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Ansonia Pit Bull Killed By Police

by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Mar 21, 2012 12:47 pm

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FACEBOOK PHOTOAn Ansonia police officer shot and killed a deaf pit bull named Ice at a Judson Place home on March 3.

Police said the shooting was justified — that the dog was “acting aggressively” and had charged at officers.

But the dog’s owner details a different story.

“He showed no aggression towards the officer and was shot in our own yard,” Racquel Trapp wrote on the website for Angel Capone Pit Bull Rescue, which she runs out of Ansonia. “He was standing still and wagging his tail the entire time.”

Now Trapp has taken to Facebook to try to get justice for her dead dog.

Trapp created a Facebook page called “Justice For Ice,” and supporters have started planning a march — 141 people have indicated they will take part — in Ansonia to highlight the incident. Click here to visit the “Justice For Ice” Facebook page.

On her personal Facebook page, Trapp said she did not want to go to the media.

“I am sick over this and do not want anything going to media,” Trapp wrote. “I have video evidence and my lawyer will decide where to go from here.”

In an interview Wednesday evening, Trapp said she did not plan to sue the department — but hoped to help them get training to better understand how pit bulls act.

“I just don’t want this happening to anyone else’s dog,” Trapp said. “It was just really horrible.”

‘Mistaken Identity’

Ansonia police were called to Judson Place the night of March 3 after a man was bitten by a pit bull, and neighbors called police to report roaming dogs.

“An area resident stated there was a pit bull roaming, that had already attacked somebody,” Lt. Andrew Cota said Tuesday.

However, the dog that was killed was not the same dog that bit a man, police said.

“Apparently the dog that did bite someone was somehow corralled back into the house”, Cota said.

Cota said the police officers who responded did not know that at the time: They were working on the assumption that a pit bull was roaming after attacking a person.

The only roaming pit bull they saw at the site was Ice.

“He was killed tragically, in a case of a mistaken identity,” Trapp wrote on her website.

The Shooting

Police responding to the scene saw a dog, which turned out to be Ice, behind Trapp’s home, roaming around in a wooded area on an embankment overlooking her fenced-in yard.

Cota said the dog jumped off the embankment, and officers could not corral him.

The dog ended up in the front yard of the home. Police officers were on the street.

Officer John Troesser, who shot Ice, said the dog “came charging towards me and was barking aggressively,” according to Cota.

Troesser backed away to keep space between him and the dog, but the dog “continued acting aggressively,” Cota said.

“In this case, the officer was saying this dog was coming at him aggressively,” Cota said. “At that time, the officer felt the only solution was to shoot the dog. The officer that had to do it was upset about it because he is a dog lover.”

Cota said Trapp wasn’t home at the time of the incident. The man who was bit by a dog went to Griffin Hospital for treatment before police showed up. Cota did not know the extent of his injuries.

The dog’s owners, who had at least two pit bulls “and numerous puppies” at the home, were not ticketed after the incident, Cota said.

The dogs were all up to date on vaccinations and the incident happened on private property, he said.

Justified?

Ansonia police have used Taser guns on aggressive dogs in the past, Cota said. This was the first time Cota could recall a dog being shot in Ansonia.

In other cities, dogs have been shot by police officers when they respond to reports of dog attacks. On Tuesday, for example, Waterbury police shot and killed two pit bulls that attacked an elderly woman.

The woman was seriously injured, according to a report by WTNH.

It’s up to the police officer to use judgement on how to proceed, Cota said.

After any incident where an officer’s gun is fired, the department reviews the incident.

“We don’t take it lightly,” Cota said. “It’s not something we typically do. If the officer determines that was the best course to make sure he and the people in the area are safe, that’s what he has to do.”

Selena Horton, who lives next door to Trapp, said she was home at the time of the shooting, but didn’t see what happened.

“I don’t know if it was justified or not,” Horton said.

