Cop Shoots Two Emotional Support Dogs Claiming They ‘Charged’ Him But Video Says Otherwise!

A police officer shot two emotional support dogs on Saturday, claiming that the animals charged at him — but video shared by the dogs’ owner indicates otherwise!

Ciroc (pictured above) and Rocko were in the gated backyard of their Minneapolis home when two cops came to the residence in response to a false burglary call.

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One officer hopped the fence to the yard and, according to the police report, was charged at by “two large size pitbulls.” Michael Mays, one of the responding officers, wrote in an initial report:

“While staging at the rear, two large size pitbulls charged at officer. Officer dispatched the two dogs, causing them to run back into the residence.”

But video uploaded by owner Jennifer LeMay seems to contradict the officer’s account.

The now-deleted Facebook video reportedly shows Ciroc calmly taking several steps in the direction of the officer — and even wagging his tail — before the officer appears to shoot the dog, causing him to stumble before scrambling away.

The second dog, Rocko, then briefly comes into view, and the officer is seen firing at the dog before the animal scurries off, apparently limping. Speaking to the Minneapolis-Star Tribune, LeMay said:

“Video surveillance doesn’t lie. [The first dog] wasn’t even moving, lunging toward him or anything My dogs were doing their job on my property.”

LeMay and her family were off on a camping trip while a friend was looking after the dogs. LeMay’s two daughters came home early and accidentally set off the security alarm, causing the police to respond.

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Police said they are investigating the incident and plan to review the video. Police Chief Jene Harteau said in a statement:

“I’ve watched the video, and as someone whose family has included dogs most of my life, I can say that it was difficult to watch. This was an outcome that no one wanted.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to cover medical bills for the injured Staffordshire terriers. Ciroc was shot in the jaw — and awaiting surgery that could run up to $7,000 — while Rocko has wounds to one side, face and shoulder.

Our hearts go out to these wounded pooches and hope they have a speedy recovery!

[Image via GoFundMe.]

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Bone-sniffing dogs locate spot on Pacific island where Amelia Earhart may have died

Four bone-sniffing dogs that were brought to the remote Pacific island of Nikumaroro to search for traces of Amelia Earhart have identified a spot where the pioneering aviator may have died 80 years ago.

The dogs four border collies named Marcy, Piper, Kayle, and Berkeley arrived on the island on June 30 as part of an expedition sponsored by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) and the National Geographic Society.

TIGHAR researchers had previously visited the island and narrowed their search to a clearing they call the Seven Site because of its shape. In 1940, a British official visited the site and reported finding human bones beneath a ren, or tournefortia, tree.

In 2001 searchers located what they believe is the ren tree site, and subsequent excavations unearthed possible signs of an American castaway, including the remains of several campfires, and U.S.-made items such as a jackknife, a womans compact, a zipper pull, and glass jars.

Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared on July 2, 1937, on their way to Howland Island 350 nautical miles northeast of Nikumaroro along the line of position that Earhart outlined in her last confirmed radio transmission. Nikumaroro, or Gardner Island, is part of the Phoenix Islands, Kiribati, in the western Pacific Ocean.

TIGHARs hypothesis is that, when the aviators couldnt find Howland, they landed on Nikumaroros reef during low tide. Proponents of competing theories argue that Earharts plane crashed and sank into the ocean, or that she ended up in the hands of the Japanese in the Marshall Islands or on Saipan.

Indeed, a new documentary from the History Channel resurfaces a photograph that purports to show Earhart and Noonan in the Marshalls some years after they disappeared. But the mans face is indistinct, and the womans back is to the camera.

The black-and-white photo is of a group of people standing on a dock on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands, including one who seems to be a slim woman with her back to the camera.

Retired U.S. Treasury Agent Les Kinney said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that he was looking for clues surrounding Earharts disappearance in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, when he found the photograph in 2012 in a box filled mostly with text documents from the Office of Naval Intelligence but didnt really look at it carefully because he was looking over thousands of documents and images.

In 2015, he took another pass at the photo. I looked at it and I went, I cant believe this! He asked his wife to come over and pointed to the seated person, asking if it seemed to her to be a man or a woman. She said, Its a woman! His search led him to identify the ship seen at the right apparently pulling Earharts plane wreckage on a barge.

