Botched attempt to capture rabid dogs outrages animal lovers


Delaware police officers fatally shot a rabid dog and slammed their patrol cars into another pooch they were trying to catch — causing animal lovers to foam at the mouth at the ‘ruff’ tactics.

More than a dozen Newark officers and three animal control members tried to collar the pitbull and German shepherd who were “baring their teeth, growling and foaming at the mouth” near Ogletown and Marrows roads around 7:30 p.m. Friday, Newark Lt. Andrew Rubin said in statement Saturday to the Newark Post.

But after chasing the canines — who were “sprinting towards the officers” — for 90 minutes with treats and catch poles with no luck, things got hairy.

“A decision was made in conjunction with officers from the Office of Animal Welfare to use lethal force to capture these aggressive, apparently abandoned, dogs,” Rubin told the Newark Post.

The boys in blue charged at both crazed pups with their cars and shot the pitbull, but the German shepherd managed to escape and remained free as of Saturday morning. It was last seen on Marrows Road, cops said.

Animal activists quickly took to social media to vent their disgust.

“Newark Delaware Police Department I am sickened by your officers actions today,” local Ashton Cleveland wrote on Facebook Friday night, who was at the scene.

Cleveland, who works for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was told by police to “back off” and were “threatened with arrest while trying to save the dogs,” she claimed in the post 12 hours ago.

After shooting the pitbull, officers “gave us a THUMBS UP after killing this dog,” she wrote. “Then another officer went out of his way to run the other dog over with his SUV. You should be ashamed. Complaints are being filed.”

“Nice try covering up your actions, Newark DE Police Department,” Heather Poehner Abrams wrote on the DE PD’s Facebook post. “Since when are cops qualified to determine if a dog is aggressive?”

But others came to the defense of the police department’s.

“I am crying over what happened. But I am also going to give them the benefit of the doubt because just last week my neighbors pit got out and attacked a teenager riding his bike in front of my house,” wrote Abbie Painter in a comment. “Now just imagine that she had not been contained and was running free.”

“Good job NPD. I’m sure it was a tough decision for you,” wrote Tucker Smith.


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