Posted : 6/19/2010 6:11:14 PM
It sucks that the dog was killed, & I wish that it would have been handled differently, but, IMO, it is the dog owner's fault that it happened. Had the dog been contained, appropriately, it never would have been left in the police's hands.
I am not a big police fan, but I really feel like it should be pointed out that these are police officers, not animal control officers. They likely have minimal training, at best, in handling aggressive, & fearful dogs, & I seriously doubt that they are "experts" at reading the body language of a dog. I really can't say that I blame them for handling it the way that they did. If they feared for their safety, & with the dog fighting the catch pole, I can see where they would, then they did what the needed to do.
Now, I have to say that I HATE owners of "dangerous breeds" or "dangerous breed mixes" who are not super vigilant at keeping their dogs contained. I KNOW that if one of my dobes or boxers escape my yard & starts running through my neighborhood, they will likely be shot & killed by a neighbor. They are "scary" breeds with a bad reputation, & a lot of people are terrified of them. While I would be heartbroken if that were to happen, I would have nobody to blame but myself for not doing a better job of keeping them safe.