BOISE -- After a Filer Police officer shoots and kills a dog, the owner is outraged, and the nation is responding to video of the incident.

It all happened Saturday evening and the officer's dash camera recorded the encounter.


Filer Police tell us the call came in from a neighbor saying there were two dogs on the loose nearby.

In the video, you can hear Officer Tarek Hassani talking with that neighbor, then responding to the scene.

When he arrives, you can see two dogs in the street barking, then retreating to their front yard.

Officer Hassani gets out of his patrol car, pulls his gun, then kicks one of the dogs.

Eventually, Officer Hassani shoots and kills the dog named Hooch in the front yard.

The dog's owner, Rick Clubb, says it was completely uncalled for and says it happened during his son's birthday party.

I just think that he shouldn't have shot and killed my dog, said Clubb.

Filer Police Chief Tim Reeves stands by his officer, saying he did nothing wrong.

I've watched the video, I agree with the decision, there's no problem with it, said Reeves.


But, we've heard from hundreds of viewers who disagree with Officer Hassani's actions.

On our Facebook page, as of Tuesday evening, the story has received nearly 600 comments, and is getting national attention.

A Twin Falls man who knows Clubb, tells us he was so shocked by the video, he started a Facebook page calling for Officer Hassani to be fired.

Mark Deaton says he started the page Monday night, and it's been getting about 200 likes an hour.

You can view the page HERE.

Deaton says he is organizing a protest against the officer's decision to fire his weapon.

Deaton tells KTVB he has received calls from across the country, in support of his efforts.


We showed the video of the incident to several people who work with dogs daily.

Sharon Morrison is a dog trainer in Boise, who watched the video for the first time with our crew, commenting on the dogs' characteristics.

Here they become very agitated and obviously he's fearful as well, said Morrison.

She says the dogs are barking and growling out of fear, trying to protect their property.

Just sad it makes me sad, because it's just so easy to avoid a situation like this, said Morrison.

Morrison wonders if pepper spray or a taser could have been used instead of a gun, but understands the officer's concern.

A dog in that state, that arousal state, could bite, absolutely, so I think the officer did what he had to do, said Morrison.

We also took the video to The Dog House in Boise, where dogs are trained and boarded.

Manager Justin Snell says it's hard to tell how the officer felt in that moment, but says the dogs don't appear ready to attack.

The way they were jumping around back and forth didn't seem aggressive toward the officer, but just more excitement to me, said Snell.

He also wonders if other action could have been taken.

I think his best bet would have been to get in his car and have dispatchers contact the owner, said Snell.


KTVB has confirmed that Officer Tarek Hassani was investigated for his involvement in another shooting in 2010.

In that case, Officer Hassani was chasing a shooting suspect and fired at the suspect after his car was stopped.

The bullet grazed his head, but the suspect survived.

Hassani was cleared of any wrongdoing in that case.


We wanted to learn more about Idaho's codes when it comes to dogs at large.

The Idaho statute for dogs running at large reads: Any person, who, after complaint has been made by any person to the sheriff, who shall serve a copy of said notice upon such person complained of, willfully or negligently permits any dog owned or possessed or harbored by him to be, or run, at large without a competent and responsible attendant or master, within the limits of any city, town, or village or in the vicinity of any farm, pasture, ranch, dwelling house, or cultivated lands of another, or who willfully or negligently fails, neglects or refuses to keep any such dog securely confined within the limits of his own premises when not under the immediate care and control of a competent and responsible attendant or master, shall be guilty of an infraction.

In Ada County, the ordinance says: It shall be unlawful for any person to own, harbor or have in his/her control a dog, whether the dog is licensed or not, which dog is found at large upon the streets or alleys of the county.

In Boise, a similar code reads: Any person who owns, harbors or has in his or her control an animal, whether the animal is licensed or not, which animal is found at large upon the streets or alleys of the City, or in any public place in the City or upon any other premises without the consent of the person in possession of such premises, is responsible for such animal being at large and is in violation of this Code.

We put several calls in to Filer's police chief to find out exactly what their dogs at large ordinance says.

We didn't hear back but on Monday, the chief told us a violation of the ordinance is an infraction.

He says it results in a $100 fine, plus court costs.

Since this story first aired, we have learned that an outside agency will be investigating this incident, Officer Hassani is now on administrative leave and the Filer Police Department is not talking to the media at this time.

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