The small town of Flier, Idaho, is up in arms after a police officer fatally shot a man’s service dog at the birthday party of his nine-year-old son. Tarek Hassani was shown on video screaming at the dog, a black labrador named Hooch, before pulling out his gun and shooting it. He has been placed on administrative leave after video of the incident went viral, but many residents want the investigation to end and to have Hassani fired.
Hassani responded to a call about three dogs being on the loose at the home. Hassani was shown kicking and yelling at the barking dogs as he made his way to the door before finally shooting Hooch at point-blank range. Cops initially claimed that the dog was overly aggressive and needed to be put down, but Hooch’s owner felt there were other options.
“We want (Hassani) fired,” said Clubb, who suffers from Parkinson’s and had Hooch as a service dog. “He didn’t have to kill my dog.” A Facebook page called Officer Hassani Get Out Of Flier Idaho has already racked up nearly 10,000 “likes,” while Deputy Filer City Clerk Debbie McMahan said more than 60 people called her office to express concern.
“I was convinced this man should not be a cop when he talked about being bit by another dog and getting stitches. He has an issue with dogs,” said resident Tami Scarpella. “Watching how calm he was about shooting the dog and continuing up the driveway like nothing happened. He shouldn’t be a cop, maybe a rent a cop without a gun.”