Police shoot and kill abandoned elderly German shepherd left tied to pole

In a disturbing account on Sunday morning of an elderly German shepherd left tied to a telegraph pole in Hartlepool, England, police shot and killed the dog despite witnesses begging authorities to sedate and use a catch pole to rescue the extremely frightened dog instead. Police initially posted a public appeal hoping to find the owner:

“Urgent Appeal to Trace Owner of Dog

Police responded to a report of a German Shepherd tied to a telegraph pole on Mainsforth Terrace in Hartlepool at 10.07am this morning. Officers are urgently appealing to trace the owner of the dog or anyone who may know who the dog belongs to, to contact them as a matter of urgency on 999. The dog is described as an elderly German Shepherd and it is behaving extremely aggressively towards anyone who approaches it. Police would ask members of the public to stay away from the area whilst they deal with the incident.”

Eyewitness Joanne Twizell expressed her grief and experience as she arrived at the scene:

“… Cleveland Police have shot and KILLED an elderly GSD [German shepherd dog] left tied to a pole. It was f***ing tied up you could have approached it and darted. If you owned this dog you need a bullet straight between your eyes you scummy POS.”

Earlier Joanne stated she had tried to jump the fence to get to the dog, but couldn’t get over to help.

“Paul White Clare Pittman did all we could. I sat in car covered my ears and sobbed evil barbaric ****,” Joanne posted.

Video #1 (Caution- strong language)

https://www.facebook.com/joanne.twizell/videos/10214040241338161/

 

Video #2 (Caution – strong language)

https://www.facebook.com/joanne.twizell/videos/10214040246138281/

 

In the update, the Hartlepool News & Alerts stated that despite hours of working together with the police and the RSPCA, trying to calm the dog, the panicky dog became more aggressive. Cleveland Police posted the following account:

“The decision to destroy the dog has not been taken lightly and this was the very last course of action that we wanted to take. All attempts to calm the dog failed. Vets advised that they were unable to sedate the dog due to not being able to approach it and not having equipment to sedate from a distance. Unfortunately, veterinary professionals advised that the dog could not be rehomed due to its aggressive behavior. The decision taken, in conjunction with the RSPCA and veterinary professionals, was that the kindest thing to do for the dog would be to destroy it. This has been a difficult decision and one that we had hoped we wouldn’t have to make.”

Social media criticism has been quick and condemning, with animal advocates not understanding how a dog’s disposition could be judged in such a stressful situation.

(Photo of elderly German shepherd tied to polce and video via Cleveland Police and Joanne Twizell)

Rest in peace sweet dog. We are sorry that humans let you down.

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27 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Who found this dog and called the police? Shouldn’t animal control have come to rescue this dog? Aggressive or scared or combination of both? How long was this dog tied up? The fear this dog had is nothing I hope none of us experience. Vets should have had darts to tranquilize this dog to see if he had tags or chipped. Everyone took the easy way out and this poor elderly dog was the one again who paid with his life.God, to be so scared like that is horrible and laws need to be changed to protect these animals and secure them safely.

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  2. PsmelaBolton says:

    Damn humans take the easy way out instead o fitting a little effort in saving the dog. GOD know how much I hate HUMANS

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  3. Diana Roby says:

    I will try to keep this clean. I cannot believe they murdered a senior GSD that was tied to a tree. He obviously couldn’t get loose. No one was in any imminent danger EXCEPT by the freaking police. The sweetheart kept getting agitated because the moronic pos cops kept making him more and more nervous. You cannot tell me that lethal force was necessary. Everyone needed to back off and give the poor guy the chance to calm down! The murdering cops need to be fired but that will never happen. The a$$hole ptb’s will rule it justifiable and move on with their lives. I hope that someone will try to find the pos that abandoned this poor guy. There had to be a shelter somewhere that could have taken him in. If they were afraid that they would have been destroyed, even that would have been more humane than being used for target practice by some bloodthirsty pos cop.

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    • Nancy Raymond says:

      You are 100% correct – once again, cops and the RSCPA have proven their lack of humanity and total incompetence when it comes to dealing with animals. They killed an abandoned animal for no reason other than they could.

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  4. JOSEPHINE FRAZIER says:

    STUPID, HEARTLESS AND SCUMBAGS POLICE! I HOPE THIS POLICE OFFICER GETS CANCER OR KILLED! THE DOG WAS TERRIFIED ENOUGH, AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP THE VOICELESS!

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  5. Marni says:

    This dog was frightened…poor thing. The person who tied him there must be the owner. they must be found and arrested.
    Why couldn’t they have put a drug in some dog food or in something and threw it to the dog. The dog would have eaten it and calmed down or gone to sleep. shooting this dog was not the only option. There are animal lovers out there who could have kept working with the dog until he trusted them. This was wrong. This is what cops in America do also. Cops are not equipped with training to handle any dog and they need to be.

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  6. PAMELA D says:

    MORE FUCKING SUBHUMANS IN THIS WORLD ALL NEED TO BE TORTURED AND SLOWLY ROT WITH CANCER. THE POS SCUMBAG WHO TIED THIS DOG TO THE TREE IS ANOTHER WASTED MOTHERFUC&^R THAT NEEDS A BULLET BETWEEN THEIR EYES. I WISH I CAN PUT THESE HEARTLESS COWARDS OUT OF THEIR MISERY. WHAT THE HELL DOES ANYONE EXPECT FROM THE DOG WHILE HE IS TIED UP AND A BUNCH OF FUCKING ASSHOLES ARE AROUND HIM HE SHOULD BE AGGRESSIVE. ALL I WISH IS FOR ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS TO GET A GOOD TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE AND HAVE A SUFFERING ROTTEN SHORT MISERABLE LIFE. USELESS BASTARDS. I JUST HATE THEM.

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  7. Vicki says:

    This was a Caucasian Shepherd dog, not that it makes any difference in how this played out. Humans let this dog down on so many levels. Disgusting

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  8. Anne says:

    Unnecessary, a Heinious act especially since this poor frightened animal was tied up to a pole, I hate this story, the poor animal could have been rescued, assessed and eventually rehomed.The circumstances surrounding the poor dogs demise is dreadful, shoddy attitudes ,poor management, little compassion,no understanding of the poor dogs fear,Hunger,whatever,just plain nasty…

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  9. Helen says:

    So sad. This poor dog was just very scared. Being tied up, unable to runaway, not knowing the intentions of these strangers, of course the dog will act aggressive. There’s no reason whatsoever to murder this dog. The POS who abandoned the dog should rot in hell. I would have no problem putting a bullet in the dirtbag’s head. Cops are no better. Why didn’t the authorities contact a rescue or animal control?
    RIP sweet pup, humans failed you at so many levels, you’re free and safe now.

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  10. Joanne says:

    ???????? HEARTBREAKING, CRUEL, SAD, AND DESPICABLE! ???????? PRECIOUS POOCH, I’M SO VERY SORRY YOU WERE SO HORRIFICALLY FAILED BY HEARTLESS, SOULLESS SUB-HUMANS. ♥️REST IN SWEET HEAVENLY PEACE, ANGEL POOCH. YOU ARE NOW IN THE TENDER LOVING CARE OF JESUS. RUN AND PLAY WITH THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN’S SOFT FLUFFY CLOUDS. GOD BLESS YOU ANGEL POOCH. RIP, SWEETHEART. ♥️????????????????????????????????????♥️

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