Horton said she is intimidated by dogs, and knows that small children play in the street on Judson Place, a small dead-end within sight of the Ansonia Public Library.

“I don’t know how dangerous that dog was,” Horton said. “But you don’t want him to bite anybody.”

Saved From Death Row

Posters on the “Justice For Ice” Facebook page are outraged that a pit bull was shot by police — and saddened by the irony that Ice was a rescue dog who faced euthanization before Trapp took him in.

“Ice was saved from death row at MACC. He was very sick when he came to us, but nothing we couldn’t handle,” Trapp wrote in a story about Ice on the dog rescue website. “He was abused before entering the shelter, and being deaf, he was afraid of the world. He has now blossomed into a wonderful happy healthy dog.”

The walk planned in Ice’s memory is scheduled for May 20 at noon. Click here to view the Facebook page for the walk.

Organizers said the walk will bring attention to wrong attitudes toward pit bulls.

“He was killed because of his breed and we are fed up with this injustice for the whole Pit Bull Breed!” the description on Facebook reads. “Let’s walk for him and for all those being falsely judged solely by the breed.”

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posted by: Sara Elizabeth on March 21, 2012  1:53pm

There are plenty of dog lovers who discriminate against pitbulls. Just saying.

posted by: Kelly Rodgers on March 21, 2012  3:38pm

Why are law enforcement the only ones allowed to commit crimes and get away with it, aren’t they supposed to set the example? This cop is a liar, Ice was a deaf pitbull, deaf, not able to bark, he also brought a catch pole to the scene but never used it used his firearm instead to kill,keep in mind this is a residential area, children are around what if a child was killed accidentally. Police officers that have bad judgement are a danger to society as a whole and need to be banned from possessing a firearm.Deadly force should never be used before all other options have be exhausted.  I’m sorry cop or not, your still a liar.

posted by: Dee Rien on March 21, 2012  5:17pm

So the dog was on an embankment in a fenced-in back yard, and then “ended up in” the front yard? How, exactly, did he “end up in” the front yard, officers?

posted by: Jodie Mozdzer Gil on March 21, 2012  5:23pm

@Dee Rien: I just visited the house.

The dog was able to get out of the fenced in yard by jumping up on the embankment and jumping down outside the fence. I’m not sure if that helps explain.

posted by: Sara Elizabeth on March 21, 2012  6:06pm

Thank you for the clarification on that Jodie. Sadly it still does not explain how a deaf dog who could not bark was somehow “barking aggressively” at the officer.

posted by: Joanne Bruyere on March 21, 2012  9:12pm

ICE WAS A SURVIVOR OF ACC DEATH ROW..MANY OF US..HELPED IN BRINGING HIM TO SAFETY…WHAT A SHAME…SENSELESS SHOOTING OF ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME..GOOD VERY SWEET DOG..WE MISS YOU ICE..FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS…YOU JUST CANT REPLACE A DOG LIKE ICE.. RIP SWEET BABY..

posted by: Katrina Mcginnis on March 21, 2012  9:15pm

Of course deaf dogs are able to bark. Deaf people make sounds and can even learn to talk. No different with a deaf dog.

My three deafies bark all the time, although the pitch is at the “fingernails on the chalk board” level, for those of you that remember what a chalk board is.

Ice was killed tragically, and I am getting a bit tired of cops saying it was “justified” instead of owning up to the truth and say a tragic mistake was made! Get the police everywhere some training in how to use tranqulizer guns, how to read canine body language, etc.

posted by: Debbie Bell on March 21, 2012  9:40pm

A dog killed, while on his on property, minding his own business?  I thought that was OK with the pit community… Oh you say, only if a loose pit bull kills a neighbor’s non pit bull dog? Hmmm…

If you acquire a pit bull, it is your responsibility to never permit you dog to be a loose pit bull, not for a moment. If you want to be irresponsible and blame everyone else for any problem, don’t have a dog.

