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Posted: 8/30/2005 11:37:53 AM EDT
Perhaps it is practice for future LEOs?


40 loose dogs in Cochise are shot in month

By Kimberly Matas

More than 40 dogs in Cochise County have been shot in the last month as a way to control at-large canines.

Since mid-July, officers with the Cochise County Sheriff's Department's animal control division have been going to communities in rural Cochise County, citing dog owners whose pets are at large and shooting animals they deem aggressive, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carol Capas. Sheriff's deputies and a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture accompanied the animal control officers.

Capas said the decision to kill dogs was based on reports from residents about aggressive animals. The department has received seven calls about vicious dogs since January, and two people have been bitten by dogs in the past month, she said.

Capas said four dogs were killed in Bowie last week, while six dogs were transported to a local shelter. Bowie is about 100 miles east of Tucson. On the same day in the community of Winchester Estates, 11 dogs were shot and 12 were taken to the shelter, she said.

The Arizona Range News in Willcox reported on Aug. 3 that 26 dogs had been shot in Pirtleville, Naco and Dos Cabezas, and nine dogs were taken to the shelter.

Capas said all of the dogs were shot by the USDA representative, whose position is partially funded by the county.

"If we absolutely, positively cannot get them in any other way and they are acting in an aggressive way toward our animal control officers, we euthanize the animals," Capas said.

Not so, say residents whose dogs have been shot.

Mickey Cooke of Bowie was home with her husband, Tommy Cooke, last Wednesday when two animal control officers pulled up in separate trucks and ticketed the couple because their two dogs were outside of their yard. Fifteen minutes later, she said, the officers returned, accompanied by officials in two other vehicles, because the Cookes' dogs had again left the yard.

Her husband was in a heated discussion with the officials, Cooke said, when she went into the house to answer the telephone. Moments later she heard a gunshot and one of her dogs had been killed.

"The main animal control officer … he was driving off and my husband was still yelling at him, and the animal control officer waved and said, 'Have a nice day.' He was just such a smart aleck. They didn't do anything professional."

Marci Zerkle was returning from Sierra Vista last Wednesday when she passed an animal control truck. When she got back to her Bowie home and discovered her dogs were missing, she figured they had been impounded, she said.

The next day she drove to the pound in Willcox and found one of her dogs. She described the other to an animal control officer and was told it didn't match the description of any of the four dogs shot in Bowie.

When Zerkle returned home, she said, neighbors told her that her dog was in her yard when the officers chased it out and shot it.

"It's not just the fact that they killed my dog. I'm not just an angry dog owner. I'm angry they were shooting in my town in the middle of the day. There are businesses; there were people all around," she said.

Spokeswoman Capas said she has heard rumors that the county was shooting dogs in their yards, running over dogs and killing licensed family pets. None of this is true, she said. And of the dogs taken to the pound, only one owner has come forward to get her dog, Capas said.

Bowie residents upset by the shootings were to meet last night with a representative of Cochise County animal control.

The Tucson-based Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona has received complaints about the incidents and is compiling information to present to the Cochise County Attorney's Office, said spokesman Marsh Myers.

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 11:38:53 AM EDT
good riddens. Hope most of them were pit bulls the mangy beasts.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 12:07:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 1:52:06 PM EDT
Jesus Christ this dog ....cops......shooting.......fuckin' shit is getting old. I've been a cop for almost 9 years and have never seen or heard of a cop shooting a dog around here. Fuck, let it go. It's not SOP to shoot "Spot" at least once a day in every city.......suprised?

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 1:55:21 PM EDT
they need to start shooting CAT'S....

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 1:57:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By turbo_infidel:
they need to start shooting CAT'S....

If they shot 10 illegal immigrants for every one stray dog I'm OK with that. Otherwise they need to holster their peckers.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 2:03:19 PM EDT
The way it should be. Dogs on the loose should be shot on sight.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 4:15:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
The way it should be. Dogs on the loose should be shot on sight.

Even more so for filthy illegal aliens.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 4:16:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:

I'll raise you two
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 4:19:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 89grand:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
The way it should be. Dogs on the loose should be shot on sight.

Even more so for filthy illegal aliens.

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 4:22:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
The way it should be. Dogs on the loose should be shot on sight.

On the loose? I actually agree with you. In the yard? Not a fucking chance.

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