Turns out that the coyote killed in Collingwood Monday night after being deliberately hit by an OPP cruiser three times and then shot… WASN’T A COYOTE! The OPP claimed it was an “aggressive” and “rabid” animal. But in reality it was neighbourhood resident Karen Sutherland’s 21-year-old deaf and blind companion, Merrick.
That’s some fine police work there, Lou.
Sutherland is shocked by the way dealt with her German shepherd-cross pet, which she picked up from an animal shelter out in Alberta 18 years ago.
“I feel sick about the whole thing,” said Sutherland. “I wish it wasn’t my dog.”
Merrick accompanies Sutherland everywhere, even to work, and has been with her through multiple relationships. The canine was completely deaf, but healthy.
Sutherland is not happy with how police handled the situation, and doesn’t understand why they decided to drive over the creature three times.
She believes that Merrick escaped her yard when wind blew part of the fencing down. The animal then wandered the street, prompting some residents to report the “coyote” to the authorities.
Fellow resident Kelly O’Neill recorded the now famous video of the fatal interaction. She explains that she shared the video because she “wanted people to see that it was really inhumane and the wrong decision to make.”
Not everybody who has seen the video isn’t happy with O’Neill’s decision to post the footage. “There is a bunch of negative attention online and people are blaming me, saying I caused all of this.”
Her neighbour, Christine Soti, is the one screaming “oh my God” and “stop it” during the video. Interestingly enough, she was the one who initially called the OPP and animal control because the dog was on her lawn.
“It was dark, it was raining, it was lightning, it was pretty bad weather,” she told the Collingwood Connection HERE. “It was standing right out front here and I went, ‘that’s a coyote.’ It looked very much like a coyote. There is something not right with this animal. He had his nose to the ground the whole time.”
Soti tried to support the cops decision, saying that “that police officer was just as shaken as we were,” she said. “It was a very hard task for him to do. He had no choice, he couldn’t shoot it on people’s property. He had to get it on the road. In order to subdue it so that he could shoot it, he had to run it over. What was he going to do? I feel just as bad for him.”
Soooo…. first she wants the dog dead, then she’s shocked as it’s being killed, then she defends the cop for killing it? That’s quite a confusing narrative.
After the video was posted online, the OPP said the officer was justified in his actions as the coyote was “aggressive” and “rabid”. Now the professional standards bureau is looking into the officer’s conduct.
Knowing now that it was somebody’s pet and NOT a coyote, do you think the OPP handled this situation properly? Should the officer be fired over his conduct? Does the owner bear some responsibility for not ensuring that the front yard was properly secured?
Some online are even questioning the fact that Karen Sutherland kept alive a 21-year-old dog that was completely deaf and going blind, instead of euthanizing it!