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Posted: 3/10/2010 4:56:01 AM EDT
WESTLAKE –– There's a big controversy brewing in Westlake after a police officer, responding to a burglary alarm, shot a beloved family pet.

He was an eight-year-old yellow lab named Callaway.

About 4:30 Saturday afternoon, Dr. Steve Cooke, a Westlake dentist, was in church. He thinks Callaway and two other dogs in the house pushed open the garage door and set off the burglar alarm.

The Westlake police officer who responded claims Callaway charged him and he had no choice but to shoot the dog in the head.

Cooke disagrees.

"I think any officer with his training has multiple options to confront a situation like that. The taser which they carry, pepper spray, simply retreat, to kicking him with his boot," Dr. Cooke says.

Karen Fike is an animal activist and says she's been talking to city officials about better animal treatment for the past five years.

"He could have shot at a tree somewhere else just to scare the dog, just as a last resort. You don't shoot a dog in the head," Fike says.

The officer did rush the dog to West Park Animal Hospital with lights and siren. Sources say he was visibly upset and escorted the dog back to the treatment area but Callaway would not survive the damage from the bullet.

When police informed Cooke about what happened, he went to the vet and gave permission for Callaway to be euthanized.

This was the fourth time since December that Westlake police responded to Cooke's home because of a false alarm but it's believed to be the first time for the officer involved.

Lt. Ray Arcuri says the officer remains on the job and Westlake police are investigating the incident.

"We're talking to neighbors, we're talking to anyone who can add anything. We're having the (Animal Protective League) come in and we welcome them, so someone can have an objective look at this," Arcuri says.

He adds the department is open to consider protocol changes if it's deemed necessary. Until then, Cooke wants residents to be aware.

"What I'm hoping for is that other people in Westlake understand that lethal force can be used against their pets. From that, I hope there would be change," Cooke says.

Fike is organizing an animal rights rally at Westlake City Hall that will be held at 3p.m. Wednesday.

She says the purpose is to protest the shooting and demand better animal rights in the city.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:59:38 AM EDT
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:01:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


Drama queen much?

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:02:31 AM EDT
In before the ARFCOM dog double standard
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:03:39 AM EDT
Come on.. it's a lab, not a fucking Rottweiler. Dog probably wanted to play.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:03:41 AM EDT
its cheaper to replace a dog then to have an officer on disability...

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:06:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ShadowAngel:
Come on.. it's a lab, not a fucking Rottweiler. Dog probably wanted to play.


breed doesn't matter. never trust a dog.

I've seen some labs go fucking bananas at my old job.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:07:06 AM EDT
(This was the fourth time since December that Westlake police responded to Cooke's home because of a false alarm )

cast some blame on the dog owner
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:08:09 AM EDT

Karen Fike is an animal activist and says she's been talking to city officials about better animal treatment for the past five years.

"He could have shot at a tree somewhere else just to scare the dog, just as a last resort. You don't shoot a dog in the head," Fike says.





Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:09:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Good idea!


Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:10:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:11:13 AM EDT
Dog threads are in full force this week.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:11:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


I holding out hope this is the stupidest thing I see posted all day.

Pretty sure the "Parents stole my AR" OP took the award for the entire week.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:12:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


I holding out hope this is the stupidest thing I see posted all day.


What are the chances of that in GD??

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:13:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:
its cheaper to replace a dog then to have an officer on disability...



Unless it's a K9 dog of course. This sucks for the family, they go to church and get a call that their dog has been shot by a police officer because of a false burglar alarm. I can't blame the officer though, since the family knew all about the false alarms and seemingly did nothing to secure the door to prevent it from happening again. I'm sure the cop did not want to kill somenes pet when he answered the call, shitty for all involved.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:14:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EightySecond:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


I holding out hope this is the stupidest thing I see posted all day.

Pretty sure the "Parents stole my AR" OP took the award for the entire week.


??????

Link please, that sounds great.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:19:38 AM EDT
Sounds like the cop really regretted what he did. Lights and sirens? Visibly upset? Doesn't bring the dog back but at least you don't have a sneering, condescending cop talking about how he made it home safely that day and that's all that matters.

