Police Shoot and Kill Dog
A rather common occurence. A police officer in Norfolk Virginia shot and killed a pit bull after he claims it charged him. The police’s version of events is,
Police say the dog was charging at the officer and the women in the accident. So the officer reacted.
“He began to back up, yelling at the dog, but the dog continued to run. He pushed the woman to the side, drew his weapon, continued to backpedal, and fired 3 rounds,” said Norfolk Police spokesperson Chris Amos, describing the account provided by the officer.
We asked Lock: “Was the dog running or barking?” “No sir. No,” he replied.
Personally, I find this a bit hard to believe. Pit bulldogs are notoriously animal aggressive, but are typically human submissive. A pit bulldog will have very little threat display around other, animals especially dogs. Around humans on the other hand a pit bulldog will have a very noticable threat display if the dog feels threatened. As such, the idea that the dog would charge and do so silently is somewhat unbelievable to me. My guess is that the officer saw the dog and having seen some of the hysteria surrounding pit bulldogs in the media over-reacted.
The person who was watching the dog also bears a large share of the responsibility as well since the dog was not on leash. Undoubtedly if the dog had been on leash the dog would still be alive today. Far to many people take their dogs outside off leash. This is irresponsible dog ownership and is dangerous, at a minimum, for the dog.