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Crime & Punishment: Plainville man arrested for punching a dog
-Ansonia Police Officer John Troesser responded to reports that a roaming pit bull bit a man. He says such a dog "came charging toward [him] and was barking aggressively" and, lacking any more calm or creative solutions, shot it. One problem: It was the wrong dog. The offending pit bull was back in its owners' home by the time Troesser arrived. The slain dog (which was later euthanized) was Ice, a one-year-old rescued pit bull that resident Rachel Trapp was raising to be a therapy dog, according to the Valley Independent Sentinel news website. Trapp claims that, like in many cases of police overzealousness, race was an issue. "He was killed because of his breed and we are fed up with this injustice for the whole Pit Bull Breed!" she wrote on a "Justice for Ice" Facebook page. The police chief says Troesser acted appropriately, but Trapp (in whose yard the incident took place) says she has surveillance video showing Ice "was standing still and wagging his tail the entire time."
By Nick Keppler
March 29, 2012