Pit bulls are handicapped.  Most non-pit breeds’ goal, when an intruder arrives, is to drive off the intruder and live to see another day. They will give warning and display aggression. Their goal is not to fight. If they do bite, they immediately release.

Some pit bulls are different.  Their goal, when instinct kicks in, is to bite and hold onto their opponent. They cannot help themselves when this happens. This what a pit bull did to his neighbor, when the neighbor came to visit. The (poor) pit was chained on his porch. He permitted the neighbor to come up on the porch, without showing any aggression and without trying to drive the neighbor away. Only when the neighbor was beside the pit bull did the fighting dog instinct make the pit bull attack. Had the pit showed aggression, the neighbor would not have come into the dog’s space. This also happened to a (poor) stray pit bull who was boarded at a kennel. After a week, the kennel owner misread the dog’s calm demeanor as safe normal dog behavior and let the dog out of its concrete run into the grass play area. That dog also attacked the adult without warning, as its instinct was to maul, not drive the opponent away.

Tragically this lack of communication gets pit bulls killed. That and the fact that even a single pit bull can cause great damage/kill an adult.

While it is never the dog’s fault, it is the fault of the pit breeders, buyers, and pit promoters that these dogs often live short brutal lives.

posted by: Kristine Redio on March 21, 2012  9:46pm

To call this an injustice is an understatement to say the least. I have known Ice since Racquel adopted him from NYC/ACC some time ago.  I have NEVER known him to be aggressive toward anyone.  I have four dogs, none of which are Pits, and they all bark when they see people they do not know approaching my property.  It seems rather strange that my dogs have never been shot exhibiting the same behavior as Ice!  Let’s face it, Ice was killed because he was a Pit Bull!  Mistaken identity?  Isn’t it the officer’s duty not to make such grave errors both in identity and judgement?  Ice has now been robbed of life and Racquel will have to live with the fact that her beloved dog was violently taken from her!  A bitter pill to swallow!

posted by: Leesa Ash on March 21, 2012  9:51pm

I deeply feel that these police officers need to be disciplined or lose their jobs! A deaf dog (who can’t follow verbal commands) is killed in his own yard. That gun shot could have also killed people! Police are NOT supposed to shoot and ask questions later. Also, when dogs roam loose (not Ice) you do not KILL them. These police officers involved are a disgrace. Also why isn’t this story in a major newspaper? Do the police want to keep it out? I bet they do. A case of mistaken identity…this makes me SICK. We all know the cops are guilty!

posted by: Leesa Ash on March 21, 2012  9:54pm

This is a disgrace. Ice was a good dog, a deaf dog who could not follow verbal commands. He is killed IN his own yard and the cops only poor excuse is mistaken identity? We are NOT buying that bull. So if a dog is roaming the streets the cops shoot it? WTF? Don’t they have animal control in Ansonia? I know for a fact they do because I know one of the people who had the job.  This is deadly discharge of a weapon in a populated neighborhood and excessive force. The cop needs to be disciplined immediately and stripped of his badge and GUN! No one is buying this crock and I can’t wait for the day he is served a susubpoena!

posted by: Leesa Ash on March 21, 2012  9:58pm

Debbie Bell: Your post has nothing to do with the story. Racquel is NOT a breeder, promoter or buyer. She is an animal LOVER, rescuer and lover of all animals. She rescued Ice from a high kill shelter and was a great dog-mom.

posted by: Kristine Redio on March 21, 2012  10:21pm

Debbie Bell, it’s attitudes and misinformation like yours that gets Pit Bulls abused and shot every day.  Pit Bulls are not handicapped.  They are like any other dog. How a dog is trained is how that dog will react.  I doubt very much that a dog that was once referred to as a “Nanny” dog, is handicapped.  It’s the individuals that breed and fight their dogs and the gun happy cops that shoot at the first Pit they see, that are the flawed ones!

