A man came home to find his house had been burglarized. He called the police who responded. When the officer came to the house he shot the man's medium sized dog. The man is considering a lawsuit and the officer was fired. Read a sample of the comments on this article:
"I think we've all got to learn not to call the cops. They are not gonna help us, they're going to shoot us or our innocent pets or our children."
"This happens far, far too much in the US. Poor dog, and this poor, traumatized man. A cop that is startled by a barking dog needs to find a new line of work, or take some anxiety meds."
"I hope he faces criminal cruelty charges. Or a civil suit.This has been happening more and more across the country, cops shooting family pets. A diminished value for life. Starts with animals, ends with people."
There are many more just like these and worse. Shooting a dog never ends well unless the dog has physically bitten children! Shooting a dog should be a response of last resort. All officers should receive training in how to deal with aggressive dog behavior. Considering that most agencies have canine officers, it is a mystery to me why officers don't do better around dogs; that's what the SGT Says.