MPD kills innocent north Minneapolis couple's dog [UPDATES]

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Tito, the Cane Corso killed by the MPD Friday evening.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's what the MPD incident report says about Tito's shooting: "DOGS RAN AT OFFICER AND WOULD NOT STOP. DOG DISPATCHED BY OFFICER. SUPERVISOR AND ANIMAL CONTROL RESPONDED TO SCENE." The arrested party is a minor, so his name isn't public information.

:::: UPDATE II :::: The MPD sent us this statement about the incident:
Police officers are placed into situations where, at times, they must make immediate decisions based on only the facts that are present at that moment. The officers are mandated to make the decisions to preserve their own safety as well as the safety of others.

The decision to shoot, or harm, an animal is not made lightly, but at times must be made immediately. Officers have no way of knowing the history of the animal, or what the animal may do. Every threat must be taken seriously.

These are very sad and unfortunate incidents and ones that no one wants to occur.
We also asked the MPD for information about the number of dogs that have been shot by officers in recent years, but that data wasn't immediately available.

Original post (July 21) -- Sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Paul Thomas Trott let his dogs out of the north Minneapolis home near Aldrich Avenue and 39th Avenue he shares with his partner, Josh Lyczkowski.

Unbeknownst to both of them, the gate on their fence had been broken by a car theft suspect who had fled from cops through their yard shortly before, and the dogs, Tito and Vita, made their way into a nearby alley.

See also:
St. Paul PD defends killing dogs while executing search warrant that didn't lead to arrest

In the alley, Tito -- a nearly two-year-old, 120-pound Cane Corso -- approached an officer who was still hunting for the car theft suspect. The officer ended up opening fire and killing Trott and Lyczkowski's beloved dog.

"I ran out the door and was hollering for him," Trott tells us. "I didn't get halfway to the gate when you could hear the officer yell, 'Stop!' He just yelled 'Stop!' and shot him and that was it."

Trott, in shock, approached his dead dog, but he says police initially wouldn't let him get near the corpse.

"The only thing [cops] kept saying is, 'You weren't here, you don't know what's going on, you don't have time to discern pet from animal and in our mind they're just animals,'" Trott says. "It was, shoot first, think later. You know, I understand where they're at -- I worked four years for the Illinois Department of Corrections as a correctional officer. But [Tito] had a collar, tags, and he's clearly not a stray."

"Tito is gonna come after you, but he's not being aggressive -- he wants to play," Trott continues. "It's just wrong -- what if some kid was chasing their dog in this situation?"

"Tito isn't going to hurt anybody, he's a big playful puppy," Trott adds. "The cops says he lunged at him. He doesn't lunge."

Trott says the MPD officer who shot Tito is D.R. Mattson, badge number 4486, adding that his neighbor told him she saw the whole thing.

(For more, click to page two.)



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acandree
acandree

Minneapolis Police tried to shoot my dog when entering my home with flash grenades for a warrant on someone that no longer lived at my address. Less than 4 feet away from small children that were visiting. Luckily...they missed. But following...they sent animal control to my home...who tried to sieze my dog...saying he was unlicensed...when in fact he was. Minneapolis Police with few exceptions are LIARS and THIEVES. 

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Kathie Carlson You are delusional if you think for one second that someday, those pitbulls that you so proudly train will not turn on you or someone else. They are killers and maulers, it's in their DNA.

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

That's bullshit..they could do like the mailmen and offer a treat instead or wait until the owners get their dogs! They have no rights unless the have a search warrant and even then have to wait until the resident is given time to read it over or they are violating their rights as citizens!

Chris Williamson
Chris Williamson

"The decision to shoot, or harm, an animal is not made lightly, but at times must be made immediately..." ... We, too, are animals. I hope that is taken into consideration if/when I have to make an immediate decision while defending myself. I'd rather face paid administrative leave than jail time.

janm2
janm2

I do hope a lawsuit will be brought not only against the city, but the police force and the officer. The only way to stop this nonsense it to hit them where they hurt. The dogs owner need a good attorney. I dont want to hear any nonsense about lack of funds to purchase a taser. Teachers buy supplies out of their own money all they time. It is tax deductible..so is a taser or pepper spray. 

Barbara Dee Machen
Barbara Dee Machen

There needs to be more minority police officers patrolling the north side people who understand the hood and know how to respect people and talk to people

Barbara Dee Machen
Barbara Dee Machen

Figures they are the worst quick to pull out a gun or Harass the people who are not bothering people anyone but don't confront the gang bangers on the corners and to let you know my daughter is going into law enforcement

Roger Learned
Roger Learned

First off chad, the dog never bit anyone. It was in its own yard that is fenced. The cop entered the fenced yard and then shot the dog. No perp is going to be hiding in a yard with 2 cane corsos. I have pepper spray for when I'm in grizzly bear country. There is No reason Pepper Spray Wont Work On Dogs too.