I'll bet he's a dog owner too.

Fucked up situation all around. And yes, a Lab bit my wife a few years back and I wanted to kill the damn thing but she wouldn't let me being the Dr. Doolittle that she is.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:22:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Why the hell would you tell your daughter to grab or approach anything you think may get shot. You got your priorities a little jumbled up with that mindset. You would use your child to protect your dog. Your doing it wrong
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:30:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:31:29 AM EDT
Cops can't fucking win.

The Officer was obviously upset according to the report.

Shit happens.

Homeowner needs to fix his fucking garage door.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:32:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:34:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CoreyR:
Originally Posted By EightySecond:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


I holding out hope this is the stupidest thing I see posted all day.

Pretty sure the "Parents stole my AR" OP took the award for the entire week.


??????

Link please, that sounds great.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=1010494
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:35:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Kamron:

Originally Posted By CoreyR:
Originally Posted By EightySecond:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


I holding out hope this is the stupidest thing I see posted all day.

Pretty sure the "Parents stole my AR" OP took the award for the entire week.


??????

Link please, that sounds great.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=1010494


It did not disappoint.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:36:07 AM EDT
Trigger Happy power freaks.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:39:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TNROBOCOP:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


Drama queen much?



Sense of humor broken much?

I lol'd.

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:48:13 AM EDT

Yellow Lab







any dog can be mean
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 6:11:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By honorabledog:

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Why the hell would you tell your daughter to grab or approach anything you think may get shot. You got your priorities a little jumbled up with that mindset. You would use your child to protect your dog. Your doing it wrong


Come on now, honest, hard working SWAT officers with black ski masks aren't going to shoot a 12yo little girl.


...And if they do, I have a much better civil rights lawsuit in the works than if they just shoot the dog.


Link Posted: 3/10/2010 6:30:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
Originally Posted By honorabledog:

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Why the hell would you tell your daughter to grab or approach anything you think may get shot. You got your priorities a little jumbled up with that mindset. You would use your child to protect your dog. Your doing it wrong


Come on now, honest, hard working SWAT officers with black ski masks aren't going to shoot a 12yo little girl.


...And if they do, I have a much better civil rights lawsuit in the works than if they just shoot the dog.




Link Posted: 3/10/2010 6:36:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
Originally Posted By honorabledog:

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Why the hell would you tell your daughter to grab or approach anything you think may get shot. You got your priorities a little jumbled up with that mindset. You would use your child to protect your dog. Your doing it wrong


Come on now, honest, hard working SWAT officers with black ski masks aren't going to shoot a 12yo little girl.


...And if they do, I have a much better civil rights lawsuit in the works than if they just shoot the dog.


That's what drop guns are for...

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 6:52:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:13:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By honorabledog:

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Why the hell would you tell your daughter to grab or approach anything you think may get shot. You got your priorities a little jumbled up with that mindset. You would use your child to protect your dog. Your doing it wrong
i'm pretty sure he is trying to be funny

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:18:16 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EightySecond:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.


I holding out hope this is the stupidest thing I see posted all day.

Pretty sure the "Parents stole my AR" OP took the award for the entire week.


Dangit, now I have to check out that thread.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:36:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Andr0id:
Originally Posted By honorabledog:

Originally Posted By Andr0id:
My daughter has been trained that in the event we are in a "wrong house" incident she is to grab the dog and not let go while begging the police not to shoot her.

Why the hell would you tell your daughter to grab or approach anything you think may get shot. You got your priorities a little jumbled up with that mindset. You would use your child to protect your dog. Your doing it wrong


Come on now, honest, hard working SWAT officers with black ski masks aren't going to shoot a 12yo little girl.


...And if they do, I have a much better civil rights lawsuit in the works than if they just shoot the dog.




Or a 13yo boy in the back, either.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:38:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:40:16 AM EDT
I was bit by a golden lab. Was walking down the sidewalk, the dog (on leash) was walking with owner in other direction, as we passed it lunged out and got my leg. That was 12 years ago and I still have some very clear tooth marks in my leg.

The breed never matters. Every dog is capable of attacking someone. They are animals.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:41:33 AM EDT
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