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City of El Paso Changes Name of Dog Park to Honor Border Patrol K-9 Killed in Line of Duty

5-year-old Belgian Malinois, Bulder.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A dog park in El Paso will be named after Bulder, the Border Patrol K-9 killed in the line of duty in December.

The city of El Paso wants to honor the courageous dog, a 5 -year-old Belgian Malinois.

“People just think it’s a dog. It’s actually a partner. It’s an agent,” Tim Sullivan, chief patrol agent with U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group, said, according to Border Report. “So, this resolution honors him and the sacrifice he made while protecting the other agents.”

Bulder was killed during a shootout that occurred as agents tried to execute a search warrant at a home in El Paso.

The 62-year-old suspect who killed the dog out in a shootout was fatally shot with return fire.

“El Paso has a big heart for our pets and of course for the men and women who serve our community,” City Rep. Claudia Ordaz-Perez said. “So we thought it was just fitting that the only dog splash park in the community that we name this park after K9 Agent Bulder to forever serve in our memories.”

Border Patrol Celebrates Life of K-9 Killed During Shootout

5-year-old Belgian Malinois, Bulder.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Bulder wasn’t just any dog.

The Belgian Malinois was one of the best Border Patrol K-9s the agency ever had.

Bulder was killed last month during a shootout that occurred as agents tried to execute a search warrant at a home in El Paso.

“Patrol K-9 Bulder was one of the best canines we’ve ever had in our program. The proficiency that we saw from that dog is unrivaled from any other dog I’ve seen in my time and experience in the unit,” Kevin Vicini, BORTAC Team Leader in its K-9 section, said during a ceremony for the dog on Wednesday, KTSM9-TV reports.

The 62-year-old suspect who killed the dog out in a shootout was fatally shot with return fire.

Off-Duty ATF Agent Accused of Shooting Dog Outside Middle School in Virginia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A dog owner says an off-duty ATF agent fatally shot his mastiff puppy outside of a middle school in Spotsylvania County, Va., Fox 5 reports.

Vance Gibbs said he brings his dogs , four puppies and three adult mastiffs, to a large field at Ni River Middle School several times a week. On Tuesday, he watched his 8-month-old Presa Canario mastiff puppy Ari die in his arm.

Gibbs said it all happened when a golden retriever belonging to an off-duty ATF agent walked up on his dog, and his dogs, started chasing after it.

He said the dogs started fighting and Gibbs threw himself into the middle to try and get his dogs away. He said the ATF agent pulled out a gun and fired twice into the ground, and then a third time, hitting his dog Ari in the side. She died minutes later.

“If he would have gave me the time in the first place, I would have got them all together,” Gibbs tells Fox 5. “If the shots didn’t scare them the one time – stop. What are you doing? Shooting a puppy? I understand he is protecting his family and everything else, but I am on the ground with your dog.”

Border Patrol Dog Dies of Heat Exhaustion While Trying to Rescue Missing People

Lazer

Lazer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At just 4 years old, Lazer helped apprehend 93 suspects and locate missing people.

The 4-year-old Border Patrol K-9 made his last attempt to locate a group of injured and abandoned people when he died Monday from heat exhaustion near Falfurrias, Texas, the Monitor reports.

Lazer’s handler tried to cool down the dog before taking him to the vet, but it was too late.

Lazer worked with his Border Patrol handler for a year and 10 months.

“Our sector suffered a great loss, as these loyal companions have given their lives to ensure their handlers, fellow agents and our community members stay safe,” Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. said.

Secret Service Agent Mauled by Dog After Trying to Protect His Pet in Washington D.C.

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent walking his dog in Washington D.C. was mauled by a loose canine,  and suffered serious bites to his arm.

The Washington Post reports it’s just the latest of a spate of residents attacked by vicious dogs in the area.

Agent Ross Yerger, 44, said he was walking his large dog Sunday when a loose canine attacked his pet.

Yerger was scheduled to be on duty with Hillary Clinton this week but couldn’t because he’s receiving rabies shots and is on sick leave for two weeks.

Wearing a hot pink bandage on his arm, Yerger spoke about the attack to an Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center on Tuesday night.

FBI Agent Under Investigation for Fatally Shooting Dog in Maryland

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating whether one of its agents acted inappropriately when he fatally shot a dog that he said was attacking his smaller canine in Glen Burnie, Maryland, ABC News reports. 

The incident happened Friday after Carol Feldhaus said she was walking her Great Dane with her 4-year-old grandson when she told a man to keep his distance because of her dog. She said the man ignored her and entered a narrow footbridge at the same time she did, and her Great Dane lunged at the smaller dog, causing her to fall to the ground.

“I heard the dogs barking at each other and growl,” she said. “Next thing I heard was bam-bam! And I’m half way up and the dog just walks to me and drops and there’s blood everywhere.

“I was just like in shock and I yelled, ‘You shot the dog,’ he said he was an undercover cop and he was protecting his dog,” she said. “Pulling a gun and shooting another dog in a park. What is wrong with this man?”

The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating.

“Initial information is that an approximately 180 pound dog broke free from the woman walking it along a footpath near Hopkins Corner and attacked a much smaller dog. An Agent shot and killed the larger dog. No one else was hurt. We are working jointly with Anne Arundel County PD, as well as the Inspection Division from FBI Headquarters to investigate.”

 

Suspected Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. After Border Patrol Dog Mauls Him

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A drug smuggler mauled by a Border Patrol dog while trying to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border is suing the federal government, The Week reports.

Jose Manual Marino-Najera, 31, said he crossed the border into Arizona and fell asleep under a tree when the dog mauled him.

The lawsuit claims the agents “ignored his cries for help.”

Marino’s attorney said the lawsuit is possible, even though the defendant was in the country illegally, because he was in the U.S. at the time of incident.

The suit seeks lost income and compensation for severe pain and suffering.

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Family of Muslim Leader Shot Dead Challenges FBI’s Version of Raid

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Steve Neavking
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — A Detroit Muslim leader was unarmed when authorities fatally shot him during a raid inside a suburban warehouse in 2009, the family of the man said in a lawsuit, a claim that’s totally contrary to what the FBI concluded,  the Detroit Free Press reports.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit alleges an unarmed Imam Luqman Abdullah was shot 30 times as he tried to protect himself from a police dog, according to the Free Press.

The claims stem from the affidavit of Muhammad Abdul Salaam, a Detroit man who witnessed the raid and shooting.

“As Abdullah struggled to prevent the canine from attacking his face, and while Abdullah was on his back, the FBI agents began shooting at him,” Salaam said in his affidavit, the Free Press wrote. “Abdullah never pulled any weapon towards the canine or towards any of the FBI agents. At no time during that day did I see Abdullah carry a gun.”

In separate investigations, local, state and federal authorities concluded the federal agents broke no laws when they opened fire on Abdullah. They concluded that he opened fire on the dog as agents approached.