[UPDATED with Cupid's Online Memorial:] Cops Shoot and Kill Pit Bull Then Disagree With Owner Over Why

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UPDATE, DEC. 19, 9:05 A.M.: The owner of a Huntington Beach mobile home declined to speak with the Weekly on the record as he pursues legal remedies, but a Facebook page has been set up in memory of his late 3-year-old pit bull Cupid, who was shot to death by police on Dec. 8. "This page has been created to find a reason for WHY the Huntington Beach Police KILLED Cupid the Pit Bull," reads the description on Cupid the Pit Bull (killed by Police).

A Huntington Beach City Attorney's Office investigator and two officers and a sergeant from the police department knocked on the door of the home at Ocean View Estates Mobile Home Park because, they claim, they were investigating whether it had been abandoned. Owner Bob Conger, who resides full time in Sacramento and had his 24-year-old son, Casey Conger, staying there, later explained he was eight days late with his lease payment.

After no one answered the door of Conger's mobile home, the city search party entered through an open window. According to the police report, Cupid then rushed into the same room and tried to bite on officer. The dog was then shot three times.

According to press reports at the time, Conger claimed the officers entered his mobile home unlawfully and that Cupid was just protecting his territory. The shooting left Casey Conger, who was briefly detained by police, distraught.

Some have suggested on Cupid's Facebook page that a petition be circulated demanding that the officers who fired at the dog be suspended until the case is investigated. Among the comments:

  • I think the cops came there with the intention of shooting this dog, and they should be sued big time! There has got to be a stop to the senseless killing of people's dogs by police for NO GOOD REASON!

  • What the hell were they thinking??? Climbing through the window like a burglar! To bad the Cupid didn't get to them first!!!!

  • They can't just come in and not announce themselves... and without a warrant!!!

  • More jackasses acting like cops. I hate this type of cop. I'm sorry for the loss of Cupid.

  • [The officers] need to be charged...fired...and serve time behind bars!!!!

ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 9, 9:21 A.M.: A pit bull who did not necessarily flash the look depicted by the unrelated puppy at right was shot and killed by a police officer in a Huntington Beach mobile home Thursday morning.

Cops say they entered the Ocean View Estates Mobile Home Park trailer through an open window after receiving complaints of squatters, but the homeowner claims officers entered unlawfully and his dog was protecting his territory.

Jaimee Lynn Fletcher reports in the Orange County Register that a City Attorney's Office investigator and two officers and a sergeant from the Huntington Beach Police Department went to what was supposed to be an abandoned mobile home, knocked on the door and received no response. They then entered through an open window and the dog that barked at and tried to bite on officer was shot three times, according to police.

Homeowner Bob Conger, who resides in Sacramento, counters in the same piece that his 24-year-old son had his permission to stay in the mobile home and that everyone residing at the park at 7051 Ellis Ave. knew that.

He also claims his "distraught" son, Casey Conger, who was initially detained and then released, was told by the city official they were there because the rent was late and the trailer had possibly been abandoned. Bob Conger maintains the officers should not have entered without a search warrant, and he has filed a formal complaint with the police department.

A police spokesman tells Fletcher there have been numerous complaints in the past about the "vicious" dog, and that the pit bull had once attacked a Fountain Valley cop arresting Conger.
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Roger Willcoe
Roger Willcoe

Second thing they do (kill all dogs) after they decide whether or not to kill you first or after because your a terrorist until they decide otherwise.

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VivlianWozz

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Andrea Roberson
Andrea Roberson

We personally know Bob Conger and his son Casey and theyr'e good & decent people! The HB Cops have really put that poor kid thru the ringer and have harrassed him incessantly over bogus charges. Now this with his beloved pet-HBPD really stepped in it this time, though. Not only a violation of entering a residence without a search warrant or cause ( squatters? Give me a break? 2 cops and a sargeant? Can u say hidden agenda?) but shooting a domesticated animal because it came out to see who was in the house, like it's supposed to do? If it had been a chihuaha, would they have shot it too? I'm disgusted with "HB's finest" and the way they treat citizens in this city! Shame on you HBPD! Why don't they serve and protect like they're sworn to do?! Oh, and by the way guys, don't forget who pays your massive salaries...

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

Cops are compulsive trained liars. If their mouths are moving they are lying.

Mary Jane Doe
Mary Jane Doe

PLEASE change the picture attached to this story. You are perpetuating an unfair bias toward toward Pit Bulls. You should be ashamed of yourself.  

