Vallejo, CA — It is an undisputed fact — cops shoot dogs. What’s more, cops often respond to the wrong address to serve a warrant or to investigate a complaint, and end up shooting an entirely innocent person’s dog. On Tuesday, officers with the Vallejo Police Department went to an innocent couple’s home and shot their dog right in front of them.
Officers were not only unapologetic after putting two rounds in Samantha Melo and her boyfriend Manuel Trujillo’s beloved dog Rambo, but they ridiculed the couple for grieving.
Around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Melo and Trujillo were outside with Rambo when three officers approached the house. Curious as to who was in his front yard, Rambo rounded the corner of their home to investigate. When he turned the corner, one of the officers shot him, twice.
“All I remember [Trujillo] saying is, ‘No, no, no, don’t shoot. He’s a good dog’,” Melo said.
“By the time I turned the corner, they already shot,” Trujillo said.
Rambo was shot once in his chest and in his left hind leg. The dog ran into the house, but the couple brought him back out to the front yard to apply pressure to his wounds. Melo said she became hysterical, according to KTVU News.
“I’m standing there, and one of the officers says to me, ‘You need to calm down because you’re being annoying’,” she recalled. “He said, ‘Are you guys arguing?’ We’re like, ‘What are you talking about? We’re not arguing’.”
Police were looking for a domestic dispute and randomly targeted Melo and Trujillo.
According to Lt. Sid DeJesus with the Vallejo Police Department, officers were given an address that did not exist, so they targeted Melo and Trujillo since they were the closest.
“The initial address given by the caller to 911 was an address that in fact did not exist,” DeJesus said.
DeJesus explained that officers attempted to taser the dog, but claims that the taser did not deploy. This forced another officer to immediately fire her weapon.
“This particular officer indicated that if she did not discharge felt that she would be immediately attacked by the dog,” he said, predictably. However, apparently, the postal worker who brings the couple’s mail every day has yet to feel this way.
After their dog was shot, the couple was told that they had to take him to the vet on their own. Luckily, Rambo is expected to survive.
When Melo contacted the department, officers explained to her that they had the wrong house.
“He said it was at the wrong address and all of that would be on the police report,” she said. However, DeJesus told KTVU that officers were at the right house — in spite of having a non-existent address.
It was also revealed that all the officers were equipped with body cameras. However, all three officers conveniently forgot to turn them on before approaching the home.
This is the second such incident in only a week in which officers responding to the wrong home shot a family’s dog. Last week, while serving a decade-old warrant to the wrong house, a cowardly cop gunned down the family dog as children watched in horror during a 5-year-old boy’s birthday party.
The officers in the incidents mentioned above would to well to learn from Officer David Gomez from Idaho, 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.