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, CW33.com 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.