coalisorganic wrote:Devil, that was a great way to post and yet not address the issue. Well done. Show us how to do that again with this article about a bad drug raid on a mayors house where the drug cops shot the mayors dogs and then tracked the dogs blood and guts all around the house, just for the joy of it.
1. I was not there (& have an iron clad alibi!)
2. It was locals & not DEA
3. How do we know the dogs didn't "draw down" on the local cops first? (sorry...couldn't help myself)
Seriously, that story is a real nightmare for any law enforcement officer but I honestly don't know enough about the circumstances to offer any serious/meaningful comment. Sorry
As a life long dog owner myself, I am saddened to hear about any dog being killed. keep in mind one thing however:On any kind of raid, law enforcement is often more afraid of dogs than they are of the people in the premises to be raided.
People are normally intimidated by a large show of force & know what a gun is. (this hopefully will deter any violence towards the officers/Agents involved) Dogs, on the other hand are harder to intimidate & impossible to reason with. They (dogs) are often trained to be vicious killers by their drug dealer masters, & are often a significant threat to raiding police.( A large dog, trained to rip out someone's throat can easily kill a man in a heartbeat!)
I have never been involved in a raid (& I have been on hundreds of them) where the presence of dogs, if known to be there, was not a major subject of pre-raid planning & concern with specific personnel assigned to control them.
That being said.....There is never any justification
for shooting a dog that is not a threat, but the fear of being attacked can lead to some tragic mistakes.
I am very lucky in that I never had to shoot a dog, but I've come close on a few occasions when I feared for my life.