Uploaded on Jan 4, 2011
DES MOINES, Wash. -- Police dashcams were rolling the day police shot a pet on the loose in Des Moines.
The Newfoundland dog named Rosie escaped in November while her owners were away.
A 911 call about a wandering dog brought police to the Des Moines neighborhood. Des Moines Sgt. Bob Collins said officers tried to help Rosie, but every time they got close to the 200-pound dog, "the dog would actually approach them and show its teeth."
But Lola Perry, whose backyard was where Rosie was eventually shot, says the shooting should never have happened.
"I was shocked to see an assault rifle," Perry said. "I was shocked to see three police officers aiming their guns at a dog that was a huge dog, but I mean the dog was no threat."
She says the dog wasn't aggressive at all.
"It didn't appear dangerous. She appeared afraid, because she immediately hid from me."
The dashcam video released to KOMO News Friday includes two hours of officers tracking, Tazing, and then shooting Rosie.
On the video, you can hear barking and then an officer say, "You're kind of aggressive.....whoa."
Officers then spot her behind a fence.
"Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa....Here he comes!" the officer said. "Go Home - Bad Dog, Bad Dog. Bad Dog! GO HOME! BAD DOG! BAD DOG! BAD DOG! GO HOME!"
The officers spend about 8 minutes on this sidewalk discussing what they should do.
"No he's getting pretty mad," an officer says. "I say we just shoot him. Kill him."
Instead, they try Tazing her.
"We're getting ready to Taze him Steve," the officer says. After the Taser shot: "I'm not going to be getting him there, no way."
It didn't work, and Rosie makes her way to another part of the yard where officers confronted her for the last time and fired a fatal shot.
The King County prosecutor's office did not find evidence of a crime with the officer shooting Rosie. The Des Moines police department released the video to KOMO News, but is not discussing the case. The department, and an outside party, are investigating if the officers violated department policy.
As for Rosie's owners, they didn't want to comment Friday on the video, but they are talking to an attorney.
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