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Horizon City, TX — Disturbing body camera footage was released this week showing El Paso County sheriff’s deputies lure a dog out of a fenced in backyard and then fatally shoot it seven times. The dog’s owners now want answers.

According to police, they were called to the neighborhood that day on reports of an aggressive dog roaming the neighborhood. However, Zeus, the mastiff they killed, was not that dog, according to neighbors and the dog’s owners.

Billy Lopez and Eliza Silva are Zeus’ owners. They were not at home when police came to their backyard with a can of dog food and guns and said that Zeus was killed by mistake.

The video begins as deputies and animal control are leaning over the fence trying to lure the dog out of the yard and over to them. At this point, the dog was in its own backyard, entirely not aggressive, and not a threat to anyone. However, police would make sure to change that scenario.

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The video then cuts off and starts again once Zeus is out of the yard. How he got out is a mystery. Clearly becoming agitated by the officer continuing to provoke him, and after being lured out of his own year, Zeus had enough and came toward the deputy.

Six shots were fired from the deputies gun, causing Zeus to fall down and then the seventh one to end his life permanently.

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“They went from step one to step five. He charged them because they were following him. Why were they trying to bother him and get him to come back out of my yard?” Lopez asked.

Aside from the release of the body camera footage, the El Paso sheriff’s department is remaining tight-lipped about this incident.

In the land of the free, police can come onto your private property, lure your dog out of its own fenced in yard, gun him down in broad daylight, and this is called ‘standard procedure.’ Well, it’s a damn good thing that postal workers, delivery truck drivers, pizza delivery drivers — and all the other jobs that require people to go to someone’s home and NOT KILL THEIR DOG — don’t claim the same rights as cops, or family pets would probably be extinct.

Sadly, this trend shows no signs of slowing.

According to some estimates, as John Whitehead points out, a dog is shot by a police officer “every 98 minutes.”

The Department of Justice estimates that at least 25 dogs are killed by police every day.

The Puppycide Database Project estimates the number of dogs being killed by police to be closer to 500 dogs a day (which translates to 182,000 dogs a year).

Because not all police departments keep track of canine shootings, these numbers vary widely. However, whatever the final body count, what we’re dealing with is an epidemic of vast proportions.

Incredibly, in 1 out of 5 cases involving police shooting a family pet, a child was either in the police line of fire or in the immediate area of a shooting.

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The so-called “dangerous” breeds of dogs aren’t the only ones that are being killed in encounters with police either.

Journalist Radley Balko has documented countless “dog shootings in which a police officer said he felt ‘threatened’ and had no choice but to use lethal force, including the killing of a Dalmatian (more than once), a yellow Lab , a springer spaniel, a chocolate Lab, a boxer, an Australian cattle dog, a Wheaten terrier, an Akita… a Jack Russell terrier… a 12-pound miniature dachshund… [and] a five-pound chihuahua.”

To those that think cops killing dogs is not a problem, we encourage you to watch the video below and then take a look through our puppycide archives here. 

 

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Damiana

    How brazen they’re becoming!

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Seems it is the two legged ‘animal’ that is in need of Rabies jabs.

  • Gordon Klock

    Maybe they stupidly thought that any dog corpse, would constitute them having ‘taken care’ of the purported “aggressive dog” complaint….
    (Pretty obvious, in any case, that they are ill-intentioned bullies, regardless of what their ‘superiors’ choose to tell the public)…..
    ((& the fact that they refer to this sort of thing, as “standard procedure’, strongly implies that they are preparing to eventually kill most of us, in earnest))……

    • G’ma G

      I assure you the cops actions had nothing to do with protecting people.

      • Mod8guy

        It is a desensitising exercise.

  • 2.7182818284590

    This kind of sh*t is why so many people cheer when someone kills a police officer.

    • Mod8guy

      Research what happens if a citizen killed a police dog. Double standard?

      • Valerie Hunsinger

        But yet, cops kill K9s all the time, cooking them in hot cars, or whatever, and it’s called a “tragic accident”. Never any charges.

