April 21, 2014

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Lorain police officer says dog charged him before he shot it

LORAIN — A police officer shot and wounded a dog that he contends was charging at him during an arrest.

The incident occurred Sept. 9 when Officer Dario Torres served a domestic violence warrant to Samantha Meade, 27, at her boyfriend’s house on the 3500 block of Oakdale Avenue.

Police said that Torres went to the house after arresting Meade to see if anyone was home who could take care of Meade’s 4-year-old son who was playing outside during the arrest.

When Torres went to the house, two dogs emerged and began to charge at him, according to the police report. One of the dogs, a Coonhound, approached Torres first.

“I fired my weapon once, striking the dog in the rear left leg,” Torres wrote in the police report.

Veterinarian Thomas Wood at the Lorain Animal Clinic examined the dog after the incident, and he said Torres was in error.

The bullet grazed the dog’s face and went through its chest, exiting on the right side of the animal.

“He shot the dog head on,” Wood said.

The clinic was able to treat the dog’s wounds and he made a quick recovery, according to Wood.

Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins said the erroneous information in the report was an accident, explaining that when Torres saw the dog limping away after the shot, he thought he had hit it in the leg.

Torres declined to comment on the incident.

Animal rights activist Pat Fogo is upset by the shooting itself.

“It was uncalled for, unnecessary and extreme,” Fogo said. “It seems to me that (Lorain police) need more training.”

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.

  • Zen Grouch

    Shot in the face, bullet entered the chest then exited the right side and the dog limped away, quickly recovering?

    That must have been some kind of BIG dog that tried to attack the cop.

    Cop showed restraint in only shooting it once.

  • LookBackTwo

    I agree more training is required. His shot should have killed the attacking dog, not wounded it!

  • hottamomma

    I WOULDVE SHOT A CHARGING DOG ALSO!

    • boldlover

      if he didnt go into a strangers house not knowing what was inside then maybe this wouldve never happened…

      • hottamomma

        hes a police officer with a warrant he had every right to go inside. if the stranger didnt comment a crime and have a warrant this wouldnt have never happened!

        • steveland

          Arrest warrants are not the same as a search warrant.

          • hottamomma

            so whats your point? even though he didnt go inside, he couldve if he believed the person on the arrest warrant was in there

      • Nichole Lynn Seni

        once again.. he never went inside the home. please get your facts straight.

  • Nichole Lynn Seni

    funny because we have a copy of the police report and nowhere in there does it say that the dog charged at him before he shot it. you would think that would be in the police report. and weather a dog charges at you or not.. you are on their property their home, so of course they are going to protect their home because they don’t know who you are. i think the only time you need to shoot a dog is if it tries to bite you.

    • Ray Venn

      If an officer is on someone’s property to ARREST them then he has every right to defend himself while performing his duties.

      The paperwork involved in a weapons discharge incident alone would keep a cop from shooting any animal needlessly.

      A dog can protect his “property” all it wants but if a cop is there officially, the dog will lose every time, and rightly so.

      • Nichole Lynn Seni

        defend himself against what? a barking dog? in the police report it says the dogs ran out of the side door of the house and were barking at him. it said nothing about a dog charging at him.. period. so a dog barks at you and you shoot it? like really. it’s not even neccessary to do that. there’s no need to shoot any animal until it attempts to physically harm you. dogs bark.. there isn’t anything wrong with a dog barking at you. a dog barking means you aren’t supposed to be here but i am sure he could have subdued the animal or had someone do that for him while getting the person he was after. and the fact that there was a child in the yard when this was going on just makes it even more upsetting!

      • boldlover

        that is right but i bet he never asked her if there was any animals or anyone in the house… he said so himself he went in the house to see if someone could watch her son… so no he had no right to go into her house and shot her dog…and he already handcuffed her… he had a DV WARRENT NOT A SEARCH WARRENT… LORAIN POLICE THINK THEY CAN DO AS THEY PLEASE AND WE NEED TO SHOW THEM THERE RESPONSIBLY FOR THERE ACTIONS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US…

        • Nichole Lynn Seni

          he did not go into the home he went to the front door first and knocked. then he went around to see if there were any other doors and he saw that the side door was open and that is when the dogs came charging out. he could hear the dogs barking when he knocked on the front door.. so he already knew there were dogs inside the home. the dogs came out through the side door.

          • boldlover

            either way there are more non harmful ways to deal with the problem then just to shot a dog… was he scared of bitten… lol

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            I agree. most officers have batons, tazers, and most of them carry a catch and release pole in their cruisers for stray dogs. all things that could have been used. and this article lies the dog was NOT shot in the leg Dr Woods said the dog was shot IN THE FACE and it grazed the dogs face went inside the body and struck the leg. This officer is a liar. In the police report he said he shot the dog in the leg and he did not!

