Attorney seeks charges against Buffalo Police in dog ‘shooting spree’

The Buffalo Police Department reported their Narcotics Division executed a series of search warrants during the week of July 25-29, arresting several individuals and announcing they seized small quantities of drugs, mostly marijuana.

What they did not report was the number of dogs killed while executing their raids. On Thursday, July 28, Cory Meer, 23, of Esser Street saw police raid his home, handcuff him and place him on the floor face down.

According to Meer’s lawyer, Matthew Albert, Meer’s two-year-old son and the family dog, Damian, a six-year old tan Pit Bull watched helplessly.

Meer claims Damian, although a pit bull, was not a threat to the officers.

“He is the most family friendly dog I’ve ever had… he’s never hurt anyone,” said Meer. “He would have licked the cops.”

As Meer was handcuffed and lying face down, Meer claims he begged police not to shoot his dog.

Instead, police shot Damian multiple times as Meer’s two-year old son watched.

“My son lost his best friend right in front of him,” Meer said.

Unluckily for police, Meer was not charged with any crime, though someone in the house allegedly had a small amount of marijuana which, perhaps, made the raid worthwhile.

Attorney Matt Albert.
Attorney Matthew Albert.

About 12 hours after Damian was killed, Michael Urban of Weaver Street was cooking breakfast, his dog, Gotham, a male, one and a half year old blue nose pit bull, black in color, stood next to his owner.

As police stormed the home, Urban and Gotham stood still. The dog gazed “politely” at police, about 10 feet from the door and made no threatening gestures.

Police, standing at the doorway, police took aim but not very good aim. They shot Gotham, but not fatally, and poor Gotham, frightened, crying and in mortal fear hid behind his owner.

That was a futile gesture as police moved in on the frightened dog and taking better aim shot downward. This time the bullet went clean through Gotham’s head which caused the poor dog’s brains to explode and spread all over the apartment.

The bullet used to kill Gotham almost took a second life as it went through the floor, narrowly missing the tenant in the downstairs apartment, Jami Krafchak, who was just waking up, but almost didn’t.

After killing his dog, police did not arrest Urban. Upon further investigation, it appears the reason they did not arrest Urban is that they had the wrong house.

No one at Urban’s home matched the descriptions of the targets of the search warrant, who it appears, live at another home down the street.

Police might be fairly excused for this faux pas since the home they should have raided and killed dogs and narrowly missed bystanders, which was right down the street, does look similar to Urban’s house.

After killing Urban’s dog and sending a bullet through the ceiling, police rushed downstairs and found Ms. Krafchak in bedroom attire and more than a little startled.

They quickly searched or rather manhandled the woman and searched her apartment.

Neither Urban or Krafchak were charged with a crime.

Happily, the dog killing search of what seems to be the wrong house, did lead to one arrest – a roommate of Urban’s had a minute portion of marijuana on his person. 

        Meer and Urban have retained Albert to try and obtain justice for the slayings of their dogs.

mattalbertAlbert said their cases are not unique. He has 12 active cases of dogs being killed by the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Squad.

“They are going to say they are going after dangerous drug dealers,” Morris said. “Out of the cases I have, they’ve hit the wrong houses numerous times, found nothing numerous times, and I think at best, they’ve found a few pills at one of these houses… charges I got dismissed because they were filed wrong.”

Albert added he will not only file lawsuits, but plans to pursue criminal charges against the police who killed the two dogs.

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty held a press conference last week where he said, “We will go after whoever abuses any defenseless creature in our community.”
     Albert said, “We will make sure Mr. Flaherty has full cooperation so that he can fulfill his promise to the Western New York community…  And if he can ignore the politics of  going after a police officer for crimes they have always gotten free passes on, then maybe he does deserve to be the next DA of Erie County.”

The police officers involved were unavailable for comment.

When questioned privately, an officer who regularly raids home in search of narcotics, said that it is matter of policy to shoot pit bulls first and not try to find out if they are harmless or aggressive.

 

  • Karen Markiewicz

    Good luck with that MA. Hard to get anywhere when you slam the Mayor, DA, Police, Animal Shelters, Rescues, and anyone else that ever followed you and woke up! You could have done wonderful things for Animals as an Atty. Instead you make more and more enemies with your bs. Didn’t Art Voice investigate issues before posting this article? Disappointed in the Art Voice really. Of course, this is only one opinion! My advise to anyone following this pos…RUN AWAY! Just because there are no Cyber Bullying Laws does not make this person Right! Stop buying the bs…now as far as police shooting animals, If, the Police Officials look into this issue and train properly less incidences will occur. My question is… how necessary is it to bust down doors for drug cases? I am seeing countless people and animals shot and killed over and over again. So many are wrong homes. Are Raids the only way to handle these issues? I ask all Police to evaluate what is really going on and why it continues to happen. If, they do…there is no reason for this type of post! The issue will be resolved with less people and animals hurt injured or killed. No need for the rest! I plea to Police Officials to evaluate Raids of this nature. I have faith in our BLUE! Thanks!

