Every 98 minutes in the United States, a pet dog is shot by law enforcement. Cops up and down America have carte blanche to shoot and kill your pets for the flimsiest of reasons. And the courts back them up.
Search ‘cops shoots dog’ online and you’ll be swamped by videos and stories of innocent people’s lives ruined and their dog’s lives taken away by over-zealous trigger-happy police officers. It’s a big issue and something needs to be down about it.
Testimonies in court have ruled recently in favor of law enforcement killing dogs when it was clearly unwarranted…
Here are two excerpts from court cases of late:
‘Officer Klein testified that after he shot and killed the first dog, he noticed the second dog standing about halfway across the basement. The second dog was not moving towards the officers when they discovered her in the basement, but rather she was “just standing there,” barking and was turned sideways to the officers. Klein then fired the first two rounds at the second dog.’
‘A police officer in Filer, Idaho, explained the incident to a colleague minutes after it happened: “I get out to talk to the people, two dogs come around me, one of them’s growling and snarling. I kick it. It comes back around, now it’s growling and snarling. I kick it again. Then it lunges at me, I’m like, f— you. So, I just shot it.”’
Barking, moving, hiding… Are these “imminent threats to the police officer’s safety”…?
The problem is real. There’s even been a documentary made about it. ‘Of Dogs’ and Men‘. See for yourself: