Recently unveiled police dashcam video documents the moment an Idaho police officer shot and killed a family’s service dog.
Warning: Video contains graphic images and profanity
According to the Filer Police Department, Officer Tarek Hassani responded to the home of Rick Clubb Saturday after receiving a report of dogs running at-large.
After parking outside the home, Hassani can be seen exiting the vehicle as two dogs excitedly approach. Although the dogs appear to be wagging their tails, the officer can be heard yelling at both before attempting to kick one dog in the face.
Instead of remaining in the vehicle and contacting the family or animal control, Hassani proceeds to push forward with his firearm raised as the dogs continue to bark. As the officer enters the driveway, a shot is suddenly fired at “Hooche,” the family’s 7-year-old black Labrador.
Hassani can be heard radioing police headquarters as Hooche cries in pain, limping off screen moments before his death.
“If you get a shots fired call, I just shot the dog,” Hassani says.
Incredibly, Hassani immediately knocks on the family’s door and begins swearing at Clubb, a wheelchair-bound Parkinson’s sufferer.
I just shot your dog because it tried to bite me!” Hassani yells. “I come here for a f*cking call and it tried to bite me!”
As Clubb denies the allegations, Hassani becomes increasingly aggravated, demanding Clubb hand over his identification or be sent to jail.
“I don’t know your dog. Your dog might be the most friendly dog in the whole world, but it also might be the dog that rips the bottom of my leg out and I’m in the ER all night,” Hassani says, mentioning a former ER visit.
Although appearing to genuinely apologize, the officer goes on to issue Clubb a ticket for letting his dogs run outside anyway, a violation of the city’s leash law according to Hassani.
“He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog,” Clubb told the Twin Falls Times. “It was right outside my son’s bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?”
Filer Police Chief Tim Reeves supported the officer’s actions, saying Hassani had no choice but to put the dog down. According to the video, Clubb plans to fight the ticket in court.
While officers across the country are often faced by dangerous canine, a clear trend of unnecessary dog deaths at the hand of police have some departments issuing new training.
In 2012, police in Austin, Texas shot and killed a man’s dog in his front yard as the pair played Frisbee on a Saturday afternoon. It was later learned that police responded to the wrong home, opting to shoot first and ask questions later.
Last July, while visiting a family home to inform residents that their son had recently been murdered, police in Henrico County, Virgina shot and killed a family’s dog after it reportedly ran towards them.
Last September, a Georgia woman gave officers permission to enter her property to investigate what she believed to be a stolen vehicle. Despite telling officers ahead of time that her puppy was friendly and would not hurt them, an officer proceeded to shoot the dog in the head. Incredibly, “Ammo” the puppy survived the encounter.