Chris Cazin, St. Louis County deputy, kills family's pit bull in controversial incident [PHOTO]

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Jacobs with his daughter and Rugar.
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On the morning of July 8, Jason Jacobs and his wife, Angie Jarvis, returned to their rural Aurora, Minnesota, home to find their family dog of seven years, Rugar, bleeding profusely.

Once it was determined that Rugar wouldn't be able to survive his injuries, Jacobs suffocated his own dog. "I was crying my eyes out," Jarvis said, recounting the incident to the Duluth News Tribune. A note from the St. Louis County Sheriff's department was left on the door of the house, informing Jacobs of a court order to pay an $1,800 medical bill. It said nothing about why his pit bull was shot and apparently left for dead.

It turned out that St. Louis County Deputy Chris Cazin had visited Jacobs's house while he and his family were away to serve legal papers. When Cazin stopped his car at the end of the home's long driveway, his squad was approached by Rugar and Jacobs's other dog, a boxer-like mixed breed. According to Cazin, the mixed breed wasn't threatening, but Rugar acted aggressively. After he exited his vehicle, Cazin tried firing his Taser into the air in hopes of keeping Rugar away from him, but the dog wouldn't leave him alone. Rugar eventually assumed a "crouched position and charged at me," Cazin said in a police report, and he felt he had no choice but to open fire, shooting Rugar in the nose, through the throat, and into his paw. Rugar retreated into the woods while Cazin posted the note on Jacobs's door and drove away.

Some of the incident was caught on Cazin's squad's camera, but the shooting took place just outside the camera's range. Still, Cazin's superiors believe his account of how the shooting went down.

As St. Louis County investigator Robert Tarr told the Tribune, "based on Deputy Cazin's description of the incident, he was justified in shooting the dog."

But Jacobs and Jarvis are unsatisfied with Cazin's explanation of what happened that morning. For one, they point out that Rugar was known for being a gentle dog and never bit anyone. They also question why Cazin persisted with his effort to try to serve the papers if he felt threatened. Why didn't he simply get back in his vehicle?

"I really don't know what to do about it," Jacobs told the Tribune when asked if he planned to take any legal action against the sheriff's department, but "it doesn't add up."

On the next page, check out the image that ignited a social media firestorm over Rugar's death -- a Facebook photo Jacobs posted of a bleeding Rugar taken after the dog was shot and shortly before he was put out of his misery. Be warned -- it's graphic.


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angel.davis
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THIS WAS AN ACT OF AGGRESSION BY THE POLICE OFFICER NOT THE DOG!!

 

HE COULD HAVE JUST GOTTEN BACK IN THE CAR AND CALLED ANIMAL CONTROL, AT THE VERY LEAST!!

 

HE FIRED A WARNING SHOT IN THE AIR WITH HIS TAZER????????????!!!  WTF?

 

FIRE A WARNING SHOT WITH YOUR PISTOL IN THE GROUND, OR FIRE THE TAZER DIRECTLY AT THE DOG, DON'T JUST SHOOT IT IN THE FACE & KILL IT.  HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CARRYING PEPPER SPRAY, OR AT MINIMUM USED THE TAZER, FOR CHRIST SAKE! WHAT IF THAT WAS HIS DOG, OR WORSE, A HUMAN BEING? HOW STUPID IS HE REALLY?

 

MY PIT BULL "CHARGED" A LADY & HER POODLE ONCE AT THE PARK, SHE SCREAMED AND RAN OUT IN THE STREET NEARLY CAUSING A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT, AS SOON AS MY DOG GOT NEAR THEM IT STOPPED COLD AND BEGAN SNIFFING HER DOG, IT NEVER INTENDED ANY MALICE & JUST WANTED TO MEET THE OTHER DOG, THERE WAS SO SNARLING OR ANYTHING THAT SLIGHTLY RESEMBLE AGGRESSION.  JUST A DOG RUNNING WITH EXUBERANCE, BUT PEOPLE ARE SO TERRIFIED THEY SCREAM & RUN AWAY STARTLING THE DOG, AND RISK PROVOKING AN ATTACK WITH THEIR SHEER IGNORANCE.  THIS OFFICER DEFINATELY HAD BETTER OPTIONS, PLENTY OF THEM.  I'M SO SORRY FOR THE FAMILY, THAT NOT ONLY IN THE WAKE OF THEIR GRIEF THEY HAVE TO MOURN FOR THEIR ANIMAL BUT ALSO ENDURE THIS OFFICER DRAGGING THEIR DOG'S GOOD NAME AND HIS BREED THROUGH THE MUD, TO SAVE HIS OWN SORRY A$$.  I AGREE WITH:

kellyq68 5 pts

Mike W - if a dog is acting aggressive (which I don't think was the case here) pepper spray will usually just piss them off.  But there are many strategies to use when confronted with an animal who IS acting aggressive.   It just takes knowledge, something this officer clearly lacks.

 

5 days agoshare flag spamoffensivedisagreeoff topicReplyUnlike kellyq68 5 pts

Police report sounds like revisionist history to me.  There is NO justified reason to shoot a dog.  Grow a pair and learn how to handle yourself around animals.  YOU are on his property, YOU are the intruder, expect to be treated as such. 

 

I am deeply saddened for Ruger and his family - RIP Ruger, you were obviously loved and well cared for. 

bubsie1802
bubsie1802 like.author.displayName 1 Like

http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/s2687768.shtml?cat=11715&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

  This is a link to the one-sided news story done on this.  Has anyone ever found throwing papers at a dog as stated here or waving papers at a dog as the story changed to be effective?  What would either of those actions even do IF a dog was appearing aggressive?   IF a dog appears aggressive, is yelling at it by a stranger effective?  Sheriff Litman stated that the taser shot warnings that Deputy Cazin gave Rugar were proof of the deputy's training.  I would honestly think that training would perhaps include actually tasing an ANIMAL rather than shooting it in the face and leaving it so the family could come home and find it gurgling in its own blood. How very sad that the Jacobs had to lose part of its family over papers that were NOT even time sensitive and if this is the kind of training that Sheriff Litman feels is sufficient for his force in regard to dealing with animals then shame on him too!

kellyq68
kellyq68 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Mike W - if a dog is acting aggressive (which I don't think was the case here) pepper spray will usually just piss them off.  But there are many strategies to use when confronted with an animal who IS acting aggressive.   It just takes knowledge, something this officer clearly lacks.

 

kellyq68
kellyq68 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Police report sounds like revisionist history to me.  There is NO justified reason to shoot a dog.  Grow a pair and learn how to handle yourself around animals.  YOU are on his property, YOU are the intruder, expect to be treated as such. 

 

I am deeply saddened for Ruger and his family - RIP Ruger, you were obviously loved and well cared for. 

bubsie1802
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Rugar was my neighbor dog and he used to come visit me often and play with my dog.  He was NEVER EVER aggressive nor did or anyone else EVER have to feel threatened by him, whether it was ppl he was used to or strangers that came to visit. I NEVER had to worry that he would bother or harm the many special needs ppl that come to my house. I totally agree that the officer had many different options whether it was coming back at a later time, mailing the papers, actually tazing Rugar instead of the air, or call animal control to name a few.  I have known Rugar for quite a while without knowing my neighbors and this is a terrible way to meet them ~ I feel so bad for Jason Jacobs and Angela Jacobs and am willing to do whatever I need to do to help out on this.  I predict this isn't going to be over for a very long time and it so sad that it took Rugar's life to get the word out there that Law Enforcement need ALOT of training when it comes to animals.The Jacob's photos clearly show that Rugar was a very loved dog and a huge part of their family....RIP Rugar, sweet boy......

MikeW
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I read the original source article in the Duluth News Tribune and on tidbit stood out - that the deputy did not carry pepper spray.  That surprised me some.  Isn't that standard on a belt?  The other comment by one of the deputies superiors sounded so insincere "he has dogs, I am sure he feels terrible about this". 

anniekatewitch
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This officer could have got back into his car and served those papers another day. He chose NOT to. My daughter had to have papers served on someone and PAID for that service. The company who had the papers served could have charged Jacobs for the additional trips officers had to make in order to make sure Jacobs got the paperwork. This officer should have used pepper spray FIRST, then the tazer, I'm not buying the officer's story one bit, as he was worried about one thing, his own self-serving ass. He wasn't thinking at all.

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