“While circling the rear perimeter, lab advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed.”

That’s what the hand-written note Mary Kate Hallock found on her Oakland home door when she returned home from running errands.

The Oakland police had responded to a false burglar alarm, and when Gloria — an arthritic lab — “growled and barked” at an officer, he shot her three times with a 40-caliber Glock handgun.

When the Hallock’s husband brought the dog’s body home from the animal shelter, Hallock’s children, 11 and 15, cried and told stories about Gloria, who suffered from hip-dysplasia and arthritis. Certainly a menacing threat.

“It was like a physical blow,” Hallock said. “It just didn’t feel right. The officer who later apologized sounded sincere, but it would have been nice to hear from the officer who actually shot her.”

Again, personal responsibility is shifted onto the institution at large, so much so that another officer actually thinks he can apologize for the actions of his peer. The Police Chief issued a statement, saying:

We are investigating the incident to ensure that proper policies and procedures were followed and evaluating possible ways to improve outcomes related to future contacts with animals.”

Sources: here, here, and here


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