The kid would still have her dog if people would be more careful. Teach the dog to go through a door where there is a fence only, or to stay on the porch until it is leashed, or to stay in the yard.
The dog was off the owner's property, the police were called because of the dog, and now the dog is dead and a cop is fired. It sounds like the 15 year veteran was probably totally in the wrong for shooting the dog, and then saying it had to be done, but ultimately, dog owners that want to keep their animals alive NEED to protect them by keeping them under control and contained.
If you do not want your child to experience the trauma of watching their dog get killed, then keep it contained. It is no less traumatic to watch your dog get run over by a car. Or to see another dog charge up and kill it. Or to see your dog charge up and kill someone else's small dog.
If you want a GSD/PIT BULL MIX, than do your part and keep it under control!
Then maybe the dog would still be alive today.
I am not concerned with the fate of the officer. I think he probably lost his job due to his actions, and that is on him. But the dog's fate is on its owners who failed it.
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