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I can not imagine what these two must have been going through watching their dog die in their arms as this cop runs his mouth with two other officers.

I don't think I would have even stopped. I would have put my hazards on and used the SOS honk (which these days no one probably knows) and would have kept driving. If the cop wants to follow me to the vet and give me a ticket there then fine.
 

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Originally Posted By: jazy's momI can not imagine what these two must have been going through watching their dog die in their arms as this cop runs his mouth with two other officers.

I don't think I would have even stopped. I would have put my hazards on and used the SOS honk (which these days no one probably knows) and would have kept driving. If the cop wants to follow me to the vet and give me a ticket there then fine.
they would of bounced you off the hood, cuffed you and took you down town. Unfortunately LEOs in many depts treat everyone like a suspect until proven otherwise.
 

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The emergency vet here is very close to two major hospitals. It is very common to see people speeding by with hazards on and honking on the way to the hospital. Of course I wouldn't be driving 95 mph either.
 

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The cop wasa being an @ss
I saw the news and was horrified about it.
 

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This is one of those no win situations. If the cop would of let them proceed at 90 miles per hours and they got into an accident, it would of been the cops fault for not pulling them over. You can bet the police department would of been named in the impending lawsuit.

He pulled them over, doing his job, and he is wrong. Granted he should of been a whole lot more sympathetic to the situation, he was doing the job the taxpayers in his state pay him to do.
 

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There's no guarantee those few minutes would have made a bit of difference. That dog must have been very bad off. At least he was with his family.
 

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I am completely torn with this. Being in a family with LEO's. They have a job to do. But at the same time, I understand the dogs family as I would have felt the same.

I will say the LEO's that I know would have been more understanding. Much much more understanding and would not have said "its just a dog". Heck, a few of them I know would have followed them to the ER vet and dealt with it there if it really had to be dealt with.

I think all in all it was a crappy situation that, the only thing that could have really been avoided was the officers comments.


But aye, at least in the end the dog was with his family.
 

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It might if determining identity.

I don't know if anyone read down the comments but this is a positive for GSD: "I have a german sheperd that is part of my recon team here in afghanistan.. he is my battle buddy!! I would give up my life for him.. and I **** sure know he sacrifices his life for me everyday I am out of the wire!! So if you think these "pets" are not worthy of breaking a speed limit to save his life.. when I get back to the states I will be glad to talk to you about it... and can show the many IED's he has saved me and my team from..Oh and by the way.. if there was a choice between your life and "Victor" (my battle buddy's name) well.. that is a no brainer!!"

As for the poodle...many advise against the "teacup" for the very size issue that may have started this. :-( 90 seems excessive - a Washington State Patrolman mentioned one time after 70 you aren't driving you're aiming - because you can't react quick enough to safely stop if something comes up in front of you.

The people shouldn't have been doing 90 - the cop shouldn't have been a jerk - the dog may or may not have made it even if they arrived at the vet (didn't say how far from the vet it was).
 
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When a loved one is near death your mind races and desperation sets in. People do things that weren't the best thing to do sometimes. Speeding at 95 in a panic isn't the best thing to do but I can understand why they did it. What would've been best is if the cop had seen their reason for panic and escorted them to the emergency vet. His insensitivity isn't unexpected though. Many people have no such affinity for dogs as we do and can't understand the feelings we have. Perhaps if any good comes out of this it will be an awareness for the department that people do place great value on the lives of their pets and officers should respect that both for the sake of the public and for their own safety as well.

I see from the article that the dog was choking. I hope people who read this think over what they can do if their own dog chokes. The Heimlich maneuver works on dogs too. This and other tactics should be understood as general knowledge in pet first aid. Unfortuantely, most people don't even have a concept of human first aid let alone for their pet. It's shame that this is so. Many lives both human and animal could be saved if people just spent the time to learn.
 

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I agree that the driver should not have been driving 95mph and endangering the lives of other people. And, the officer had no choice but to stop him. But...I think once they saw what was going on with the dog they should have offered a police escort to the vet and then issued the speeding ticket once the dog was in good hands.

The insensitive comments made by the police officer were just horrible and totally unacceptable IMO.
 

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Going 90 MPH is endangering the lives of every person on that road. I feel for the owners and am sorry that they had to deal with an insensitive officer, BUT, safety must come first when you are dealing with other people on the road.
 

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Originally Posted By: RangermomI agree that the driver should not have been driving 95mph and endangering the lives of other people. And, the officer had no choice but to stop him. But...I think once they saw what was going on with the dog they should have offered a police escort to the vet and then issued the speeding ticket once the dog was in good hands.

The insensitive comments made by the police officer were just horrible and totally unacceptable IMO.
You took the words out of my mouth.

What is wrong with an escort?? The dog may still have died, the ticket would still have been issued but the police would have been heroes not zeros.
 

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Originally Posted By: ShellyGGoing 90 MPH is endangering the lives of every person on that road. I feel for the owners and am sorry that they had to deal with an insensitive officer, BUT, safety must come first when you are dealing with other people on the road.
I agree with this statement, TO A POINT, and agree that the dog owners should have had a better emergency plan for their dog.

BUT, no matter how you look at it, this was an URGENT situation. Once that car was stopped, the danger to society was over. Next on the agenda should have been HELP, HELP, HELP for the dog!

Yes, our (valiant?) police are there to serve and protect our community, which he did once the vehicle was stopped. But from then on, there were many other choices he could have made in this life or death situation , but he sealed the dog's fate, by delaying treatment.

This officer made a personal and extremely biased judgement call. He clearly abused his power. He turned what might have been little chance into NO chance at all.

He was hired to serve our community. He did his job when he stopped the car. After that, he served no one but HIMSELF.
 

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Originally Posted By: ddShould it take 20 minutes to issue a ticket??
This is exactly what they asked on Good Morning America this morning.
 

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The cop was an a-hole, I once ran several red lights, after looking both ways when my JRT was stung, he was swelling up and having difficulty breathing, a Cop stopped me and after seeing my dog told me to get out of here and Good Luck! I also had a colicking horse in a trailer on our way to an Equine Hospital, we were in HEAVY traffic on the freeway and I just said screw it and started driving on the shoulder with the Emergency lights on, a Highway Patrol Cop stopped me and while we were explaining the horse went down in the trailer, he told us to follow him and escorted us to the off ramp we needed, which was 15 miles away. I later sent him a Thank You card with a picture of the horse after her surgery. These poor people simply had the misfortune of getting an a-hole with no understanding of the close bond people have with their animals.
 

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Originally Posted By: LARHAGEThese poor people simply had the misfortune of getting an a-hole with no understanding of the close bond people have with their animals.
That's what I was thinking, too.

This situation demonstrates the difference between a really good cop, and a mediocre one, and that's putting it mildly.

ps to Larhage. That small token of appreciation paid it forward to the next citizen in trouble, I'm sure. Nothing like a personal thank-you to keep making a person want to do the right thing.
 
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