May 10, 2011
The War On Dogs – 5/10/2011
They go by many different names. “Animal Companion.” “Man’s Best Friend.” “Beloved Family Pet.” But police aren’t so easily fooled. They know those are all just common street names for dogs.
“The War on Dogs” is a periodic series chronicling the tireless efforts of the nation’s law enforcement officers to rid our society of the scourge of dogs.
April 19, 2011, Camden, New Jersey: It was a chaotic scene: A bustling neighborhood. Children playing. A Pit Bull prancing down the street. The officers of the Camden Police Department knew what had to be done, as three of them opened fire at the dog, ultimately firing 33 shots and sending residents and children diving to the ground.
Despite the crowd, the shooting was clearly warranted. After all, the dog had already attacked no one. How many more does he have to not attack before the police are allowed to take action? Risky? You bet. A bullet could have easily ricocheted off a child and stuck a police officer, but those kinds of risks come with the territory.
An investigation has begun, presumably to establish whether the one officer who suggested to the others that they not open fire on a dog that hadn't done anything in the midst of a crowded street should be disciplined in some manner.
April 20, 2011, Salt Lake City, Utah: It all started with a no-knock drug warrant (these are warrants in which police have no choice but to burst into people’s homes without warning and with guns drawn based on the suspicion that those inside might be sitting at home posing no immediate danger to anyone).
That’s when it happened: Police were confronted by two vicious Pit Bulls that had already assumed the standard pre-attack Pit Bull stance, which in this case involved sleeping on the couch. Police acted swiftly, dispatching both animals. Fortunately, two young children were present making the whole incident a teachable moment.
May 1, 2011, Terra Haute, Indiana: It was a day like any other day, until a police officer responding to a call that a dog was loose was confronted by the dreaded Labrador Chow mix. When arriving at the home, the 40-pound dog approached the officer who immediately shot her.
As Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said, “It’s unfortunate that the dog was out and was shot. We don’t like that to happen, but we don’t want our officers or someone else getting bitten by a dog either.”
That’s why it’s best to just shoot them.
May 2, 2011, Elyria, Ohio: A Labrador Pit Bull mix named Sika refused officers command to “get back.” The officer considered this clear disobedience to be a provocation, given that “get back” is an extremely common dog command, right up there with “sit,” “stay,” and “make me an omelet” and these are highly trained police officers. Rather than “get back,” the dog instead barked. So the officer shot the dog three times.
May 9, 2011, Kearney, Nebraska: A police officer shot a mountain lion that had been found wandering though a residential neighborhood. It is believed she will not receive disciplinary action since from a distance, it’s easy to confuse a mountain lion with a Yellow Lab.
To help you show your support, be sure to purchase one of our official "War on Dogs" T-shirt:
Be careful, however. An alert reader pointed out that this shirt could easily cause confusion. Should you confront a police officer while wearing this shirt, do NOT take any dog-like actions, such as retrieving a thrown ball or licking yourself. Simply put your hands up in the air and say in a loud voice to the approaching officer, "I am not a dog, this is only a T-shirt." Once he or she sees that you are fully behind law enforcement efforts in the War on Dogs, it is 50% less likely you'll be asked for ID and thrown in jail.
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