Matt Odegard
Matt Odegard

If a mailman/lady can get through their day without shooting and killing peoples pets.. So can a trained officer.

Cory Gaudette
Cory Gaudette

"Here's hoping some cop shoots your dog" Not douchey at all

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Let the perp run into their house while the dog is attacking the officer and they will still complain.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Like I said I never ever let my dogs out alone, I am out no matter what the weather is like. I have pit bulls

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I hope my son is always a little scared when he is out at night doing his job, and he says when he isn't scared any more he will leave LE. When he's not scared any more he says he would let his guard down way to much. Walk a mile in their shoes first, Please and thank you!

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Not all cops have taser!! They have to pay for them out of pocket, but If you'd like to buy some for them I'm sure they will take them. Starting salary isnt at all enough

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I own and rescue Pit Bulls, I NEVER EVER let them out in the yard alone. I don't care how hot or cold it is. Nor what time! 1 for their safety, 2 it would be SO easy for them to jump or break a gate on a fence, (thank god I put a lot of training into my dogs) 3 I never would set my dog up to fail. This owner may have been a good owner . But his dogs safety is his responsiblity. As much as I don't want a dog shot, I also carry and will protect mine and my family which includes my dogs.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Most cops do own dogs, and put a lot of time and money into training. You do their job and them see how much you complain.

LJVan
LJVan

Also someone who carries a firearm needs to be hypersensitive to their surroundings. In the Marines that is drilled into our heads the moment we are handed an M16. What if a child were to jump out and they shoot? They carry mace, they carry tasers, there are other options if they genuinely feel threatened. It is their responsibility as a person carrying a firearm to learn to react in a second and know whether to shoot or not to shoot. Dogs have very distinct signs of being aggressive or not, anyone with half a brain can tell an aggressive dog from one who is lost and scared. But, then again, MPD it full of incompetent idiots. Not surprised this happened.

LJVan
LJVan

As a former Marine I've travelled not only all over the country but all over the world and the unfortunate year that I lived in Miami I can tell you that they employ a lot of very stupid people. You see a dog and shoot? If a dog scares you then you have no business carrying a firearm. They (MPD) are mostly overweight and incompetent. I moved out of that city very quickly and suggest that everyone with more than half a brain does too and leave those monkeys to fend for themselves.

Kit Sullivan
Kit Sullivan

"Playing the victim" is the most incredibly douchey phrase to attribute folks who are, *clearly*, actual victims here. Here's hoping some cop shoots your dog.

Chris Mattox
Chris Mattox

It's just so frequently occurring.. When your sister and I were in Chicago two dogs were mistakenly killed that weekend alone. There are much bigger problems in the world then a few dead pets but the recent trend in dog slayings should be viewed as problematic by law officials. You're one of the good, responsible ones jake but that's not the case with many.

Jake Helmandollar
Jake Helmandollar

If a 120 pound dog is running at me while responding to a call, I'm not going to think "Oh, what a cute puppy!" I'm going to go "Oh shit! A 120 pound dog!" and act accordingly. In this case, the officers more than likely already had guns drawn while searching for a felony suspect and did not have time to identify the threat and use less than lethal force. It really sucks that this happened but the officer was defending himself.

Julie Cady
Julie Cady

police officers also carry mace and tasers, which could have been used prior to a gun. the difference is life and death. If you hear the owner calling for the dog, defend yourself with mace or taser. Police office should be trained in how to deal with stray dogs, (pet or stray) this could have been avoided.

Gina Hanson Staples
Gina Hanson Staples

A dog has never ever in the history of crime scenes, ever killed a cop. Why are cops so quick to kill the dog? Because they are fucking trigger happy assholes. Every fucking one of them!! Every one of them. Hate them with passion.

Chris Mattox
Chris Mattox

Yet another example of police killing dogs simply for kicks. These lunatics are supposed to make me feel safe? What a joke.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

313,900,000 Americans, and roughly 4,500,000 of them will get bit by a dog this year...so...I guess in the cops defense there was practically a 1.5% chance of him getting bit...always shoot first when the odds are stacked against you like that!

Chris Renshaw
Chris Renshaw

It seems like the real one at fault was the thief that broke the gate. Why is nothing being said about that kid?

Christopher Pomeleo
Christopher Pomeleo

I know the owner and have actually had a few opportunities to spend time with this dog last winter. This is a horribly sad situation, but the police did their job, and at a moments notice, they had to make a split second decision. This dog wasn't aggressive, but wasn't a well-trained dog. I believe if you're to have this breed of dog especially in this particular neighborhood, you need to spend time training your dog and making sure you've got a suitably secure yard for it. Unfortunately, neither of these were the case. Again, I'm sorry this family lost their dog, but playing the victim game isn't right.