posted by: Joanne Bruyere on March 21, 2012  10:30pm

I WONT COMMENT ON DEBBIE BELL IGNORANT COMMENT..JUST BECAUSE ..YOU CANT FIX STUPID..

posted by: Ron Weits on March 21, 2012  10:33pm

Another pit bull shot to death because of the breed and the perception that they are mean and viscous dogs. When will they unfair treatment of this breed end. RIP Sweet Ice. You beat the odds to get out of that kill Shelter, but your life was taken prematurely by someone who shot first and asked questions later.

posted by: Colleen McNamee on March 21, 2012  11:00pm

Ice was truly a sweet boy, and he most definitely did not “charge” the officers!!  Of course they will say that to justify what they did.  Come on - they aren’t fooling anybody!!  This happens way too often, and when I heard my dear friend’s beloved baby was shot and killed, it felt like it had happened to one of my own.  How would the officer respond if it was his dog instead?  I think Racquel is handling the situation beautifully, she just wants to make sure it never happens again - to anyone. 
Clearly people are quick to blame Ice because he is a pit bull, but what about other dogs in the neighborhood?  Would they have been shot on the spot?  Probably not.

posted by: Hippy Hubbell on March 21, 2012  11:48pm

It was german shepards then doberman pinchers now pitbulls. What breed next cockerspaniels? It’s not the breed It’s the breeder and the owners that cause the problem with the breed

posted by: Janelle Van Wagner on March 22, 2012  12:17am

Debbie Bell,I am not even going to dignify your comments with a response. But as far as these police officers’ excuses…..they should be ashamed of themselves. They took the life of an innocent, deaf dog who of course was going to be barking at them, hello, the cops were trying to corner and corral him on his property. And what are these people trying to imply by mentioning in this article that Racquel and Paul had “at least 2 pit bulls and numerous puppies at their home.” Do your research, Racquel owns a pit bull rescue; she is NOT a breeder or some kind of thug who likes to collect pit bulls as status symbols. Look up her rescue and after reading about her, her passion for the breed, and her mission to save death row and misunderstood dogs, you will see what a wonderful person she is. I have never in my life known anyone so passionate about what she does, and about educating people on the plight and myths about pit bulls. For heaven’s sake, she does not even want to sue this police department. She wants to help educate them on how to better handle situations with dogs…..this is Racquel in a nutshell. And the reason she was not home when this incident occurred is because she was on a rescue mission in NJ. There are so many unclear statements and so much biased information in this article, it just outrages me. Racquel is an angel on earth. Now her beloved ICE, a sweet, innocent victim of discrimination and cops on a power trip, is an angel in heaven. So unfair and so sad.

posted by: Holly Scott on March 22, 2012  12:42am

After following Ice’s story of survival, from the horrible place known as the NYACC… after Racquel rescued him and began fostering this beautiful dog…  i was brought to tears , at my computer screen, the night i learned of his death… actually i need to call it a murder… This Police officer wouldve chose a different way of handling himself, if ICe was a golden retriever, or a lab.  Ice was killed , only because he was born a pitbull.  The police officer has several methods of defense,  and a gun should always be a last resort.  What if the bullet happen to hit a child or another person, or a fellow officer…. would this officer be punished for his ignorant actions , then??  This shouldve been handled entirely different.. and it should raise many questions towards this officer… he is obviously quick to draw his gun… he needs more training in several areas and just because he wears a badge doesnt make him a good , moral person…  he made a mistake, killing Ice and Racquel and Paul are left to grieve a companion that was just beginning a life , finally full of love…  nothing will bring that back, but this should be taken into account so that other dogs arent killed because of the way they look or the name of their breed.

