Rick Clubb was having a birthday party for his 9 year old son at his Idaho home last Saturday when police showed up in response to a complaint from neighbors then shot his service dog dead.
Officer Tarek Hassani arrived at the scene in response to a complaint that there were dogs running around the neighborhood. His dashcam footage shows him yelling at and kicking the dogs, who were near him but not being aggressive. One of the dogs, a 7 year old black lab named “Hooch”, tried to maneuver around Hassani and that’s when the officer pulled out his .45 and shot the dog at point blank range, killing it.
The shooting occurred right outside Clubb’s 9 year old son’s window, making an already bad situation worse. Clubb believes the officer was far too trigger happy and too quick to pull the trigger.
“He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog,” he said. “I just think there were other ways to handle it besides shooting my dog and firing a gun in my front yard when we were having a birthday party and there were kids around,” he added.
Clubb claims the dog was a trained service dog that assisted him due to his Parkinsons disease.
Filer Police Chief Tom Reeves said that when the officer arrived there was a Chihuahua and two larger dogs running around the front of the home. He’s supporting Hassani and said that he had no choice but to fire on the animal due to his “aggressive” behavior.
The chief said that “we never want to have to shoot a dog, but sometimes it happens.” He added that “My decision is that he did a good job and he was totally justified in putting the dog down.”
Clubb was issued citation for not having the dogs restrained which led to an argument between he and Hassani.
“Well, my dog is dead and I don’t think that’s fair,” Clubb said of the incident.
He said he plans on fighting the citation as well and has already contacted an attorney.
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