I saw the video clip and I actually understand where the officer was coming from. The dog was clearly upset long beforehand and ran right at the officer…. On top of this, the dog was a pit-bull and while pitbulls are not bad dogs they are known to defend their owner to the death. This means that if the officer was attacked out of defense he not only risked disease by bite, but also a jaw-hold that won’t let go no matter what he did. I have worked with dogs, trained them, and actually own a police trained protection dog. I know about aggressiveness in dogs, and the little things you can do when a dog becomes aggressive (whether its to protect to their owner or simply because they are violent).
Now do I think the officer could have acted differently? Yes, he shouldn’t have stepped into its territory in the first place, but when the dog lunged at him I think that defending himself from an animal he knew would fight to the death may have been his only option.
Yes but you were saying he should have finished the dog to put it of misery. They didn’t do anything for the downed person for a time even after they shot the dog! They could have taken their time, ambulances don’t arrive instantly. Besides, the man had a seizure, he showed no signs of hitting the pavement hard. There isn’t anything you can do for a person having a seizure, just make sure they are on the ground. If the ambulance was there and waiting then I would agree that time was of the essence, but either way they are stuck there waiting. Judging by the fact that I hear the cop was actually lightly kicking the person proves that the cop did not shoot the dog to save the person, he shot the dog because he was scared that he might get bit.
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Officers that shoot dogs who pose no real threat should be charged with cruelty to animals, just like anyone else would be. Additionally, they should be subject to internal reviews and, if appropriate, dismissal from their positions.
Surprise encounters with animals are inevitable for any law enforcement official. It is vital that officers be trained in basic animal control procedures, including the proper and humane handling of animals in the field and accurate risk assessment. This is imperative for the safety of field officers, the community, and animals alike. Humane methods must be exhausted before guns are drawn.
Both the officer and the bystander moved into this dogs territory, I’ve watched the video a couple of times and the officer told the bystander to move so he/she did and it startled Star so she lunged then the officer moved in.
@foxlefox I do understand dog behavior, but the officer obviously did not. He was being defensive. The dog wasn’t running around biting everyone, he would only lash if they encroached on his territory. So the cop tried to quickly move in behind him while his back was turned, which isn’t what you want to do at all. I am well aware that the dog could have attempted to bite the officer, but no one can say if he was. The dog could have easily been backing him up, and if the cop had gone far enough away the dog would have left him alone and stayed with the owner. To fire multiple rounds at the dog the second it comes at you is the wrong instinct to have, especially when an officer that protects people and animals.
No not trolling, A dog does not come up to you with its teeth bared To be Nice.. You need to understand dog behavior he was going for a attack. like i said the dog had already bit a bystander it was obviously agressive. Not every animal in the world is all fluffy and friendly Some animals are aggressive and mean
@foxlefox are you serious, or are you trolling? The cops carry a taser so they don’t have to shoot at every possible sign of danger. The officer made a quick movement behind the dog, towards the dog’s set territory, as it is obviously trained to protect it’s owner. That was one of the stupidest things he could have done. And apparently the definition of “attacked” has been changed, because the dog could have easily just been running up to him to back him up. The cop shot far too soon.
ashleyashley I stated Right in my Post HE should have made sure she was dead that is what makes me Mad she should have shot her again Making sure she was Not suffering, Yes i watched the whole video and it was horrible to see the dog Writhing around in pain. But again like i said I tottally agree with the cop shooting a aggressive dog. WHO DID bite a bystander before comming at the cop.