    • allkreatures

      It seems you have Issue with Mr. Albert. I would keep to the Issue at hand and possibly concentrate on that. Officials in the police dept. have already made this a policy,It’s already in place the “Incident” happened because of that policy. So apparently Police have already evaluated the situation and made the choice to equal –kill pit bulls on site. I know many decent and kind Buffalo Police Officers. I have to wonder if this is policy would these men be reprimanded if they chose not to shoot? In my OP I realize I blanketed all Officers, I realize that is Incorrect of me to do. I am not anti-police….I am anti-animal murder.

      • Karen Markiewicz

        Allkreatures…first, I would be doing a disservice to my community if, I did not make it clear that MA is not at all respected in WNY and has become a hinderance in accomplishing anything with his involvement including this topic of concern. Therefore, I personally feel it is of importance to point out this fact. Nothing will get done. We must as a community request our Police to reevaluate their stance on Raids. We need to protect our Families and Pets.

    • allkreatures

      It seems you have Issue with Mr. Albert. I would keep to the Issue at hand and possibly concentrate on that. Officials in the police dept. have already made this a policy,It’s already in place the “Incident” happened because of that policy. So apparently Police have already evaluated the situation and made the choice to equal –kill pit bulls on site. I know many decent and kind Buffalo Police Officers. I have to wonder if this is policy would these men be reprimanded if they chose not to shoot? In my OP I realize I blanketed all Officers, I realize that is Incorrect of me to do. I am not anti-police….I am anti-animal murder.

      • Karen Markiewicz

        Allkreatures…first, I would be doing a disservice to my community if, I did not make it clear that MA is not at all respected in WNY and has become a hinderance in accomplishing anything with his involvement including this topic of concern. Therefore, I personally feel it is of importance to point out this fact. Nothing will get done. We must as a community request our Police to reevaluate their stance on Raids. We need to protect our Families and Pets.

    • Bob Ballentine

      I suppose the police could knock on the door and politely ask the resident to hand over their drugs. That would work.

      • FactOverEmotion

        I suppose they could obtain tangible evidence before conducting raids. I also suppose they could have proper firearm training as well. Lastly, their policy is absolutely asinine. You really have an ignorant point of view there pal.

    • Bob Ballentine

      I suppose the police could knock on the door and politely ask the resident to hand over their drugs. That would work.

  • allkreatures

    Shoot first and try NOT to find out if they are aggressive?? is this real? who the hell does police work in this way? and they want community respect? This is heartbreaking and unbelievable. and who, made this a “policy”? I cannot believe after reading about other officers taking the time to properly allow owners to restrain,remove,and put their dogs out of site in other areas of the state, that Buffalo police have claimed this as a policy. Without regret.

    Not only does their Ignorance and lack of knowledge about this, or quite obviously any breed of dog, show itself to the point of embarrassment, but it leaves no questions to be asked about the backwards,atrocious, and kill friendly policies of the B.P.D. concerning animals.

    I see NO POINT in such a rule except to allow them to gleefully kill dogs in front of horrified owners–and in this case –in the wrong house, allowing them to get their “job” done faster–(picking up small amounts of marijuana?), and leaving a sweet, friendly, animal dead and a grieving family behind all because of the Idiocy,Ignorance and frightening lack of compassion on BP officers part.

    I will not,even as one person, watch this policy continue without crossing all avenues for change. This will not only go as viral as I can make it fly, but I will do all I can to make sure the BPD are left with the same stain they left behind when killing obedient,friendly, family pets, because of a perceived and highly incorrect notion of breed discrimination. I am sad, disgusted and ashamed, It’s too bad The Buffalo Police don’t feel the same about the animal murdering they do.

