Dog Shot And Killed By Police Officer In Front Yard

Riley, a six-year-old pit-bull mix, was the Cooley’s lovable dog.

One neighbor described Riley as, “He was just a family dog. They could ride on him, play on his back. He didn’t bite anybody, had no bite history, he had all his shots.”

Police officers said this 100-pound pit bull came towards them and was going to attack them as they entered the Cooley’s front yard in Sacramento, California. They said Riley came within four feet of an officer, and he had no other choice but to shoot the dog.

A friend that witnessed the incident said that Riley accidentally got outside when she opened the door. She said she never heard any barking and just heard five gunshots when she was in the yard.

Rodney Cooley, Riley’s owner, was also arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (Riley) on a police officer. He later was released from jail and the charges were dropped.

An internal investigation into the shooting is being conducted.

Source: CBS13

6 Responses to “Dog Shot And Killed By Police Officer In Front Yard”

  1. Lynne says:

    Apparently a badge is a license to kill pit bulls. I’m ashamed of this country.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    Sounds like another case of paranoid lying freaks for cops killing another friendly dog in his own yard. What triggerhappy asshls!

  3. catmom5 says:

    AGAIN? This is getting to be way too common. Something must be done to stop the slaughter of dogs by police officers. The other option was for the police officer to back out of the yard until the owner got him back inside. ARE YOU LISTENING SACRAMENTO PD? There was no need to shoot the dog. Poor Riley deserved so much better than that. Wonder how often this happens that we don’t hear about . . .

  4. Tanya says:

    I have very mixed feelings about this, though.

    in boulder we had a pit bull who was “under voice control” supposedly. The officer saw the dog do what he felt in his experience was “lunge” at a 3 year old. the officer shot and killed the dog.

    When you are putting your life on the line, and when you are going into homes in order to make arrests, you have no idea if a particular animal is the family pet or is a drug dog (one there for the mear feet of intimidating cops, other gang members, buyers and sellers). you only have your instinct to go on.

    I know it sucks, but what is the officer’s options? *if* this had been a guard dog, and it lunged at them, and the suspect got away, would we be singing the same tune today?

    i would not want to be the cops in this situation, cause i’d not want to have to make that choice. Cops see crappy shit all the time, especially when they are doing suspect arrests. The guy has a weapon, how do you know the dog is not another weapon.

    it’s a tricky life.

  5. Lynn says:

    “Was going to attack them,” my a**.

    I’m of the mind that cops are now trigger happy against anything that may have had a reputation in the past for attacking humans. I seriously doubt the animal was in attack stance…….but the idiots probably took one look and their brains registered “PIT BULL” and they killed him.

    This is disgusting.

    And another “internal investigation.” Translation: get the news media to bury the story.

    I say launch a phone, email and fax attack on the police department. Here is their non-emergency phone line:

    916 264-5471

    Also, they have a website on which they are surveying the public’s response to their police service. So what if you don’t live there. Answer it anyway. Respond and let them know what you think.

  6. Lynn says:

    Whoops - I may have been premature in my previous post. The thought just struck me:

    Why was it the cops were on the property to start with?

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