This isn't about a GSD but it really scares me since GSDs are a "bully" breed too.
In my hometown of Erie, PA, the local police shot a wandering Rottweiler four times and killed it. The police say it charged them. The witnessing neighbor wrote a statement saying the dog was just wandering around not bothering anyone and the police shot it the minute they saw it.
They also left the body on the street for trash pickup. From what I've read, owner never even got to claim the body, it was put into a barrel and discarded.
I know the owner, she is a huge animal lover and all the comments so far are that the dog was very friendly.
This is not the first time the police have shot and killed dogs with out much investigation.
What are your thoughts on it ? What if my shepherds ever got loose ? This is scary. Something tells me they wouldn't have shot if it was a golden.
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German shepherds are NOT a bully breed. Sorry, but bullys are dogs that have characteristics of bull dogs. GSDs do NOT have characteristics of bull dogs.
Rottweilers and German Shepherds are both large, formidable German working/herding dog breeds. So they do have something in common.
If only your friend loved her dog enough to keep it properly contained.
Frankly, if you believe the cops will shoot your dog, then maybe you'll be a teensy bit more careful and ensure they don't just "get loose." Owners of this breed can't afford to just let their dogs get loose. If the cops come into your house or secure yard and shoot your dog, then I will be kicking and screaming with you (so long as you aren't cooking meth or anything like that). But, if the cops kill a dog on the street that isn't under the control of an owner, well, I just figure tough beans, another owner failed her dog. It doesn't matter how sweet your 110 pound guard dog is. Doesn't matter what a marshmallow your 75 pound GSD is. If you let it out to roam the neighborhood and it dies, your fault, whether it is struck and killed by a speeding car, or shot by cops, or killed by hunters, or whatever.
We have a large, formidable dog breed. You don't take a gun and leave it out on the sidewalk. Don't leave your dog to roam around and get itself shot and killed. It is infuriating. Don't let that happen.
Too bad your friend didn't love her dog enough to keep it contained properly. Dogs have to pay for our carelessness too often.