If you managed to keep watching yesterday’s Super Bowl travesty long enough, you’d have seen Budweiser’s top-rated ad featuring a Labrador puppy bonding with a Clydesdale. If that’s the kind of thing that tugs at your heartstrings, this will certainly harsh your mellow. An unidentified Anne Arundel County copper was investigating a burglary report on Saturday when he was “confronted” by Vern, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, like the one above, in the dog’s own front yard. Two shots later, Vern was nothing but a memory for the Reeves family. baltimoresun.com quotes the heartbroken owner . . .
“I said to him ‘How can I help you, officer?'” Tim Reeves said. “He looked at me and said ‘I unloaded on your dog. Your dog attacked me, and I killed it.'”
The law enforcement community in the gun-grabber utopia that is Maryland have had their problems with notoriously vicious beasts like Chessies and Labs. “In July 2008, a Prince George’s County SWAT team shot and killed two Labrador retrievers during a search of the home of Berwyn Height’s (sic) Mayor Cheye Calvo. Police mistakenly thought his wife was involved in drug trafficking. That case garnered national attention.”
While the county mounties have promised an investigation, we hope the Reeves aren’t holding their collective breath waiting for the outcome. Anyone who follows these things knows they tend to slip down the memory hole, never to be heard from again. [h/t Andrew H.]