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  • Ken

    These cowards take pride in taking away any humanity the dog owner may have. The officers live to see the citizen in pain and what worse pain then for the pet owner to see his small child forced to witness the murder. All the time the owner pleaded for these thugs not to shoot and kill his dog. Which i am sure prompted them to want even more to murder the pet. I personally will not allow any thug murderer to arbitrarily murder anymore of my family members. (Notice i did not threaten officers unless they think they are thug murderers). I know many who feel the same. Oh I know we will hear how we are not giving respect to the officers poor things. I will hear how it shouldn’t reflect on other officers. Although in any group when a member breaks the rules. He reflects his crime on the rest of the members. The police should be no different. As long as these officers thumb there noses at the people that pay there salary and not take dog training classes. In most cases for free. Not attending training will make any shooting by police no excuse. I am tired of these cowards that feel so strong and brave shooting defenseless pups. I am more tired of their bosses allowing this with a reason that makes it okay to murder dogs so vague in process and guidelines.

    • So true. When the members of the K9 team at my department found out I was an advocate for animals, they thought it would be good fun to brag about what they do to their K9’s in front of me. When I chose to ignore them, the lead K9 “trainer” brought his dog into the station and hanged him to unconsciousness in front of the civilian night crew, including me, to send the message: “Try and stop me.” This torture is standard procedure in the vast majority (if not all) of K9 units, and they jokingly named ours “The Hang ‘Em High Club.” http://www.stoplynching.com

      • What’stheworldcomingtoo

        Sounds like they have serious mental issues and don’t need to be officers.

        • goodmandawn

          That’s right. I think the people that defend the police no matter what they do have serious mental issues too. The defenders probably wish they could pull the trigger and take a life too.

      • barbarajnorton

        Holy shit, I had no idea….. those mother fuckers, hang their asses. I cannot believe we, as taxpayers, are paying for this shit. I would have knocked his ass out and went to jail. Then sued his ass out of ever handling an animal. FURIOUS!!!

        • I’m glad you feel that way, but I couldn’t have “knocked his ass out.” First of all, I went into shock and froze. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing, and it truly paralyzed me. But that was fortunate for me, because I was surrounded by armed police officers, all male, and all bigger than me, who wouldn’t have even let it get to that point (except the jail part, for even trying). This was quite a few years ago, and there was no social media, I tried the mainstream media, and found that they help cover it up. I went to the D.A.’s office, the City Manager’s office, the “humane” society, even up to the State Attorney General’s office (all corrupt), contacted every animal rights group I could think of (only In Defense of Animals did anything, writing to the Chief of Police, and generating another letter from a professional), but all that resulted in was retaliation against me, including deadly sabotage of my vehicle. It is STILL going on, and all I can do is spread the word.

          • Ken

            I went into shock when the officer shot my two dogs the older dog 14 years old blind. she was shot in the head and neck. Started flopping on the street. I thought I was a strong man but that was more than I could bear.( justice 4 pepper and danni )

          • I am so sorry. I went to your page, and I will share your story on Facebook. It is a mentality which pervades in police/sheriffs/military. From my observations, the self-centered bully mentality rules. Then there are folks like me, who are in the opposite direction, but will fight them. They don’t like that. Most of the rest fall in the middle, and go along with what the bullies dictate, whether they like it or not, because they are weak followers.

          • Ken

            Thank you for the kind words this is something I don’t think anyone should have to go through some kid taking control of your life like that and ripping apart with support from his boss

      • barbarajnorton

        Holy shit, I had no idea….. those mother fuckers, hang their asses. I cannot believe we, as taxpayers, are paying for this shit. I would have knocked his ass out and went to jail. Then sued his ass out of ever handling an animal. FURIOUS!!!

        • I’m glad you feel that way, but I couldn’t have “knocked his ass out.” First of all, I went into shock and froze. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing, and it truly paralyzed me. But that was fortunate for me, because I was surrounded by armed police officers, all male, and all bigger than me, who wouldn’t have even let it get to that point (except the jail part, for even trying). This was quite a few years ago, and there was no social media, I tried the mainstream media, and found that they help cover it up. I went to the D.A.’s office, the City Manager’s office, the “humane” society, even up to the State Attorney General’s office (all corrupt), contacted every animal rights group I could think of (only In Defense of Animals did anything, writing to the Chief of Police, and generating another letter from a professional), but all that resulted in was retaliation against me, including deadly sabotage of my vehicle. It is STILL going on, and all I can do is spread the word.

      • Ken

        Now they have these tools out there that will back the police no matter what. we all know until it happens to someone very close to them. then they all say hey well maybe I was wrong

  • Mike S.

    chest pounding bullies. They probably practice drawing their firearm in the mirror every morning before work.

    • allkreatures

      You talkin’ to me?

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      Exactly, learn how to read. How did they even fill out the application let alone pass a test to become a police officer. They shoot a dog and then he hides behind his owner and they go up to the dog and shoot it in the head and kill it, what kind of animals are they? They do this in front of a 2 year old boy and could of killed an innocent woman in the apartment below. The problem is they feel they are above the law and can do anything they want.

