Sounds like an overreaction but I wasn't there.
This is a discussion on Fed LEO shoots dog...check the comments within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; The comments seem to lean more towards attacking the officer for carrying a gun than shooting the dog. I suppose I should expect nothing less ...
The comments seem to lean more towards attacking the officer for carrying a gun than shooting the dog. I suppose I should expect nothing less from not-so-merryland, but some of these comments are just ...out there.
Either way, if reported correctly it seems to me the officer should be in the clear. The jack-donkey owners of the husky need to quit crying and maybe this will be a lesson to keep their dog under control next time.Probe Continues After Dog Fatally Shot At Park
Federal Officer Accused Of Fatally Shooting, Killing Siberian Husky
POSTED: 2:09 pm EDT August 4, 2010
UPDATED: 9:33 am EDT August 5, 2010
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Sounds like an overreaction but I wasn't there.
I was unable to read the comments, but I think there might be more than meets the eye here. If you take your dog to a dog park, then the risk of spontaneous dog fights exist. In addition, most dog parks allow the dogs to run off leash, which would result in many dogs and owners being separated by a fair distance. It sounds like to me that the officer went from 0 straight to 10 on the spectrum of possible responses to the situation. Based on the article alone, I'm left questioning whether he did the right thing and questioning his judgement in this situation. Didn't the article say he had a German Shepard? Shepard vs Husky for a few seconds while everyone gets the situation under control isn't going to leave either dog traumatized. I have to think there was a better way to handle this.
From what I read the LEO over reacted,If it would have been you or me we would be in deep doo doo
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It does seem a little overboard to shoot the dog but "fearing for the safety of the dog, him and his wife" is a very subjective thing. It could go either way.
I'm concerned about the County Executive who has "great concern when a firearm is discharged in a public place". Doesn't he know that crime takes lace in public places and thus the need to defend yourself in public places.
It 's very difficult to judge based on news stories and even eye witnesses accounts. I wasn't there, neither were those on the board, consequently it would be meaningless to judge based on what little information we have. As usual in media reporting, it may take several days, even weeks for the complete story to emerge and get forwarded to media and usually by that time everything has been settled.
Anything posted is basically up for grabs as far as those readers are concerned and anything said without full knowledge of the situation is just meaningless and pointless.
We know that a person pulled a weapon and shot a dog. That's all we know at this point and until the complete story emerges, conjecture is all we have to go on. Consequently it's a waste of time and energy.
Anything I read in the paper is usually factless and wrong, because actual reporting has gone out the window and sensationalism is the norm. I would rather wait to see the official police report and witness statements.
From the article, it does appear as this Fed LEO over reacted to the dogs aggressive behaviour.
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Hmmm... They were playing and then the Husky tried to bite him when he intervened.
Sounds to me like the LEO didn't want a bunch of mixed breed pups around the house!
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O.K., I'm prejudging, but from what I know about huskies and dog fights/tussles...this was an overreaction on the part of this cop.
It just doesn't sound like a situation in which the cop and his 'crew' were in fear of their lives.
Dog fights are just that...a part of the canine world (watch the Dog Whisperer)...quick and over...no harm done.
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As I am moving to that area, and am a devoted Husky guy, I've been following this story, including the threads on Maryland Shooters, which includes accounts by the Husky's owner.
It appears there was no real threat, the husky was in play mode and the guy WAY over reacted. Animal control found no offensive or defensive marks on EITHER dog.
Witnesses say the guy didn't try any other intervention before shooting the dog, and did not give the husky owner, who was running over, time to get the dog.
MY opinion: The guy was a trigger happy ass, badge or no badge. Huskies are rarely dangerous (though I'll give benefiot-they can appear scary). The doogs were doing the dog/play/into/ mock fight. They were at a DOG PARK where such action is not unexpected and is an assumed risk.
The guy blew the husky away in cold blood. And the local PD attempted initially to white wash it.
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If you can take 2 steps back, aim, and then shoot.... you aren't under an attack by a dog. I think he over-reacted and if he doesn't know the difference between dogs wrestling around vs fighting, then shouldn't own a dog and shouldn't be at a dog park.
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Based on what I read so far this officer shouldn't even be a security guard & should be charged with killing the pet & endangering the general public.