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'Outrage' over dog's shooting in Md.

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold says he was "outraged" and "deeply troubled" to learn about the killing of a Siberian husky by an off-duty federal police officer in a Severn dog park.

After county police initially said the matter was closed, Police Chief James Teare called the case a "priority" Wednesday and pledged a full investigation.

The dog, known as Bear-Bear, was shot Monday evening at the Quail Run community dog park.

The husky's owner and the federal police officer gave differing accounts of what led to the shooting. Bear-Bear's owners say he was playing with the officer's dog, but the officer told police that the husky tried to bite him and his dog.

The 32-year-old officer works at Fort Myer.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 5, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel  
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This is outrageous!!! Even if the dog did try to bite the officer and his dog. He needs to leave, he had no right to shoot the dog. He could have asked the owner to leave. It doesn't sound like a dog fight happened nor was the officer in imminant danger. He deserves to be removed from having a canine and animal cruelty charges brought against him.

Posted by: DCer10 | August 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I know you're allowed to carry your firearm on you, but to walk your dog? Seems like the officer thought the Husky had tried to bite him and his dog before and decided to "pack a little heat" for the next time he saw Bear-Bear.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Another trigger-happy cop with a sense of entitlement. He should be charged with discharging a firearm in public, since it was not done "in-the-line-of-duty". He owes the dogs owner restitution. And, the public an apology.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The officer will probably have to compensate the owner for the value of the dog--not sure if the owner can also sue for damages. I think in some jurisdictions, the value of the animal is all the owner can sue for. If it were my decision, the cop would lose his job, though. We don't need cops like this "protecting" the public. That probably won't happen either, though. It sounds like he'll probably get off with a slap on the wrist, unless it's proven he went there with the intention of killing the dog due to some past dispute with the owner.

Posted by: mercredi | August 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The shooter, aside from being a trigger-happy cowboy, just doesn't understand what a dog park is for. He brought his German Shepherd into the fenced park but kept him on a leash. Anyone with any experience in dog parks, or with dogs period, knows that leashed dogs in a setting where other dogs are unleashed can't defend themselves during the normal exploratory play and tend to escalate fights.

So when Bear-Bear the Husky came up to play, the Shepherd felt threatened and overreacted. The shooter told Bear-Bear's person to call him off, but before she could do that the shooter took matters into his own hands.

This is not a person I'd want living in my community, let alone in charge of enforcing laws.

Posted by: csdiego | August 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

How do you take a dog to a dog park and feel threathen when another dog comes up to your dog? If I were a person who uses this park I would do everything I can to prevent this officer from ever coming back into the park.

Why do police ALWAYS feel threatened when they are confronted by any dog? Can the average citizen shoot someones dog who walks up to them because 'they felt threatend'? No they can't unless they can show cause like bite marks.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If this crime had been perpetrated by a civilian, the civilian would be in jail charged with "reckless endangerment" and facing years in jail. This perpetrator will probably get a letter of merit in his personnel file and a second letter of merit from the Anne Arundel county folks.

Posted by: MrZ2 | August 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

This is certainly "outrageous" here is a person who neither have a dog nor a firearm threatening public safety.

Can you, WAPO, do a little digging and find out who the public menace is? I would think this should now be a matter or public record.

Posted by: LMarie1 | August 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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