Friday, April 25, 2014

Dog Shooting

http://www.examiner.com/article/missouri-man-who-sued-police-officer-for-shooting-dog-agrees-to-settlement

The police responded to a report of a loose dog.  They arrived to find a bulldog tied up.  For some unknown reason, they untied the dog and then tried to use a catchpole to capture it.  One officer eventually shot the dog twice, killing it.

After years of lawsuits, the agency ended up paying $50,000 for the lose of the dog.  $50,000 is a lot of money to pay for one dog.  That does not even count the cost of the investigation for the shooting, the cost of the attorneys, the aggravation and heartache and bad public relations for the agency as "dog killers."

Police almost never get trained in how to deal with dogs.  Some people are just not dog people and don't have any idea how to deal with a dog, particularly a dangerous dog.  Any dog will bit given the provocation, but most dogs can be dealt with safety, if you know how; that's what the SGT Says.


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