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Body Cam Shows Cop Walk into Backyard and Shoot and Kill a Family’s Small Dog

Topeka, KS — “Josie” was a 26-pound miniature pinscher-boxer mix, who was rescued seven years ago, and became a beloved member of 72-year-old Harriette Macnish’s family.

“She was wonderful, and she loved us,” Harriette Macnish said.

This loving 7-year relationship would be violently brought to an end, however, on July 13 when Topeka Police Officer, Michael Cruse would enter the backyard of the Macnish’s home, and kill their Josie.

According to the Capital-Journal,

A Topeka officer shot the dog twice about 10:45 a.m. that day while responding to a false burglary alarm, the police department said in a news release Monday.

According to the police report, after entering the backyard, “the officer then saw a dog begin charging at him in an aggressive manner.”

The report goes on, “I attempted to place time and distance between the dog and myself by running backwards. The dog continued to aggressively run toward me to attack,” while also barking and growling.

“When the dog continued to attack toward me,” Cruse explained in his report. “I obtained my department issued Glock 9mm Model 17 from my holster and shot the dog 2 times effectively ending the imminent attack.”

The officer’s body cam caught the entire incident on video. The small 26-lb dog comes running from around the corner when she’s met with 2 shots from the officer’s pistol. The graphic video is saddening.

Macnish was home at the time the officer entered her backyard and shot her dog. After she heard the shots, she came outside to find Josie laying dead in the yard.

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Macnish told the Capital-Journal that she sat there holding little Josie for half an hour after the little dog died.

“She was a wonderful watch dog — anything but fierce — but if anybody was around that she didn’t know, she made noise,” Macnish said.

Topeka Police Chief James Brown said in a press conference that the shooting of Josie was justified under current police policy, and Officer Michael Cruse was not placed on administrative leave.

After this shooting, the department is reviewing its dog killing policy. According to the new policy, “officers can only use lethal force against an animal when necessary to defend against a vicious animal when it is reasonably believed the animal poses an imminent threat of significant injury and no other reasonable means of protection is available.”

How is it that postal workers, delivery drivers, and door to door salesmen can fend off dogs on a daily basis without killing them but police officers cannot?

  • Marci Lynn

    Fucking PIGS he should not have been on her property

    • Claire Talltree

      She had an alarm system that had gone off, and he was following up to see if there was a burglar. She paid him to be on her property. Unfortunate, for the dog…

  • fucking hero – scared of a little dog, maybe some pepper spray? If you can’t stand to be bit, maybe you need to work at Walmart. Fucking hero

    • ronald foster

      Something like that or this cop in particular should have took an oath to stay away from dogs or any pets and animals. PS besides and in additional to the basic fundamental consitutional one that all cops take upon graduating and being hired.

  • Gold Blooded

    Millions of pizza delivery drivers, postal workers, gas meter readers and others do their job everyday without killing homeowners pets

  • lunchboxmike

    Another reason parents are teaching their children never talk too, or trust a cop.. Ever…

    • casper

      That’s just as crazy. Not all officers are tards…

      • lunchboxmike

        Cant stand seeing cops getting away with so much abuse. America is so upside down with bad cops… We need laws to protect the citizens from the police…

      • ronald foster

        All cops are tards, namely the body cam. ones cause they only troll and film with their big brother gadget on their blue clothes and next to their badge when it looks good for them Casper the jerkass ghost. Wish that have been no dog at all but an illusion, a mirage from a mirage making device. He deserves to look bad on video.

  • teddyb

    dog was doing what a dog was supposed to do. Looks like this woman has some money. She’ll get justice.

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  • Yamz

    I’m sorry but if that had been my dog I would have made him leave my property and NOT nicely. If it had been my mother she probably would have attacked him. Her dog is like one of her children.

  • ecowiz

    Cops are killing dogs all over America. Yes, do delivery people and postal workers kill pet dogs. No, they carry sprays, duhhhh. I hope the lady sues the hell outta these human monsters.

  • Claire Talltree

    After seeing this video, I can understand why this man felt threatened. The dog DID charge him, and there really was no time to take any other recourse. 🙁 The way he talked to the woman afterwards was very respectful, and he got two different officials there right away to help out. Sad, over all.

    This is why I won’t have an alarm system. A dog alone would have been enough. This poor dog had no idea that he was an officer…. the dog was just doing his job, too. Unfortunately, they both had the same job, to chase away the stranger peering into the home’s windows.

    Truly sad. My heart goes out to both the woman, and the officer…

  • casper

    That man is just a total idiot. The dog came to him to play. He’s on someones property, a dog comes and he shoots…. what a tard. That poor poor lady. Better think again before installing an alarm…