Magic Valley officer shoots family dog

Credit: Filer Police

Magic Valley officer shoots family dog




Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 6:12 PM

Officer shoots family dog

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FILER, Idaho -- A police officer shoots a family dog in the front yard of its house while inside the home, a boy's birthday party is wrapping up.

Officer Tarek Hassani was called to a subdivision in Filer on a report of two large dogs running loose.

The dog's owner, Rick Clubb, was inside the home at his son's birthday party.

As the squad car's dash cam rolled, the officer could be seen kicking one of the dogs, which retreated to its front lawn as Hassani drew his pistol. Moments later he fired the deadly shot and proceeded to the door.

"It got to the point where he felt that the dog was too much of a danger, and it was aggressing him too much, and he decided that he didn't want to get bit, and for his own safety shot the dog and put it down," said Filer Police Chief Tim Reeves.

Clubb says he suffers from Parkinson's disease, and the dog served as his trained service animal.

"Why'd he shoot somebody's pet just because they're being a little aggressive towards you? They'd had to be another option besides shooting my dog," said Clubb.

Clubb was ticketed for allowing his animals to run at large, a charge he says he will fight in court.

"My dogs, they'd get out, yes, but you don't have to shoot them. There's other ways around it besides shooting them," said Clubb.

"The officer does not have to get bit before he could defend himself against the dog," said Reeves.
Officer Hassani, who says he’s been bitten before requiring stitches, was cleared of any wrong doing.

The chief told KTVB he considers the matter over.

Meantime, the police department has responded to 16 dog-related calls over the past six years on that street in Filer.