posted by: Holly Scott on March 22, 2012  12:47am

AND THE POLICE ARE LYING… ICE DOESNT BARK, HE SCREECHES, BECAUSE HE IS DEAF…HE SAT AT THE BOTTOM OF HIS STAIRS WAGGING HIS TAIL UNTIL HE WAS DEAD…  THEY KILLED HIM , WHILE HE WAS WAGGING HIS TAIL, PEOPLE….  THIS WAS WRONG!  THIS IS AN OFFICER THAT IS ON A POWER TRIP AND DIDNT HANDLE THIS THE RIGHT WAY… THIS DOG SHOULD STILL BE ALIVE,,, HE WAS MURDERED..PERIOD. im so sick of the ignorance , surrounding this breed….  until you own a pitbull , you will never understand the love that these dogs are filled with…. educate yourselves, stop being brainwashed zombies ...  go rescue one and you will see what im talking about…

posted by: Michael Laprise on March 22, 2012  2:22am

Debbie Bell you are a moron like they said you cant fix stupid and you are stupid.

posted by: Caren R Schiavello on March 22, 2012  5:29am

ice was such a sweet and beautiful boy. there is no excuse for his murder!

posted by: Clay Hund on March 22, 2012  10:01am

Pay no attention to Debbie Bell. Everyone knows she is over the top, and even most people that do not like pit bulls cannot agree with her. She has been pressing the buttons of canine advocates for years. Cannot take her serious, and if your respond to her, you give her something else rediculous to say.

posted by: Rachel Pagliaro on March 22, 2012  10:57am

I’M TYPING THIS IN CAPS SO PEOPLE CAN SEE HOW SENSELESS THIS KILLING WAS AND HOW OFFICERS STEREOTYPE EVEN DOGS… MY MOTHER HAD A YELLOW LAB THAT AT TIMES COULD BE THE MEANEST DOG EVER WHEN HE WENT INTO HEAT.. ONE DAY THE DOG WENT BUZZERK BECAUSE HER FEMALE LAB WAS IN HEAT ONE OF MY BROTHERS LOOKED HIMSELF IN HIS BEDROOM AND MY MOM AND OTHER BROTHER WERE TRAPPED IN THE BASEMENT BECAUSE THEIR 130LB YELLOW LAB WANTED TO ATTACK EVERYONE.. NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO THEY CALLED ANSONIA POLICE DEPT. WHO WENT THERE AND THERE WERE ABOUT 4-5 OFFICERS THERE THE DOG TRIED TO ATTACK EVERYONE THEY WERE ALL IN THE BASEMENT WITH MY MOM AND ALL SCARED THEY GAVE HER THEIR MASE TO MASE HIM AND THAT DOG ACTED LIKE IT WAS A HOSE AND TRIED TO DRINK IT WHILE SHE SPRAYED HIM BECAUSE THE OFFICERS WERE SCARED TO GO HEAD UP WITH THIS DOG.. TO MAKE THIS SHORT THE MASE DIDNT STOP HIM SO THE OFFICERS DID THE NEXT THING TO CALM HIM DOWN WHICH WAS TO TASE HIM WHICH THEY DID WHEN THE DOG CHARGED AT THEM AND THAT WORKED. SO WHY WAS THIS PITBULL TREATED DIFFERENTLY? ITS THE SAME POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THIS PITBULL IS NOT NEARLY AS SCARY AS THE 130LB LAB OF PURE HELL. THIS IS CLEARLY DISCRIMINATION OF THE BREED AND COMPLETELY DISGUSTING THIS ISN’T THE WILD WEST YOUR FIRST INSTINCT SHOULDN’T BE TO SHOOT!! ALSO I HAVE A RESCUED 2 PITBULLS AND MY MALE WHO I HAVE HAD FOR 7 YEARS LOVES EVERYONE HOWEVER HE DOES NOT LIKE PEOPLE IN UNIFORM AND THE ONLY REASON I BELIEVE IS BECAUSE WHEN I ADOPTED HIM THE WARDEN AT THE POUND (WHO WORE A UNIFORM) SHOWED ME WHAT HE SAID WAS HIS WAY OF DISCIPLINING A PITBULL (AT THE TIME HE WAS 8 MONTHS) BY SLAMMING HIM BY HIS NECK FAT TO THE GROUND AND I KNOW AN OFFICER WHO LOVES MY DOG BUT IF HE HAS HIS UNIFORM ON MY DOG ACTS SKETCHY BUT IN REGULAR CLOTHES MY DOG KISSES HIM TO DEATH.

