Tazer seems like the better option for sure.. but you can't always make the best call in the amount of time the officer had to react. I'm sure he'll feel pretty damn ****ty about it regardless. Especially if he confronted the owner about it afterwards.
I'd have shot that pit bull more than once if it charged me. It wouldn't feel a bit of guilt either as the owner should have had it securely leashed. Securely. That dog still should have been strapped to the owner even during the seizure. In that case it would have been easy to subdue the dog. Because of the owner's negligence, the dog was shot.
Someone else mentioned tazing the dog. There are plenty of videos and new stories about officers getting bit while and after tazing pit bulls. Knowing that, I wouldn't screw with the tazer if I'm at risk of getting bit. I don't care if it's a dog or a human, if you are about to make me bleed, I'll shoot if I have a gun.
I don't have anything against what the cops did, dog charges at an officer policy is to shoot.
However, I myself would likely have kicked it or whatnot. I'm not afraid of dogs.
If I saw an animal writhing in pain I would shoot it to put it out of its misery though.
MemeGate 2012 - First Responder, post #2
Originally Posted by .skully.
Worth a read, apparently the PitBull had been known by other local hobos to attack.
Too much alcohol and too many drugs:
Dog in question:But Ms. McSweeney had her fair share of complaints about Star.
“She’s bitten a bunch of our friends,” she said. “But now the first time it bites a yuppie, they shoot it? It shows that they’re not really there to protect and serve. They just protect and serve the rich.”
Mr. Verna, who owns a six-year-old pit bull named Kilo, said police wouldn’t have shot the dog if it belonged to a wealthy person. He looked at Kilo, whom he said he rescued from a fighting ring in Detroit, and stroked the fur on her head.
“She’s my little lady,” he said. “I love her so much.”
Mr. Verna, who owns a six-year-old pit bull named Kilo, said police wouldn’t have shot the dog if it belonged to a wealthy person.
That said, I imagine a wealthier person would likely have at least afforded some basic obedience training, and that might just have prevented the dog going nutso without an owner. Possibly a wealthier person's dog might be less stressed as a matter of course, also possibly preventing the scenario.
It's not the dog's fault but it's certainly the breed's fault. I certainly can't blame any cop for shooting a pit mix that comes at them.
seriously take a ride-along once.
After shooting poochy I'm pretty sure I'd go home and have some coping to do though...
Last edited by PrimaVW; 08-19-2012 at 01:12 AM.