Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Great Mills, MD
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.
RIP Sebastian, Baby, Cheyenne, Baxter. Gone but never forgotten.
Finnian The Irish Lad WGSD: SAR
Abeni the Little Warrior: Pomeranian rescue.
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