leo action on puppycide
according to the Washington Post:
Some good news from the world of “puppycide” — that bizarre thing where cops keep inexplicably shooting dogs and (usually) getting away with it.
First, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied a request by police and city officials in North Las Vegas, Nev., to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a Louisa Thurston, whose dogs were shot and killed by police during a raid on her home. The court found “[g]enuine issues of material fact as to whether the police officers acted reasonably in shooting Thurston’s pet pit bull and mastiff,” and “[g]enuine issue of fact as to whether the dogs attacked. Perhaps they did not attack at all.”
In my experience covering these stories, it’s pretty rare for a civil rights suit to get even this far. All this decision does is get Thurston into a courtroom. Now she’ll still need a jury to find in her favor.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice appears to be aware of and concerned about the cops-shooting-dogs issue and is doing something about it:
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), in collaboration with the National Canine Research Council (NCRC) and Safe Humane introduce a new video training series for law enforcement agencies across the country. Police & Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane is the nation’s very first video training series meant to help officers protect, serve, and stay safe when they encounter a dog while on duty.Glad to see this. Hope to see lots of police departments take advantage of the opportunity."
i could tell a story about a mistaken identity abut a bull mastiff owned by a state trooper and the local pd ready to destroy it. all had guns drawn. i will just say, no shots fired.
I'm not trying to incite anything...but when is it okay for an officer to shoot a dog?
I'm the first person to say Shoot on Sight is insane. I don't think any officer should be allowed to get out of their car and blow away a dog based upon it's breed. I say that because you never hear of an officer shooting a Lab or a Shih Tzu...but what point is an officer allowed to use lethal force to defend himself or others that are around? What about the instances where we might not know the back story? I went out on an Animal Control call with an officer and within minutes of everyone arriving on scene, the officer, who was also the K9 Handler, pulled out his shotgun and killed the dog. To me, the dog was just running scared on the street and I got mad at the Officer; why would he shoot a scared dog? They all had catch poles in their vehicles, so why do it?
He informed me as we were helping to do cleanup that they had several 911 calls saying the dog had tried to bite kids walking home from school and had actually bitten one. To the bystanders...this cop got out of his car and blew a dog away, but this was the same cop who had adopted several dogs he found roaming on the street and placed many, many more with local rescues. He did what was necessary in that situation.
I'm glad no one else had a similar dog that had gotten loose and was running around. Since he didn't find out if that was the correct dog.
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