Does the LAPD have a policy on shooting dogs yet?

I wanted to post something about this dog who was shot downtown by the LAPD but everytime I start it turns into some very angry rant and I think I want to avoid that. So I’m not going to ask why this (reportedly non-agressive) dog was shot. You can read the story and decide for yourself, what I’m going to ask is why the LAPD felt it was better to let the dog slowly bleed to death in front of her 58 year old owner than let him try to help, or at least comfort her.

Others who work nearby also said they doubted that the 10-year-old pit bull posed a serious threat to the officers.

“She was never aggressive. I never even heard her growl. There’s no way she would attack,” said Michael Faye, a photographer whose studio is nearby and who had known the dog for three years.

Mark Helf, an art director working at the studio on a sportswear advertising photo shoot, described the scene as heart-wrenching.

“They wouldn’t let Benny go to his dog, even to put a compress on the wound. He had to basically watch his dog bleed to death and die over a two-hour period.

“I heard Benny plead, ‘Please, please shoot my dog, put it out of its misery.’ They wouldn’t even do that,” Helf said.

[Benny] Josephs, who heard the gunshot but did not see the shooting, said he tried to aid his wounded dog but was blocked by police.

“Teri tried to get up and kept falling down. They wouldn’t let me help her,” he said.

6 Replies to “Does the LAPD have a policy on shooting dogs yet?”

  1. maybe benny should have kept his dog on a leash.

    i’ve had to take my cat to the hospital twice because it was attacked by a homeless persons dog that was not leashed. both times my cat was sitting on our loading dock in front of the gate.

    i’ve been chased riding my motorcycle down santa fe and seventh and numerous people in the area have been attacked while riding their bikes.

    it’s a shame that the dog, not benny had to pay the price. ultimately it was his fault. but, until people leash their animals i’m going to keep calling the city and have them carted away as fast as i can.

  2. I agree with Michael that the dog should have been on a leash, but the officer’s reaction was irrational at the very least. I’ve been attacked by dogs before, and I wouldn’t have thought to shoot them even if I had been armed. It pisses me off even more that the man had to watch his dog, his best friend probably, bleed to death right in front of him.

    Judging from people’s descriptions of the dog, it sounds like it was too old to be a threat, but the officer just freaked out because she saw a pit bull and automatically assumed it was going to attack her, like most people do. Her and her fellow officer’s testimonies are outnumbered by those that say the dog was harmless, and Weise is correct in saying that the officer’s actions were dangerous to the entire neighborhood. I’d much rather have heard that the dog was maced and survived as opposed to shot and left to die right in front of her owner.

    I hate people sometimes.

  3. I agree with the sentiments here, but pits were specifically bred to be vicious. Sure, they CAN be nice, but a pit that has been mistreated is a serious danger to people. It’s not a misconception– they really are unlike other dogs.

    I have a friend who keeps a pit that is very friendly and often gets loose from his shop and runs outside to jump affectionately on strangers. It scares the hell out of them, especially mothers who are walking their kids home from school. I’m always arguing with my friend about this, and if the dog ever gets shot I will consider it his fault.

    Still, I do agree with the sentiments here. And it’s a shame that the officer wouldn’t put the dog out of its misery. That’s just irresponsible.

  4. I’m a filmmaker and a pit bull owner who has been making a doc on the misconceptions of the American Pit Bull terrier. I interviewed Benny and met Teri a few months ago.
    Teri was the sweetest dog and was not capable of being vicious or chasing anything. She was quite chubby and all she wanted was love. Everyone knew and loved her in the neighborhood.
    I understand the comments about keeping your animal on a leash, but in Benny’s case, this was not the problem. When Benny told me the true story of what happened that afternoon, it broke my heart. Benny was very responsible and truly loved Teri. The cops were reckless and now they are trying to cover it up.
    The above comments about pit bulls are completely ignorant.
    Pit Bulls are not innately vicious, quite the opposite is true. Some Pits may have aggression toward other dogs or cats, but this is not related to aggression toward humans. Pits are extremely strong and intelligent dogs with a very strong desire to please their owners. It not the breed, it’s the owner.

  5. I admit that my understanding of the subject comes from articles, and if I am as ignorant about pit bulls as you say then I apologize. I’d like to ask a few questions so maybe you can set me strait.

    It was my understanding, from reading an extensive and sympathetic article about a shelter in San Francisco devoted to saving pit bulls, that these animals are uniquely bred in such a way that if their vicious side is brought out they are nearly impossible to retrain. Is this wrong?

    I have also heard, and had it apparently confirmed by experience, that pit bulls are particularly tenacious when they attack. I have seen a lot of dog fights but nothing to compare to the time I saw a pit lock his jaws onto another dog in a park. Even with his owner and about six other people trying to pull him off, it took about three minutes before they could do it. Are pit bulls really no different from other dogs when they bite?

    I also have the impression that although there are many people who raise pits as nice pets such as yours, these are a minority compared to the number of pits which are trained to be mean for use as guard dogs and such. Are sweet pits such as yours really in the majority?

    I understand that pits can be wonderful dogs with the right owner. Still, it is not entirely “ignorant” to say that because of their owners there are a lot of mean pits out there. This being the case, a person who doesn’t relate well to dogs anyway has good reason to be concerned when confronted by a strange pit bull. Still, I’m willing to learn. Tell me where I am wrong here.

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