posted by: Kelly Rodgers on March 22, 2012  11:04am

I find it ironic that Lt. Andrew Cota states this was the first time a dog was shot in Ansonia, and they have used taser gun in the past, what made this time different was Officer John Troesser familiar with the departments procedure or did he take matters into his own hands and overreact? If that is the case next time instead of a family pet could it be someone’s child . Sounds that way to me, if that’s the case he has no business being in law enforcement, he is a danger to society, he should be fired stripped of his pension and be sued for his disgusting actions to prevent him from murdering anyone else.

posted by: Alysia Duke on March 22, 2012  11:43am

I feel for Pit Bull owners. You have such a struggle. The over population of this dog is a result of irresponsible owners. This is truly a tragic story. It’s always easy to take the side of the victim but we have to remember the people on the front lines dealing with these issues need to make tough decisions in a matter of seconds. If the police officer is truly a dog lover, I’m sure he is suffering right now as well. I wasn’t there and don’t know all the details so I can’t judge but can only imagine what kind of problems they are already facing in Ansonia that would make this officer feel he needed to react the way he did.

My heart goes out to the family who lost their sweet dog. I hope your actions bring awareness to the troubles your breed is facing. Dobermans & Rotweilers have faced the same issues in the past. Please don’t give up fighting for your dogs’ rights.

posted by: Cait Jersey on March 22, 2012  11:44am

This officer needs to be held responsible.  It was all caught on video surveillance and will be proven unjustified!  You should be ashamed of yourself!

posted by: Jason Lally on March 22, 2012  12:00pm

Seymour police shot my friends pitbull Aries in the head then dragged him out of the house and put him on the front stoop.Aries was a kind loving dog and the only reason they shot him was because he was a pitbull its pure discrimination

posted by: Heidi Hunter on March 22, 2012  12:54pm

I am OUTRAGED at this shooting. Here is a petition so those equally as OUTRAGED as I am. DEMAND ANSWERS

https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-ice-pitbull-killed-by-police-in-his-own-yard

posted by: Michael Carpinello on March 22, 2012  1:04pm

what we need in ansonia is an assistant canine officer.poor Jeannie runs all over the city by herself.maybe the city can have someone on from 4 to 12.then the cops would be called as a last resort.

posted by: Alysia Duke on March 22, 2012  1:14pm

@Michael C - That, to me, seems like a productive argument.  I didn’t even think to ask why police officers are responding to an animal bite call when there should be someone who is professionally trained to handle the situation on scene.

posted by: Steed Kalisz on March 22, 2012  2:01pm

My brother-in-law just told me about this article, I am actually the person who was house sitting while my they were out of the house.

I’veworked quite often with the dogs from the rescue, specifically ice, but it was Zeus, a 95 lb pitbull mastiff, who we had thought had gotten used to me, that had attacked me while I was alone in the house. Zeus had been a mistreated guard-dog and it has been very hard to break his habit, as he was always fine around me when around my sister, but once it was just me he must have thought something was wrong.

In the scuffle, I did not have the physical strength to force him off of me myself and it eventually came down to ice actually attacking zeus in order to get him off of me.

Ice had retracted him for just a long enough time so that I could escape through the basement door. I had done my best to close them, but one door required a lot of strength to force shut and my arms had none left to give.

I eventually got out and was able to yell out to a neighbor to help bring me to the hospital, but by the time the hospital would let me call the police it was too late. Ice has always been very intelligent, and knew how to open doors, so after I escaped, he went to go look for me, but by that time I was already gone.

