Two pit bull puppies were shot and killed by San Antonio police officers when they raided a house last Thursday night. The family is upset and told KENS5 News the dogs didn’t have to die.
The police had a search warrant for a home located in northwest San Antonio. When an officer attempted to enter the back of the apartment at Jefferson Townhomes located on Babcock Road, the officer was met by what he called very aggressive dogs. Police Chief William McManus has defended the narcotic units right to protect themselves from the three and ten month old pit bull puppies who attacked them.
Ronny Leal, brother to the owner of the puppies stated in an interview “They were good. All the officer had to do was tell the big one to sit. The big one was as good as the little one.” The older puppy, Xavier, was shot once in the head and three times in the body. Lexi, at three months, was also killed.
Drugs were seized at the residence, including 3.45 ounces of marijuana, two digital scales, and packaging materials for the marijuana. Two juveniles were also arrested on outstanding warrants.
Chief McManus denied a statement made by a neighbor, who wishes to remain anonymous, that the officers were later seen laughing at the two dead dogs.
Really officers? Do you think it’s going to look good to the community you serve when people read about how you murdered puppies? How was a three month old puppy a threat to your life?Did you even stop to consider you could be sued because this was a drug raid, and drug raids are supposed to be planned to take family dogs into consideration and find non-lethal methods to deal with them?
One more question. Was this a revenge killing because members of the family had been in trouble with the law in the past?
In the case of Santa Clara vs Hells Angels, the Supreme Court found Santa Clara negligent in not executing a plan to deal with the dogs they knew were in the house? Hopefully the San Antonio police have now cost the city a million dollars, which is close to the amount awarded Hells Angels in the death of three family dogs killed during their raid.
As for Chief McManus, you need to accept you may have a couple of dog haters working for your department. One article this writer published several months back involved an officer yelling “nice” after shooting and killing a dog that was running away from officers. Just because your officers wrote in their report that their lives were threatened by these two puppies doesn’t make it true. And just because the police are raiding a drug house doesn’t give them license to shoot the family dog, who is innocent of anything that goes on at the residence.
Good work, San Antonio. You’ve just proven yet another police department is negligent, untrained and heartless when it comes to family dogs. The Department of Justice has a few words to describe your officers. Their definition of insufficiently trained officers is “Any officer who judges a dog by its breed instead of its behavior and believes any dog coming toward them is about to attack is in need of training. So are officers who lack knowledge of animal welfare groups, skills in reading dog body language or are inept at communicating with family dogs.”
Readers, do you agree with the Department of Justice definition of insufficiently trained officers, and does it apply to this case? Your comments are welcome.
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