November 23, 2014

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Police shoot, kill dog; owner is ticketed

LORAIN — A Lorain woman was distraught Tuesday after police shot and killed her dog, which they said was aggressive toward them.

Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Amy Saunders, 41, of the 1900 block of Randall Street, called police after an argument with her boyfriend at her house. When police arrived they saw Saunders’ Labrador “Champion,” barking, growling and running around their cruiser, according to the police report.

Saunders called the dog to the back of the house, and police were able to walk up to resolve the conflict Saunders had with her boyfriend.

After talking to Saunders, police were walking back to their cruiser when the dog ran from the house, charging at them and growling, according to police. Officers shot and wounded the dog, which ran to the backyard. When police followed the dog, they saw that he was “injured severely” and shot the wounded animal again, according to police.

Saunders denied that Champion, who she’s owned for three years, was being aggressive to officers.

“He’s not vicious … no dog deserves to die for that,” Saunders said.

Before leaving, police issued Saunders a summons for animal at large. Despite her pending court date, all Saunders can do is mourn the loss of her beloved animal.

“He made me smile every day,” she said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Michael

    That is sad… but one wonders why you wouldn’t restrain your dog by putting it in a room, on a chain, etc.

    Dogs are protective. He lost his life protecting her.

    • justanaverageguy

      Sometimes pets are able to get out of the house on their own when they shouldn’t. It doesn’t mean such a barking dog should be shot just because he was on the loose. If the animal was a threat and attacking a defenseless person like a child it makes a difference.

      Police are not defenseless persons, as they are e/w potent pepper spray, tasers, clubs, body armor and Glocks. Labs are not known to be especially aggressive dogs. The role of police is to first defend and protect the public and their possessions. A refresher course might be in order.

  • rlm_Lorain

    1. Get your behind off welfare and find a DECENT guy; 2) Keep your beloved dog restrained. You have NO ONE but yourself to blame for it’s death. I live on the east side and I heard the sirens. You would have thought someone had been murdered over here. No one, including police officers, wants to put an animal down. But I sure as heck would shoot it before I allowed it to cause ME any bodily harm.

    • Scott Leger

      how did the police see the dog running around their cruiser when they got there? doesnt make sense, did they shoot the dog from inside the car.

      • Zen Grouch

        Try reading the story again…

        • Scott Leger

          why would the police shoot a dog for running around their cruiser if they were not in it, was the dog being aggressive to the cop or the car, it matters.

          • Zen Grouch

            Either you didn’t read the article again or your reading comprehension skills are so bad you really shouldn’t be commenting here.

    • Julieb615

      Dogs have been shot by cops in their own back yard, while on a tie-out, while on a leash, while in a crate, while cops were in or at the wrong house, the wrong yard, and one where the cops broke into a locked back yard w/o a search warrant after being told they were at the wrong house! Some were pups less than 6 mos old, some under 15 pounds, one was a chihuahua, one cop even shot a cat because it hissed, and one cop stomped a tiny parrot not much bigger than a parakeet. Cops are out of control and this has to stop!

      • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

        That’s because the donut munchers are worthless ‘roided out thugs these days who have an us vs. them mentality….

      • Zen Grouch

        **Dogs have been shot by cops in their own back yard, while on a tie-out, while on a leash, while in a crate**

        Really? Cops have shot dogs that were in crates and on leashes?

        When and where, if you don’t mind?

        • Julieb615

          Sorry I do not recall where or exactly when. Look online. The case where the dog was in the crate was a Lab, about 1 ago, maybe a little more. The worst part, the cops were in the wrong house at the wrong address! The owner was cuffed, on the floor begging for the dogs life and he was ignored. There was another case of a dog on a leash recently, but the other case was last year some time or possibly the year before. In that case, the dog owner had been drinking and refused to stop when the cop ordered him to, and he passed police tape across a side walk. The cop shot the dog.

        • Julieb615

          ” … the cops bust in this guys house in the middle of the night and shoot his two dogs (one a pit bull that was caged in the kitchen and the other a Corgi) with children in the home. …” http://www.copblock.org/138/missouriswat/

    • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

      You sir are a JBT boot licker. Oh, also a coward for being afraid of a Lab,,,,,,shoot MY dog and I may shoot you.

  • Me

    Amy Saunders and all the rest of the Saunders clan are nothing but drug addicts and drunk trash.. these people are amongst the top filth of Lorain

    • buck

      I guess you’re their dealer. WTF does that have to do with the dog getting killed AFTER he retreated? Idjet!!

      • Me

        ok since im the “Idjet”.. let me enlighten you, i personally know this trash and they cant stay drama free and sober long enough to care for a dog much less themselves, and anyone with any sense KNOWS you dont let a dog run loose when cops are there!.. and while were asking stupid questions, where may i ask did u go to school? Because apparently you didn’t study grammar very well.. idjet. smfh.

