Wynnewood, OK — Gruesome. Infuriating. Tragic. Incompetent. Cowardly. Murderous. These are a few of the words that come to mind in regards to the recent puppycide by an Oklahoma cop.
“There’s something wrong with Opie,” said Vickie Malone’s 5-year-old son Eli, during his birthday party — after a Wynnewood police officer just shot their beloved family dog.
According to Vickie Malone, she’d just taken the party inside to serve cake and ice cream when they heard a gunshot.
As parents and kids ran outside to see what was going on, the cop fired two more rounds into Opie with his AR-15 as horrified partygoers watched in disbelief.
“He [Opie] was over here kicking and gasping for air,” Vickie said.
The incompetent cop was serving a 10-year-old warrant on a man who did not live there.
According to Fox 25, Malone said the officer initially told her the dog had lunged at him through the fence.
Chief Ken Moore said the officer told him the dog was vicious and attacked him by coming around the corner of the house. Moore said the officer tried to kick the dog off him once and then shot him.
However, the dog was inside the fence on the owner’s property and the officer had no legal reason for being there. Also, video taken after the officer killed the dog, shows Opie a sizable distance from the gate, meaning that the officer’s claims were not entirely true.
The video shows the dead dog with a gunshot wound to his head lying near the fence, not near the house. According to Fox 25, Moore claims he hasn’t seen the video showing this yet.
As Fox 25 reports, the police chief said the officer was serving a warrant, which gave him legal authority to be on the private property. However, the Malones said they were never shown any warrant. They were only told the officer was looking for someone who had listed that address as his ten years ago.
“He said he was checking to see if a guy name Shon McNiel lived here and no one here has heard of him,” Malone said.
The warrant was a decade old and it was not clear if McNeil ever lived at the house. All the officer had to do was knock to find this out. Instead, he trespassed and killed the family pet.
“I would have fun with him when he runned [sic] around and we played tag,” Eli told Fox 25 as he wept for his lost best friend.
Eli has since made a small wooden cross to remember his dog. And, he tells Fox 25 that he still misses him.
“I respect what the police do, but this was senseless, but he didn’t show any remorse and didn’t even act like he was sorry or anything,” Malone said.
According to an unofficial count done by Ozymandias Media, an independent research group, a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes.
In an investigative report, it was discovered that a single police department in Buffalo, NY, shot 92 dogs in less than three years. In Southwest Florida, the News-Press discovered 111 instances of dog shootings among multiple agencies between 2009 and 2012, representing about 37 per year. According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Police shot approximately 90 dogs per year between 2008 and 2013.
It is an undisputed fact that cops frequently kill dogs.
In fact, puppycide by police is so common the Free Thought Project has reported on a story almost identical to this one. In 2014, at Rick Clubbs’ son’s 9-year-old birthday party, Officer Tarek Hassani showed up and killed the family’s 7-year-old black lab in front of everyone.