Lebanon police shoot dog, drawing backlash on social media – Lebanon Daily NewsPets
On Wednesday morning, Lebanon City police were alerted to a stray dog around the area of Tiffany Lane.
Jacklyn Shughart, who identified herself as the owner of the 16-month-old shepherd mix named Gunner, said on Facebook that he was let out of her backyard by an unknown person.
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Lebanon City Police Chief Todd Breiner said in a news release Friday that officers responding to the scene attempted to contact the Lebanon County Humane Society and the PA Dog Warden for assistance, but neither were available. Police also attempted to identify the dog to no avail.
After roughly an hour of trying to capture Gunner, the three responding officers attempted to use a catch pole to secure him. The pole has a loop around the end to restrain the dog by its neck. Those officers then decided to tase Gunner, in an attempt to incapacitate him. This eventually allowed the police to loop the catch pole around Gunner’s head.
Police say that the catch pole became loose because of Gunner’s aggressive behavior. They said he was biting the pole while two officers were attempting to control him.
In a video taken of the incident and posted on Facebook, Gunner can be seen biting and pawing at the catch pole. The dog was also wagging his tail and barking at the officers. Shughart confirmed that the dog in the video was Gunner.
“As a last resort the officers regrettabl(y) shot the dog one time in order to prevent complete escape from the catch pole and to protect officers and the public from endangerment,” Breiner said in the news release.
In the video, Gunner can be seen lying down in the grass moments before an officer shot him. After the shot was fired, Gunner stopped moving and barking.
Breiner said that police are conducting a routine internal investigation on what happened.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media since the day it occurred. That outrage was only fueled more after the publication of the video. Many online are now demanding justice for Gunner, claiming that he didn’t look to be aggressive.
Two people on Facebook have created a dog walk event in memory of Gunner slated for Sunday at 2:30 p.m., beginning at Monument Park.
Since more information has come out about the incident, Shughart has made multiple posts to her Facebook, where she denounced the way the officers handled the situation.
Shughart declined to comment further on the incident.
Police are asking for assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for opening the gate.