He waited in the front yard until finally the police came, we have video proof that they did in fact bring those sling’s used for safely capturing dogs, but decided it best not to use them on a obviously passive dog, and instead just shoot him.

The other dog had never left the house, since he was now in the kitchen and could eat all the food he wants without anyone stopping him.

The problem, was that irregardless of what actually happened, the police saw fit to act on impulse without properly assessing the situation.
This could have happened to any dog, any dog that was outside could have been considered a threat to an otherwise ill informed police force.

The officer who had shot ice had came and apologized to me, but here they are now, blatantly lying about the actual series of events that transpired, just so they can cover their ass.

It was our responsibility about zeus, who we should have made better precautions of.

But the life of someone I cared about deeply is gone, and to hear the police try to justify their actions…

All I have to say is, when will this happen to your dog too?

posted by: Alysia Duke on March 22, 2012  2:12pm

@ Steed - I am so sorry about this tragic chain of events.  It is always very sad when something like this happens.  I can’t imagine losing my dogs this way.  I hope you are able to bring everything that happened to light and something is learned from this.  My sypathies and my heart goes out to your hero who you never got to say goodbye to.

posted by: Chris Mihok on March 22, 2012  5:33pm

Nobody was there to say the dog was deaf. There was a report of a person being bit by a pit bull. The dog couldn’t obey verbal commands and as far as I can tell from the article nobody saw if the dog was aggressive or not,yet everyone still jumps to the conclusion that the officer was wrong. They put their lives on the line quite often and have to make split second decisions that seem easy in hindsight. Not every officer is a good one on that same note not every officer is bad either. By the way I am a dog lover and are fond of pitbulls

posted by: Holly Scott on March 22, 2012  7:09pm

for those who have followed the story of Ice , from the day he was rescued from the NYACC… such as myself,, we DO KNOW he was DEAF!...  This isnt an assumption..this is a fact…  bottom line is,,,,  police have SEVERAL ways to defend themselves/ protect themselves out in the field… a gun should only be used if absolutely necessary and in this case,,,it wasnt!  he shot to kill… he acted without thinking and that is the mistake here….  it happened once,,,it will happen again for this officer.

posted by: Katie Bartlett on March 23, 2012  1:15pm

This makes me so sad. I don’t own a Pit, but I have an American Bulldog that gets mistaken for a Pit all the time. I can’t help but worry that something like this could happen to her. I have met Pits and other breeds that are deemed dangerous, and have never had any problem with them. They are lovable and kind when raised correctly. That is why I want to stop BSL. And I’m doing everything I can to stop breedism. There are good and bad dogs in every breed.

posted by: Melissa J Lovesanimals on March 25, 2012  12:38pm

I believe there are similarities between Journalism and Law Enforcement. How? They both have a responsibility to the public! And, as we have seen from Ice’s story, they both evidently need a refresher course in their respective training fields! Law Enforcement Officers go through simulation training to help with the spilt-second decision making skills needed for various situations; which, by the way usually include “dangerous animals”. Journalist obviously go through their own form of training via an academic route and “should” also be taught spilt-second decision making skills, albeit based more so on the ethics of reporting or NOT reporting a story JUST for the sake of reporting “a” story! It was made abundantly clear by Mr. and Mrs. Trapp that they did NOT want this story YET told, as it could possibly damage any POSITIVE communication and outcome to educate both Law Enforcement Officials and the General Public over Breed Specific Profiling. Just because someone places a comment on “their own open page” should not give someone else the right to take ADVANTAGE and USE those comments under the guise of reporting! Shame on you!

posted by: Jessica Johnson on March 26, 2012  9:57am

That cop never should have fired in the first place. Would he have fired at a deaf person? That cop NEEDS to be fired. A deaf dog acts different then a dog who can hear you. My dog barks at anyone who comes near the yard. My dog also hates cops. I have never liked cops. They all cover their own. What if a child had gotten hit? Then what? As for Debbie Bell you have owned a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix before. If you did you would know all the bull about them is not true. There is a deaf Pit Bull who lives near me and she is the sweetest dog. I take my dog to play with her sometimes. I hope they get justice for Ice and nail this dumb a** cop for what he did.