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Nicholas Reichart
Nicholas Reichart

Pitbulls are an aggressive breed, selectively chosen for their killer instinct and aggression for decades.

It's no different than breeding corn for the traits you want.

They attack and kill little children without being provoked, even when properly trained and treated.

Korios
Korios

In my country entering a house without a warrant is illegal. And from what I know about US law in the States it is even "more" illegal, since the private property is highly valued and protected by the law. So this has nothing to with opinions or what "the homeowner claims". If they didn't have a warrant they definitely entered illegally, there are no gray areas here.

ZongVoo
ZongVoo

Its punk cops like this I just love to hear about i the news that get clipped in the line of duty.surf-private.tk

Brian
Brian

You have to be kidding me!?  Why on earth would you choose a picture like this?!  A Shitzu would have "attacked" the same way this pit did.  This story is pisses me off so much I want to fund a lawyer myself just to go after the police who illegally entered this home.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

This is an easy one.  Check out who made the complaint to the PD -- bet money it was the landlord.  Next step, who does the landlord know in the PD.  OCW should put an intern on this story. 

KSM
KSM

Change the picture already! shame on you!

David M. Smith
David M. Smith

police are stupid here in orange county. i hate them

PitOwner
PitOwner

Seriously? This pic is the one you choose to represent this breed? Disgusting form of fear mongering you have going on here. As ignorant as the PD in question in this instance. Way to douche yourselves out....

Bex
Bex

Andrea --

There's no way to replace a lost pet, but if Casey would consider saving another pitbull's life, then this little guy needs a home. 

http://flic.kr/ps/26DHyK

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

They (cops) are NOT just like us, unless you are a cop. And it's too bad that cops generally all behave in quite an ugly fashion.

Ben
Ben

Disagree.They are people just like us doing an incredibly difficult job and are subject to making mistakes, just like us. It's just to bad that their jobs put them in situations where bad things can happen, like this.

Inkwench
Inkwench

is that why they were called "nanny" dogs???? they watched over children, again you are misinformed about the bread, so get your facts straight

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

Your ignorance is showing again, Nicholas

pitowner
pitowner

Thats a load of BS and I can tell you know it. I would suggest some research before exposing yourself as ignorant. 

Mary Jane Doe
Mary Jane Doe

Small dogs attack children and adults as well. Not just Pit Bulls. Actually I have found small dogs to be much more vicious then large dogs and Pit Bulls. Small dogs just get away with with it because they are small. 

truetuner
truetuner

You are an incompetent fucking moron and I hope you choke on your dinner you fucking animal hater, there is nothing wrong with the dog breed its the idiots that own them and don't know how to properly train them

Scott
Scott

You are poisoned by the media.  ANY breed can be bred to be a killer.  When I was younger it was the Doberman, now it's the pitbull.  I have a pitbull.  She's now 10, never bitten or attacked anyone.  She's scared when I drop something on the floor or hears thunder or a siren.  Educate yourself before you speak, sir.

Nicholas Reichart
Nicholas Reichart

whether they were on the property legally or not has nothing to do with the aggressive nature of the dog

this is how criminals can sue when they are on properly illegally and get hurt

RWS
RWS

The landlord, hmmm, wouldn't that be the owner? Who said his son had his permission to be there?

Jim Rice
Jim Rice

Yup, you hate them till you need them, just like most folks....

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

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Pikgitar
Pikgitar

They (cops) are NOT just like us, unless you are a cop. And it's too bad that cops generally all behave in quite an ugly fashion.

HoundOfDoom
HoundOfDoom

Absolutely true.  I can't go a week walking my GSD around the block without our being attacked by some sub 20 pound untrained POS.

RWS
RWS

And you are a foul-mouthed jerk who refuses to accept reality. I love all animals, and have known some great pits, but facts are facts. I live in an area where fighting happens. I have seen these dogs and how they are raised and used. I know veterinarians who refuse to work on them because they are so unpredictable. Nicholas is right, you are wrong.

RWS
RWS

Any breed can be, yes but Pits HAVE been and ARE being so bred - not just trained - bred. They have been selected for aggression and trained for fighting for many generations. Aggressive pups are bred, less aggressive ones killed. Just because there are many "sweet pits" out there, unless you know the unbroken lineage of the American Staffordshire Terrier you own, you could have a ticking time bomb on your hands. Dobermans, German Shepherds and Rotweillers have all been used for aggressive purposes, but those breeds were to be military and police dogs - Pits are bred to attack other dogs mercilessly - they are bred for it by breeders interested only in money for vicious animals who will fight in the pits.

