WATCH: Idaho Cop Fatally Shoots Dog Outside House of Owner During Son’s Birthday Party

February 11, 2014

An Idaho police officer was caught on video fatally shooting a dog just yards away from the house where a birthday party was being held for the owner’s 9-year-old son.

Dashcam video shows Officer Tarek Hassani of the Filer Police Department approaching dogs on the street and shooting Rick Clubb’s 7-year-old black Lab.

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

Authorities say the dog was being hostile and that the shooting was justified. A neighbor had called the cops to complain about the loose dogs.

“(Officer Hassani) 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,” Filer Police Chief Tim Reeves told KMVT.

Hassani tried to make it to the house to speak with Clubb, Reeves said, but never made it. In the video, Officer Hassani can be heard screaming “get back” at the dogs.

“Finally when he kept trying to come up to the house to talk to the owner, to get the owner to take control of the dogs he ended up having to shoot the dog for his own safety,” Reeves said. “We never want to have to shoot a dog but sometimes it happens.”

Clubb told the Times-News that he has Parkinson’s disease and that “Hooch” was his training dog. He was given a ticket for allowing the dogs to run free. He plans to fight it.

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