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if it had bit an officer or a person and drew blood, there would have been a good chance that it would be put down.
In many states, there are laws on the books that cover dog bites. Should a dog bite, during a police confrontation, then the owner of said animal is guilty of assault and battery, along with several other charges. In some states, if a dog bites someone, it is considered to be assault with a deadly weapon, and possibly attempted murder.
While the police may not be so innocent in this aspect, the facts are and still remain. The police were there, the owner did let the dog out. That takes it from fault of the police to the fault of the owner, as now the owner, is using the animal as a weapon. If the owner had the dog restrained where it did not pose a threat and the police shot it, then the police would be at fault, and that I can see. But this is not the case.
The bottom line is this: If you have a dog, it becomes your responsibility to take care of the animal and see to its well being. That means if the police show up, you want to restrain said animals, to where said dog cannot get out.
Tell me, are you willing to risk your life or well being over a dog?
I watched as one of the neighbors ended up paying thousands of dollars in medical bills, for the dog causing people on another property getting hurt. And the owners of that animal were facing felony charges, even though the dog was very friendly, but people got hurt due to it. And in most states, have laws that if a dog bites, then the animal can be put down as a prevention and protection of the public safety.
First: Like many people should, there are all sorts of ways to dig out this information, including use of say google. But if you require a short cut, then here goes:
If you review the video tape, the police did have a service dog there. By releasing his dog out into the front yard, it could be argued and won that he attempted to instigate a dog fight between his dog and that of a police, thus in violation of Wisconsin state law, on 2 points.
Under Wi State law, in the event that a dog bites a person, the owner of a dog is liable for the full amount of damages caused by the dog injuring or causing injury to a person, domestic animal and property.
The dog being released, while the owner is holding up in his house, with weapons, ceases making the dog a family pet into a weapon, that could cause bodily damage. That is assault in its basic definition. You can not ask that a police officer wait to see if the dog attacks or not, while there on a legitimate call, which they were. Did the owner not threaten people with weapons? Did he not threaten the police as well with said weapons? The article was very clear on that point, that the suspect threatened not only his neighbors but also the police, escalating the situation.
If the animal comes onto your property and is a nuisance, then by Wi state law, you have all right to shoot said animal, though most would say for being a good neighbor you would not. Even where I live, if a stray dog comes onto my property, I have all rights to either shoo it off, or take a firearm and put a bullet in its head and would not even see a night in the jail for that action.
(1) Killing a dog. (a) Except as provided in par. (b), a person may intentionally kill a dog only if a person is threatened with serious bodily harm by the dog and: 1. Other restraining actions were tried and failed; or 2. Immediate action is necessary.
I am simply stating that the burden and guilt for the death of this animal, lies not with the police but with the owner. He did start this, he was a bad neighbor, who refused to clean up after his animal. He did threaten people with weapons. He did threaten the police with weapons and ultimately he let his dog out in the front yard, which in the video, was not fenced in at all.
Most people would not let their dogs out where the police were, as then they are assuming a risk that either the animal will not bite, or get hurt?