Off-Duty Cop at Dog Park Shoots Deaf Woman’s ‘Aggressive’ Service Dog

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At first LaToya Plummer of Greenbelt, Md., couldn’t figure out why her service dog, a Pit Bull mix named Cleo, was limping and bleeding as they left a dog park Sunday.

Because she is deaf, Plummer could not hear the gunshot that sent a bullet into Cleo’s side. It was fired by an unidentified off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officer who claims Cleo, with her teeth bared, aggressively charged her and her small dog.

Plummer finds this difficult to believe. “She is the most calm and gentle of my dogs,” she told WUSA 9 through an interpreter.

The officer immediately reported that she’d shot a dog, but by the time Greenbelt Police officers arrived, Plummer — thinking Cleo had been bitten by another dog — had rushed her injured dog to a vet.

It’s unfortunate that no one witnessed the shooting. Even if Cleo did run toward the officer, it seems both dangerous and unnecessary to fire a weapon at such a public place.

“I think she should be charged with felony animal cruelty,” Plummer told WUSA 9.

Plummer said Cleo was walking behind her when the shooting occurred. She didn’t say why she wasn’t keeping an eye on her or why Cleo was off-leash outside the dog park.

The Greenbelt Police Department is investigating the case and has not yet filed any charges.

As for Cleo, WUSA 9 reports she is a very lucky dog and is making a “remarkable” recovery.

“I love Cleo,” Plummer told WUSA 9. “I cherish my dogs.”

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  • Tara Crabtree

    Why would anyone want a dog breed , that was bred and taught to kill other dogs and animals as a service dog , pitbulls were only bred to fight and kill othere animals and they appear calm , but can snap and turn on there owners and children to kill ?

    • Kelli_Shannon

      Tara, I get where you THINK that Pit’s are nothing more than vicious, killer dogs due to the handfull that cause such beliefs. HOWEVER, you “knowledge” of the breed is in fact very wrong! The pit bull’s you hear about in the news who’ve mauled a child or killed someone’s pet Never started out as these viscious killing machines, they were taken as puppies, beaten, abused, neglected daily till the started to show signs of aggression and then tossed in a “ring” with an older more experienced fighting Pit and both let loose, winner walks away, looser, either is killed by the winner, or left to die by its owner! Female’s are bred at Every Heat and when in Heat also used to “Bait” males to fight for the “right” to breed her! In Fact, often times if a bitch didn’t go into heat or didn’t breed successfully; she was then tossed into the fight ring with two males and basically torn apart because most of the breeding bitches were beaten into submission by the owners so that they never fought the male during mating! The BREED wasn’t created to be a killer, it was Man who took this stocky, muscular dog and turned them into fighters and killers!

      History from:

      Bull and terrier breeds were created in early 19th-century England for the popular spectator sports of bull- and bear-baiting. When those sports were deemed inhumane and became illegal 1835, dog-fighting sprung up in its place — and thus was the trait for dog aggression bred into the genetic line.

      But another part of this breed’s genetic makeup is an unwillingness to bite humans. Handlers reaching into the dog-fighting rings wanted to be able to separate dogs without getting hurt themselves. Quite soon the breed developed a reputation as a strong, protective dog, but one also known for being gentle and family-friendly.

      When these “bull dogs” accompanied immigrants to America they began new careers as all-around farm dogs. Their jobs included hunting wild game, guarding the property from animal intruders, and providing companionship. In keeping with the “bigger is better” mindset of their new country, the settlers developed a dog larger than it had been in England.

      In 1898 the UKC, Britain’s equivalent of the AKC, named these bull dogs the American Pit Bull Terrier. The AKC decided to recognize the breed in the early 1930s — but under a new name. Intending to separate it from its pit-fighting past, the AKC named it the American Staffordshire Terrier.

      Since then the American Staffordshire Terrier has been bred for AKC conformation, or dog shows, while the American Pit Bull Terrier has not been. The results are very slight differences in build and in personality.


      The thing is, ALL DOG’S can be turned into KILLERS and it all starts with their owners and how they breed them! Good, Responsible Breeders work hard to breed out aggression as well as known health issues by choosing Bitches & Males with the desired traites like non-aggressive behaviors, intelligence, nurturing & protectiveness. Any pup who displays undesired behaviors, aggression, being untrainable due to intelligence levels and stubbornness etc are most often steralized so they can not pass on those negative traits. However Backyard Breeders don’t care about those kinds of things, they don’t get the dogs tested for genetic defects, aggression etc. In fact, those who are actually breeding their Pit’s for fighting purposes look for the most agressive pup’s and keep breeding for that very traight to create their ideal fighting dog who will go for the kill every time and quickly too! There are many pit’s as service dogs and, considering it takes 2 years to train a Service Dog & teach it the tasks required for them to better assist their handlers and, Then undergo a CGC(Canine Good Citizenship) Exam too which they must pass to be able to go out in public and behave as an excellently well trained Service Dog should! Failure to pass the CGC means they are either washed out or, more training is needed and a second attempt at passing the exam is made. In addition, ALL Service Dog’s are also given a Temperament test by a qualified Dog Trainer and if their score is not what is desired and needed to be able to go out in public, they are washed out as a prospective service dog! Tia Torres and Villalobos Dog Rescue is hard proof of just how resilient Pit’s are and can still be loving, affectionate dogs! Please don’t judge a breed due to a few bad “seeds”, that’s just like saying Rottweiler’s and Dobermans are Devil dogs all because they’re used most often in movies like Damien as the dog protecting ” Satan’s” child! Same for German Shepherds being only good as guard dogs, police dogs and military dogs; sure they are an excellent guardian breed, but they also make fantastic Service Dogs and Guide Dogs as well as Search & Rescue and Drug & Bomb sniffing dogs. Judging a breed is the same as judging one black or hispanic or Muslim as being a thief, drug dealer, gang banger; or terrorist. Yet, not every Black, Hispanic nor Muslim is like that!

    • Allie Wilson

      You are extremely ignorant … Or just plain stupid. Not sure which. Smh… Probably don’t know anything accurate about “pit bulls”… Are you referring to the APBT? The AmStaff? Or the Staffie? Or possibly even the AmBully??… They are all commonly called “pit bulls” (even though they are seperate breeds) which btw is 2 words, not one… Maybe try actually doing some research before being a breedist (a racist of dog breeds for your ignorant mind) Then again you don’t even know the difference between “there” and “their”… Go back to 2nd grade and take spelling 101… FYI you misspelled “other” as well lmao…