The Newfoundland world was rocked by the recent shooting death of Rosie, a 3 year old Newfoundland who was shot by police in Des Moines, WA on November 7. The NCA convened a special session of the Board to draft a
letter that was hand delivered to the mayor and chief of police in the town. The Newfoundland Club of Seattle hosted a vigil on the site of her shooting, and other regional clubs have held memorial vigils in her honor. For many of us, this was an eye opener into an all-too-common experience. Learning that 1,000-1,300 dogs are shot by law enforcement every year was a sobering thought.
|Hudson meeting officer Tara B. Photo by Cissy Sullivan|
We can report that the city of Des Moines, in addition to conducting an internal review will be seeking a third party investigation of the incident and will be referring the shooting to the King County prosecutor for possible criminal charges. We are proud of the way our membership has stepped up in a positive fashion and offered to work with their own local law enforcement to improve education into canine behavior and we would encourage every Regional Club to make an effort to include invitations to local law enforcement to club events, tests, etc. so that off duty officers can have a chance to interact with big, black, sometimes intimidating dogs in low stress situations.
Hug your Newfoundlands this holiday season.
President, Newfoundland Club of America