  • Liz O’neill

    americans are so used to cops killing them and there pets that it doesn’t even cause outrage any more, everyone and everything, is just prey for the cowards with badges. I bet these particular two were ” IN FEAR OF THEIR LIVES “

    • RTM1995CSCO

      Agreed. It is bad enough guilty to till proven innocent, shoot first and ask second, serve and protect is a joke, but the biggest outrage is nothing being done to stop this trend. We should never be used to death, especially wrongful death, pets or people. We need outrage, names posted, mandatory training, more discipline and court action. Police cannot do their jobs and blue wall of silence should never exist in a civilized society. What has gone wrong with cops, is anger management is nonexistent? Cops, what happened to the professionals? They get worse and more careless, more ignorant, more uncaring. Jail time would be a nice wake up call, so would court sentences of community services and firings/demotions. Make it happen, make it kept alive in social networks and police blogs. Those we entrust to save us are the ones taking it away. Shame on the spineless cops.

    • Tanya Fagan

      There is a lot of outrage. The system is broken and until it is somehow dismantled we keep crying for changes.

  • Abz B Zbas

    They try to get the dog out then order it to go back in. Typical conflicting demands.

  • mike

    I wrote the sheriff department on face book. “Dear El Paso Sheriff’s office. I am really worried about my cat. I sometimes let my cats out in my fenced yard. Are you guys going to come out someday after a neighbor calls about stay cats tearing up their flower beds and shoot my cat? Please see video of my cat. Thank you for your reply in advance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WK0_zKpjow Also is it normal to make contact with an animal rather then their owners? Thank you for your reply in advance”.

    • Keith Jones

      There is a case where an officer shoots stray 9 week old kittens infront of little girls, because it was easier than taking the to a shelter.

      • 35M

        Link?

        • Valerie Hunsinger

          Look it up, it’s not that hard.

  • jpm006

    I would gain personal joy if someone brutally tortured and executed these cops

  • Gina Dial

    So sad! I hope they get what they deserveThat’s cruelty to animals! Someone loved that fur baby!

  • mutantgeezer

    had that been my dog I would have hunted them down, one at a time, and without witnesses or mercy. A dog is family.

    • RTM1995CSCO

      I would do the same. My dogs are my only family, with them gone, in a murderous mistaken invasion, I would do the same as you. An eye for an eye, with justice. Whether I went to jail or was shot dead would not matter. They would pay the ultimate price for their murders of my pets in my own yard. Ever hear of teasers or dart guns? So simple but not for stupid cops.

      • G’ma G

        there is a legal defense for situations that are so offensive to the sensibilities as to cause a momentary snap from reality–part of the difference between murder and homicide.

    • hang3xc

      The article says 500 dogs a day are killed by cops and yet NOBODY has EVER “hunted them down, one at a time, and without witnesses or mercy”, so I guess YOU”LL be the first, right? ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO THOUSAND DOGS ARE KILLED YEARLY BY COPS and NOT ONE RETALIATION… but YOU’D be THE guy. You and your buddy RTM1995CSCO. LMFAO
      You’d do the same as everyone else… NOTHING. Fucking keyboard assassin. LOL

    • Bonnie Tinker Corbett

      So u leave your family members outside unprotected. I have NEVER left my German Shepard outside when I wasn’t there. Family should be indoors. I’m not saying what happened is ok but animals should NEVER be left outside.

  • spookydog19

    Rotten, heartless, worthless pieces of human garbage that should not be allowed to be in law enforcement. They will probably plant drugs on motorists they pull over for minor traffic offenses. Goons.

  • Marta Weller

    First of all, the dog was confined in its own yard. Did the officers have a warrant to remove the dog? Armed with a catch pole, it was certainly their intent to take the dog. I have watched Animal Cops from various cities in Texas, and a point is always made that a warrant is necessary to take an animal from its rightful owner. So is that why they lured the dog out of the yard? Because they didn’t have a warrant? What’s with the lapse in the video? Did they edit out the officers opening the gate and releasing the dog? They claim the dog jumped the fence. If that was the case, why did they edit it out? Did they really think that people would believe that the missing video didn’t contain any damning evidence? When i watched the video, the ad before and after was for a trial attorney. Maybe Zeus’ owner should give him a call. A man and his daughter in New England were just awarded over $1,000,000 when cops entered their yard and killed the girl’s St. Bernard right in front of her. Since officers are never held responsible the only way we can fight back is to hit the department hard with lawsuits. The sad thing is that the taxpayers end up paying when officers fuck up.