posted by: Kathryn A. Pantaleo on March 27, 2012  12:59am

I have a rescued pit-mix who was terribly abused and is the most timid dog you’ll ever meet.  Two years ago when my house was broken into (my dog ran and hid from the burglar)in the course of the investigation this HUGE Ansonia Police Officer entered my home.  My dog approached him, went down on her belly and was cowering at his feet, tail wagging furiously.  He told me to “Restrain your dog, or I’ll have to defend myself against it.” I put her leash on and told him to get the hell out of my house. Obviously, they need better training…Or a little bit more heart.

posted by: Joy Lewin on March 27, 2012  8:12am

PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED!!!

posted by: Alysia Duke on March 27, 2012  11:40am

ok, I can’t take it anymore.  I am OUTRAGED at the people who are OUTRAGED about the police officer shooting a deaf dog.  Whether he should have shot the dog or not, here’s the thing… HE DIDN’T KNOW THE DOG WAS DEAF!  He didn’t know the dog, how on earth could he have known the dog was deaf?????  Come on people, let’s be productive.  Crucify the police and the dept for everything else that went wrong in this case but critism of the man shooting a DEAF dog can’t stand because he didn’t know.  Really?

posted by: Rachel Pagliaro on March 27, 2012  12:03pm

Alysia Duke your right he did not know the dog was deaf which is all the more reason he shouldn’t have been gun ho by pulling out his gun and shooting the dog! How about if you had small children that witnessed this!!! Why is the officers first reaction to pull out his gun and shoot? I do not know if you saw my previous post, but the APD has been to my mothers house for a 130lb lab that went nuts when he was in heat there were about 5 officers there scared hiding in the basement with my mother and when the dog lunged at them they pushed my mother out with their mase, finally they had to tase the dog!! So tell me why didn’t they shoot her dog? Was it because he was a lab or because they live on hilltop? I have seen 3 officers before harass a bunch of kids outside my home that were riding skateboards for NO REASON and when someone driving by tried to intervene they were yelled at to keep it moving!!! These valley officers do what they want when they should be doing there job, which is to serve and protect!!Also last I knew Jeanie was the Animal Control Officer and what is the purpose of her job if no one calls her to do it!!! Yes the officer should be held responsible after all this is the same police dept. that fired an officer for stealing a GARDEN HOSE!!!

posted by: Alysia Duke on March 27, 2012  2:36pm

Rachel Pagliaro that is exactly my point.  There are other issues happening here but there are a lot of people focusing on the fact that the dog couldn’t stand down because it was deaf and how sad it is that he shot a deaf dog and so on and so on.  Your arguments are worthwhile and productive.  Why are these officers not trained to deal with these types of situations?  Why are officers being called and not ACO?  If Ansonia has this many animal related issues, why aren’t there more ACOs in town?  Why would the officer think to shoot the dog in a residential neighborhood before tazing?  Your right, I don’t know of many towns where firearms are used as a first reaction any longer.  My point was just that there are so many other questions, why are people focusing on something that is clearly obvious?  Thank you.

posted by: Terry Knuuttunen on March 27, 2012  3:03pm

Alysia, he also had no idea if that was even the dog he was looking for: “However, the dog that was killed was not the same dog that bit a man, police said.”

The officer made an “assumption”. Can you imagine what would happen if every cop didn’t do his due diligence and “assumed”.....

posted by: Alysia Duke on March 27, 2012  3:21pm

@ Terry Knuuttunen - You are absolutely right.  According to the person who was attacked (can’t remember their name but they posted), the officer actually apologized to the family for the mistake.  It didn’t sound like this was actually an issue until the dept attempted to say it wasn’t a mistake.  But you are right, and to my point again, there are more issues here.

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