• Fido in the Crosshairs Once Again

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    The
    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.

    According to
    the Buffalo
    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."

    Before she
    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.

    Her father
    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
    said.

    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
    said.

    The other
    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.

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    April
    2, 2009

    JD
    Tuccille [send him mail] is
    an Arizona-based writer and political analyst.

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