  • Mike S.

    bumbling idiots and chest pounding bullies. They probably practice drawing their firearm in the mirror every morning before work. How do you get the wrong house?

  • Michael Cannon

    “Instead, police shot Damian multiple times as Meer’s two-year old son watched.”
    Remember this kid, this is what the “heroes” are really like.

    • barbarajnorton

      And this is where that kids rightful hate of the cops begins………

    • goodmandawn

      The police should be sued for the wrongful death of the dog and traumatizing the child. They won’t improve their behavior unless the public demands it. Calling, emailing, and sending petitions to legislators for the police to end the shoot first ask questions later policies.

  • mkayw

    I thought cops had to pass some kind of an IQ test. These numbskulls must have had the answers fed to them beforehand. Are they incapable of making sure they have the correct address before entering a property with their guns blazing? Can they even read a warrant? Or don’t they give a damn? Incidents like this are textbook examples of violation of people’s Fourth Amendment rights against illegal seizure and destruction of private property. Sue their azzes. Where the hell is the ACLU in these cases? I thought they were supposed to stand up and protect our constitutional rights. They don’t seem much interested in protecting the rights of a two year old child to be safe and secure in his own home. Or the rights of a woman to be safe and secure in her own bedroom. But then only dogs died here. They were completely innocent of any crime, but they were just dogs. They have no rights.

  • mkayw

    I thought cops had to pass some kind of an IQ test. These numbskulls must have had the answers fed to them beforehand. Are they incapable of making sure they have the correct address before entering a property with their guns blazing? Can they even read a warrant? Or don’t they give a damn? Incidents like this are textbook examples of violation of people’s Fourth Amendment rights against illegal seizure and destruction of private property. Sue their azzes. Where the hell is the ACLU in these cases? I thought they were supposed to stand up and protect our constitutional rights. They don’t seem much interested in protecting the rights of a two year old child to be safe and secure in his own home. Or the rights of a woman to be safe and secure in her own bedroom. But then only dogs died here. They were completely innocent of any crime, but they were just dogs. They have no rights.

  • Busch

    What absolute morons!

  • Busch

    What absolute morons!

  • Bill Matthews

    what a bunch of candy ass cowards. I hope and pray that the cowards who killed or maimed those innocent dogs receive the same fate .

  • EVERYONE should see how police and sheriffs and military treat their own K9’s behind the scenes. It is the opposite of what they tell you via their kiss-ass mainstream media sources. The dogs are tortured routinely, and WAY MORE are killed by their handlers and “trainers” than by any people on the street. http://www.stoplynching.com

  • Renna2477

    Please stay safe and vigilant Mr. Albert while you seek justice for all these dogs who are being murdered.

    • Joshua Ross Ketry

      The real problem is not the police. The real problem – the ROOT problem – is the failed war on drugs and the no-knock raids. End the war on drugs and you end all of this plus much more – nearly all of the racial tension and more than 50% of all gun crime in America is a result of the failed war on drugs and the black market it creates.

      End the war on drugs. End the violence.

      • barbarajnorton

        Amen to that, and half the prisons would be empty as well. This idiot “war” should never have happened.

      • goodmandawn

        Drug dealers didn’t shoot those dogs two hard-hearted police officers killed those dogs with no provocation. End the shoot first ask questions later policing policies throughout the U.S. Begin a war on literacy to help the police learn how to read house numbers correctly. Every time they kill 75-85 innocent dogs per hour throughout the U.S. they are at the wrong address. If we wait for the war on drugs to end for police to stop killing dogs they will all be extinct.

  • Renna2477

    Please stay safe and vigilant Mr. Albert while you seek justice for all these dogs who are being murdered.

  • Sarah Pretty Dynasty

    I WILL FIGHT WITH YOU FOR THIS! I AM SICK & TIRED OF SEEING PITBULLS SHOT FOR NO REASON. POLICE NEED TO BE TRAINED IN HOW TO HANDLE ANY ANIMAL THEY MAY ENCOUNTER. PITBULLS ARE NOT MONSTERS. I RESCUE PITTIES! THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, NOT JUST HERE IN BUFFALO. I WILL FIGHT FOR MY DOGS. THIS IS NOTHING BUT SENSELESS SLAUGHTER. I pay close attention to all these dog killings. There is a better way. Police are here to serve and protect us, which includes OUR PETS! I have been waiting such a long time to see this addressed here and that its happening locally makes me sick! Its nothing but profiling and damn near genocide, but because its an animal, its ok? NO

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      We got our pit from a pit bull rescue group and I absolutely love her. My vet said he has never been bit by a pit but he has been bit by other breeds.

