California police shoot elderly cocker spaniel

On June 17, a Concord, California Police officer drew his .40 caliber pistol and shot 13 year-old Kirby in the back.  Police had entered the owner’s backyard unannounced where they surprised Kirby.  Kirby’s owner Zach Grimm said they heard the jingle of someone opening their back gate.  Next, they heard a bark and a subsequent gunshot.  Grimm said Kirby barked “like any dog protecting its home.”  According to police, the officer felt threatened by the 29 pound cocker spaniel and used lethal force even though he had pepper spray.  Police claim they were looking for a burglar when they entered the backyard around 4:30pm.

One of Grimm’s roommates who saw the shooting said the officer drew his gun just to shoot Kirby.  Grim said “The officer who shot at him, after it was over he just sort of had this goofy look on his face, almost like a smirk, and then he left. No explanation, no apology or anything.”  Part of the .40 caliber bullet passed through Kirby’s body while the rest is logded in his spine.  Grim said, “we think he’s going to make it.” “I can’t believe he’s alive, to be honest with you.”

Kirby's X-ray
Bullet lodged in Kirby’s spine

Reward offered after cocker mix shot in Michigan

Police in Standish, Michigan are looking for those responsible in a dog shooting case.  Haley, a seven-year-old cocker spaniel/golden retriever mix was found dead along Highway 23 on December 29th, 2011.  She had been shot in the hind leg and above the eye.  Haley’s owner, Rob Rezler, had been playing catch with her just two days before when she ran off and never returned.  He wonders why anyone would want to harm her.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward in her case.  “The citizens of Standish should be very concerned that someone in their community could callously shoot such a gentle dog. We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this thoughtless crime.” Please contact the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office at 989-846-3002.