I decided to see how often cops were killing people’s pets after following the Cisco debacle for the last few days. While there are countless stories of officers shooting dogs that were off leash &/or attacking, there is a very disturbing amount of incidents which make me feel afraid for my dogs even though I’m not a drug lord nor do I have any outstanding traffic citations.
Police invade home on false burglary call, shoot 11-yr-old, arthritic lab & leave the owner a note. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/01/BA3V1FN82L.DTL
Police terrorize then shoot non-aggressive, chained dog (David, you already know this one). http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=626_1276905053
SWAT team busts into home, shoots pit bull & Corgi in front of 7-yr-old for not even enough marijuana to convict.http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/05/06/swat-team-kills-dog-with-child-present-arrest-father-in-misdemeanor-marijuana-bust/
Cops invade home, shoot dog while it is being held by its owner when he refuses to release it BECAUSE he’s worried they will shoot it. http://akronnewsnow.com/news/local/item/11148-swat-team-kills-pit-bull-while-looking-for-suspect
SWAT team invades home on botched drug bust, kills 1 dog where it was lying in the kitchen, shoots the other one in the back as it’s running away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYQD-btqhKg
Here’s a story where a SWAT team sets the house on fire & when a puppy tries to escape, they chase it back inside to its death & LAUGH at the distraught owners. And the only thing to come out of the raid is they arrested a guy for missing court for traffic citations.http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2004-08-05/news/dog-day-afternoon/
Cop goes to a dog park, shoots a husky for playing too rough. http://militantlibertarian.org/2010/08/05/federal-cop-shoots-dog-at-a-dog-park-no-charges/
There are more. I do have a number of friends in HPD & I’m sure that not all cops are rabid murdering bastards. But apparently there are a few, & maybe when the “raid” juices get flowing they just lose all reason. I don’t know if there is any kind of program in place to educate officers on how to tell if a dog is going to attack. Perhaps it wouldn’t make a difference anyway, if they just shoot the dog to get it out of the way.
It’s just a problem because these are animals we love who didn’t do anything wrong.
4/24/2012 edit: I just wanted to share a link from Tanya on the Justice for Cisco page containing a police officer/dog trainer’s tips on what we as dog owners can do to minimize the chances of terrible incidents like the ones above happening to our dogs. Certain items on the list are no-brainers imo, but it’s advice nonetheless for which I’m grateful. http://www.examiner.com/article/a-police-officer-offers-insight-on-keeping-your-dog-safe-from-law-enforcement