|Barked: Wed Mar 27, '13 2:31pm PST |
|I'm wondering, too, how in the world or why they got within range for the two dogs to fight, if the pit was chained in the yard. Two dogs with potential for DA, one of which is chained... Yes... The police were doing their job... But when you enter people's yards without giving notice, you're GOING to run into situations like this. I cannot imagine if they had entered my yard when I lived in the house with five resident dogs, three of which were Rottweilers, one of which was a severely SSA/DA Mastiff, and Charlie... If they waltzed through my yard, those dogs would have gone NUTS. And absolutely, my dogs would have protected that yard against an invading, strange dog and strange people. I think they need more proper training on situations like this.
I'm going to be honest.. I've broken up a NUMBER of dog fights, Mastiff, Rottweiler and Pits alike, and while it's scary and you CAN get hurt in the crossfire, it's not a situation where a dog needs to be shot - especially not if one is TIED up.
Not only did this likely hinder their chase of the suspect, but a dog died because of it..
I remember one time when my fiance let my dogs out - Ria was eight weeks old, Charlie, five, of course. Ria was off leash because of her age and our townhouse complex, and Charlie on a tie out... Two officers and a police K9 showed up around the corner of the other side of the building, with the K9 on a long line. Luckily. They 'downed' their dog, who obliged, and my fiance hollered at me to get out there and help him get the dogs in the house, because Charlie was going NUTS trying to get at this dog(he's leash reactive). Am I ever lucky their K9 listened so well and that they stayed back and waited for us to move our dogs into the house, because something worse could have easily happened... and I feel THAT is how officers should handle that situation... Down their own dog, call out for the owners to get control of and contain their own dogs to prevent any issues from happening. They proceeded to ask us to go indoors and remain there. We did. And they went back about their business.
I understand they were doing their job... But this situation could have been prevented...
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