Humane advocates have questions concerning multiple shots fired by the El Mirage Police in the killing of two loose dogs. On Thursday, ABC15.com's interview with Arizona's El Mirage Police Chief Steven Campbell gave one explanation of the grisly incident that occurred on Cactus and El Mirage Roads.
On the evening of July 22, the report stated multiple 9-1-1 calls came into El Mirage Police Department about two vicious dogs roaming the neighborhood. The dogs, one a Rottweiler and the other a pit bull breed were alleged to be aggressive.
Officers tried to contact Animal Control, but were unsuccessful in reaching anyone in the department. According to Police Chief Campbell's statement:
Given the previous 9-1-1 calls of vicious confrontations to citizens and the fact the officers were charged at, the officers had to take steps to protect themselves and the citizens to remove a health and safety threat. The animals were removed later by a contract service provider.
A witness, however described the terrible scene where the dogs' bullet ridden bodies were left lying on the public street for hours. According to MyFoxPhoenix.com, a woman who passed the bodies called authorities only to have someone answer the phone rudely, admit the police had shot and killed the dogs, and then hung up on the upset woman. An animal lover, the woman questioned why authorities couldn't have at the very least covered the bodies of the dogs. Sadly, they were left lying in the street for hours before a public works truck picked them up.
The witness counted at least six shots in one of the dogs.
On the Facebook page of the El Mirage Police Department, several posters continue to question if the officers made the correct decision:
I am shocked, horrified and saddened by the actions of the police officers who shot and killed those dogs yesterday. There are other options. Do you have any idea of the numbers of dedicated animal rescuers who are out there saving dogs EVERY SINGLE DAY? Shame on you for not knowing, checking, or exploring another solution. Shame on the animal control operations and their complete failure to do their job. Shame on the two officers who shot those dogs. The idea that some lives matter less is the root of ALL that is wrong with the world. You have now contributed to the problem. Protect and serve? You failed miserably on protecting those animals. SHAME ON YOU EL MIRAGE PD, SHAME ON YOU!!
Animal Control is expected to implement a better procedure in the future should a situation like this ever occur again.
Rest in peace dogs. You never had a chance. The dogs' owners have not come forward, nor has any information been released about the dogs.
What do you think? Were the police officers justified in shooting the dogs, or should they have waited until morning when Animal Control could have intervened? Although this is a very emotional issue, please keep your responses civil.
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