Kinney, who started his career as a naval intelligence agent, said the photograph he found was in a batch of documents collected by U.S. sources in anticipation of the 1944 invasion of the Marshall Islands. This was a mistake. This was never meant to be there, he said. The National Archives verified Thursday that the image is from its holdings and was in a file unrelated to Earhart.

The image is at the heart of the two-hour Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, which argues that Earhart, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, crash-landed in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands, where they were picked up by the Japanese military and held prisoner.

In the documentary, that photo is subjected to facial-recognition and other forensic testing, such as torso measurements. Experts on the show claim the subjects are likely Earhart and Noonan.

Others arent convinced, including Dorothy Cochrane, a curator at the National Air and Space Museum and an expert on women in aviation. She said Thursday the blurry image isnt conclusive. I cannot say definitively that this is Amelia Earhart. That doesnt mean that it might not be, somehow. But you cant say that just through the image the way it is.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, like a bone or DNA, said Andrew McKenna, who has participated in several TIGHAR expeditions to Nikumaroro. The forensic dogs were brought to the island in hopes of finding that proof.


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The internet cheers as Joey Chestnut scarfs down 72 hot dogs

Image: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock

American hero and competitive eater Joey Chestnut just won Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest for the 10th time by scarfing down 72 (!) hot dogs.

The annual event, held on Coney Island, N.Y., requires participants to eat as many hot dogs as possible in a 10-minute period.

Chestnut originally aimed to finish 80 hot dogs10 more than last yearbut still earned the top title with 72.

The internet, as usual, reacted with some creative tweets to cheer on the reigning hot dog-eating champion.

(WARNING: Watch it only if you can stomach.)

ESPN wasn’t shy about, um, comparing Chestnut to sports’ greatest champions.

Of course, a champion of Chestnut’s stature can’t simply walk across the boardwalk.

But staying the king of hot dog eating contests requires a hefty appetite. Here’s what Chestnut’s diet looked like today:

Hope he has some Pepcid AC handy.

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These photos of cheetahs and dogs playing will melt your freezing cold heart

It’s common knowledge that everyone on this planet or everyone who counts, at least loves dogs.

They’re fun to be around. They’re a comforting presence. Just one look at their cheerfully lolling tongues and dopey, wagging tails is enough to make you think the world might not be such a terrible place after all.

Well cheetahs and human beings may not have a lot in common, but this is something they do have.

Thanks to a gloriously viral tweet from Andy Stardust, the internet has recently discovered that cheetahs and dogs actually make great best friends.

According to a follow-up tweet from Stardust, pairing “support dogs” with nervous cheetahs is actually not at all uncommon in the States (Mashable has reached out to ZSL London Zoo with some questions about this practice, and we will update this article if we receive a response).

Needless to say, the internet was all for it.

The practice isn’t just restricted to cheetahs, either.

If those photos and gifs haven’t immediately been bumped into your top five most adorable things ever, then it’s possible you need to take a look at yourself.

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Zoos Are Pairing Cheetahs With Dogs For Emotional Support”

Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend, but their characteristics of loyalty and protectiveness have also earned them the lesser known title of “cheetah’s best friend.” That’s right; dogs are being used more and more frequently to assist in conservation efforts to preserve the endangered cheetah in captivity.  

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    Since the 1980s, zoos have assigned companion dogs to cheetahs that are involved in the zoo’s captive breeding program.

    Via: Flickr

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    When paired up the cheetah looks to the dog for cues and models its behavior and over time adopts the dogs happy-go-lucky vibe. It’s then hoped that they will feel more relaxed and more likely to reproduce.

    Via: Columbus Zoo

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    The primary goal of comforting cheetahs through this unusual partnership is to make them at ease in their captive environment so that they will be able to breed with other cheetahs

    Via: CBS News

    Shyness and anxiety don’t bode well for a breeding program, so the inter-species friendships that the cheetahs are able to form with dogs can actually benefit the long-term survival of this rare cat.

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    The dogs enlisted by the zoos are typically rescued from shelters, giving these homeless canines a new purpose in life.

    Via: Columbos zoo

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    Cheetah cubs are paired with canine companions at about 3 or 4 months of age.

    Via: CBS News

    They first meet on opposite sides of a fence with a keeper walking the dog on a leash. If all goes well, the two animals are able to meet for their first “play date,” although both are kept on leashes initially for safety.

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