Family Still Waiting For Body Of Dog Who Was Killed By Officer

The Sullivan family wants to simply bury and mourn the loss of their dog, Buddy.

The two-year-old black Labrador/Rottweiler mix was shot and killed by a police officer. Buddy escaped from his yard and made his way next door to Ledges Sporting Horses Stables.

Buddy spooked the horses, and because the workers at the stables were uncertain where Buddy came from, they called animal services. When animal control officers didn’t arrive, the local police reported to the scene.

Meanwhile, Buddy left the stables and wandered the neighborhood. The police officers tried to lasso Buddy, but the dog thought it was a game and was trying to be playful.

After unsuccessfully catching Buddy, one of the officers fired his gun three times, at least one of those shots hit Buddy. The officer then walked up to the dog and shot him point-blank.

An internal investigation is being conducted in regards to the incident.

But the Sullivan family wants Buddy’s body back to bury him, but the local animal services told them they can’t have the body yet. The police department said they need to keep the dog’s body to conduct some tests as part of their investigation.

The Sullivans have also started a petition saying that Buddy was not a vicious dog and that the police acted inappropriately in the situation.

During a town public safety meeting, Sullivan tried to address the incident and complain about the officer, but the president of the village said that Sullivan was partly responsible for the incident because Buddy was off the leash.

Sullivan said he was responsible for making sure his dog was leashed and secured on his property, but still reiterated that the police officer should not have shot his dog.

Meanwhile, the Sullivans have buried Buddy’s favorite toys and some photographs of their beloved dog in his memory.

Source: Rockford Register Star

12 Responses to “Family Still Waiting For Body Of Dog Who Was Killed By Officer”

  1. Bridgett says:

    I agree the owner was responsible for his dog being out but, BUT, the officer over reacted. Did the officers think that shooting at the dog would calm him down? That might stop a human but animals won’t respond to a loud noise like that by freezing. Then to shoot the dog point-blank after it was already down and immobilized? That was way totally unnecessary. The officers should have waited for animal control.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    THAT IS ONE ROTTEN COP. Buddy did not deserve to be shot and that cop and everyone else knows it. ROTTEN ROTTEN ROTTEN!!!!!!!! Hope the bastard feels like a big man now. Apparently coldblooded murderous acts like this is what it takes for him to feel like a man. It would take everything I had to hold myself back and not have a physical altercation with this guy when he was off duty if he TOUCHED my dog. That poor family and POOR POOR Buddy.

  3. Kaffe says:

    That’s just WRONG!

  4. Furbabies says:

    Police can be your protectors and keep crime away from us. But, when they become egomaniacs and feel superior to all they become dangerous. This cop needs to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. He obviously has issues. Apparently he has no problem shooting something innocent and already down. What a CREEP! The family should be allowed at least 15 minutes alone with this guy, off the record of course. I know what I would do.

  5. Lynn says:

    This is appalling. He got close enough to shoot him point blank and yet he couldn’t capture him? This is reprehensible.

    My understanding is that the Roscoe police department’s policy is “officers should only fire a weapon to protect themselves or another person.” It’s obvious to me that what’s happening here is that the cops got bored and played a game of “let’s see who can get him first.” These cops - all who were at the scene - should be fired. How irresponsible to fire guns in this case….even their police policy says so!

    If I were Sullivan, I would sue the crap out of the PD and strip them of their jobs.

    In all fairness, it appears the towns of Roscoe and Rockford [both in the 815 Illinois area code] have a problem with dogs off leash. Check out THIS article. Looks like the cops here are gun happy, too. And outside a school, no less.

    http://www.rrstar.com/homepage/x1649552408

  6. Lynn says:

    This is appalling. He got close enough to shoot him point blank and yet he couldn’t capture him? This is reprehensible.

    My understanding is that the Roscoe police department’s policy is “officers should only fire a weapon to protect themselves or another person.” It’s obvious to me that what’s happening here is that the cops got bored and played a game of “let’s see who can get him first.” These cops - all who were at the scene - should be fired. How irresponsible to fire guns in this case….even their police policy says so!

    If I were Sullivan, I would sue the crap out of the PD and strip them of their jobs.

    In all fairness, it appears the towns of Roscoe and Rockford [both in the 815 Illinois area code] have a problem with dogs off leash. Check out THIS article. Looks like the cops here are gun happy, too. And outside a school, no less.

    http://www.rrstar.com/homepage/x1649552408

    Hey folks in Illinois - you’ve got trigger happy cops so better get your dogs on a leash and in your yards!