      • They are awesome, brilliant dogs. I’ve rescued quite a few, and am impressed. It hurts to know that some departments are now adding pit bulls to their K9 units. Now, they will endure the same torture that their German shepherd and Belgian Malinois cousins are going through, at the hands of these monsters.

        • goodmandawn

          That right. Careless police officers throughout the U.S have been killing K9s too by leaving them in hot cars overnight. The police are out of control because of people that want to defend their wrong doing. They are not Gods they human employees too quick to kill people and dogs. Having trigger fingers is one aspect of their job performance that needs drastic improvement.

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      We got our pit from a pit bull rescue group and I absolutely love her. My vet said he has never been bit by a pit but he has been bit by other breeds.

  • Debra Sands Hughes

    “Meer claims Damian, although a pit bull, was not a threat to the officers.”
    Although a pit bull? Right there, the media again instills in our brains that pit bulls are aggressive and threatening dogs. I’m so sick of seeing pit bulls being viciously murdered and not protected because of the societal stereotypes that have been placed on these beautiful dogs. I’m a proud parent of a pit bull and she’s the most affectionate and loving dog I’ve ever been blessed to meet, yet have as a family member. Shame on the BPD!! And let’s put an end to BSL!!

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      I have a pit and she is so sweet and loving. Shame on the BPD is right!

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      I have a pit and she is so sweet and loving. Shame on the BPD is right!

  • JohnDoelll

    Shooting a dog over a harmless plant, even if they found pot could have been medical oil even and legal! Its disgusting!! Worry about the heroin and crack, leave pot and pits alone you scumbag cops!!!

  • JohnDoelll

    Shooting a dog over a harmless plant, even if they found pot could have been medical oil even and legal! Its disgusting!! Worry about the heroin and crack, leave pot and pits alone you scumbag cops!!!

  • Joshua Ross Ketry

    The real problem is not the police. The real problem – the ROOT problem – is the failed war on drugs and the no-knock raids. End the war on drugs and you end all of this plus much more – nearly all of the racial tension and more than 50% of all gun crime in America is a result of the failed war on drugs and the black market it creates.

    End the war on drugs. End the violence.

  • Ave

    Hope that pit bull died nice and slow!

    • David Bristol

      YOU are part of the problem. Oh, and you’re a piece of shit.

      • FactOverEmotion

        She sure is!

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      Your a POS they are the most friendly and nicest dogs you could have. My pit likes to lick people, she thinks she is a lap dog. She is so loving not like yourself!!!

      • Ave

        You totally sound like someone who would own a pit, grammar and all.

        • Norton Commando

          The AKC classes pitbulls as “family friendly,” dipsh!t.

        • Norton Commando

          The AKC classes pitbulls as “family friendly,” dipsh!t.

        • FactOverEmotion

          You totally sound like an ignorant person who lacks compassion. I was going to say something negative but I honestly feel sorry for mentally inferior people like you.

        • barbarajnorton

          And you totally sound like an asshole. ass and whole.

    • What’stheworldcomingtoo

      Your a POS they are the most friendly and nicest dogs you could have. My pit likes to lick people, she thinks she is a lap dog. She is so loving not like yourself!!!

    • goodmandawn

      With its brains decorating the wall and ceiling I doubt your wish came true. I hope you haven’t done anything in your life that would make someone wish that you were shot and died nice and slow. Dogs are not responsible for the behavior that bad owners teach them. Neither one of the dogs tried to attack before they were shot to death. We need specific responsible dog owner legislation in the U.S.

      • Too late, I’m already wishing a death like that on her.

        • Carrie Leistner

          What is wrong with you?

          • Sick and tired of people thinking they are soooo special, and deserving of privileged status, watching them torture animals, getting off on it and getting away with it. And so, when one of these stinking pos says something like wishes that dog “died nice and slow,” I’m thinking “what a waste of space and oxygen.”

          • Carrie Leistner

            Ohh I’m sorry, I thought you were talking about the dog.

          • Denise DeNapoli

            You got that right! Straight up oxygen thief! Notice they don’t have a full name or pic. One of those keyboard warriors that diddle themselves whilst reading news blogs. Imagine that life. Hey Ave you are a POS

          • raynne storm

            They move on to killing humans than but some are so blind to animal cruelty they are incapable of putting 2 and 2 together.

          • Sick and tired of people thinking they are soooo special, and deserving of privileged status, watching them torture animals, getting off on it and getting away with it. And so, when one of these stinking pos says something like wishes that dog “died nice and slow,” I’m thinking “what a waste of space and oxygen.”

