Caldwell, ID — On August 18, two Caldwell police officers went to the home of Crystal Holden and Alinah Stelly to serve Holden with a warrant. Instead of just serving the woman with a warrant, however, one of the officers killed their dog. The incident was captured on both of the officers’ body cameras.
As the video begins, Alinah Stelly is talking with the officers.
“What is this for?” asked Stelly.
“I’ve just got to talk with her… for some follow-up,” replied the Caldwell police officer.
Stelly then agrees nicely to go get her sister to talk to the police. As she turns in to retrieve her sister, Stelly pushed on the door to close it.
However, after Stelly attempted to close the door, so her dog didn’t go out, the officer on the right pushes the door open again.
A few seconds pass and Stelly’s dog can be heard barking inside. At this point, the officers should have immediately closed the door to avoid the situation that would follow. But they did not.
As the dog comes out of the door, the first officer, apparently not ‘fearing for his life’ simply pulls out his baton and says, “Get back dog.” But the other officer wasn’t as brave.
The second officer claimed the dog ‘lunged’ at him, however, that is not apparent in the video. He was simply smelling the visitors when the second officer pulled out his pistol and shot the 85-pound German Shepherd-mix.
After the cops kill the poor woman’s beloved pet, she asks them to leave, but they refuse. As the officer is looking for the shell casing used to kill the dog, he can be heard telling the other officer, “I was almost shooting my own damn feet, that thing was right at me. Scared the crap out of me.”
For Crystal Holden’s alleged probation violation, police killed the innocent Alinah Stelly’s dog — unapologetically. Not only did they kill her dog, but they are now considering charges against Stelly for a vicious animal at large and they sent her a bill demanding $200 if she wants her dog’s body to bury.
Stelly is now planning to file a lawsuit after watching the video, noting that the dog would have most likely not gone outside had the officer not pushed open her door.
The officers in the incidents mentioned above would to well to learn from Officer David Gomez down the road from them in Meridian, who learned to use his intelligence when faced with dogs — instead of his pistol.
The result was nothing short of heartwarming and astonishing as this officer, who’d been trained not to kill dogs, was able to successfully bring in two vicious dogs roaming the neighborhood with no violence.