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13 thoughts on “Criminal Trial Ends for Former Officer Whose 'Retired' Dual-Certified Police K-9 Killed a Man and Injured a Woman

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  1. When an attack dog bites an agitator (helper) during agitation, the agitator was careless. No police dog should ever be taken out of service because he outsmarted the agitator. One might want to use a different agitator so no one gets hurt. There are risks to taking hits from police dogs, and people can be bitten. It’s not unusual.

  2. Is there any actual proof that this Belgian Malinois was euthanized? Considering the fact that there was a live victim of this dog, the dog needed to be quarantined for ten days or euthanized with its head submitted for a rabies examination. Although we can all agree that the dog was not rabid, this is irrelevant. It still had to be quarantined or tested. Those laws are clear. The owner of the biting dog, to my knowledge, could not legally have had the dog euthanized and
    cremated without quarantine or testing. In addition, I question why someone would have a dog euthanized for biting when he had paid over $5,000 for the dog within the year. All the dog did was what it was trained to do. The issue really was that it did not have a handler in control of it. Could this dog have simply disappeared? Changed its identity?

    Many years ago, I had a summer job at a local humane society. A cat had been brought in for euthanasia and rabies exam. An employee goofed and tossed the cat’s body in the incinerator without the head being removed. The solution was simple. An employee cut off the head of a different.cat and submitted that head instead. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. This stuff does happen.

  3. I understand why he’s been charged here, but does anyone else see a double standard?

    He was negligent in allowing attack dogs that are trained escape artists to roam his fenced yard instead of being properly enclosed. They did what they are trained to do, and one found a way out and attacked two innocent people.

    How often do we see pitbull owners brought to justice, given the same scenario?

    I’m not saying he shouldn’t be punished, I’m just saying that ALL owners should be punished for the actions of their dogs. If you’re not willing to take responsibility for your dog’s actions, don’t own a dog!

    • Exactly, Mama Bear. And, everyone, remembere this:

      It’s okay to be pet-free.

    • From what I have read, I doubt if the GSD was a trained attack dog. I have seen nothing stating the age and sex of this dog. It apparently was also loose but was not a major factor in the attack.

      The Belgian Malinois, as a breed, is highly aggressive and not suitable as a pet. Some police departments have quit using Malinois because they can be very hard to handle. This Malinois was very dangerous, and its owner knew or should have known that. The police officer knew this dog was dangerous and failed miserably in protecting his neighbors. This was no accident, as this officer had the training to know what kind of fencing was required to keep this dog at home. Many dog attacks are due to ignorance of the dogs’ owners as to what the dogs would do. That was not the case here.
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      • New laws desperately needed
        Charge him with felony animal neglect and cruelty.

        Immediately remove all dogs from his property or handling.

        Found guilty, he is banned from any dog ownership or contact for life.

        Signs must be posted: No Dogs Permitted.

        Any dogs later found on his property or under his contact will be immediately confiscated.

        Publicized and enforced, this breed neutral affordable plan will begin to make a dog owners care enough to prevent that first attack.

        Publicized and enforced , at the very least it will reduce recidivism.

      • I believe the potential for aggression may depend on the dog’s specific skill set. Some are trained to sniff drugs and explosives, and some are trained to seek the bad guy, while others are trained for both. My husband worked alongside Malinois and GSDs in Iraq, trained to sniff for explosives and to aid in the detention of suspects. While he was obviously not their handler, he had a fearful respect for the beasts, and gave them their space to work while clearing buildings, etc, especially because his adrenaline was high during these searches.
        He saw a GSD take the finger off of a suspected terrorist once, and said it was kind of disturbing, even though the guy was trying to stab one of the MPs.

        I also know a k-9 officer with a GSD who refuses to bring his dog home with his children, and places the dog in the police kennel when off duty instead.

        I guess the point here is that he knew the potential for danger, and he knew the protocol for keeping these dogs at home and blatantly ignored the obvious risks, resulting in the loss of a life. One has to wonder if his age and maturity level might have been a factor in his decision-making skills here.

  4. An accident that costs someone their life can ONLY be a result of GROSS negligence. I hope he gets the max time, he deserves it.

  5. FYI: There have been no media updates since the opening arguments. We presume this is due to the excellent coverage of the preliminary hearing in 2017, and thus far in the trial, no new information has been introduced. There may be limitations on the media during the trial too. We may not hear anything until the closing arguments and when the jury begins to deliberate.

  6. Colleen, where are we on the civil suits? Did this juror say this meaning that they do not want him in jail so that he can pay up when he loses the civil suit?

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