This is a discussion on Another dog shot by homeowner/LEO-You decide within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by ctr So what? Should your neighbor shoot your kids when they stray onto your property, NO. How is this even a comparison? ...
I've seen the result of a neighbors dog gettin hold of a 6 year old girl. It ripped her arm and leg apart, and she lost fingers permanently. I dont see the neighbors kid doing that to anyone.
I love dogs (animals in general) often more than their human counterparts. It upsets me to hear when animals are hurt or killed. It disgusts me when an animal is hurt without cause. However, in some cases, it is the only option. We dont know the exact circumstances of this incident. I just hope that the dog was not killed unless it was the only available option. Even so, its probably the owners fault more than the dogs fault. Irresponsible dog owners suck.
I agree with Cold Shot and Jeanlouise. But I also think the dog should not have been running loose. This was normal from the way the article read. Some of the blame is on the dog's owner.
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There are a lot of dogs that love kids, and will go immediately toward them .... 'to play' and get attention.... and in no ways means they are a threat to anyone. People's unrationale fear of dogs is not a justification to shoot them... just because they were out without a leash. It's not open season on dogs.
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Just because a property owner does not care for his neighbor's animal on his property is not justification for shooting the animal. What proponents are suggesting is the mere presence of the animal is a threat. That is pure and utter BS and you all know it. The same argument is used against concealed carrier - the mere presence of a weapon will cause violence. Hypocrites one and all.
I think what jumped out at me from the article and made me so mad is that the LEO, instead of calling animal control, left his house, went looking for the dog and basically executed it. That is just wrong and morally reprehensible IMO.
How could he do that to someones pet that was not an imminent threat? I wonder if he feels like a big man now? Was that the point all along?
Yes, I supposed he had the "right" to do it, that's not the issue. Common decency is the issue.
Now, here's the thing: if she winds up in someone else's yard, I don't expect them to know this. I look at it from their point of view. They can assume the growling is just bluster. If they're wrong, maybe they get a minor bite on the forearm. Maybe it causes nerve damage. Maybe you need both hands to work as a cop, or whatever else. Maybe you're not a fan of your own dog getting chewed up while you call animal control and hide in your house. It's a dog, that is, for all you know, stray and/or rabid.
That's why I make sure the gates are closed when our dog goes out to drop the deuce. That's why she wears a leash when we go for a run. Anything less, she could be hit by a car, or dispatched by a neighbor who isn't willing to try to support his family on a $900/month disability pension as a consequence of trying to be humane and rescue my pet.
That's life. If you value your pet, keep it safe. If you don't, put the blame where it belongs.
Stats for fatal dog attacks in 2011
Dog lovers see their mutts as their children. I doubt anyone would shoot a dog because you will soon be dealing with a crazed owner. But, owners with vicious dogs, who let them run loose, are asking for a dead dog. People buy these explosive creatures as protection, and the rest of the neighbors pay the price.
Dog bite statistics
An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year
Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care - 5% of ER visits are dog bites
The insurance industry pays more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year
Here's what we don't know. Did the owner make a habit of letting his dog run loose? Did the neighbor just move in and the LEO had no idea of it's temperment? Had the dog been aggressive previously?
I have a Boston Terrier that's weighs about 27 pounds. He stays in our yard. He's never bitten anyone or even acted like he wanted to bite. Twice, when we first moved in 3 years ago, he ran into the neighbors yard (before he knew where his boundries were). If my neighbor had come out with a 22 and shot my dog 3 times I would be devastated, worse than devastated. Could you not wait half an hour for me to find him? Could you not have called animal control? Could you not have come over to my house, banged on the door and told me to get my dog off your property before you shoot it? (Thankfully I live in a neighborhood where people treat each other with respect and concern, so that woould never happen).
I just think the LEO acted in haste and now a man has lost his dog. The picture of the Pit is a very different picture than the dog in question. It's like saying you have a "quirky" neighbor and then holding up a picture of Charles Manson.