          • Zen Grouch

            Read the article again you looney tune!

            The article doesn’t lie. The article states that the cop said he shot the dog in the rear leg. At the time he believed this to be true, due to the way the dog limped away.

            If the cop was going to lie, wouldn’t it be better to deny shooting the dog in the rear, indicating that the beast was running away from him, rather than towards him?

            The vet had time to inspect and treat the wounds up close and personal and saw that the dog was shot in the face, AS reported by the article you friggin’ idiot…

    • Joe Smith

      Was the dog charging him to shake his hand?

      • SoLoJimbo

        I’m just glad the 4yr old didn’t charge at him! Typical Lorain, shoot beagles, labradores and poodles. Funny how no one in the neighborhood is afraid or fearful of this dog. CT should do a little neighborhood inquiry. My dog charges anyone who comes on my property too, because it wants its ears scratched.

        • Zen Grouch

          Dogs react differently to different people.

          How many of the neighbors went into the dog’s territory immediately making all residents visibly upset.

          Dogs sense that stuff and can act out, attacking the “invader.”

          • ekwaykway

            Idiot!

          • Zen Grouch

            I use to deliver the Journal, about a million years ago when it was still worth reading.

            People use to discipline their dogs with the newspaper, by rolling it up and whapping that mutt on the nose.

            Mutts who would treat everyone in the world like their buddy.

            …except for the SOB who delivered that instrument of torture to the house, as in me.

            So when I’d get attacked after invading their space to deliver something they’d get beat with, the owners would always tell me that their precious dog loves everyone and I must have done something to provoke it, or made the whole incident up.

            …you freakin’ moron!

          • Joe Smith

            Good think you avoided the dogs that were trained to use the restroom on the paper, that would get messy!

          • Zen Grouch

            “Trained” dogs weren’t a problem.

            The ones that were fed gunpowder for breakfast by their stupid hillbilly owners were the problem.

            The dogs were probably smarter than many of the people on my newspaper route. I’d show up once every other week on Saturday to collect, and they’d act like they never saw me before, then spend 30 minutes digging pennies and nickles out of the couch to pay me (if they happened to be sober that day) while I’d be standing on the porch in freezing and/or rainy weather. They’d be afraid to let me in, like I didn’t already know they lived in their own filth. Probably only read the sports and TV section then beat their kids with the rest of the paper. Then there were the drunks who would find Jesus and decide to pay the paper bill, which would be for something like 2 months late by then. I’d tell ‘em how much they owed, after going to their house to collect a few dozen times already to be told to come back later, just to have them fly off into hysterics and undoubtedly fall off the wagon, yelling at me like it’s my fault they’re degenerate gambling drunks.

            …ahhh, the wonder years of Lorain

          • linda heaton

            Yep, scared of dogs.

          • Zen Grouch

            I’d be a fool not to be “scared” of a charging snarling animal of any kind… save maybe a gerbil, or maybe that taco mutt.

        • linda heaton

          In my county one shot a Jack Russell Terrier that was barking at him. There’s been a chihuahua shot too. It’s sad to think that even without a gun, I’m still less scared than a cop. Dogs have been shot in the home, in the fenced yard, tethered on a chain, shot in the bathroom (after the cops told them to put their dogs in there). It’s cops that are trigger happy and/or scared of dogs. For those that are saying they shouldn’t have done whatever crime, etc. It doesn’t mean they are guilty! It could also be someone else in the household, or the wrong house (this happened to a mayor – had him and his elderly mother down in the kitchen, and shot their two labs – again, THE WRONG HOUSE.

      • Nichole Lynn Seni

        the dog didn’t charge him. it ran out the side door and went up to him and started barking. it never tried to attack or bite him. he didn’t have to shoot it a sufficient fire into the ground or tazer would have done the job sufficiently or if he had a catch release pole he could have used that as well. all sufficient in witholding an animal without serious injury.

    • Joe Smith

      I would blame the person was getting arrested, if there were not a domestic violence warrant they would not have been there in the first place

      • Nichole Lynn Seni

        that has nothing to do with him shooting the dog. he was there to do his job but he didn’t have to shoot the dog.

        • Joe Smith

          Nothing to do with the dog shooting? Would the police have been there if they were not after the person at the house for committing a crime?

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            the person arrested had nothing to do with the dog being in the house it wasnt even her house she was visiting. so no she has nothing to do with what went on with the homeowners dogs because technically she doesn’t even live there. they picked her up in the yard and the only reason they went to the front door was to make sure the 4 year old that the arresting person was supposed to be watching had adult supervision. so it’s not her fault. whoever left the side door open- that’s there fault. either way he had no right to shoot the dog unless the dog physically attacked him or tried to attack him which via police report it did not.

