It’s becoming way too commonplace. Last week, a pet Newfoundland in Des Moines, Wash., was shot four times — yes, four times — by a police officer who had tried and failed to wrangle the 115-pound dog, who had gotten out of her yard. Her name was Rosie. She was 2. She joins Gloria, the arthritic, 11-year-old yellow Lab police shot to death in her own backyard last month in Oakland, Calif.
There are others. In August an off-duty federal officer shot and killed a dog in a dog park when the dog and his dog started playing roughly. (The officers dog was on a leash.) In September, a St. Petersburg. Fla., officer shot and killed two leashed dogs. He says they were attacking an unleashed blind dog, but the dogs owner says an unleashed dog had actually attacked his dogs.
I’m not going to go into details about Rosie in this post, because it’s Monday morning, and you don’t need this as the start of your work week. I will say her distraught owners report she never snarled or lunged viciously at anyone, as police are claiming she did to them. Newfies are known as gentle giants, and her owners say Rosie was typical of the breed.
Rosie’s owners and dozens of other people and dogs attended a vigil for Rosie yesterday. Newfies and Saint Bernards from as far away as Canada attended, pulling brightly painted wagons filled with colorful flowers. It was an emotional farewell, in which Rosie’s owners said they would obtain justice for Rosie.
I hope they do, and that police forces around the country take note. Something has to be done do stop these tragic incidents. To read more about Rosie’s story, click here, or watch the following video.