It is something of a doggie whodunit. Citizens in Olathe, Kansas are debating the killing of a six pound Yorkie named Precious. Carl Henrichson is accused of killing Precious by standing on her while he claims that he was protecting his larger Labrador dog from a neighborhood menace.
Certain facts are not in dispute. Precious got loose one morning and ran barking and yipping at Herichson’s dog. Henrichson says that Precious had previously attacked him and his dog. Henrichson stepped on Precious he said to keep her down. However, some witnesses said that he put his foot on her and then lifted the other foot to crush her. She suffered from lung and brain injuries and had to be put down.
Precious’ owner Donna Limbaugh has complained and police are investigating. She has also asked for a restraining order on Henrichson who she fears. Working in favor of Precious is her weight and size. However, people are usually given the benefit of the doubt in confrontations with dogs off the leash who are barking or snapping at them. Here Henrichson will claim a history of aggression and a miscalculation as to his weight and the impact on the dog.
Limbaugh has been given citations for a dog off a leash and other violations. She denies that Precious ever threatened Henrichson or his labrador and notes the diminutive size of Precious.
What do you think? If Henrichson stood on the dog, is it excessive force even if Precious was snapping at his dog?