|Death: ||Nov. 7, 2010|
While her owners were out of town, Rosie a 2 year old Newfoundland, a gentle giant of a dog, got out of her yard. A concerned neighbor, worried she might get hurt, called police since no animal control officers were available.
When the police showed up they chased and frightened Rosie.
She barked at them but never showed aggression. The officers tasered her two times. After that Rosie seeked for safety in someone's yard, and she hid behind the bushes.
The officers did not know how to use the catch pole, used by animal control to grab a dog. What led them to shoot Rosie four times is up for debate. The only facts are that poor Rosie who was frightened but never hurt anyone was shot and killed by those who were supposed to help bring her home safely.
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(SeaTac News, November 12, 2010)
By Keith Daigle
On Sunday Noember 7, Des Moines [Seattle] police officers responding to a roaming dog call, chased Rosie, a Newfoundland, into Lora Perry's backyard where police officers shot and killed the dog.
"It almost seemed like it was a game to them," Perry said, referring to the four officers, including a police sergeant, who responded to the call. She said the officer who shot Rosie had no remorse, and treated it like a challenge, saying to an other officer, ‘I haven't had one that big before.'
Perry is inviting anyone who wants to place flowers along the fence where Rosie was shot to bring them to 26852 16th Ave. S.
Police were also in touch with Des Moines Animal Control Officer Jan Magnuson, who was off duty, sending her a cell phone picture of the dog to see if she knew the animal and its owners. She said she did not.
Terrified after being chased and tasered, Rosie then ran into Perry's backyard and hid in the bushes. Perry said Rosie did not move from her position from the moment she noticed her to when police shot her.
Before police arrived Perry said her little dog was running around the large yard, searching for Rosie. Perry said at no point was Rosie aggressive to either Perry or her dog.
"(Rosie) was cornered and frozen and it did not move the entire time," Perry said. "The dog was a gentle dog, it didn't do anything wrong."
Perry said her gate was open for a brief period, allowing Rosie to get in. She said the dog was in her backyard for at least 20 minutes before police showed up. By the time police came to the house the gate was closed, locking Rosie in.
Police officers came to her door asking if she had seen the dog they had been chasing. After officers came into the backyard they asked Lora to stay inside with her kids. Both Perry and Sgt. Collins say no attempt was made at that point to capture Rosie.
Perry said about a minute after police came into her backyard a police officer drew his firearm and shot Rosie four times.
"I could hear the dog crying and whining after the first shot went off," Perry said. She said after the first shot she closed her eyes. "It was quick, they already had their mind set on what they were going to do," Perry said. "Their main concern was shooting the dog."
Perry said after the incident one police officer came into her house giggling about shooting the dog.
"I know without a doubt in my mind this is not what they should have done."
A shooting review is not automatically conducted after an officer discharges their firearm at an animal, Collins said. Interim Des Moines Police Chief John O'Leary ordered the review, Collins said.
A memorial service was held for Rosie on Sunday, November 14 2010 with dogs and their owners attending from all over the U.S. and Canada.
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Rosie's owners were only able to get justice for Rosie in civil court, will be awarded at least $51,000 in a settlement reached late last month.
The officers had responded to a report of a loose dog in the Wrights' Des Moines neighborhood, phoned in by a neighbor who was concerned that Rosie might get hurt. The Wrights were out of town at the time, and the 4-year-old dog somehow got out of their yard.
Over the course of about an hour, the officers twice used a Taser on Rosie, chased her for blocks and ultimately shot the dog four times with an assault rifle in a stranger's backyard.
Des Moines police investigated the shooting and concluded the officers' actions were justified.
No animal-control officers were on duty when the officers — responded to the Wrights' neighborhood on Nov. 7, 2010.
Much of the officers' conversations that Sunday were captured on dashboard-camera audio obtained by the Wrights' attorney through the state Public Disclosure Act.
The audio recording indicates the officers were talking about shooting Rosie within 10 minutes of arriving at the scene.
The animal eventually ran into the backyard of a home about four blocks away.
After the dog was shot once, one of the officers is heard shouting "Nice!"
The officer with the rifle fired three more times, according to the lawsuit and dash-camera video.
The Wrights returned home later that day unaware of what had happened to Rosie. They called friends and the police, looking for Rosie. Then they finally found out Rosie's fate.
Created by: J.A. & D.S.
Record added: Apr 15, 2013
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