a reply to: OpinionatedB
I'm not sure of all the circumstances or what caused this. Is this officer at fault?
The circumstances? He left the dog unattended, in his yard, unleashed. If he lived within "city limits" (I don't know) then there are most certainly
leash laws that he was not abiding by. Whether it had "worked perfectly" in the past or not becomes irrelevant IF he was living within city limits.
If he wasn't then I doubt there were any leash laws in place. I live outside of city/town limits and there aren't any here that I am aware
of....unless a particular dog has been threatening in the past and the owner has been notified to keep it leashed. I had a collie (recently had to
put him down due to age, illness, and a spinal problem stemming from a few run ins with the local traffic) that I kept for years without leash, though
I will admit to a few problematic incidences with the neighbors young grandchild. I leashed my dog because of those instances, for a few years I
would leash him anytime those kids would come to see their grandparents. I supervised him when he wasn't leashed....at all times.
Having said that, I will agree that there are times that dogs "get loose" and disobey. I had a small dog that was hell bent on seeing the neighbors
dog, nightly. She was the neighborhood breeder and he couldn't control himself......would sneak of incessantly...and he would do it with FULL
awareness that he was not supposed to. The slow, low crawling, glancing back to see if I was somewhere watching....stopping when our eyes would meet
when I was, indeed, watching....it gave him away
I think this incident needs to help us to reconsider how we house police dogs, and perhaps make it just that much more difficult for them to get out.
This, more than anything else, is what should be addressed here.
In my eyes, the officer is still at fault. He was obviously not supervising this K9. Evidence of that is the fact that the neighbors had to shoot
the dog....where was this officer? I asked that before and still have to wonder. Whether it escaped or not, why was he not around to be certain that
didn't happen. With building an enclosure rather than leashing there is responsibility. The same that comes with making sure a leash is secure and
not compromised. He should have been making checks.....BUT, I say that KNOWING how dogs can be and how fast those suckers can dig a hole when they
need to. I have a miniature dachshund that can, when seeking yard moles and the like, dig a hole with those two stubbed off little legs....just about
as fast as I can dig with a small garden shovel. LOL
As I said, I wouldn't go as far as to call for his badge. That seems a bit extreme at this time, given the information we do have. I will go as far
as to say that he should lose his position working with a K9 unit. There is great responsibility that comes with that post, surely others are more
qualified in regards to supervising and limiting public interaction with these dogs. As predictable as they can be, there are those "other
times"....I recall my high school years and how they used to line us up and run a drug sniffing dog through our ranks when we would have "random"
searches after returning from the vocational school (20 miles away from the HS in my area). That all stopped when a dog went snap off and started
attacking a kid that had a joint in his pocket.....from then on we were instructed to exit the bus, the dogs would search the bus and be on their way.
In the school, we were directed to stay in classrooms and teachers were to shut the doors and the dogs would check lockers, etc.....but NEVER (after
the aforementioned incident) did they line us up like that again (welcome to "Oxyland" USA....not even worth a mention in regards to police state
indoctrination techniques...lol....been going on here for years)
Anyways, I'm getting off topic.
Ah I didn't do anything at all besides bring it to my husbands attention and asked him if we could find out more, he was the one who found out the
Hey...that's doing something. I appreciate it, no matter the lack of effort one might think it involves.
ETA: How rude of me......Thank your husband for me, from one online stranger to another
I nearly forgot!
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