Pit Bull Attacked and Killed by Cowardly Police
On Thanksgiving day, a beautiful little blue nose pit bull was shot to death by a Cornelius police officer, claiming that the dog had "charged" him. This dog was a very predictable victim of the hysteria and ignorance being pumped out by the likes of KPTV and other corporate "news" in the past month. It was also a victim of the officer's own cowardice, and the thoughtlessness with which humans often approach the lives of non-humans. Please see the bottom of this article for contact information for Cornelius, and please call them to demand that the officer be punished.
The dog had gotten out on Thanksgiving night and followed her human over to a neighbor's house. Before the neighbors or her human realized she was there, police were called by some hysterical bystander who saw a pit bull and assumed it must be a monster, because hey, that's what they say on TV. Pit bulls are monsters, right? So the police, with nothing better to do, rushed over to the scene. They found the dog outside the home where the dog's human had gone. When the woman who lived in the house opened the front door, she saw the dog with the police behind it, demanding that she "secure" the dog. The neighbor turned to call the dog's human, who was inside the house, when an officer suddenly took it upon himself to shoot the dog. He said it was "charging" him. Witnesses disagree with him on that. Neighbors and family members of the dog are demanding that the officer who shot her be punished, while Cornelius police spokesmen are telling the public that the officer "had a right to use deadly force."
Oh yeh. Right. "I feared for my life." Lest we forget, cops have the "right" to kill as long as they remember to say that after.
I'm very sad for the dog, and for her humans. This was a devastating and unnecessary killing.
Shame on the cowardly Cornelius cop, and shame on the corporate media, as they are to blame for this as much as the officer who pulled the trigger. The corporate media has been creating an image of pit bulls as monsters, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary. Over and over again, the corporate media has reported on pit bull "attacks," which have turned out to be false. They have ravenously drooled out stories of so-called "attacks" that later turned out to either not involve pit bulls, or to not involve "attacks." In one case, they reported a lurid story of a pit bull that allegedly chewed off a baby's toes. It later turned out that the baby's toes were chewed off by a ferret over several hours while the drugged out parents slept nearby, ignoring their baby's screams. Although the pit bull story had resulted in the predictable calls for a ban on pits, the revelation that it was actually an attack by a ferret did not result in any call for the banning of ferrets. (Possibly because the corporate media barely even noted the correction to the story, so many people still believe the attacker was a pit bull.)
In another case, a woman in Salem was allegedly "attacked" by a ravenous monster of a pit bull. She said it had attacked her little dog, and when she went out to rescue the dog, the pit attacked her, biting her face. This story was widely reported, and resulted in the pit bull being removed from its human and sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted, but only on condition that the dog be incarcerated at a rescue facility and not returned to the human. It later turned out that the dog had not attacked either the woman or her dog. A subsequent investigation revealed that the two dogs were neighbors, separated by a back fence. There was a hole in the fence, and the dogs got together and were playing as dogs do. (This fact is born out by the fact that the other dog, considerably smaller than the pit, had no wounds on it whatsoever, despite being in the yard with the dog for more than 15 minutes.) The woman saw the dogs outside, did not recognize play behavior, and freaked out. She raced out into the yard, got between the dogs, bent down, and picked her dog up as they played. In her exuberance, she somehow mistook a single, small wound on her lip for a "bite" from the pit bull. It later turned out to be a toe nail that had caused the mark, probably from her own dog.
Again, the corporate media had widely reported the "attack," but failed to correct the story later when the true facts came out.
More recently, a pit bull was accused by the corporate media of being "aggressive" and "dangerous." Witnesses who had been feeding and caring for the stray dog for months begged to differ. Again, the corporate media failed to report the truth.
There have been many, many cases in which the media identified dogs that bit people as pit bulls, and later investigation revealed that the dogs were not pit bulls at all, but other breeds. Sometimes, those other breeds resembled pits (ie, shar pei dogs, chows, etc). Other times, they bore no resemblance at all, but were still, inexplicably, identified as pit bulls. (For example, german shepherds, poodles, rottweilers, and even a chihuahua have all been identified as pit bulls.) Those stories were reported in the media as "pit bull attacks."
Despite the fact that pit bulls are more likely to pass temperance tests and less likely to exhibit human aggression than many other breeds, they continue to be stereotyped and demonized in the media. This kind of ignorance breeds the kind of hair-triggered cowardice exhibited by the Cornelius officer who killed the dog on Thanksgiving night.
Please call the Cornelius police and demand that the officer who shot this dog be punished. Also, please ask that the officers take this opportunity to educate themselves and their community on the truth about pits. They can start by contacting Pawsitively Pit Bull, a rescue organization that I understand does outreach and education. (Though, if Pawsitively Pit Bull wants to help, their volunteers should probably clear out their voice mail.... It's full.)
You can contact the Cornelius police here:
You can contact the City of Cornelius and speak to officials who might be able to hold the police officer accountable:
Main city office contacts:
Mail: 1355 N. Barlow St., Cornelius, OR 97113
If you would like to know more about pit bulls without the hype, hysteria, and error that pervade the corporate media, please see:
(HINT for anyone who wants to dis the dogs: Please take the time to actually click on and explore each of the sites linked above BEFORE blurting out a lot of the same, tired, old, hyperbolic stereotypes that you picked up from the corporate media.... EDUCATE yourself before you accidentally repeat stupid nonsense as if it were fact.)
For everyone else, PLEASE do contact the Cornelius police to demand accountability. This dog was a victim of ignorance, cowardice, and callous disregard for the lives of non-human animals. Speak out, and maybe you can prevent further killings.
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