There’s a really good reason I don’t watch the local news. Tonight, one of the Chicago TV news stations led off with a story about an off-duty police officer shooting some one’s dog. As a animal lover and pet owner, I find these stories absolutely terrifying. As someone who lost a beloved dog over this last year to cancer, I find a story like this especially heartbreaking. It is hard enough to lose a pet, let alone lose one to this kind of sudden violence.
Unfortunately, this is a story that I am hearing all too frequently. To see just how prevalent this, try looking on the Internet. A search on Google for “police shooting dogs” yields approximately 517,000 results. Many of these dogs are shot and killed right in front of their owners. In fact, not too long ago, police officers shot an owners’ dog right in front of them in the city where I live. The police officer in that case was cleared, as is usually the case in most of these dog shootings. It seems that “preventing injury” and an officer feeling “in danger” are the excuses for both killing the animals and ruling the shootings “justifiable.”
In tonight’s incident, the officer evidently claims that she had no choice as the dog attacked while she was walking her dog and she felt “in danger.” Unbelievably, after killing the dog, the officer then ticketed the owner for not having a dog license! The Chicago Police are supposedly investigating, so it will be interesting to see the outcome. Unfortunately, I can already guess what that outcome will be.
If this happened to your dog, how would you feel?