          • Joe Smith

            You still are not explaining how the police would be there if they were not after a person who committed a crime, thats the first link in the chain of events and the child they were talking about was the arrestees child, so again, she started the chain and none of the events that occurred after that first link would not have happened.

          • linda heaton

            So if someone is running from the police, jump your fence, run through your backyard, the police follow, then shoot your two dogs in your backyard? Yes, that has happened. They’ve also raided the wrong house and shot the dogs. It happens to completely innocent people too, not to mention the dogs are innocent. That’s why police need to be properly trained in non lethal response to animals, just as if they were children that don’t understand.

          • Joe Smith

            Again, THIS situation ,the first link was the person who committed a crime was there caused and this situation. Instead of a hypothetical situation, lets use the reality of what happened here.

    • Zen Grouch

      “When Torres went to the house, two dogs emerged and began to charge at
      him, according to the police report. One of the dogs, a Coonhound,
      approached Torres first.”

      Funny, YOUR police report seems to differ with the one referred to in the story.

      Hmmm… I wonder which one actually exists in the real world?

      • Nichole Lynn Seni

        why don’t you read it and find out for yourself.

        • Zen Grouch

          To tell ya’ the truth…

          …my curiosity just isn’t nagging at me that hard.

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            then don’t speak of which that you do not know. if you’re not willing to find out the factual information in the police report itself then you have no right to sit here talking crap about what you don’t know.

          • Zen Grouch

            Sorry, but I just don’t feel the need to take the time to go to the police department, get a copy of a police report, then read that report, just so I can be sure enough of a newspaper account, before casting an opinion on some apparent loon’s version of events.

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            You don’t need to I have it as a pdf if you’d like me to send it to you. It’s 3 paragraphs will take about 5 minutes to read. It’s not that hard.

          • Zen Grouch

            Yes, I’d love to give you my e-mail address…

            It’s Zen@555-5555.com

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            then if you don’t want to read it don’t sit here talking crap and making claims about stuff that you don’t even know if you can’t even get the facts correct.

          • Zen Grouch

            OK, I got a copy of the report, and MY copy SEZ, the dog was drunk and made verbal threats before attacking the officer who fired in self defense…

            So THERE!

          • Smira29595

            Zen is Just a know it all ex cop,( or claims to be) my guess is he was thrown off the force for bad shoot or excessive force……..

          • Sue Lawson

            Well that explains a lot!!!

          • Zen Grouch

            I doubt that a 2 hour PowerPoint presentation could explain a lot to you.

          • Sue Lawson

            Wow you’re just so funny….. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          • Zen Grouch

            Why don’t you pull that stick out and give it some air?

          • Zen Grouch

            Typical right winger, wanting it both ways…

            Pick one or the other! Am I not an ex-cop… or, am I a disgraced ex-cop.

      • boldlover

        I DONT KNOW WHY DONT YOU GO TO THE STATION AND READ IT FOR YOURSELF… LORAIN POLICE are know for shooting dogs for no reason… and i couldve swore that they made tazzers so they wouldnt use there gun and non life threating situations…. the officer had no right to enter the home in the first place… and the dog was only protecting its home something it seems no one or a dog can do now and days…

        • Zen Grouch

          Who needs a snarling dog when…

  • Spec440

    Animal rights activist Pat Fogo is upset by the shooting itself. “It was uncalled for, unnecessary and extreme,” Fogo said. “It seems to me that (Lorain police) need more training.”
    I assume you were on a ride along with Officer Torres, Pat. If not, shut up. You have no idea what you are talking about. Your simple regurgitation of “Blah blah blah, unnecessary, blah blah blah more training” is ridiculous and is the reason that most people think animal rights “activists” are crazy and don’t support you.

    • guest

      People who have no sympathy for animals have little or no sympathy for humans. ANY pshchology book talks about the correlation between cruelty to animals and serial killers. People who don’t support animal activists may just fall into that category.

      • Spec440

        Please. Get a grip. Because I don’t support an organization that uses bully tactics to get their message across does not mean I am a serial killer. nice leap though. Thank you for proving my point so eloquently.

      • Joe Smith

        So you eat zero meat including fish and don’t use a single animal product? Leather? Cosmetics?

        If the PETA types didn’t go so overboard they may get more support

      • ekwaykway

        We eat them duh.

      • Bob Sweatt

        You are out of your ever-loving mind.

      • hottamomma

        thats like saying people who dont like blks have no respect for whites either. it doesnt make sense

    • Nichole Lynn Seni

      shooting an animal for no reason is uneccessary. he could have subdued the animal instead of shooting it and still would have gotten the suspect. using the excuse ” well the dog charged at me” is just that, an excuse. if that was the case he would have put that in the police report but that isn’t in there. he said the dogs came through the side door of the house barking at him. ooh a dog barks at me and that gives me a reason to shoot it? i don’t think so!

