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Police Officer Shoots Dog

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Frustration and outrage are growing in Springfield after an officer critically injured a dog Tuesday night, but police say the shooting is justified.

The owners say they didn’t have the $2,000 to pay for the bullet to be removed by vets and are now speaking out against the police department’s use of excessive force.

Breonna Kerr spent the day Wednesday comforting her dog Kiki.

“My dog still has a bullet in her head, and there’s a chance that she could have to be put down or die from it,” Kerr said.

On Tuesday night, a Springfield police officer responding to call about an aggressive pit bull in a neighborhood shot Kiki in the head.

“It was chasing people down the street. We had one phone call from a neighbor saying that there was a younger type teen male that had been chased by the dog and had been cornered,” said Sgt. Russ Boring.

But Kerr says Kiki is not aggressive and doesn’t think the shooting was justified.

“It’s not fair to her. The people say she was trying to get inside because the officer was chasing her and gunned her down, and I feel like it wasn’t handled the correct way and it should’ve been done and dealt with differently than it had,” said Kerr.

But police say it’s their job to keep people safe, and the officer needed to act quickly to make sure the dog didn’t hurt anyone.

“In fact, the officer did a very good job and several of the citizens commented that the officer did a great job out there and were very happy with what happened,” said Boring.

And while Kerr’s family says they know Kiki escaped from her backyard, they want justice for the dog.

“He had to make a split decision and I understand that, but if you really look back and evaluate, the situation he probably would be in agreement,” said Don Teague.

“Their breeds going to have nothing to do. I mean we’re going to base our decision based on circumstances that are in front of us,” said Boring.

“That’s a life, no matter if it’s a human being or an animal. That’s a life, and you know it’s not fair for her to sit there and be like that in pain and agony,” said Kerr.

A group of local dog lovers say they’ll be protesting the Springfield Police Department Thursday at 4 p.m. because they say police are not trained to deal with dog calls.

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  1. Miles Terwillegar says:

    This incident needs to be further investigated. There must be a way for these trigger happy cop’s to use NON-LETHAL force on our beloved pet’s. If we felt threatened by a police dog, and shot it we would be in prison. Our police force is out of control, and need’s to be better trained, and held responsible for their action’s. The police department (and most of the public) have forgotten that WE pay them to assist us when we ASK for assistance, and not take the law into their own hand’s. I see our police breaking traffic law’s every day. I cannot even watch COP’S on television due to the police brutality, and the lack of common sense displayed by our police forces.

    1. JustSayin says:

      If you own a pittbull and it is let to run free in the streets, you should expect it to get shot.

  2. Barbara Stuart says:

    Please develop a method for donations to the Kerr family or surgical office for surgery of the dog ASAP.

  3. Barbara Stuart says:

    Please set up a way to make donations for the dog with a bullet in his brain.

  4. Anon says:

    What seems to keep being glossed over by the media and others who comment is the fact this dog went after citizens AND after the officer, forcing the officer to shot it. There seems to be a misconseption that the Police’s solution to the problem was to just show up and shoot the dog, this is simply not true. But when an officer gets there and while assessing the situation the dog attacks him, what is he suppose to do? As far as chasing the dog down, everyone knows an injured animal is dangerous. After defending himself the officer was following his training and following the dog to make sure it doesn’t attack anyone else and/or put the dog down if needed. You can’t fault the officer in doing his job. It makes sense the dog was shot in the head, that’s usally whats facing you if a dog is trying to bite you.

    1. Anita Capuziello says:

      Then why didn’t he kill it instead of leaving it like that? Just cruel

  5. jason mark says:

    EYE ROLL.

  6. Donna says:

    How can we help Kiki? Are there any links so we dog lovers can contribute to help?

    1. Lisa says:

      http://www.gofundme.com/d0npkw

      1. Sondra says:

        My rescue, Save the Pets, is the organization that took on the medical care for this dog. She was seen at Cascade Animal Hospital at 8 A.M. on Thursday the 14th. The bullet actually lodged in her shoulder. They are going to stabilize her and most likely remove the bullet at a later date, for various reasons. I am not sure who set up the go fund me site, listed about. The woman that started it actually is in Arizona. I am trying to determine if she has established a connection to the family or not. We are a 501 that is in the area. You can donate directly to our website. We will post updates on our FB page. Our website (tax deductible) is http://www.savethepets.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64&Itemid=57. Please note that it is for “Kiki”. Our FB page is https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=691820150855174&set=a.307433842627142.61381.100000815870287&type=1&theater.

