Confined Dog Shot By Jefferson Parish Deputy. Anguished Owner Plans to Sue

From: Jeff
Sent on: Monday, April 5, 2010 8:54 AM

News Release: ?For Immediate Use
Contact Persons: ?Jeff Dorson, HSL Director,[masked]
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Sheriff Deputies Shoot and Kill Owner's Dog Without Cause. ?Anguished Owner Plans to File Suit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

(Metairie, La) - After watching a video on Youtube, explaining how to make a potato gun, 22 year-old Jordan Reimer and his friend, Josh DiMaggio, put one together and tested it. ?The first attempt on Thursday, March 25th, failed to fire. ?On Friday, March 26th,around 5: 00 pm they went outside again to test their contraption. ?They set up a target on their property, aimed, and fired the potato gun, which made a large bang. ?After the successful firing, Jordan and his friend went back inside. ?

Twenty minutes later, they heard another large bang and then another. There in Jordan's yard was a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy standing in front of his dog, Sandy, a red-nosed pit bull, which was about three feet in front of him with his sidearm drawn. Neighbors apparently had called the police after hearing the discharge from the potato gun. The first two shots fired by the officer missed Sandy. ?Jordan yelled at the officer not to shoot his dog. ?He cried that his dog was harmless and wouldn't bite. ?The officer looked at Jordan and then looked back at the dog and proceeded to shoot him as the dog was turning to run away. ?The shot caused the dog to collapse in the yard. The bullet entered into Sandy's back, near her spine. ?The dog sat down, turned and looked at her shooter.

Sobbing, Jordan ran toward this dog, who was now bleeding profusely, and he cradled her in his arms. ?Sandy gasped three to four times and expired in his arms. Jordan cradled Sandy for the next 30 minutes, sobbing, holding her in his arms next to his chest. Jordan yelled for his mom and his friend Josh to get the badge names of the deputies involved in the shooting. ?All of them turned away or covered up their name tags. ?Josh, meanwhile, began to hyperventilate and suffered a debilitating panic attack, with his pulse raising to more than 270. ? Josh then had a seizure and blacked out. ?An ambulance was dispatched and Josh was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Jordan was asked by one of the deputies if he wanted to have the SPCA come over and take away the dog's body. ?Jordan said that he just wanted to bury his dog in his own backyard. ?He was told that he couldn't do that until everyone had left. ?A crime lab technician entered the property and took photos of the bloody and dead dog, flopping his body around, in order to take photos.

Before leaving, an officer said that he would be charged with a noise abatement violation and that the names of the investigating officers would be listed on his citation. ?With that, all the officers left the scene. ?No investigation was ever done, no questions were asked. ?A young man was simply left in his own yard holding his lifeless dog in his lap. Jordan was later told that Officer Shane Rivolo had answered the call and shot his dog to death.

"This is the epitome of a callous deputy and his fellow officers, poorly trained in dealing with barking dogs and the public. ?50% of all households have pets, and dogs will bark at anyone entering their property, no exception. And, yet, we receive countless calls, just like this one, where police don't ask any questions, don't try to ask the owner to restrain their dogs, don't take any non-lethal, easy-to-use methods of calming down a barking dog, they simply draw they pistol, and kill family pets, leaving in their wake a nightmare for the family to deal with," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.?

The group intends to file a complaint with the internal affairs division of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and will help Jordan prepare a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the wrongful death of his dog and for the subsequent emotional distress and suffering caused to both Jordan and his friend Josh. ?

"I never thought that something this terrible would happen to me in my own home. ?I am devastated by all of this: ?how my wonderful and loving dog was shot to death in front of me, ?the course treatment of me and my family by the police, and their total lack of sensitivity on every level. ?I still see Sandy's face as she lay dying when I wake up each morning," says Jordan.?

What: ?Interview of Jordan Reimer, owner of Sandy, confined canine shot to death by Jefferson Parish deputy

When: ?Monday, April ?5th, noon to 1: 00 pm

Where: ?Residence where shooting occurred, 2521 Elise, Metairie (near W. Napoleon)

Jeff Dorson
Executive Director
Humane Society of Louisiana

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