          • Denise DeNapoli

            You got that right! Straight up oxygen thief! Notice they don’t have a full name or pic. One of those keyboard warriors that diddle themselves whilst reading news blogs. Imagine that life. Hey Ave you are a POS

          • raynne storm

            People who wish death on animals eventually start killing and than move on to killing humans. Try to defend those sub humans all you want

      • Too late, I’m already wishing a death like that on her.

    • FactOverEmotion

      Looks like we found the scumbag!

    • Fed up

      Hey you troll moron karma’s a (female dog) Ironically and unfortunately for you. And it’s coming your way!

    • barbarajnorton

      WTF? ARE YOU SAYING?

    • Keith Busby

      I hope the same for you, you fucking idiot

    • Keith Busby

      I hope the same for you, you fucking idiot

    • VeganKeyLimePie

      “Pit bulls” are just dogs people bred for strength and huge mouths, and abused them into being fighting machines to entertain degenerates. Every pit bull I’ve known well has only wanted peace and happiness; they’re smart, sweet dogs with great characters. Only those who’ve been ruined by thugs abusing them have been vicious, and even they can turn around with proper care, as Vick’s victims did. Violent “humans” are the problem deserving of your wrath…not dogs…but you’re way more afraid of those ruthless thugs, so you make remarks like that. Which makes you look like a coldhearted moron and coward.

    • James R List

      your a fucking asshole

    • Denise DeNapoli

      Wow what a POS

    • worked2death

      I hope you die nice and slow also maybe in a hot field with both legs broke your a sick rotten human look at you hiding with no name, you make Me sick.

    • raynne storm

      You are a coward.

    • Bill Perkins

      textbook troll that hides their identity, meaningless twit

  • Danielle

    If automatically shooting dogs is a department policy, the policy needs to change, period. If the BPD won’t change the policy, they need to be taken to court to have the policy changed for them. Discharging any weapon when no lives are in danger should be illegal – isn’t it?

  • Gibbons53

    Way to build community relations, officers! Beyond sickening. Just wondering how many white people’s dogs were killed like this. But then again, it’s widespread police practice to do most of these petty busts in black neighborhoods because if they pulled this crap in a white neighborhood the outcry would be taken seriously. Don’t take my word for it, check out Michael Wood, former cop and Marine vet http://michaelawoodjr.net/

    • goodmandawn

      Unfortunately Puppycide (police dog killing) is occurring throughout the U.S. the police are not discriminating against dog owners they are killing everybody’s dog when they go to the wrong houses. City Councils are being sued left and right by angry and grieving dog owners for the wrongful death of their dogs. I have signed several petitions on Facebook for the police officers who kill dogs without justification to be fired.

    • goodmandawn

      Unfortunately Puppycide (police dog killing) is occurring throughout the U.S. the police are not discriminating against dog owners they are killing everybody’s dog when they go to the wrong houses. City Councils are being sued left and right by angry and grieving dog owners for the wrongful death of their dogs. I have signed several petitions on Facebook for the police officers who kill dogs without justification to be fired.

  • Norton Commando

    Buffalo police are straight up sh!t. From the uniformed officers to the detectives. Just totally corrupt and totally inept.

  • Norton Commando

    Buffalo police are straight up sh!t. From the uniformed officers to the detectives. Just totally corrupt and totally inept.

  • goodmandawn

    More shoot first ask questions later policing policies for the public to contend with. Police dog killing based on breed specific speculation that they might or could be in danger at some point is wrong. They make me sick.

  • goodmandawn

    More shoot first ask questions later policing policies for the public to contend with. Police dog killing based on breed specific speculation that they might or could be in danger at some point is wrong. They make me sick.

  • Fed up

    These cops should never be able to own a pet in their life, they should be fired and registered as animal cruelty offenders for LIFE. Its inhumane and frankly disgusting and vile that these pieces of crap are suppose to be the ones who protect us. These scumbags who shoot a damn innocent dog first and don’t think are the worst kinds of idiot’s on earth. I wish nothing but horrible luck and life for them until they account for what terrible things they did and sincerely apologize. The Buffalo Police department also needs to hold there heads in shame and admit there policy is that of a barbaric bush league police force. They need a new policy when dealing with a dog just sitting there instead of shooting it because there pussy police officers thought they couldn’t handle a damn dog. Pathetic, disgusting, infuriating and quite frankly not surprising.

