Yesterday there was an incident on our town here in Montpelier. Apparently a dog had gotten out of its yard and wandered away.
Now, this dog was a family dog. Raised around little children, cats and you name it. The son, who is the owner is away right now serving in the Air Force. There had not ever been any problems with this young dog ever.
A school bus that had church children on it arrived and I guess started unloading. The dog seeing the children ran up. NOT in aggression but for attention as they were children probably around the same age as the dog was familiar with. The bus driver calls the police. Police arrive
The uniformed still in training officer says the dog showed aggressive behavior. The solution? He shot and killed a family pet. One of the witnesses there said the dog was barking at him. Is that aggression or is it not a warning that the dog was scared and giving a warning.
The family is then notified of the pet being killed, they lived right around the corner. The police officer states while the people are crying then the dog should have been locked up in the yard.
The family posted pictures of the dog with the children and also with the other dog it was raised with lying next to the dead body in mourning.
Now, the dog was a young pit bull. In my own opinion the dog was shot and killed because the police officer saw a pit bull, was scared and killed it. This is cold blooded murder in my eyes. Of course the community will be torn in half but at the end of the day the situation is and was wrong on so many levels.
Killing an animal due to barking? Did the dog charge at you, bite you or threaten you in any dangerous way or is it that it was killed out of plain fear of the breed?
We sat and talked about it and it should serve as warning not only for those that own pit bulls here in town but ANY large dog. What if your dog got off the tether and ran off only to be shot and killed because it was lost, scared and barking? How would you feel? I know that with Ruby she is a large black Shepard that does get off the tether every once and awhile and the thought of some rogue dog killing police person scares the hell out of me. It should scare all dog owners to know this.
Am I a pit bull fan? I have had a fear and respect for these dogs all my life. They are to much dog for me personally but I have in the past year regretted my lack of knowledge and prejudice about the breed. Any dog can be raised to be aggressive. It is NOT the breed it is those owners that raise them to be fighters.
It was not long ago that German Shepperd, Dobermans and a slew of other dogs were treated in the same manner. Pointing out all the bad incidents and mauling by the breeds overlooking the good behavior of the breeds.
Of course, this will play out that the police officer was in the right as who wants to go against authority in a small town? If he is in training he needs more training. What if that shot missed and went through someones home and killed a child or adult? That was not bravery to me it was pure cowardice.
My heart and sympathies goes out to the family for the loss of their family pet.