Dog Dies While Cop Detains Owner

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The Story
Beloved Dog Dies While Owner Held By Police

The emotional, frantic owner was met with comments from the officer such as "It's a dog, okay? You can get another one, relax." The couple waited about 20 minutes for a ticket to be written. Tragically, Missy died while they waited.

Police Chief Howard Williams was reported by the Express-News as saying “This was not our finest hour.”


No shit.

1. Could this cop have handled this any worse?
2. What happens when someone hurts or injures a police dog? They get the fucking book thrown at them, that's what. I guess normal dogs and their owners don't apply.


Some police forum responses. Note - many are cops. :noplease:

Choking dog dies on traffic stop - Police Forums & Law Enforcement Forums @ Officer.com
 

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I wouldn't pull over, simple as that. I don't fucking care what you want to charge me with, but if Pongo were in that situation, you can bet your ass I'd rather lose my license than my dog.
 

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Hello???? Escort...then maybe later sort this bullshit out? "It's just a dog" would've gotten me thrown in jail for beating a cops ass that night had it been my dog. My dog is a member of my family, not just a four legged form of entertainment or an accessory that I like to "keep around". Wonder if any of this ever occurred to that asshole. What a fucker! :mad:

And +1 on not stopping. Fuck'em.
 

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Maybe there should be some kind of dog ambulance service to keep shit like this from happening, because anyone who's a dog lover feels the same way we do, fuck the police, my dog is getting help.
 

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I'd have to go the same way...honestly if Sheeba was choking I'd be willing to drive over a stinger strip to get her sorted, my car can be fixed or replaced, but she can't
 

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I still think that this guy is rather the exception than the rule... I mean come on, most of the cops would have handled it differently (unless they were NYPD :lol:)

but the "It's a dog, okay? You can get another one, relax." comment just screams for one answer
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this is only sarcasm, i took this from the link to the police forum, whoever gave that answer there is an asshole.

But on the other hand, imagine you were the cop... i mean that guy comes out of that car like a suicide bomber screaming some shit noone understands, i can imagine that some cops would beat the shit out of him only for that. This cop didn't handle it well but it could have been a lot worse. A lot.
Just needed to say that because of fairness reasons.
I still think that he acted pretty bad compared to other cops i know (some of the normal ones) though... :noplease:
 

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Devils advocate here.....
Yes,what the cop said was harsh but that does not give the driver an excuse to drive over 100 mph. He was not only endangering himself ,his girlfriend and his dog, but everyone else who was on the road. To me it looks like he was not in the right state of mind to drive.

Around 1:10 the driver admits he is bipolar.
 

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We know driving over 100mph is dangerous. We know the cops are doing their job. That isn't the issue.

The way the cop handled the situation is.

There is no need for a devil's advocate on a position no one is arguing.
 

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I think the whole situation was fucked from the beginning. The guy was wrong for speeding and generally acting manic and the officer could've been less patronising and simply got on with whatever process he had to do and let them on their way (perhaps while tailing them to be safe).

If he hadn't been speeding then he wouldn't have been pulled, end of the day it's his action which caused the officer to pull him over. Frankly I half expected to see the dude tasered or shot after the way he came out of the car.
 

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Also, he was driving 100 mph on the freeway. It's not like he was downtown, in school zones, with children playing by the side of the road. I drive 180km/h regularly on the highway when there's no emergency, I think 100 mph is around 160ish. I don't understand why cops freak the fuck out anyways when you're driving fast on a HIGHWAY. If you're doing that in city traffic, then yeah, fuck you, but he's trying to save his dog and taking the highway.

I'd have done the same (speeding) and I wouldn't have stopped until I got there. If they want to call in backup, whatever, but when I stop the car, I'd stick my empty hands out of the window, open the door, and grab my dog, and go the fuck in. You can arrest me after, I don't give a shit, but if the cop wants to smoke me for getting out of the car after a high speed chase, well that's a risk you have to take to save a family member. What some people don't realize is that a dog isn't just a dog, it's a family member, like someone else said. If your son is choking and you're trying to get him to a hospital, I know you wouldn't give a fuck. If I had to choose between your life, or my dog's, you better believe I'm choosing my fucking dog.
 