  • Mike Scales

    You know what to all the people that are against pitbullls why don’t you do some research about pitbullls. Pitbullls are the most family oriented dog out there. It is how you as a person that raises that dog. If you only feed it once a day keep it locked up outside then yeah it is gunna be mean. Good Lord people bring your dog inside they get cold just like we do. Plus I seen this video and you can hear the guy numerous times asking them (buffalo police officers) not to shoot his dog after the dog crawled out of the window. So before you judge someone research it first. Cory Meer I’m truly sorry to see what happened to your FAMILY DOG. I HOPE YOU GET JUSTICE.

    • 82d

      You are whacked out., Pit bulls kill or maim more people than any other breed, Not all pit bull owners are drug dealers, but all drug dealers have pit bulls.

      • Mike Scales

        YOUR WACKED OUT. PIT BULLS ARE THE MOST FAMILY ORIENTED ANIMAL. LOOK IT UP Azzhole. Plus I never said that all drug dealers have pit bulls.

      • Karen McClive

        82d There is this really cool thing called the Internet and Google. You might want to learn to use those before posting things and making yourself look dumb.

      • Meaningless You
        • al smith

          trash site

        • Stephanie

          That site is run by a slew of pitbull haters. Perhaps looking at a neutral site would be more educational.

      • worked2death

        Prove It your out to lunch PITBILLS have NOT KILLED MORE PEOPLE, but the dam cops are OUT OF CONTROL, I have one and if they ever come into my home and try and shoot him you can believe I will return fire and it wont be to the chest either.

        • Mary

          You are being ridiculous. Pit bulls kill and traumatize more than all other breeds combined. The research is easy to find. There are many web sites and fb pages about the victims of pit bull attack. When you see an attack you know how stupid it is to compare a pit attack to any other dog breed.

          • Bill Perkins

            Dog racism is moronic, Pitbulls are wonderful dogs. The rare bad dog can be traced back to a bad owner. But why are you here? These dogs had there homes broken into by Gestapo cops illegally and still did not attack. Didnt stop them from murdering the dogs though. Go find a dog attack to protest you stupid troll.

      • Stephanie

        If any other breed were treated the way pitbulls get treated by the bad owners, there would far, far more deaths. Pitbulls only behave the way they are asked to. As a breed, one of their unique traits is their desire to please. Which means they will do literally anything their owner asks of them. Even if it means fighting. Perhaps you should fully educate yourself on a subject before becoming passionate about it.

    • 82d

      You are whacked out., Pit bulls kill or maim more people than any other breed, Not all pit bull owners are drug dealers, but all drug dealers have pit bulls.

  • kenville

    These cops need to be outed and their names and photos plastered on every corner. They continue to kill what are basically people’s family members and if the law won’t do its job, I say let citizens and the street sort it out.

  • David T DeLano

    How about printing the officer’s names? They always publish the names of the accused in the news.

    • Tamra Fletcher

      Officer Christopher Hoffmann. I believe the owner received a substantial settlement, and the officer that shot the dog, suffered stress related issues from the many threats that were posted towards him.

  • Greg Ropp

    Sickening story – but what’s up with the photo with this article???? It’s either from a different incident OR the story is wrong. Any ideas? This is a photo of a pitbull being shot in the street (which means it could have been attacking) – the story says the dog was shot INSIDE the house.

    • Marci Mccauliff

      It was a rottweiler and he was killed bc he jumped out the window to prtect his person from the cops………he was harassed bc he was filming them(which is legal), I
      watched it unfold on tv, it was awful…..

    • Stephanie

      This statement is exactly why breed specific legislation does not work. The dog has very clear and identifiable markings that are common in rottweilers and the body shape and lack of a long tail, show that it is not a pitbull. I guess when in doubt, call it a pitbull and condemn it…

    • TR Young

      That’s a Rottweiler, not a pit bull, and it was in Los Angeles that it happened. Another case of the media not knowing their collective backsides from a hole in the ground.

  • MW Hohimer

    Cops are out of control in this country. In these cases they were just dogs, though they did almost kill an Innocent bystander in the next apartment. But there have been other cases where they got the wrong address and killed the innocent people there. I don’t blame people for getting fed up and killing cops.

    • Meaningless You

      You don’t blame people for killing cops? That’s like saying a bunch of pit bulls hurt people before so I guess I don’t blame people for killing pit bulls? Disgusting attitude.

      • Keith Busby

        How would you react if they erroneously entered your home and shot your family member in the process? Then they walk away like they’ve done nothing wrong, and face no consequences?

    • Meaningless You

      You don’t blame people for killing cops? That’s like saying a bunch of pit bulls hurt people before so I guess I don’t blame people for killing pit bulls? Disgusting attitude.

