Disclaimer: Please do not take my sharing of the following story to be some sort of endorsement of “Raw Story” or “Free Thought Project.” Both of those sources are essentially “Cop Block light”, and 99% of what they produce is trash, but in the case of this story, they got it right. Even a broken clock is right twice a day…
In many instances in the past, where cops have shot a dog, I have defended the cop. It is not a requirement that we first get bit before we can shoot a dog, just like it is not a requirement that we first get shot or stabbed.
No one I know, cop or otherwise, wants to shoot someone’s pet, but when it comes down to shooting a dog or receiving a possibly career ending injury, I’m sorry, but the dog loses. Be a good owner, secure and control your dog.
With that in mind, take a look at this current event. The following is from the article that appears on “Raw Story.” Please disregard the emotionally fueled language in this quotation.
Police Chief Andrew Spencer resigned this week after it was revealed that he shot and killed an innocent dog that was in a cage and meant no one any harm. To make matters even worse, he took the puppy to a firing range and killed it there because he did not want to deal with finding its home.
Spencer found the dog and managed to get it into a cage using a catcher pole. He then wrote in his report that he had planned to take the dog to a shelter where it would be “destroyed,” but then he got another call about a car accident so he decided to do it himself.
In most of the cases I have pointed to in the past, the dog owner is either partly or completely to blame for what happened by not securing their animal. Dog’s are great pets, and they will often defend their owners, which is one of the reasons why we like dogs. The problem is, when the owner is being detained or arrested, the dog goes after the cops, which cannot be allowed, BUT that is not remotely what happened here. In this case, the dog was secured and in a cage.
I cannot remotely fathom how anyone could think this is acceptable, let alone the Chief of a police department. This is absolutely, totally unacceptable! This jackass should never wear a badge again, and should have to personally pay damages to the owner of the dog.
It is people like this man that do near irreparable damage to the law enforcement profession. It is people like this who give fuel to all the cop blockers and other anti-law enforcement movements.
Thanks asshole, you just made this that much harder for the rest of us!