Training urged to curb dog death by cop

It wasn’t unusual for Pepper and Danni, Ken Stetler’s dogs, to greet neighbors in their close-knit Lemon Grove community.

So when they left Stetler’s garage last summer to greet a passer-by, it took him a moment to realize he didn’t recognize the owner or her dog. He was on his way to fetch his two shepherd mixes when a San Diego police officer pulled up. Stetler said he still hasn’t recovered from what happened next.

“I was running over when he shot (Pepper) in the head,” he said tearfully. “I was seeing red. I was standing there, but I was spinning. She was my whole life.”

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