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Police officer shoots disabled man’s service dog during 9-year-old son’s birthday party

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A screenshot from dashcam footage moments before Officer Hassani shot the service dog (Image credit: video obtained by Times-News)

A screenshot from dashcam footage moments before Officer Hassani shot the service dog (Image credit: video obtained by Times-News)

An Idaho police officer reportedly shot and killed a disabled man’s service dog during his 9-year-old son’s birthday party, leading the man to vow to sue the police department.

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Filer Police Officer Tarek Hassani showed up at the birthday party when it was almost over at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after there was a complaint about loose dogs running around the neighborhood.

Rick Clubb told the Twin Falls Times-News that his 7-year-old black Labrador “Hooch” was not showing aggressive behavior when Hassani shot him.

Clubb told the Times-News that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and Hooch was his trained service animal.

“He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog,” Clubb said. “It was right outside my son’s bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?”

A recording from Hassani’s dashboard camera (warning: clip may be disturbing to some viewers) shows the events surrounding the shooting of the dog.

Hooch and one other dog are barking at Hassani as he exits his vehicle and begins to approach Clubb’s home. Hassani kicks at Hooch, causing Hooch to back up and continue barking.

Hassani shoots the dog once, causing it to yelp and fall onto the snow.

“If you get a shots fired call, I just shot the dog,” Hassani said on the radio.

Filer Police Chief Tim Reeves commended Hassani’s actions.

“He tried to get out of his car, both dogs aggressed him at his door, he managed to get out of his car and had to kick one of the dogs away,” Reeves said.

Reeves said that the incident was handled correctly.

“My decision was that he did a good job and he was totally justified in putting the dog down,” he said, according to KMVT.

Clubb, however, saw Hassani’s shooting of his dog as unjustified.

“I just think there was other ways to handle it besides shooting my dog and firing a gun right in my front yard when we were having a birthday party and there were kids around,” Clubb said.

KMVT broadcast a segment on the incident on Tuesday (embedded via Raw Story):

Clubb also vowed to sue over the incident.

“I’m going to sue them, I’m going to sue the City of Filer and the police chief and officer,” Clubb said, according to KMVT. “Maybe I deserve a ticket, but I don’t deserve a dead dog.”

Clubb was ticketed for allowing animals to run at large, according to the Times-News.

He will be allowed to fight the ticket in court and told KMVT that he has already contacted a lawyer about the situation.

Raw Story reported that a dispatcher for the Filer Police Department said that Reeves authorized her to state that the case was still under investigation.

However, she could not say if Hassani’s actions were still under review, according to Raw Story.

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9 Responses to Police officer shoots disabled man’s service dog during 9-year-old son’s birthday party

  1. Tim Goddard February 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Very disturbing. What an ugly hateful waste of humanity, to be employed as a cop. This man is a danger to society, so are his bosses and all who had a part in getting him into this job. Pure madness.

  2. Tim Goddard February 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Reeves, is he for real? When was his last psychological evaluation?

  3. Mike February 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Don’t need psych evaluation to be a police chief. Just got to have a big set of lips that don’t mind the taste of ass. This could have just as easily been a human then what? I hope he does sue the police department and the city. At least it will tie up their money instead of giving this low life POS a raise.

  4. RuffRuff February 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Should not he of checked the dog’s tags and returned him home?

  5. Ron February 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    A police office should at least have the rights God gave a jungle animal, scheeze! I think the man was totally justified. I would have shot the dog myself under the circumstances.

  6. Jay Kenney February 12, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    OMG! I can’t wrap my head around this. Kids running around and this idiot cop pulls out his .45 and fires. How about he gets back in his squad car if he felt so “threatened?” I have never had less than two dogs at a time my entire life. I refuse to watch the video. I’d be tempted to head out there with my Louisville Slugger.

    I hope PITA and the ASPCA help fund this man’s case. Indefenseable “police” action.

  7. bb February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Ron I hope you never become a police officer because you are the type who would shoot first and ask questions later. When he kicked at the dog the dog retreated backwards and this was a clear sign that the dog was not in the attack mode, if it was the dog would have attacked when it was kicked instead of backing up. He had a baton why didn’t he use it first instead resorting to deadly force. A police officer who is this fearful has no business being in law enforcement.

  8. susannah February 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    what an ass

  9. Sharyn February 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    I really feel so bad for the dog and he should of called animal control but then again I believe the owner is the one responsible for this happening. No matter what kind of dog he had, he should not have been letting them run pell mell all over the neighborhood without being leashed or in a fenced in area. When you have a pet you need to be a responsible pet owner.


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