        1. MJ says:

          I’m so glad you are helping this poor dog! It is becoming epidemic for cops to shoot dogs! This one does NOT sound justified, just as most of the others don’t either. You can’t tell me breed has nothing to do with it as most of the other dogs are Pitties, Rotties, German Shepherds. The cops sees what is said to be a dangerous breed and shoots first and asks questions later. (or never)

  7. HEATHER TERRILL says:

    NO WORDS! THIS IS OUT OF CONTROL! YOU CAN TO SUBDUE A DOG – CALL ANIMAL CONTROL. A BULLET TO THE HEAD IS NOT TRYING TO SUBDUE A DOG – IT IS AN ATTEMPT TO KILL THE DOG!

    TO THE GUN HAPPY OFFICER – YOU ARE A LIAR! SHOOTING THE DOG IN THE HEAD IS UNJUSTIFIED! YOU AND ALL YOU GUN HAPPY POLICE OFFICERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION.

    IF A DOG IS BEING A NUISANCE YOU CAN ANIMAL CONTROL. THEY COME OUT WITH A CATCH POLE NOT A GUN! QUIT TAKING MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS AND THINKING YOU A HERO BECAUSE YOUR NOT!!!!

    PRAYING FOR THE DOG TO SURVIVE AND GOD TO COMFORT THE FAMILY! MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM.

  8. Dog lover says:

    It is a pet owners job to protect their animal. No one else’s…. It is sad what happened but it is no one else’s fault but the owners.
    The owners have to take responsibility for the dog being loose and being shot.
    If you say you Love and Care for your Animal then act like it..
    End of Story.

  9. Anita Capuziello says:

    I don’t think it’s a great job he left the poor animal with a bullet in it’s head. What a lousy shot for a cop. He left that animal and family suffering. What a man NOT

  10. diane ryan says:

    please take your dog tothe vet and start a fundraiser i will bet u willhave the $$$$$$$$$$ uneed to save your dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please doit NOW take her to the vet and set upa fund forher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. PAM says:

      For the love of god….do not donate to these idiots. If their dog was not running at large it would not have been shot.

  11. Ahshucks says:

    All of these negative comments about the poor dog. I don’t what planet your from but you must have left your common since there. What is it you don’t get? The dog was being aggressive towards people. The owner did not make sure the dog was secure in their yard. The dog seems to be recovering just fine but should be dead. So you people with potty mouth just chill out some. The cop did the right thing.

  12. mark johnson says:

    this story feels real fishy first of all the dog didnt bite anyone so the dog got shot the officer was chasing the dog and dog was retreating to get away from him and the officer shot the dog at there house that was nice good job officer you desire the silver star for protecting the public at least you are doing something try to catch a criminal

  13. Kelly says:

    The dog chased a teenager Downthestreet , I woulda shot the neiborhood menace too. What if it bit a 5 year old in the face what would you want to do about that

  14. Joanne says:

    This is some kind of scam….the dog does not have a bullet in it’s head, now the owner’s claim the bullet is lodged in the dog’s shoulder. First they claim they need $3000 for surgery, now they’re only claiming the dog MAY need surgery down the road IF the bullet moves. Why doesn’t this story mention the dog had cornered a 12 year old boy until a driver came by and blocked the dog and had the kid jump into the car. Ms. Kerr cries about how unfair this is to her dog, what if the dog attacked that child? She also admitted in one story that her dog had been chained in her yard and got out some how. Why was the dog chained in the first place, that’s cruel, and one reason why dogs become aggressive. I don’t think this lady should own any animals at all, and doesn’t deserve to have her bills paid for by others.

  15. Patrick says:

    I have lived in this area since 1977. I have also heard of every Springfield police atrocity. They have a piss-poor human rights record. During the 80s, my friends and I didn’t even go into Springfield for anything. Springfield back in the 80s was a horrid nightmare! I may work here but I don’t live here.

    On SPD facebook page the cop says: ”081214 in which a SPD Officer shot a vicious dog” A vicious dog?? I know vicious dogs and this was no vicious dog. It is the wrong type of pit bull to be vicious…according to how vicious they are claiming it to be. If any dogs are vicious, it’s their k9 units which they fail to mention. There is no evidence whatsoever to say the dog tried to bite anyone. That’s all hearsay.

    Another woman writes, she thanks the SPD for protecting us’ Protecting us from what?? Your paranoia of abusive men in lane county? Your delusions? Is this what you mean?? Did some ‘vicious dog’ bite you in your bad dream? sshhhhh please. Live in South central LA or Arizona if you think it’s bad here.

