Cop Shoots Friendly Dog In His Own Front Yard

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    Sep 05, 2011 11:36 PM GMT


    Dog's shooting death upsets Fairfax Co. neighbors
    Monday - 9/5/2011, 1:29pm ET
    Hank Silverberg, wtop.com


    FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - The shooting of a dog by an animal control officer has neighbors in one Northern Virginia neighborhood questioning the move.

    The dog -- named Crash -- looked like a pit bull but was a mixed breed. He was shot and killed on Friday by a Fairfax County Animal Control officer responding to complaints of a loose dog on Everglades Drive in the Parklawn section of the county.

    Neighbors say Crash was often loose and out and about without a leash, sometimes when owner Tom Tomlo was not home. It was that kind of wandering that prompted calls to animal control.

    A neighbor named Marsha, who didn't want her last named used, lives three doors down from Tomlo. She says Crash was not an aggressive dog, and the animal came into her house once just trying to be friendly.

    "And that day that he came in my house I got him out with dog biscuits," she says. "Everybody has a stereotype about pit bulls, and I did too until that incident with the dog."

    Across the street, Frank Chang says the dog was often loose. He says he has seen the owner riding his bike with his two dogs running loose next to him.

    But Chang says he is upset that the animal control officer used his gun to kill the dog.

    "We have a firearm being shot in the neighborhood with children possibly around," Chang says.

    Chang also says the dog did not appear to be aggressive, and he had even seen the animal playing gently with neighborhood cats.

    Crash was on the front lawn of Tomlo's rented home when he was killed. Police say Crash lunged at the animal control officer who approached him, and that's when he was shot.

    Marsha says the officer should have had another way to subdue the dog without using his gun.

    Tomlo, who has another similar-looking dog named Dodge, did not answer knocks on his door.

    A Fairfax County Police spokeswoman says the shooting is under investigation as a matter of routine. She says the shooting of a dog by an animal control officer is a rare occurrence.

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    That really angers me. Reminds me of the family that was stopped by mistake in Kentucky a few years ago and a cop killed the family dog after demanding they not restrain him. I hope the name of the killer is published so local animal lovers show the killer their displeasure. (No - I'm not advocating anything violent.)
  • UVaRob9

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    I know incidents like these are few and far between, but that doesn't make this suck any less for the owner and makes me pipe up with these anecdotes when people say you should respect law enforcement personnel. So you handle a non-aggressive loose dog by...shooting it? That's lazy, stupid, and cruel when there are other ways to handle the situation. Plus, if it's the same guy from this page, I seriously doubt he's one of those bad owners that give the breed a bad name, just incredibly negligent about leashes and keeping his dog contained:

    http://www.ipersonaltrainer.net/trainer/thomastomlo
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    Outragious if true. The owner may be precluded from any kind of legal action since his dog was running at large, but I'd be all over that officer about why....

    Very sad indeed.

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    wtf icon_cry.gif

    poor doggy icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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    Sep 06, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    WOW! That is a shame. Unless the dog exhibits some kind of aggressiveness then shooting it shouldn't have been the first choice. He could've used one of those long dog catcher poles to subdue the dog and then locked it up and waited for the owner to come and get it.

    Very unnecessary.
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    Sep 06, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    Sad story. Sad to hear. With the reputations that Pit Bulls have gotten for attacks and even deaths what sense does the owner have? If his dog looks like a Pit Bull why let the dog continue to roam free? Fairfax County has ordinances against this, certainly, and yet the dog has an history. I am not defending the Animal Control Officer because we just don't know the story, but the primary pre-existing duty to safeguard the animal is to prevent it from wandering.

    If it looks like an duck and walks like a duck.. why the hell let it roam the streets?

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    jimjock7 saidSad story. Sad to hear. With the reputations that Pit Bulls have gotten for attacks and even deaths what sense does the owner have? If his dog looks like a Pit Bull why let the dog continue to roam free? Fairfax County has ordinances against this, certainly, and yet the dog has an history. I am not defending the Animal Control Officer because we just don't know the story, but the primary pre-existing duty to safeguard the animal is to prevent it from wandering.

    If it looks like an duck and walks like a duck.. why the hell let it roam the streets?

