|Barked: Sun Jul 21, '13 1:25pm PST |
|This is a growing concern for me, for sure. It was very unsettling for me to watch the video of Max the Rottweiler in Hawthorne, CA for that visual account and a dog just essentially barking.
That is a huge concern level to me. I do have the German dogs for protection. One was PPD, the others have been more natural guards. I depend on them, and society is ok with that. I do expect them not to bite anyone, and they don't. I think this is all very common, it is one of the reasons why we have dogs, and having officers going around popping dogs for barking when it is so natural and expectable is not consistent with the society in which they live. Certainly, they are trained for expectable high stress situations. They should be trained for this better than they are.
I am not a child on this issue. I think if a dog is complicating the police getting control of a potentially dangerous subject, or if a loose dog is a community risk, then I can see the need for lethal force. There are so many instances, however, of a detained subject, arriving to serve a minor warrant, or to ask a civilian a question. Owner in attendance and all of a sudden the dog is dead....and you have to ask yourself how sane that is? It seems extraordinarily out of proportion to me when you have dogs doing what we expect them to, cops doing something that may get a dog reasonably upset, and not having better ways to deal with this.
I grew up with a dangerous dog in my childhood and do have memories of police getting involved, but I certainly never feared for my dog's life. This is newer, incidences on the increase. I think in part due to publicized dog attacks and BSL perhaps. I don't know what, but when I was a kid a cop dealing with a dog was just part of a job. I don't necessarily think you need training....plenty of pizza delivery guys out there will tell you that. But more that THESE people need training, as there are just too many incidences over reacting and it just ends up with this mind boggling conclusion.
I know with Charlie the Pit Bull and the police horse, that officer was very rational and never did overreact. I don't put this on all cops. I think with the Max the Rottweiler episode the arresting officers were level headed, while the assisting officer did something really stupid. And then you had that case with a Pit Bull at an adoption event, where a minor scuffle between dogs ending up with the dog getting hurled down the stairs and then gunned to death. With the people right to handle their dogs? I mean.....really?
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