CARSON CITY — A 45-pound Australian shepherd named Freckles died in May when a Las Vegas police officer hit him with his cruiser to stop him from running toward a group of children.
The officer said the dog jumped a fence and he feared he would harm the children.
But Freckles’ owner, SarahRose Hecht, contended her “son” would not harm anyone. She paid more than $1,000 in veterinarian bills in a futile attempt to save her pet. She later organized a “Justice for Freckles” protest at which she and others demanded mandatory training on dealing with unruly dogs for all police.
“I have no doubt my dog would still be alive if the officer had on iota of training on dog behavior and dog psychology,” said Hecht, 27, who still sobs when talking about Freckles. “There was no reason for deadly force.”
Hecht could get her wish. State Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, has requested legislation to require police to go through training in dealing with dogs to avoid shooting of peoples’ prized pets.