In fact, if the same thing happen to a citizen, I'm sure that it wouldn't have even made the news......
I've had to shoot a dog before, and it actually bothered me more than shooting a BG. Thats about all I got to say about that.
I really love my two dogs. Blue Tick Hound and a Basset Hound. I am very protective of them. Basset made a "break" out the front door and I hobbled around after her for 20 min. without phone, leash or cane. From the safety of the house or fenced in backyard, they bark like the "hounds from hell", but if confronted, they run to "mommy and daddy" for protection. They are alarms, not protectors. I would be heart broken if anyone thought they had to shoot them. Lucky for us we live in a small town where LEO and EMS know them for the harmless noise makers they are. This means a bunch to me.
My dog sounds tough, and probably threatening, and when she plays it sounds like she is growling. I would definitly be concerned for her because she "attacks" anyone that comes through our front door...... with lots of kisses. She is a great alarm, because she barks like crazy when anyone is around the house, but I could see her "charging" a LEO who came in to jump on him and get attention, being misinterpreted as attacking an intruder. It would be a very sad day if it happened, but I can't say I would blame an officer. I would most definitly seek damages from the agency though if they didn't have a really good reason for busting though my door.
Most police officers do not have training in how to deal with dogs and many do not know how to read a dog’s body language.
There is an excellent organization called the National Canine Research Council (National Canine Research Council) that has an wonderful 52 page manual available for a free download (http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil...nters_NCRC.pdf). I have read the manual and learned a lot. This manual is a great resource for law enforcement officers and the people interested in learning how to deal with dangerous dogs and other unexpected encounters with canines.
There are many alternatives to shooting the dog but all begin with education.