  7. Kristy says:

    This is completely egregious! It is immaterial that the dog was off leash. Why? Because if the dog was stray or similar THE COP STILL SHOULD NOT HAVE SHOT HIM. Only under an extreme case where the dog may be attacking a person should there even be a consideration of this being allowed to happen. Why is this not considered cruelty to animals? If a lay person did it they probably would have to face legal action. But because a cop does it they want to look the other way???? This infuriates me to no end.

  8. Stefani says:

    Under no circumstances, by no means, was the officer’s action warranted.

    Please, someone, post the link to the petition.

    Stefani
    The Toonces Project
    http://www.TheTooncesProject.com
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  9. Stefani says:

    P.S. —

    After watching many news reports, I have come to the conclusion that there is a serious problem with policing in the United States. Cops abuse their authority. They don’t just wrongfully shoot animals; they wrongfully shoot people, too.

    It’s part of a pattern, and either this behavior on the part of cops is increasing, OR coverage and awareness of it is increasing.

    Was anyone else horrified at the death of the woman “restrained” by police after she caused a public disturbance at the airport?

    Was anyone else horrified by the video of the cop pepper-spraying a woman he already had pinned up against the car? I think she was a teenaged girl?

    Or the other recent videos of officers “tazing” people who arguably are already under control and pose no immediate threat? Just for backtalk?

    Here in the DC area, an off-duty cop shot and killed a 14-year old boy who he saw riding his stolen moterbike. The cop CLAIMS the boy opened fire first, but the gun the boy supposedly used has NEVER been found and there is NO gunpowder residue on the boys hands (per the autopsy).

    A couple of years ago, another off-duty cop shot a guy in an argument in a parking lot (road rage style). He claimed the man he killed was trying to run over him, but witness statements disagreed.

    In the latter case, the cop lost the case, but in MOST cases, I observe that the cops are cleared of wrongdoing, in spite of exceedingly questionable and fishy circumstances.

    I believe that many cops enjoy exerting dominant force and abusing their position in these ways, including and up to using deadly force, they feel they are immune. They get off on this stuff.

    The police forces need to do a better job of psychological screening. I sense that frustrated, sadistic men are seeking out positions on police forces now, knowing it will give them cover to dominate, beat, and even kill people — and animals.

    Stefani
    The Toonces Project
    http://www.TheTooncesProject.com
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  10. Act Now says:

    This is more common than you might believe and rarely is anything done about it, because it’s a dog that’s dead. And while, I know it’s hard to believe, many people do not like dogs and many people fear dogs. I would not be surprised to find this cop is one of those people.

    In a small town in Ohio, the dog catcher actually shot a dog - in it’s own yard! Not bad enough? The dog wasn’t a vicious 150# monster, it was a 15 year old blind chihuahua! Not a damn thing was done. The family tried, but got no where.

    My friend’s malamute was attacked in her own yard by the next door neighbor’s german shepherd. When the malamute chased him home, the owner - a cop shot her and killed her! This done with kids running around and playing. Nothing done there either, she even tried suing and got nowhere.

    There are many places where any loose dog entering a field with farm animals can legally be shot.

    While it’s definitely wrong and these egomaniacal cops should be disposed of in a most painful manner - it is most important that owners realize any time their dog is off leash - regardless of the reason - on purpose or accidentally, it’s life is at peril. Check fences regularly, put locks on gates, warn children, train the dog not to bolt out the door when it’s opened and not to leave the yard if it does go out. The dog is the owner’s responsibility! Crazy uncontrolled cops are the responsibility of the community!

  11. kathy says:

    These are the men we pay to protect us. They are tested before they are hired, if they are not this kind of person they are not hired! Been there, took that test, wasn’t hired. (Not mean enough)

  12. 2CatMom says:

    I don’t think cops out of control have increased, but I think its much more likely to be reported and/or documented with cell phone cameras, etc.

    If you grew up in a small town, you did not want to get in bad with the police cause they could make your life a living hell. Even in big cities, there was no way to prove that a cop had abused your rights. There’s a code of silence in the police where you rat out a fellow officer even if he’s a public menace.

    But now, if you get it on film, its pretty hard for the police to talk their way out of it. Recently in Chicago, a female bartender was beaten by a cop. Totally unprovoked (he was drunk and she refused to serve him another drink). He told some made up story, but a security camera caught everything. What’s the chief of police going to say when its right there for everyone to see?

    I say keep your cell phone camera locked and loaded!


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