    • hang3xc

      Us taxpayers pay our taxes. It doesn’t matter where it goes really. I have never had my door knocked on by tax collectors shaking me down for money to pay a lawsuit. Just be glad the people got paid. You won’t get a bill for it. I hope these people get paid well AND those cops lose their job AND certification so they can never work in LE again. THey SHOULD be charged with a crime and lose their qualified immunity on this one too.

      • Marta Weller

        Well, maybe tax collectors don’t knock on your door asking for money to pay a lawsuit, but guess what happens when you don’t pay your property taxes which do pay those lawsuits indirectly. You won’t have a door for them to knock on. Every time a department has to pay a lawsuit because the officers did something wrong, their insurance premiums go up. And since liability insurance relies on a funding pool to a certain extant, rates go up everywhere. Now there are fewer resources, so services are reduced or taxes go up, or other municipal services are eliminated.

        It’ll never happen, but a solution would be to insure officers as individuals and as they become uninsurable due to excessive lawsuits, force them to relinquish their certification.

        How much do you want to bet that none of these officers will suffer any kind of punishment? What happens when people suffer no consequences for misconduct? They continue to repeat the behavior and perhaps even escalate.

        • hang3xc

          Oh, I’d pretty much guarantee these “officers” suffer no consequences, and I agree w/ your insurance idea, but the taxes being paid and the repercussions of not paying them is the same regardless of lawsuits

        • rivahmitch

          and… that’s the problem. I’d suggest that when they make such a “mistake” they NOT be considered acting in their official capacity.

      • Reuben James Hunt

        Qualified immunity Only applies if it isn’t intentionally breaking the law outside the realm of their authority, here they had no warrant so this disqualifies them especially since the video they “Released” is clearly tampered with.

  • Amanda

    So many policemen are such scared little chickens…

    • Mod8guy

      They’re not scared. They are longing for a kill

  • Chelsey Perry

    This is so sad, I can’t even imagine somebody doing
    this to my dog. The stupidity between these officers are unbelievable! Maybe a trained professional should go out to take care of the situation, but there was no situation to take care of as the dog was in his own backyard. I’m a dog groomer and can handle a 100 pound mastiff that isn’t too happy with me, I just use common sense. I don’t need a gun, but once again that’s how America solves it’s problems. And they can’t handle a 5 pound Chihuahua either? How were these people trained? This is just sad. Apparently any life is worth taking.

    • Amerisod

      “Trained professional” That’s a great point. The cops are not trained professionals. At least they are not properly trained. And in this case they are not professionals. Yet they walk around with loaded guns.

  • Madmotorman™ ® The Mad Hatter

    What the fvck is wrong with America these days.

  • Ashley Russom

    WOW TEXAS HUH…..SOUNDS LIKE THOSE COPS WERE PRETTY BORED…FUCKING LACKADAISICAL BARBARIC NO GOOD DOUCH BAGS…POOR FAMILY POOR DOG HAD TO BE BULLIED AND TEASED BEFORE KILLING HIM…
    NO RIGHT TO DO THIS! A CURSE ON ALL YOUR
    HEADS WHO KILL NOT JUST DOGS BUT TO ALL OF GOD’S CREATURES, FOR SPORT, OR FOR CAPTIVITY FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT(SEAWORLD, CIRCUSES, ECT)..KILLING DOLPHINS WHALES AND SQUIDS INK FOR MAKEUP SEALS OTTERS PENGUINS AFRICAN ELEPHANTS LIONS …FOR TUSKS AND HYDES ….SOULESS PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BE KILLING ANYTHING IT ISN’T UP TO US TO MAKE THAT CALL, ONLY GOD CAN CREATE AND DESTROY. ..SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN! ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fea6c193621a07eeb74ee844c507a19d783b969b81def4fbf2a09d1ad3ea2848.jpg

  • jymm

    I have a Brittany. He loves people, anybody and everybody. I would never call a cop to my house.

