An Idaho police officer was caught on his dashboard camera fatally shooting a dog in its owner’s yard while responding to a call, and now, the police department is defending the officer’s actions.
Officer Tarek Hassani responded to a complaint that there were loose dogs at the home of Rick Clubb. When he arrived at Clubb’s home, he discovered that there were, in fact, three dogs running around the property. The video shows Hassani walk up to one of the dogs and kick it while yelling at them to get out of the way. He then takes out his gun, points it at Clubb’s service dog, Hooch, and shoots it right in the yard.
“He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog,” said Clubb. “It was right outside my son’s bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?”
Clubb was in the house when the fatal shot was fired because the family was celebrating their 9-year-old son’s birthday. When Clubb answered Hassani’s knock at the door, an argument broke out. Hassani threatened to take Clubb to jail if Clubb refused to cooperate with Hassani.
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Through it all, Hassani said he felt bad that he shot the dog but defended his actions because, as he claimed, he thought he was going to get bitten. He says a past experience getting bitten by a dog at a call is why he felt he had to shoot it.
"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 Chief of Police Tim Reeves. “The officer does not have to get bit before he could defend himself against the dog.”
Hooch was reportedly a service dog for Clubb, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and was seven years old.