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    Wait....what? So if a dog looks like a Pit Bull you think it's automatically a bad dog?
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    Sep 06, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    jimjock7 saidSad story. Sad to hear. With the reputations that Pit Bulls have gotten for attacks and even deaths what sense does the owner have? If his dog looks like a Pit Bull why let the dog continue to roam free? Fairfax County has ordinances against this, certainly, and yet the dog has an history. I am not defending the Animal Control Officer because we just don't know the story, but the primary pre-existing duty to safeguard the animal is to prevent it from wandering.

    If it looks like an duck and walks like a duck.. why the hell let it roam the streets?

    "My 2 cents"



    Wait....what? So if a dog looks like a Pit Bull you think it's automatically a bad dog?

    My mother had a pitbull years ago and she was the most gentle dog ever. The whole neighborhood LOVED her.
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    Sep 06, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    Up here, animal control officers do not carry guns. Conservation Officers do, as do the police. When cougars or moose are at large in the city, animal control, CO's and the police work together to subdue the animal. In the cases of cougars, they are generally shot, as tranquilizers make them aggressive before they kick in, and in a populated area thats a bad combo. As for dogs, I know of a couple instances where police opened fire on the dogs. One was a house fire down the street from me, when the owners dogs attacked the fire dept who arrived to put out the fire. Those dogs had a bad history though, the police and animal control knew them and the owner well. So the decision was made to kill them by the police.
    The other time was a pack of loose dogs roaming a neighbourhood. They were found on their owners property by the police, loose after breaking through the fence. When the officers arrived, one was attacked by the dogs, so they were killed by assisting officers.
    Another time an officer shot a pitbull in the families yard after it lunged at him while he was attempting to open the front gate to arrest someone. They claimed it was unprovoked. The officer stated he felt threatened. Nothing came of it. Those incidents are few and far between. Its a bit of a dilemna. If the officer feels like they are in danger from the animal, and shooting it is the best way to subdue it, then its hard to argue with them, because everyone else wasnt the focus of the attack. If put in the same situation, what would you do? It's easy to pass judgement from the sidelines after its over, its much harder while you are the target of an animal.
    Oh, and those two dogs at the house fire? They attacked me in the alley on my way to school one morning when i was 10. They were a collie cross, and a shepard cross. They jumped the fence and surrounded me. The shepard bit my arm and knocked me down, laying on top of me. The collie went for my head, but i had a hood and toque on luckily, so it got a mouthful of padding. I kicked the shepard in the balls until it let go. that scared the collie who jumped the fence back into its yard. I found a 2x4 lying next to the fence. The shepard came back for round 2. I hit it as hard as i could, and it jumped the fence. I ran for the bus stop, bleeding, my coat torn to shreds. Animal control and the police did nothing because the owner refused to let them on the property. he threatened to sue them. And they hadnt actually witnessed the attack. I was glad when those dogs were killed. They were terrors to the neighbourhood.
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    Sep 06, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    how horrible, if i meet that cop i will cut off his legs, arms, pluck out his eyes and let bleed to death, thats what i would like to doicon_twisted.gif but i cant cause then ill go to jailicon_evil.gif
  • wild_sky360

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    Sep 06, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    He was probably running up to play with the visitor to HIS house. The Pit Bulls that I've interacted with have been sweet playful dogs. I'm a little more cautious with the one's dragging 2" motorcycle chains, but even then the owner is usually scarier than the dog. They're only trained to be mean..and in incredibly abusive ways.

    Running alongside a bike is not a reckless leap of faith. It's a clear demonstration of trust in the bond and training of a dog. This makes me sick. It's cold blooded murder.
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    Sep 06, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    jimjock7 saidSad story. Sad to hear. With the reputations that Pit Bulls have gotten for attacks and even deaths what sense does the owner have? If his dog looks like a Pit Bull why let the dog continue to roam free? Fairfax County has ordinances against this, certainly, and yet the dog has an history. I am not defending the Animal Control Officer because we just don't know the story, but the primary pre-existing duty to safeguard the animal is to prevent it from wandering.

    If it looks like an duck and walks like a duck.. why the hell let it roam the streets?

    "My 2 cents"


    This story just doesn't sound right. He sounds like a responsible owner just from the degree of training the dogs had. Perhaps there was a roaming incident. In this case the dog was on his own property.

