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.
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