    Anyone who has over-admiration for the Springfield police and believes they are super wonderful has mental issues and swallowed too many pills. I admire them also for the few times they pulled me over and never wrote me up. That’s about all the admiration I have for them. The cops are right and everyone else is wrong. They are perfect and we are the enemy. If I were to write a book about the Springfield police it would be one scary novel.

    I am just glad the poor dog is still alive. At least it has feelings

    1. Rob says:

      .You say you’ve been around a bit but you are not very bright….
      I’m thinking you are the one the Springfield police are protecting the rest of us from..

      I would like to see the owners charged as well with Animal Cruelty and Assault Charges on a public street. . In fact I am shocked they have not been.. It would be a great reminder to those people who can not keep there animals under control. That would help put some more money into animal control agencies.

      I think maybe the owners should also pay for counseling for the traumatized boy. I might contribute to that instead of funding the owners vet bill that they can not care for.

  16. Proponent of clear thinking says:

    “Boo Hoo! Whine Whine! Boo Hoo! Oh my poor persecuted dog! How dare they not let it run around terrorizing the neighborhood. Boo Hoo! Whine Whine. It wouldn’t have bit anyone!” To the law-breaking owners of the dog: We are not obligated to love and trust your dog. If you cant afford a $2000 vet bill then try purchasing a $10 leash.

  17. dog lover2 says:

    This dog has killed cats? And was scaring a little boy so badly that he needed to get into a car with a kind stranger? I think the officer absolutely did the right thing. If it were me, or my grandchild being threatened by a pit bull who has already killed animals, I’d appreciate a police officer intervening and shooting it. I’m sorry the officer has to take such criticism when he did what he needed to do.

  18. Rob says:

    I think we should get a protest against the people putting down and blaming our police force. Ban there stupidity…. A protest needs to be against the dog/home owners period. If there dog was well taken care for in the first place not tied up to a tree (Very Cruel) or allowed to get loose from its property then it would not be an issue. I see dogs of all breeds (yes including pit bulls) running lose all the time in neighbor hoods here in Springfield; Keep track of the police call log and you will see dog at at large called in every day. Tell me how many pets are shot by the Springfield police department ? You protesters are barking up the wrong tree.. Irresponsible pet owners are to blame.. They should be cited and fined for there dog running at large, assault, neglect, (tying it to a tree in summer heat) Really!!
    LETS PROTEST THE PROTESTER FOR BLAMING OUR PROTECTORS…
    If your animal runs wild than its to be treated as wild.. If you like your pet then keep it safe from harm and from harming anyone else. Plain and simple. If you can not do that then dont expect special rights because your a poor irresponsible pet owner.
    Its sad the dog had to be shot but its the pet owners fault not the police officer… The police officer is trained to serve and protect in many times split second actions are needed. (KEEP YOUR PETS SECURED AND THEY WILL NOT GET SHOT) Thank goodness we have police that can respond quickly because the great neighbors that are for the dog are hypocrites; Where were you/they and the home owners before the police had to show up. Not protecting the innocent people being attacked. (Young boy, elderly person, 2 bicyclist and more I’m sure). Nor secure Kiki the dog. Why were you all hiding in your houses as people screamed in the street? Not one person came out until the police arrived. Except the kind gentleman in the vehicle saving the boy from harm.
    I’m a pet owner of dogs and love them dearly as apart of my family but if they were to get out and are malicious in public, threatening the well being of others I would expect the same possible out come. My dogs are well trained, registered, cared for (NOT TIED TO A TREE) secured dogs. If you can not be responsible pet owners then you should not have pets.
    I say PROTEST THE PROTESTER FOR BLAMING OUR PROTECTORS!!!!
    Maybe KEEP GUNS HOLSTERED AND KEEP YOUR HOT DOGS BUNS SECURED!!!
    On the lighter side haha that is funny and true..

  19. Patrick says:

    Three things:

    1: The Springfield police are not smart enough to know how to go
    shift blames off onto the public and twist their itineraries. For what ever reasons they need
    to cover their misgivings.

    2: Not some scam. The police have already admitted to shooting
    the dog. For two million they might scam it. Not for $2.000

    3: If you have to rely on the Springfield police for protection, like
    calling your mommy or daddy to protect you, you have a confidence
    problem.

    That would be like the European Jews relying on Nazi Germany for protection. Worked
    out well for them, huh? I like cops though, I really do….when they’re off duty

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