    • richardszczepankiewicz

      You sir are an idiot.

  • Mallory G Morrison

    Are they doing the drugs they find? Well, when they have the right house and actually find drugs?

  • Meaningless You

    There is no bias in this article at all lol Agenda? Lol

    • An Albertan now in BC

      Did you read the last paragraph? It is the Buffalo PD policy to shoot all pitbull type dogs on sight rather than wait to see if aggressive or dangerous. They don’t have legal authority to do that. It is a crime. Someone needs to hold them accountable. How many different ways do you need to hear it explained?

  • Keith Busby

    Come into my house and kill my family member, you’d better get used to sleeping in body armour!

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Btw, the photo at top of article isn’t right, that’s a different case (Los Angeles) and is a rottweiler who was also gunned down simply for existing and being “owned” by a man who didn’t protect him. The man left the dog in his car to go film and ask questions of the police who had barricaded a neighborhood due to some suspected crime. The loyal dog saw the cops moving in on his loved one and jumped out the open window and was gunned down for attempting to shield his person from harm. This was a couple of years ago, I saw it unfold live on tv…horrifying.

    • Tamra Fletcher

      That would be our “brave” officers of the Hawthorne PD. The animal never attempted to rush the officer. Why is it that officers who are afraid of dogs, never call those trained to deal with animals rather than murder them in front of children. That is what animal control is paid to do.

      • VeganKeyLimePie

        I know, all the poor dog did was to walk over to be with his man who he saw as endangered. Thank you for saying “murder” too, as the human arrogance has got to stop.

    • TR Young

      You are absolutely correct, and I place the blame of the dog’s murder squarely on the shoulders of his idiot owner, who just HAD to prove a point to the police. It was a sickening and disgusting scene.

    • Bill Perkins

      Yep, Max. Also killed by a dity cop.

  • Mary

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PitBullsShotByPolice/

    Pit bulls are known threats. Of course police are going to protect themselves. Ironically, the criminals had pit bulls. They know what they have.

    • Dan Stenberg

      Are you kiddig me?? The ceiminals had pit bulls?? Neither one was even CHARGED with a crime, and at least one was the wrong house entirely.

      Im a pit bull owner, Veteran, have a BA, and a full time job. People like me are the majority of pit bull owners. Don’t get caught up believing the hate.

    • Tanya Fagan

      First charges were not brought against the people. In one case it was a wrong house that means he wasn’t a criminal. I am not a criminal. I do not do drugs. Never have been a drug dealer. I own Pit Bulls. I have learned they are not as some people might think.
      I know many people that are not criminals that own Pit Bulls. Stereotyping the ignorant way.

    • Courtni

      Clearly u are reading a different report because as clearly stated neither were even charged. And actually most pit bulls AREN’T aggressive. It’s the people who train their dogs to fight, which just so happens to be pit bulls. I own 2 pit bulls myself and they are the most loving dogs ever. They are also super great with children so go ahead and try to tell my pitbulls that they are mean. They just might lick u to death. So be ignorant and jump to conclusions just like the ignorant cops who shot the dogs.

    • TR Young

      The vast, overwhelming majority of any dogs that fall under the ‘pit bull’ umbrella have never harmed another living thing. Any dog of any breed can be either a good dog or a bad dog. Breed has nothing to do with it. It’s people like you who help perpetuate this ugly myth that keeps the snowball rolling and gathering momentum.

    • Bill Perkins

      Such ignorance. Idiot didnt even read the article.

    • Ken

      Reason people believe pitbulls are more aggressive is because of how they were raised they want to please their owners so much they’ll do most anything for them like fight but if you don’t raise them to fight and you raise them good the love they want to give it’s the deepest love from dogs you can imagine

  • Josh Smith

    God will judge them…Murderers shall be treated as such. If you have no empathy for another person or being…You will also be treated as such….Have Mercy and Mercy will also be granted upon you. Have murder and the result will also be manifest.

  • Jason Bry

    Is there any commen sense left in this country …most police officers have dogs or pets be it for themselves or there children. With that said it’s funny how people think police are out there just slaughtering dogs for the fun of it…or could it be…and this will be crazy for some of you…that the houses the police are hitting are drug houses ..or gang related or they have weapons, so…what do we think the reason these people have dogs..to protect there “stash” from other dealers, gangs or police. Yes having to shoot a dog sucks, he is just doing what his scumbag owner is training him to do…but that does not trump the police officer that deserves to go home uninjured to his family and kids…LET’S USE COMMENTS SENSE…don’t be a sheep to the bs use your own head to make decisions.