        • buck

          You personally know them as in you’re their dealer Idjet or do you get stoned and drunk with them? You say they don’t care for themselves. How long
          have you studied their hygiene habits? Again I will ask WTF any of that has to do with the dog getting shot AFTER it retreated?

          Since we are having a grammar lesson Idjet, one must capitalize the letter “i” when it is used alone in a sentence. In addition, periods do not follow an
          explanation mark. The explanation mark completes the sentence and the first word of a sentence needs to be capitalized. You also use “and” in a sentence too many
          times. Your “ok” needs to be replaced with “Okay” and your “im” should read “I am or I’m”

          Now may I suggest that you strap that mattress on your back, go down to the truck stop and hold a sign that says “curb service $5.00″. Then you can go
          buy yourself a package and be the total Idjet that you are.

          • Angela Fuller

            Without getting into an argument about this dog shooting,I can assure you that these people are a problem on the street,which i live not far from them,and no I am no dealer.If I was to guess,the reason they shot the dog was to put it out of its misery since it was probably suffering.Yes i have seen this dog before and it acted aggressive the one time i stopped there.Sorry that the dog lost its life,but it died at the hands of a incapable owner and not by the police

  • Patty Hayes

    Terrific. Now women will be even more concerned about calling 911 if there’s domestic violence, that the police will shoot your dog. For cryin’ out loud, you critics…the dog was a Lab! Time for law enforcement to arm mailmen, UPS drivers, pizza delivery drivers and Jehovah’s Witnesses…the dogs are loose!

    • Scott Leger

      yes, they should have to ride with the mailman for a month to see how th handle dogs

      • Zen Grouch

        Better yet…

        How about you volunteer to ride with the cops and show ‘em what it’s all about when dealing with “frisky puppy dogs” that just might go for your throat?

        That can only be a ‘win-win’ situation!
        …and maybe a Youtube hit!

    • Angela Fuller

      I live down the street and i know these people(unfortunately),believe me the dog was a menace and did not behave like a normal lab would..If i didn’t know the situation like i do,not to mention i am a animal lover-i would have assumed that the lab was the victim here

  • Scott Leger

    When police arrived they saw Saunders’ Labrador “Champion,” barking,
    growling and running around their cruiser, according to the police
    report.,,,,doesnt make sense, did they shoot it from inside the car ? something is fishy here,

    • read the whole story

      Clearly you didn’t read the entire story. The woman called the dog put him in the back yard. They resolved the dispute. While the officers were leaving the dog got back out and charged at the officers growling/barking and that was when it was shot.

      • jz

        Charged at the officers. Nothing but a generic sentence they are trained to make sure it shows in their written reports. You can,t be objective enough to see that? 80-20 these are young, edgy cowboys.

      • Scott Leger

        so why was the dog crcling the cruiser if they were not in it, the cops are lying.

    • Angela Fuller

      the dog was shot when the officer was returning to his vehicle after the dispute was settled,not when he arrived

      • Scott Leger

        so the dog was being aggressive to the cruiser. not the police and still they shot it ? the cops are lying.

  • Julieb615

    Search the internet and Facebook for the facts. This is an out of control situation and is a national problem. Suits have been filed and won because cops are trigger happy, but too many are getting away with horribly bad behavior.

    Dogs have been shot by cops in their own back yard, while on a tie-out, while on a leash, while in a crate, while cops were in or at the wrong house, the wrong yard, and even one where the cops broke into a locked back yard w/o a search warrant after being told they were at the wrong house! Some were pups less than 6 mos old, some under 15 pounds, one was a chihuahua, one cop even shot a cat because it hissed, and one cop stomped a tiny parrot not much bigger than a parakeet. Cops are out of control and this has to stop!

    • Angela Fuller

      I have read many stories about cops over-reacting to dogs or cats on a property,but in this particular case the LPD did not over-react.They have been out to Saunders house on several occasions for the same thing(arguing with the BF and trying to have him thrown in jail)so she can run the streets selling all his crap for drugs

    • Zen Grouch

      Kudos to the cop who stomped the parrot…

      …those quick little buggers make for a difficult moving target.

      • Stan K

        I can’t wait till those cops get a chance to stomp your face groucho. I will be there with a camera and you will be the next youtube sensation

        • Zen Grouch

          I’ll bet you live in a world of flying unicorns and everlasting lollypops!

          • Berferd

            Zen’s producing too much CO2, cut off his oxygen!

  • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

    What do you expect from trigger-happy ‘roided-out donut-munching thugs with badges? How can one possibly feel threatened by a Lab? Unless they’re cowards…..then again, most cops are….the only thing that matters is they go home at the end of their shift. NWA was right, “F++K the Po-lice!”

    • Zen Grouch

      Interesting perspective…

      Any thoughts as to why there’s a disproportionate number of Blacks in jail, when compared to the general population?

      • Berferd

        Blacks commit more crime?

    • It has to stop

      Well if the owner is an idiot then it is entirely possible that even a lab can be vicious. Do you know any different?
      By the way, a lot of hostility shown by you against police. Personal experience?

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