Winter Garden, FL — A dramatic video of a police officer shooting a family’s dogs was shared with the Free Thought Project this week. After shooting the dogs, who appeared to be coming to greet him, the video shows the officer immediately tell a story that clearly did not happen.
According to the person who submitted the video, his aunt was visiting his parent’s home in Florida. When she arrived at the home, she accidentally put in the wrong alarm code, but it was cleared within just a few seconds.
Despite the alarm being cleared, police showed up 45 minutes later.
“Both dogs have never bitten anyone. They were just coming up to say hey,” writes L Chastang, as he describes the officer’s body camera footage.
“The three dogs are on electric collars that runs the property line. The beware of dog signs in the front of the entrance and just before entering the courtyard are obvious,” he said.
Clearly ignoring the beware of dog signs and the cleared alarm notice, the officers entered the property anyway. When the dogs ran up to greet them, an officer shot.
The first part of the body camera video has no sound, so we cannot hear the dog or how many shots are fired. However, we can see the dogs wagging their tails right before they are shot.
Also, you can clearly see that both dogs stopped right at the officer’s feet when the got to him. They didn’t jump up or attempt to bite him. It looked like they were just excited to see someone.
After shooting the dogs, they run away, leaving behind a trail of blood. The family’s Rottweiler, Bane, did not survive.
When the homeowner’s sister comes out after hearing the gunshots, she asks police what happened.
“They charged me and backed me into a corner ma’am,” says the officer.
“Both of them?” the woman asks.
“Three of them,” says the officer, clearly recalling a story that the body camera shows did not happen.
The Free Thought Project reached out to the Winter Garden police department for a statement on this incident which allegedly happened on July 3, 2016. They told us that it looks like a possible Orange County incident.
In the land of the free, police can come onto your private property, lure your dog out of its own fenced in yard, gun him down in broad daylight, and this is called ‘standard procedure.’ Well, it’s a damn good thing that postal workers, delivery truck drivers, pizza delivery drivers — and all the other jobs that require people to go to someone’s home and NOT KILL THEIR DOG — don’t claim the same rights as cops, or family pets would probably be extinct.
Sadly, this trend shows no signs of slowing.
The Department of Justice estimates that at least 25 dogs are killed by police every day.
The Puppycide Database Project estimates the number of dogs being killed by police to be closer to 500 dogs a day (which translates to 182,000 dogs a year).
Because not all police departments keep track of canine shootings, these numbers vary widely. However, whatever the final body count, what we’re dealing with is an epidemic of vast proportions.
Incredibly, in 1 out of 5 cases involving police shooting a family pet, a child was either in the police line of fire or in the immediate area of a shooting.
The so-called “dangerous” breeds of dogs aren’t the only ones that are being killed in encounters with police either.
Journalist Radley Balko has documented countless “dog shootings in which a police officer said he felt ‘threatened’ and had no choice but to use lethal force, including the killing of a Dalmatian (more than once), a yellow Lab , a springer spaniel, a chocolate Lab, a boxer, an Australian cattle dog, a Wheaten terrier, an Akita… a Jack Russell terrier… a 12-pound miniature dachshund… [and] a five-pound Chihuahua.”
To those that think cops killing dogs is not a problem, we encourage you to watch the video below and then take a look through our puppycide archives here.