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I was just thinking the same thing as JJ, and I see he posts the same point before me.

I bet if the people on here are like most other people, they routinely drive 85+ MPH on the freeway regardless. And that's with no emergency. 100 MPH is not that huge of a deal on the highway, really, now that I think about it. The same people that condemn the guy probably drive 65 every day in a school zone during rush hour (like most people seem to do).
 

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wow, i just read through this post, then read through the police forum posts. then i went to the ohio section of the police forums. was reading about some people trying to become cinci cops. other cops were giving these guys answers to the tests they will have to take! they were also telling thehopefulls how to pass the psych testing, and who to call at h.r. to get a "good word" in! a bunch of ohio state patrol cops just got caught cheating on the breathalizer testing. they were handing off answeres yto the tests. ends up they got caught because they all copyed the same 2 wrong answers. even their captain was in on it! now i read some forums and they even cheat on tests just to get the job, to make it worse. the people supplying these guys with answers to the tests are already cops!


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Yet another classic display of "abuse of authority".
I`d bet if it was the cops dog in that situation, he would have been doing well over 100mph.:agreed:

Quite frankly, I`m not suprised one bit by the majority of the posts on that cop forum. In fact, I would expect it out of those guys. To me, the police in general, are legalized street gangs that break more laws than the public.:noplease:
 

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I wonder if they would have been treated differently if it were a retired police German shepherd choking to death in the car rather than a teacup poodle.
 

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I don't think the guy could have avoided the police either way, and I can guarantee that if he'd have made it to the hospital and got the dog to safety, he'd have been tased to death (by "accident", of course) by them the moment he stepped out of the car.
 
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I just had something similar happen to me yesterday. I got home to discover my dog dying. So I threw Zach in the car and broke my neck getting to the emergency vet. She died on the way there, but I did run the light right before the Emergency Vet. The cop just followed me, waited till I parked and once he saw what happened (Zach was DOA so there wasn't much to be done) he basically just gave me a "I know why you did it, but don't do it again" speech, said he was sorry for the loss and went about his business.
 

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My take without viewing the video - a slightly less assholish cop would have, I'm sure, agreed to follow the guy to the nearest vet at a slightly more reasonable speed, and then once the dog was checked in carried on with writing the ticket.

The guy deserves his speeding ticket, no doubt. However, the police are charged to "serve and protect," and aside from the fact that yes, this guy was driving somewhat faster than was reasonable, I would argue this particular cop did neither.

Is he facing diciplinary action? At the very least I think he should recieve some sort of suspension for that "it's a dog, you can get another" comment (and I'm not even a dog lover), and I would argue the guy has a case to have the ticket tossed based on an appeal to compassion - no legal basis, maybe, but what judge could stand there looking at a man whose dog died because a cop took 20 minutes to write a ticket for speeding, and say the cop did the right thing?

EDIT - DT - sorry to hear, man, that's awful.
 

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If it were Av...

1. I wouldn't pull over.
2. The quickest way to my vet/emergency vet practices are down the same road and its a 45mph road.
3. I'd put my hazards on, and I'd be speeding my ass off.
4. Red light? I'd slow down, honk my horn at people, and crawl through the light, just like an ambulance would. Give me my ticket later.
 

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"I don't care about your damn dog!"

Sure, that is going to aide the situation. Way to continue the negative stereotypes that cause nothing but trouble for the police as a hole. You obviously have no sense of touch with the members of your community. You obviously have forgotten that you are employed by your community to serve your community. You obviously have forgotten that you are not the judge, and therefore you have no right to weigh his actions against the relative importance of the situation. You obviously have no right being in a position of authority, since authority in this country is NOT about barking out orders like a totalitarian assbag.
 


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