Investigate Police Shooting of Newfoundland Dog, Rosie

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Originally Posted: 7 Jan 2011

Investigate Police Shooting of Newfoundland Dog, Rosie

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)


Tell Des Moines WA city officials to investigate the deadly police shooting of Rosie.

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Mayor Bob Sheckler
Mayor Pro Tem Dave Kaplan
Council Members Scott Thomasson, Carmen Scott, Melissa Musser, Dan Sherman and Matt Pina
21630 11th Avenue South, Suite A
Des Moines, WA 98198
phone (206) 878-4595
fax (206) 870-6540


Every year, over 1,200 dogs, most of whom are family companion animals, are shot by police in the United States. The vast majority of these incidents are unnecessary.

Rosie did not deserve do die! The most recent was in Des Moines, Washington. On November 7, police shot and killed a dog named Rosie who got loose from her yard. Judging from news coverage on the case and reports from eyewitnesses, this killing appears unnecessary. City officials owe the community an investigation and an explanation for the police officers' actions.

According to news reports, police and animal control officials were called when the dog was seen in traffic near her home. Officers chased the Newfoundland, tried to use a catching device to grab her, and used a taser gun to stun her, to no avail. The dog allegedly growled at police and bared her teeth before running away. (Completely understandable behavior from a dog in this situation.)

Rosie ran into a fenced backyard and hid in the bushes, and the woman who lived at the residence locked the gate so she could not escape. This is where the story should have ended. A trained animal control officer should have been called to the scene to safely and humanely capture Rosie.

The woman told reporters that the dog did not present a danger to her, her dog, or her family. According to news reports, police showed up 20 minutes later, went into the backyard, and shot the dog four times, killing her. A police official told the press that the officer who shot the dog believed lethal force was necessary. The resident of the house told reporters that Rosie never came out of the bushes, and that the killing was wrong. With the information we have at this time, we agree.

Rosie should have had a collar and a license, so that her guardians could be located. She did not, and that made the task of capturing her and getting her home more difficult. But sometimes animals get loose from even the most responsible and vigilant guardians. Shooting a dog who is cowering in the bushes in fear - in an enclosed back yard - is indefensible when other humane outcomes were possible.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!