Andrew Kuechle
Andrew Kuechle

If a 120lb dog came out of nowhere and seemed to be charging me and was 16 feet or closer, I'd probably shoot it too. Its too bad for the dog, but a humans life is certainly more important. If the people are so upset they should have maybe kept the dog contained to their own home. At the end of the day the owners are at fault for not being able to control their own dogs.

Michele Zens
Michele Zens

It's a fucking dog. If the cop is such a pussy he should probably not be a cop. What a spaz.

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

Well if police chased someone through my yard I would make sure to do a good once over of my yard....Obviously the perp had to have some reason to run and who knows what he dumped on the way through

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

So hypothetically the police are on a chase or what not looking for a perp who just tore through someones yard....is he armed or not they dont know so odds are they have their service weapon out and are looking for the perp.....LIke they have time to holster that weapon and then pull out a second weapon taser or pepper spray as you say in the time it would take a dog to come up on them and close on them.....

bwestbroker
bwestbroker

That was NOT what happened.The back gate was left open when the KID ran through the yard.The officer was in the alley when the BIG 120lb dog came bounding OUT of the yard straight at him.I really don't think this was a case where this officer WANTED to shoot this dog but to have such a LARGE dog running AT you is daunting.No time to discover if he's chasing you or wants to PLAY with you.BAD situation.Hope these men learn to check their gates BEFORE they let their dogs out as we have had to.I have padlocks on ALL gates and a security cam so we can check to make sure everything IS locked up before we open the door to let them out.This was such a beautiful dog but in this case..I really don't think this officer WANTED to have to hurt him..it was just a terrible situation for them all.

moonshinegrrl
moonshinegrrl

Your son is a cop so cops do no wrong. Well all cops wanted their jobs they were not drafted! That is the only profession were they get to complain how hard their job is and take it out on citizens

moonshinegrrl
moonshinegrrl

Of course they always are they get to kill citizens dogs and get rewarded for it. Fuck the citizens! So when citizens start standing around recording cops getting their ass kicked like just happened in CA don't complain, you guys getting to put citizens in their place by shooting our dogs we will stay in our place instead of helping.

bwestbroker
bwestbroker

Very brave comment for a person who has NEVER had to see a 120lb dog running AT him.Bad situation but to blame the cop in this case is really unfair.He didn't go INTO their yard and shoot..this was out in the alley and DOGS are SUPPOSED to be inside fenced yards not running loose.These men I HOPE learned a valuable lesson..NEVER presume things are OK before you open the door to let your dogs out.CHECK FIRST.Put LOCKS on your gates.Get an inexpensive cam to survey your gates.

bennbrad410
bennbrad410

That's crap...a majority of dog bites are family pets, that when playing, bit the owner, not vicious. But all complaints have to be turned it. Or a parent letting a kid crawl all over a dog and let them do what ever they want to the dog. Everyone has a breaking point, whether it is humans or animals.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Apparently you didn't read the article. Was it your intent to broadcast that?

bwestbroker
bwestbroker

THANK YOU! I LOVE my dogs but it was easy to tell THIS one had had little training although it WAS a gorgeous dog and heartbreaking that this had to happen.Hope these people learn from it and take precautions that ALL of us dog lovers seem to be required to do these days.TRAINING is the BIGGEST one!

bennbrad410
bennbrad410

Read the article, the theft they were chasing, broke the gate.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Hey Chadly, maybe next time read the article then start preaching, okay?


"Unbeknownst to both of them, the gate on their fence had been broken by a car theft suspect who had fled from cops through their yard shortly before...."

Maybe its the big words...Unbeknownst means that they didn't know.

Also too, "perps" ofter run from cops...I guess it has something to do with not wanting to be caught.

moonshinegrrl
moonshinegrrl

@bwestbroker bullshit cops are killing dogs to put citizens in their place! You are an idiot if you think different

moonshinegrrl
moonshinegrrl

@bwestbroker bullshit cops are killing dogs to put citizens in their place! You are an idiot if you think different

bwestbroker
bwestbroker

@bennbrad410  It DOESN'T remove their responsibility to ensure the condition of their gates before letting their dogs out.I have a VERY secure fenced and padlocked yard but I ALSO have a cam inside that will allow me to view ALL gates before I open the door to let my dogs out.I hope these men learn to follow that same procedure instead of just THINKING that they SHOULD be ok.....verify it...THEN open the door

bwestbroker
bwestbroker

@henk.tobias0  which is WHY they SHOULD have gotten into the habit of verifying that their gate was CLOSED before letting the dogs OUT.There was NO lock on their gate which is another thing I would make sure to add.This guy could NEVER break through MY gates especially not with the locks we have on them....and they were put on that way deliberately to make sure our dogs WOULD be safe from intruders.EVen so...we check our outside cam before we open any doors to the yard to verify that everything IS locked up tight.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@bwestbroker @henk.tobias0 Babble all you want, that doesn't change the fact that you commented without reading, or more probably, comprehending the article. 


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