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

Hey there Reichart. You must be really smart to think that you actually know the law and how it's used. NOT

RWS
RWS

You are right on the aggressive nature of the breed and that they are bred for those traits. But in this case the do was doing his job. He was inside his house and someone unknown crawled through the window. In Texas there is a good chance you come through the window and start shooting at dogs or anything else, you'll get return fire.

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

See my remarks above, RWS, and note that; Some are not actually evil, but still very ignorant and mostly just plain stupid. RWS - you get my thumbs up.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Notice it was a TRAILER park, the father owned the trailer, they leased the slot from the trailer park. Another possibility was they were called due to complaints about the dog... dog bark complaints receive little attention, but as in the Kelly case a BS call of squatting by a homeless person would get HB's finest out in droves, (especially if they happened to be latin teens)

G.
G.

I never ever hated police until the ocassions ive needed them, theyve never came thru for my family or I...

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

Nobody needs the lying cops. Mr. Rice, you are ignorant. No, I'm wrong. Must re-evaluate. You are evil and stupid if you think that cops are needed. Most people don't trust and a very large amount of those actually hate you and your kind. Nazi pigs = Cops in almost all cases. Too bad you can't see my middle finger 'cause it's waving at you.

James Troia
James Troia

 "I live in an area where fighting happens"

Then I suggest you move the fuck out of the ghetto, to an area that has owners that raise their pitbulls to NOT attack.

boom
boom

Pits are amazing dogs. I have two of them with a snachzer and a cat...there all best friends. Some of them are bred wrong, mostly by white trash or nig nogs that have no respect for anybody or anything, even themselves. RWS, look up the history on Pit Bulls, I'm pretty sure they were america's favortie dog during either WWI or WWII. These dogs are not unpredictable unless you train them to be. Own one before you run your mouth like a fool. Its the people who raise the dog not the dog ya fucking goon. Ive been bit by a rot and a chow. Never been bothered by a Pit. O and the rot was my grandma's dog that i would play with all the damn time.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

From what I have read and observed, I find the issue has been called penis envy, weak persons used to buy big dogs, or big guns, or big trucks supposedly to compensate for something missing in their personal makeup. Then they cut the dogs tail and clip their ears exposing them to infections that hundreds of years of evolution have developed. And why are they clipped? for health? NO, they are clipped to make the dog LOOK "bad assed" Any domesticated canine is friendly yet territorial. The animals are bred and trained to be violent, just like a "junk yard" dog or guard dog. They are not violent by nature. Dogs by nature will run in packs in a given territory, with domestication the pack, has been replaced with a family. Imagine a dog thinking, damn, my human is moody today.

Ben
Ben

I agree, but they also have a high propensity to kill when they get loose. Look into it and see how many people have been killed by loose Labs as opposed to, lets say, loose pit bulls. 

Daveholio
Daveholio

No.  You are wrong.  You have no clue what you're talking about.  What are you saying, that all pitbulls are aggressive?  How many real live pitbulls have you actually been around and observed?  Do you even know how to recognize aggressive behavior and body language in a dog?

"a few thousand years of selective breeding and instinct" Hahah!  This made me laugh.  What on Earth are you talking about?  Care to explain?

Any breed of dog can be made aggressive, even the tiniest teacup Chihuahua or the cutest Golden Retriever.

An aggressive dog develops and progressively worsens over a long period of time when an owner does not recognize and disagree with aggressive and dominant behaviors.

pitowner
pitowner

pitbulls actually beat out the golden retriever in terms of temperament. do more research... 

posted
posted

Wow. You really are quite ignorant...An educated ignorant person if there ever could be one..

Mary Jane Doe
Mary Jane Doe

Any breed can be "vicious." I have worked with many pit bulls. In general they are a sweet breed who's disposition as a family dog is rated as highly as a lab. Look into it.  

CHS
CHS

May I suggest that, if you want a dog that will not be vicious, get a Golden Retriever.

Skybax22
Skybax22

This is unfortunately wrong. An owner cannot overcome a few thousand years of selective breeding and instinct, sorry. The number of stories of pro-pitbull advocates who were mauled to death by their dogs should've put an end to your reasoning by now...

Daveholio
Daveholio

There is no such thing as an aggressive dog breed.  Aggression is completely caused by mistakes made by the owner.  A dog that is raised and trained correctly will never become aggressive.

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