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Menlo Park police shoot puppy

Original post made by m2 on Jul 11, 2012

There's a story on the front page of the Palo Alto Daily Post this morning (7/11) about the Menlo Park police department shooting a 7-month-old pit bull puppy. A policeman apparently felt intimidated by the dog. The bullet went through puppy's head, missed its brain, and went out the other side. Seems like the police officer overreacted to the pup. The dog's vet is quoted as saying he's not vicious but more like a "love bug." I think this shooting is an outrage worthy of a full investigation and possible arrest of the policeman on animal cruelty charges.

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Posted by leash?, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Was the dog on a leash or running wild? If the dog running free in an area accessible to children, the cop should use whatever means necessary to stop it before it can hurt someone.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

m2, I agree that, based on the info you provided, it bears looking into. While a strong 7 month old pup can do injury to a person, I'd like to know if this is one of those blanket statements, using the term intimidation. Was it contained when it allegedly lunged at the officer? Here's the article:
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The article is missing a lot of info. It makes it sound like the cop just let the dog bleed out on the porch.

It's very common for dogs to bark & lunge but not bite or be otherwise aggressive. I see it frequently, including w/our dogs. You can walk buy & they'll bark & even lunge, but they're not biters, nor will they be aggressive out on a walk. It's about being territorial & protective.

Ms. Nice should make sure to get the dog neutered and work on any barrier aggression issues. Unchecked, it can lead to real aggression, espec. in an intact, underexercised dog. I've also witnessed otherwise friendly dogs running loose, packing & becoming aggressive. It's terrifying to be on the receiving end of this.

Will MP PD look more deeply into this? If Ms. Nice's dog was running loose, she needs to step up her game for everyone's safety & sake, including hers, her family's & her dogs'.

Peninsula Humane Society offers a free dog behavior hotline: "If you need extra help with behavior, please call our free Behavior Helpline at 650/340-7022, ext. 783 (ext. 786 for Spanish)."


Posted by IHatePitBulls, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff]. Using the word "puppy" is really misleading, a year old Pit Bull is still a puppy and very capable of inflicting harm and riling other Pit Bulls to join in. Good work Officer!


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

PAO staff - why are you allowing the above nasty, violent comment????????????


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

PAO staff - why are you allowing the nasty, violent comment that is the third from the top????????????


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