It appears the district attorney in Commerce City is taking over the investigation after Chloe, a family pet, was shot and killed by a police officer while held in a catchpole and after being tased twice.
If you are a dog owner and can stomach the video, it is not possible to read aggression in Chloe’s body language and action. To date, two trainers I know have viewed the video and by their expert claims, there was no sign of aggression from the dog.
Common misconceptions about pit Bulls:
- Pit Bulls have locking jaws.
- Pit Bulls can hold on with their front teeth while chewing with their back teeth.
- Pit Bulls don’t feel pain.
- Pit Bulls have more bite pressure per square inch (PSI) than any other breed.
- Pit Bulls attack more people than any other breed.
- The brains of Pit Bulls swell and cause them to go crazy.
- Pit Bulls ‘turn’ on their owners.
- Pit Bulls cannot get along with other animals
So I hope it is not an excuse for what happened to Chloe. From the current visual evidence, there is no excuse for what happened, but I hope the reasons are laid at the feet of poor training and/or decision making.
People who knew Chloe have attested to her friendly disposition:
The person who called the dog into the police to be picked up said “He never came at me in an aggressive manner.”
Can this tragic event to be a catalyst for change?
There is an opportunity.
On December 3, 2012, Commerce City council will have a meeting. People, sigining in by 6:15 will have the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes. meeting starts at 6:30 pm at 7887 East 60th Avenue, Commerce City, Colorado