|Barked: Mon Aug 13, '12 2:13pm PST |
|I was just watching something on TV where a girl in Las Vegas had been pepper sprayed and arrested. This was all very normal, no big deal... But she started screaming and crying at officers in the prison because her dog had been shot by the police officer ...
I did feel sorry for her due to the state she was in because her dog had been killed. I would be the same.
I guess my main issue is that, when the officer was interviewed, he said he went into the yard to arrest a man, a Pit Bull ran towards him and he shot it... No questions asked and no hesitation... He didn't seem bothered at all and shrugged his shoulders when they asked him if the dog actually tried to bite him.
I just can't help but feel that officers should have a bit more training... I mean, if a strange man entered my yard, my Border Collie would probably charge and growl at him... Does that mean he would shoot Dexter?
Most of us on here know that our dogs may show aggression in certain, stressful situations that in no way reflects the true personalities and characters of our canine companions.
It just resonated with me in a strange way... Not that I expect any police officers in my yard anytime soon... In fact, ever... But I wanted to know what you guys thought?
Would your dog fall victim to being misunderstood and mistaken as aggressive in a situation like that? I know I would probably be two dogs down if it happened to me but what about you guys?
And do you think the police should have more respect for peole's pets and take the time out to learn a bit about dog behaviour?
Don't get me wrong, if a dog is an actual danger and is really attacking the officers, then I understand the quick decissions they have to make in order for their safety to come first, but in this situation it just seemed like the officer thought 'Pit Bull... Dangerous... Shoot it, no questions asked'.
My dogs are awesome around strangers and super friendly but if I had been that girl, I think my two would have been shot, which is upsetting :o(
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