      • Spec440

        Subdue it huh? C’mon over and try to subdue my dog. This should be fun to watch.

        • Zen Grouch

          Your dog might smell the ‘crazy’ on her and immediately back down.

      • luvmytoaster

        Nichole,
        He DID subdue the animal, he shot it and the animal survived. Get a life.

        • boldlover

          the girl was already cuffed.. the cop had no right to shot a dog in its own home… you came thru his door without permission… i think the dog shouldve bit the hell out of him and maybe he would know next time to ask if any animals are in the house…

          • boldlover

            and really was he in that much danger that he felt the need to shot the dog… really cause most people run from dogs…

  • Phil Blank

    North Carolina man shot dead because he ran (charged) at police look for help.
    The cop was arrested and charged.
    Face it, cops are trigger happy nuts.

  • ekwaykway

    A stupid dog. I love animals, thats why I eat them.

  • Bob Sweatt

    OMG it’s the woodpile five debate all over again.

    Like LookBack Two said. The cop should have killed the dog. What is a dog who charges at a person, any person doing not on a Leash??

  • stillsleepyeyes

    did anyone look at the leash law in lorain?????……………if it wasn’t a fence in yard ……………then the dog was at large…………….ticket please………….

    • boldlover

      its says the dogs were in the home when it [charged] at him so the dog dont need a leash… and if the cop wasnt trespassing there would be no reason for the dog to [charge] at him…

      • Nichole Lynn Seni

        he wasn’t trespassing. he was never inside the home. he knocked on the front door and then went in the driveway and that is when he noticed the side door of the home was open and then the dogs came out. he never entered the inside of the property.

        • boldlover

          was the yard fenced in

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            i’m not sure it does not say. however, even if the yard was or was not fenced in the dogs are still on their own property so the leash law does not apply. Your dog does not have to be leashed inside your own yard, so long as it is on the premises of which you live. When it goes off property limits then it has to be leashed.

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            and leash law or not, that is really irrelevant to the story because when he knocked on the front door he could hear the dogs barking inside the home. if they are inside the home they don’t need to be leashed. i believe it is whoever left the side door of the home open’s fault, as well as the cop for shooting the dog which should have never happened.

          • stillsleepyeyes

            why yes it does matter, but hey nothing to say that will convince you. if the yard was fenced in then yes the dog would not have to be on a leash. once they have gotten out of the house, they are considered at large, not under control. need to read the law…………….

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            i know the law thank you. apparently you do not. i’ve been through this scenario many of times with my neighbors… so i know the law very well. if your dog is in its own yard it does not need to be on a leash until it crosses property line. maybe you should get your facts straight before you just go running around assuming that you know everything.

          • stillsleepyeyes

            955.28 Dog may be killed for certain acts – owner liable for damages.

            (A) Subject to divisions (A)(2) and (3) of section 955.261 of the Revised Code, a dog that is chasing or approaching in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, that attempts to bite or otherwise endanger, or that kills or injures a person or a dog that chases, threatens, harasses, injures, or kills livestock, poultry, other domestic animal, or other animal, that is the property of another person, except a cat or another dog, can be killed at the time of that chasing, threatening, harassment, approaching, attempt, killing, or injury. If, in attempting to kill such a dog, a person wounds it, the person is not liable to prosecution under the penal laws that punish cruelty to animals. Nothing in this section precludes a law enforcement officer from killing a dog that attacks a police dog as defined in section 2921.321 of the Revised Code.

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            It didn’t attack him. It was standing in front of him barking. It did not lunge charge or even attempt to bite him. Nice try though.

          • Nichole Lynn Seni

            505.03 ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE.
            (a) No
            person being the owner of or having charge of any cat or other animal,
            whether wearing a registration tag or not, shall permit it to run at
            large upon any public place or upon the premises of another
            (b)
            The running at large of any such animal in or upon any of the places
            mentioned in this section is prima facie evidence that it is running at
            large in violation of this section.

            (c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

            (Ord. 176-02. Passed 10-21-02.)

            You’re welcome. On it’s own property is not public property.

  • steveland

    Really? A Coon hound? They really aren’t known for their violent behavior.

    • Nichole Lynn Seni

      I know..and in the report he made it seem like it was this huge brown dog he didn’t even know what kind of dog it was!

  • DR X

    nichole where you there at the time?and your right what he should have done is took that P.O.S to jail and called children services to have the child REMOVED!

    • Nichole Lynn Seni

      What does being there or not being there have to do with anything?

  • http://www.spybubble-pro.fr/ Charly

    Unfortunately a dog do not care if you are a cop or not, if you have a warrant or not. This story is weird, i think there are other solution to avoid a charging dog for a cop. dresser-son-chien

  • LookBackTwo

    What difference does it make?!?! One American dog is dead!!!