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I see these stories and they break my heart. This one I thought was going to make it. I believe that anyone that kills a k-9 officer should be charged with murder, they are considered officers of the law. Yes they are just dogs, but they are actively working with a title and badge. They are used as a frontline defense and save human lives repeatedly. It should also be mandatory for them to have vests. There is no reason that they all don't have vests. For some reason this one bothers me enough to vent about it. RIP Jethro.

UPDATE | Canton police K9 officer recovering from shooting



 

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I was just going to post this. So glad you already did. Absolutely heartbreaking.
I usually don't, but this one really bothered me for some reason. Maybe because they stated that if the dog didn't take these bullets if would have been an human officer or even a couple of them.
 

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I was hoping he would make it too. It's very sad. I too, think they should be charged with murder. Whether its a human or canine that was killed it was still murder.
 

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The bullets didn't hit any vital organs but there was swelling in the brain. Poor dog. I was hoping he would make it.

I don't believe it should be a murder charge. Assaulting an officer and cruelty to animals yes. I don't know that a vest would have made a difference on this one. I think the shot that caused the problem was the muzzle shot, but I could be wrong on that. So sad.

I don't think murder, not because I don't want people punished for killing a dog, but because I believe that people who kill people should be executed. I do not think a person should be executed for killing a dog, even a police canine.
 

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This kind of thing breaks my heart! I think I know how I would have responded to the Suspect if he had done that to my working dog. I am very sorry to hear about Jethro.
 

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If they have a title as an officer then they should be treated as such, whether a dog or person. Someone was going to get shot and most likely killed if it wasn't the dog. The person just opened fire and the intent was there to kill. If the dog didn't take the bullets a human officer would have. Scum like this need to be locked up for life because next time it might be a human.
 

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Rest in peace, sweet Jethro. To paraphrase the Bible, there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

I think perhaps there should be a murder charge for killing a k-9 officer. After all, they are trained and expected to perform in ways that most dogs are not and for that reason alone, a more severe penalty should attach to killing them. Another reason is that if a criminal is pulling a gun to shoot at a human officer and gets the dog instead, then that would mean he would get a lesser sentence because A) he can't shoot worth a darn or B) the dog got in front thereby saving a human officer's life. I have no sympathy for either kind of cop killer, they deserve whatever they get.
 

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I read about this also, and was really hoping he wold be able to pull through. Hurts my heart that he didn't.
 

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I wouldn't say these people should technically charged with "murder". But they should have an equivalent punishment to that which would go along with murder at leas, even if they call it something different. This dog was taking a bullet that would've likely been for a police officer. Just so sad... :(
 

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How touching. They all saluted as he was brought out.


 

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I've been following this too. I was so hoping he would make it. Hope the POS that did this get what he deserves. He pulled a gun to shoot. This dog saved lives by giving his own. I think the punishment should be the same as if he shot a human LEO. K9s are an extension of their handler.
I pray his handler and family find some peace and comfort after this horrific loss. And that justice is served.
 

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Truly tragic. The dog is a hero and no doubt kept his handler safe. RIP Jethro, you have done your job well!

A friend of mine's dog was shot and killed early this morning, in a SWAT standoff with a lunatic with a gun. That dog absolutely saved his handler and teammates from a disturbed person intent on killing Police Officers. It never get's easier, but we are fortunate to be partnered with such brave and talented K-9's.
 
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