apparent police vendetta against dogs continues. This time, officers
in Buffalo, New York, stormed into a home during the course of a
search for drugs, gunned the dogs down in front of the family, and
then left without making any arrests.
News, the raided home was the residence of Rita M. Patterson
and her father, Daniel J. Patterson. Rita’s boyfriend William F.
Hanavan, who has served time on drug charges, was present at the
scene and the likely target, but the warrant specified only "a
white male and Hydrocodone."
knew what was happening, police wearing masks and helmets and
carrying automatic weapons had broken through the door. They tied
her hands with a zip tie and put her on the floor.
pleaded with police not to shoot the dogs, but they wouldn’t
allow him to grab the dogs and put them in another room, Patterson
One of the
officers started firing a shotgun at the two dogs, one a pit bull
and the other a pit bull-boxer mix.
One of the
dogs was shot three times: once in the throat, once in the back
and the last time in the leg while trying to run away, Rita Patterson
dog was cowering behind a table. Neither was a threat to the police,
the residents said.
While no arrests
were made at the time, Hanavan was picked up the next day on assault
charges, which may or may not have anything to do with the raid.
Tuccille [send him mail] is
an Arizona-based writer and political analyst.