  • John C Carleton

    Hmmmm! Maybe the dogs owner needs to lure the cops out of their car with doughnuts!

    I consider my dogs life to be worth more than any cops.

  • Doran Zeigler

    Never call the police if there is a family disturbance or if your autistic kid or mentally challenged kid is having a problem. These goons only have one solution. Their medicinal solution is a 9mm to the brain. Don’t trust any cop. Call a neighbor of call the fire department. Firemen are not born killers. Firemen save lives and are much braver than the chicken shit cops we constantly read about.

    We can no longer see po-LICE shootings as an aberration. It is a national POLICY of fascist AmeriKKKa to intimidate the citizenry. RISE and RESIST!

  • Lucy Mauterer

    I am disabled. My Wolfhound/lab mix is my buddy, my protector, my big baby. I may be disabled but I can cock my semi-automatic Smith& Wesson 380, and pull the trigger. If you come on my property and shoot my dog, I will kill you. I’m old and have little to lose. If need be, I will hunt you down.

  • Jeff Pearce Sr.

    So the cop has permission to shot and injure a dog w/o mercy but to end the suffering permission is now needed? We have become a very coarse society.

  • christine

    Fire those cops. They aren’t thinking right.

  • Cindy Beard

    They need to be fired, prosecuted and sued to hell and back.

  • Dean Woodlief

    That’s at happens when you have a hiring standard of a maximum IQ for police of 105……….. and they many of them are vets that have been in serious combat and trained for that and why are you surprised when they do

  • Phil Freeman

    ACAB!

  • Ibcamn

    if cops[aka;terrorists]are so afraid of puppys and kittens,then these faggots need to look for another job they can kill animals all day long……cops are nothing more than lying bottom feeders,they love killing helpless and small animals,its just target practice to them,but im guessing these terrorists are muzzie lovers and we all know muzzies hate dogs,so im guessing they are in fact muzzies or muzzies in training get rid of the dogs so the muzzies feel better and at home in their taxpayer bought homes and driving taxpayer paid for cars and eating hala food the taxpayers baught for them…cops are just killing off the dogs for them under guise of law,these criminalcops just broke how many laws murdering an innocent dog,i bet these low brow cops laughed about it too.cops are the shit stains of the world……..

  • monacall

    I’d hire jack reacher.

  • rivahmitch

    In general, I support police (though I hate the organized criminal enterprise they work for). However, had that been one of my dogs……. as with any other member of my family… expect reciprocity.

  • REALConservative

    If I were that frightened of domesticated pets, I would’ve killed myself already.

  • Helen Thomas

    My husband is a retired lawman and is utterly disgusted by this disturbing trend. In his twenty plus years of law enforcement he says that he can count on one hand the number of times that his brother officers shot dogs, and in those cases the dogs were actively attacking either an officer or some other victim. He feels that these shootings such as the one in this video are just so that the officers can feel like tough guys.

  • Daniel W. McCullar

    So here we have criminal trespass, theft of an animal, felony animal cruelty. Did I miss anything? Oh yea, Federal Deprivation of Rights While Under Color of Law.

  • Horizon City, TX — √

  • Robert Williams

    Looks to me like some cops need to be taught a lesson – the hard way. Start with losing their jobs and their freedom- don’t armed thieves go to prison??? The lured the dog out, anybody else doing that would be called a thief.

  • Rob Ellis

    Stupid thicko bastards.

  • Kate Riviello

    Can the family please contact me so that we can take the steps necessary to hold this officer accountable. I specialize in dog and cat law as a paralegal and this police officer should be fired and arrested for felony animal cruelty. http//www.kateriviello.wordpress.com. Call 845 856 7366. I can file the criminal complaint and if not fired and arrested, a lawsuit. I’m so sorry these pathetic pieces of shit took it upon themselves to summarily murder your baby. They are disgrace to their badge and a disgrace to the human race.

  • Jim Robinson

    These guys get sniped by drive-bys and people walking up and just shooting them in the head while they sit in their cars. These bad apples need to be removed from every police force out there to save the good cops that do the right thing and their job properly.

  • dirtydog1776

    And police wonder why citizens are beginning to turn against them and not offer them support.