And it ends with a bang! A Jacksonville, FL deputy shoots trespassing dog in the head.
Excerpts from the article [with my comments added].
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Off-duty Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sergeant C.
Bradley Shivers shot his neighbor's dog in the head Friday afternoon
after the dog wandered into his backyard through a hole in the fence. [A head shot! Now, THAT is some serious gun control!]
Sgt. Shivers was the one who called police, and he explained to on-duty
officers that the dog, named Goose, had ran into his backyard through a
hole in his fence while he and his family were around the pool. [Aww.... Goose just wanted to join the pool party!]
According to police, Sgt. Shivers told officers he promptly found a rake
and attempted to run the dog off. He said he'd had several run ins with
the animal and a rake usually did the trick.
However, according to Sgt. Shivers, the dog would not 'back down' and kept circling his pool, barking with aggression. [Hey, I thought only Pit Bulls acted aggressively????]
After that, Sgt. Shivers ran into his home and retrieved his
agency-approved personal Glock .27 with JSO-issued rounds inside. Before
opening fire, Sgt. Shivers told police that he tried to scare the dog
off again with a rake.
At this time, Sgt. Shivers slipped in the soft dirt around his pool deck
and fell, according to police. Sgt. Shivers then told police the dog
lunged at him - and he opened fire, hitting the dog in the head. [I'd be glad to know him! (the cop not the dog)]
Just after the shot was fired, Goose's owner, Chelsea Pavish, 23, came over to Sgt. Shivers's backyard.
Lets stop for a longer comment. This dog owner REGULARLY harasses her neighbors with her dog, refusing to control it in any way. They typical dog owning assumption being, everyone can kiss my dog's ass and the hell with everyone else! She doesn't do a damn thing to control her dog until a gun goes off!
If your dog is trespassing and threatening a neighbor, you IMMEDIATELY stop what you are doing and fetch the dog. If you have to shoot the dog YOURSELF, then so be it.
Pavish claims there are problems in Sgt. Shivers's narrative of the
events, wondering how, if the dog was so aggressive and such a threat,
he could run inside and find a gun before trying to shoo it away with a
rake. She was not a witness to the shooting, however.
The problem, you dog loving shithead, was that you let your dog run wild and could care less about the harm it brought to others. The man ran inside to get his gun BECAUSE his family was still outside AND he is under no obligation to surrender HIS backyard to you and your dog! He went for the gun because Goose was too nasty and too stupid to have any sense beaten into him with a rake.
Pavish claims she's never had any problems with Sgt. Shivers in the
past. Pavish blamed Sgt. Shivers saying the officer had a broken fence
that he neglected to fix.
Again, Pavish is your typical narcissistic, totally self-absorbed, dog worshiping social parasite. Yes, SHE did not have any problems with HIM prior to the shooting because it was HER dog harassing HIM on HIS property! This is a variation of the "Its not bothering me" excuse that owners of yard barkers deploy from time to time. Again, as long as the dog and the owner get what THEY want, its all good! I'm sure Pavish expected the neighbors to wait until the dog sent somebody to the hospital, at which point she would have blamed the victim.
Moreover, in regards to the fence: Listen carefully dog people -YOU are obligated to keep your dogs confined to YOUR space. WE are not obligated to keep them out of ours! We have an unconditional right to dog free private properties!
I am 100% on the side of the shooter on this one. Pavish, the dog owner, owns this result flat out. She not only owned a nasty ass dog but she neglected to control it. This was a repeat offender and no mercy or flexibility should have been given. Dog owners - if you fail to control your dogs, someone else will and you may not like what they do.
Don't forget to check out the "Justice for Goose" Facebook page. While good, its not a true classic like WMBC.
CONTROL YOUR DOGS!
[Update on 6/11]
"The Breed Switcheroo"
Consider the related Care2 page soliciting signatures for.... what? I am not sure exactly. What is the penalty for shooting a nasty-ass dog on your own land? I would say NOTHING in most places, just as it should be.
Note that the page has collected nearly 74,000 signatures as I write this. Interestingly, this is about the same number of "likes" that dear St. Mick got on his FB page.
In any case, Goose's owner has been claiming he is a "Basset Hound", and this was the picture put on the Care2 page:
The dog indicated in the photo above was/is not the dog involved in the Jacksonville shooting incident. It appears to be a stock photo of a basset hound.
BELOW are photos of the actual Goose, taken from the same site and other news sites:
It is readily apparent that Goose is (was? LOL!) not a basset hound. If Goose is a basset hound, I am freaking Godzilla. While it might be tough to say what he IS, its pretty easy to say what he ISN'T.