    I let my dog out on two unfenced properties but that would be the end of it if he ever left it without enticement. A friendly dog like that gets to know neighbors who become his friends. That's why I discourage interaction between my dog and neighbors.
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    Sep 06, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    UVaRob9 said Plus, if it's the same guy from this page, I seriously doubt he's one of those bad owners that give the breed a bad name, just incredibly negligent about leashes and keeping his dog contained:

    http://www.ipersonaltrainer.net/trainer/thomastomlo


    I wouldn't even call it incredibly negligent. I can relate to the part about entering a neighbor's house. My dog is trained not to leave the property but one of my neighbors befriended him and gave him treats at her door. One day he just followed her into the house and she freaked. I had to explain the situation from the dog's perspective and she got it. I had her scold the dog and stop interaction. He's never given her a glance since.

    In the article, the woman who's home he entered once, also gave him dog bisquits
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    Interesting to see how this plays out, if anyone follows this in the months ahead. I expect the Animal Control Officer to not suffer any consequences. Here in the US, having a uniform and being issued a gun is like being 007 -- you have a license to kill.

    In the absence of any witnesses, I'm sure this Officer's attorney will advise him to say that the dog made a threatening move at him. That justifies the shooting, end of issue.
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    Sep 06, 2011 9:54 AM GMT
    Very sad! icon_cry.gif

    I hate when people judge a dog by its breed. A dog is raised to be friendly or dangerous, not matter what the breed, so it comes down to how an owner brings them up.

    We are already trying to fight to end racism among humans, let's not create racism among dogs...
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    Sep 06, 2011 9:59 AM GMT
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    DKKD saidVery sad! icon_cry.gif

    I hate when people judge a dog by its breed. A dog is raised to be friendly or dangerous, not matter what the breed, so it comes down to how an owner brings them up.

    We are already trying to fight to end racism among humans, let's not create racism among dogs...
    The thing is a dog won't care (except for mine who hates Huskies and German Shepherd, because he was attacked by a sled dog in Alaska) about what other type of breed a dog is or what ethnicity a human is. They're just friendly buggers and love everyone.


    I didn't mean the dogs being racist, I meant humans/people judging a dog by its breed.
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    DKKD said
    Trollileo said
    DKKD saidVery sad! icon_cry.gif

    I hate when people judge a dog by its breed. A dog is raised to be friendly or dangerous, not matter what the breed, so it comes down to how an owner brings them up.

    We are already trying to fight to end racism among humans, let's not create racism among dogs...
    The thing is a dog won't care (except for mine who hates Huskies and German Shepherd, because he was attacked by a sled dog in Alaska) about what other type of breed a dog is or what ethnicity a human is. They're just friendly buggers and love everyone.
    I didn't mean the dogs being racist, I meant humans/people judging a dog by its breed.
    I know. I was suggesting we take after dogs and their friendly loving tendencies.


    Ah, yes, if only...
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    Sep 06, 2011 10:15 AM GMT
    Aren't animal control officers supposed to carry tranq guns instead of real ones?
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    Sep 06, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidInteresting to see how this plays out, if anyone follows this in the months ahead. I expect the Animal Control Officer to not suffer any consequences. Here in the US, having a uniform and being issued a gun is like being 007 -- you have a license to kill.

    In the absence of any witnesses, I'm sure this Officer's attorney will advise him to say that the dog made a threatening move at him. That justifies the shooting, end of issue.


    This seems to be the case, more and more. Shoot first. Questions later. It has to be especially egregious, well publicized, and on camera to get justice. Non lethal weapons have only increased the incidence of sadism. How many times do you have to tase an epileptic, or someone with CP or a paraplegic, who is "resisting arrest"?...once, twice, eight times?

    He wouldn't comply with my order to step away from the wheelchair. Case dismissed.

    If this story hadn't painted a balanced picture of the dog's nature, I'd be less skeptical of the officer's actions. I've dealt with my share of threatening animals; experiences similar to LoneRanger09. I had to fight off a pack of dogs on one of my cycle routes. They actually pulled me off the bike. After chasing them off I was angry enough to get a deadly weapon, but started carrying pepper spray instead.
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    Sep 06, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    This reminded me of an even worse case I had read about where the cops shot the dogs for sport, or as part of the exercise, as they were running away in fear. My uncle managed to retire from the Chicago PD without ever discharging his weapon. Where is this country headed?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/the-death-of-dc-suburban_b_117879.html