Another dog mistakenly shot and killed by police officer

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Sadly, another family dog has been shot and killed by a law enforcement officer, this time in Fort Worth, Texas. And once again, it involves an officer responding to the wrong address.

I’ll start this off by once again stating I am one who has complete respect for those who put their lives on the line every day – in law enforcement, fire fighting and military careers. But when anyone does something like this, they need to be called out for it.

In this case, reports the family was just returning home from a shopping trip when the officer arrived at their home. As their two dogs approached the officer, the couple said they told him that their the dogs don’t bite. They managed to grab one of them, but Lille, a Border collie mix, approached the officer on the porch. Lillie was shot in the back and died a short time later.

If the United States Postal Service can train their employees, to a point where dog bite cases are nearly nonexistent, why are we still hearing about cases with police officers. Mail carriers don’t carry guns and yet they are handing dog encounters with much better outcomes. And mail carriers are going door to door six days a week.

I’m sure a vast majority of law enforcement officers across the country are not of the shoot-the-dog-first mentality. But this is happening to a level now that training for these cases must be implemented – now.

Police officer directed to wrong home shoots innocent family dog

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An Austin, Texas police officer was sent to the wrong address in responding to a recent 911 call about a woman being held against her will in the front yard of a home. When the officer arrived at the wrong address, he reportedly found a man outside with his dog.

The officer told the man to hold up his hands and as the dog approached, barking, the officer then shot the Australian Cattle Dog named Cisco. The shot killed the dog.

First, it is terrible that the officer was sent the wrong address and he was no doubt expecting trouble when he arrived. We all should understand that. But we’ve seen enough of these cases now where dogs are being shot by law enforcement officers – to prompt better training on dog behavior and how to react to an approaching canine. For example, why didn’t the officer use his spray in this case?

Over the years, I recall a number of cases where I encountered dogs showing a degree of aggression – in neighborhood walks or on visits to homes, etc. I merely faced the dog in each case and began talking to it in a calm voice, with something like, “Oh now, what are you doing.”

I’m not saying that will work every time, but usually the dog will stop and show some restraint in getting any closer.

I’m sure local dog behaviorists or trainers would be willing to work with local law enforcement offices in training sessions.