given. The officers should have asked or told the owner to raise the windows up more to prevent the dog from getting out.
Most animals, if they can get their head out of a spot, the body will follow.
But after reviewing the video several times, including, starting and stoping, it shows that the dog did get out and rush up towards the 2 officers and
the owner. The one officer that did shoot the dog, did attempt to pick up the leash and the dog did lunge at the officer, snapping at him.
In the state of California, the laws are very clear cut.
CA FOOD & AG § 31601 - § 31683; CA CIVIL § 3342 - 3342.5; CA HLTH & S § 121685; CA PENAL § 398 - 399.5
31602: Potentially dangerous dog defined: Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing a less severe injury than as defined in Section
31604. Severe injury defined: "Severe injury" means any physical injury to a human being that results in muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations or
requires multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery
31642. Keeping and controlling potentially dangerous dogs: A potentially dangerous dog, while on the owner's property, shall, at all times, be kept
indoors, or in a securely fenced yard from which the dog cannot escape, and into which children cannot trespass. A potentially dangerous animal may be
off the owner's premises only if it is restrained by a substantial leash, of appropriate length, and if it is under the control of a responsible
Those are the laws of the state of California.
And if the animal had bit the officer, as the owner did not properly restrain it, then the owner would be up on felony charges, along with assault
with a deadly weapons charge, spending time in a jail/prison.