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Cops Killing Dogs

Updated on July 5, 2014

Trespassing Cop Kills Dog

As a general animal lover, I hate hearing any kind of news about abuse toward any animals, but I do have a severe soft spot for dogs, which is why when I heard about an officer killing a dog for poor reason, I was completely outraged. In Salt Lake, Utah a police officer who had been looking for a lost 3 year old, walked onto Sean Kendall’s property, past his back gate and into the man’s yard where his 2 year old Weimaraner, named Geist, had been in his kennel. The officer claimed that the dog ran out into the open and began barking at the officer, causing him to feel threatened enough to draw and fire his weapon on the dog, delivering a fatal blow to the head. In the video below, you will hear Mr. Kendall state that the officer should not have been trespassing at all, but since he did, he should have backed away out of the yard if he truly felt threatened. I completely agree that the officer should have simply backed away from the dog and left. I am unclear on the training regulations regarding animals, but I do know that without a search warrant, an officer should not enter any private property simply because the owner was not home. A Weimaraner is not a typically aggressive breed of dog either. In fact, they are usually very playful and sweet toward most humans, though of course like any other dog they could become aggressive if they are trained to be or are not properly cared for, but I doubt that was the case with this dog. I would say it was more likely this dog was running at the officer in a more playful or greeting manner rather than preparing for an attack, but I will say that since I hadn't been there to see what really did take place, I couldn't say for sure if the officer should have felt threatened. Still though, I agree that the officer shouldn't have added insult to injury by not only trespassing, but shooting an innocent animal.

Trespassing Officer Shoots Dog

Does he look like a killer dog to you?
Does he look like a killer dog to you? | Source

The Officer

According to my searches and what is said on the video, the name of the officer in question is Brett Olsen, whom the report says had assisted in bringing down men involved in an armed robbery, which made him considered as a hero. Despite performing a good deed and being deemed a hero, however, I still believe it does not justify any wrong that he does nor does it give him the right to go onto a man's private property and kill his dog for no good reason. Now, I read further to find out that Officer Olsen still has his job and will keep it at least for the duration of the investigation and lawsuit, which I feel is a bad move for the Salt Lake Police chief (or whomever made that decision), because anyone who is against what happened, and I’m sure there are plenty of those people out there, will be against him and his decision. In my personal opinion, this officer should have his badge taken, his gun privileges revoked, and probably his taser and baton taken as well. I also think he should be sent to counseling for a while, take self-control classes, as well as classes to teach him how to handle animals (especially dogs) so that he doesn't do what he did again. Then, he should be put through all of the cop training again before he gets his badge back and that is only because I’m taking into consideration that he may have done some good as a police officer, however, if this were my dog, I would want the officer responsible to be tossed into a cell with a few people he helped arrest, and left there for awhile.

The Great Debate

I know this one is from a while back, but I found this on my search as well. Shown in the video below is a debate (something you may have seen from “The Young Turks”) about if an officer was in the right to shoot a dog owned by a man who interrupted what looks to be a standoff against an armed robbery. In the video, the point is brought up that if a Rottweiler jumps up at an officer, he would be in his right to defend himself, which I agree with, because as much as I love animals, I must say that if I were being lunged at by any dog, especially a large and aggressive one, then I too would defend myself. However, I would like to point out, as they do in the video, that there were at least three cops there. You mean to tell me, that between the three officers, no one could subdue the animal in a less fatal way? Not only that, but they had taken the time away from their standoff to go arrest the man and kill his dog (that’s three officers that could have been shot by the person they were supposed to be standing against). So I agree this man put a lot of police in danger and I understand that the dog could have been taken as a threat, but send one, maybe two officers to tell the man to get the hell out of here before some gunman shoots him from inside the house! But for the love of all that is good, don’t risk your own lives to arrest some used up douche and kill his dog!

But, all that aside, I can’t claim to know more about it than they do and who knows, maybe they were following procedure If they were, I disagree with that procedure, but at least I wouldn't hold the officer responsible as much as his superiors.

The Young Turks

Jeffrey Bolger
Jeffrey Bolger | Source

Consequences?

In my search, I did manage to find some news where action was taken against an officer who committed a crime similar to the first one. In Baltimore, a woman’s dog had somehow gotten out of her backyard and was roaming the streets. Another woman, who saw the dog wondering around, said that she tried to check the collar and help the dog, but he turned and bit her hand, still she called the police hoping they would help in a safer manor. When the police arrived, they subdued the dog with a pole, but one officer took it too far. Officer Jeffrey Bolger went to the dog and put it down on the ground, pressed on its chest with his knee and cut the dog's throat. The dog died as a result of its injury, and the thing that differentiates this case from my other two is the fact that at least this officer was suspended for his actions and, although I don’t think that’s enough, at least it’s something right? The officer’s partner, Thomas Schmidt, was also suspended and later charged and then released because he was reportedly holding the dog down while Bolger killed it. Bolger also faces charges of aggravated animal abuse, normal animal abuse, and malfeasance in office. His bond of $75,000 was posted and he now goes free until his trial, which is set to be held on July 28th, and I’m hoping he gets exactly what he deserves -- an allotted time in prison.

Officer Suspended for Killing Dog

Ending Statement

I feel as though police are getting away with a lot. I found these stories, because my friends all know I am a dog lover and so one was sent to me, which prompted me to look for more. I made this entire post about just what some cops did to some dogs, but I will be coming back to this subject at a later date regarding some other things cops get away with that no one else would. I don’t think anyone should get away with doing what is just plain and simple wrongdoing. I'm not saying all police are bad, because there are still a lot of good police out there that do a wonderful job of upholding the law and protecting people. This is just one of the many topics I will be covering and coming back to, so I hope you subscribe and follow me and maybe check out my other work. Like always, I love hearing from you, so feel free to comment, message me, or ask me a question anytime!

That’s all for today and I’d like to thank you for reading my article. Also, I will be creating a Youtube page pretty soon that I will link you to when I do, and I hope to see everyone on there too!

Sincerely Drake~

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