posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 02:22 PM
reply to post by Ektar
I wasn't there so I won't Monday morning quarterback.
I will however, add a personal story. Just to note this is coming from an animal lover and a pit bull owner.
I was dispatched to a neighborhood to look for an aggressive dog that was chasing people.
When I arrived I located the dog which was a pretty big pit mix. I also located the house in which it belonged to. The gate was open and there was
another dog hanging out in the backyard.
When I approached the loose dog it began barking and growling at me. It then lunged at me in which I kicked it in the nose. He backed off and
immediately lunged at me again. This time I side stepped and removed my firearm from its holster. At that point I aimed at the dog and at the same
time yelled at him to get back. I even said out loud, I don't want to shoot you buddy.
He again lunged at me. As I began to depress the trigger I swear time slowed down. When that happened I noticed several people outside of their
houses, and a cable company contractor watching the situation unfold. It was at that point that I put my firearm back in its holster and took out my
When he lunged again I "poked" him rather hard in the snout with the baton. Luckily at that point he backed off and walked back into the backyard
through the open gate. At that point a coworker arrived and secured the gate.
Could I have shot the dog? Yes. I didn't because I was worried somebody watching was filming and would of put the video on Youtube. I didn't want to
be harassed by people saying that I made the wrong call. I also felt bad because being a dog person I know that it is the owners fault as to why the
dog is the way he is. Luckily in my specific situation things worked out positively.
I will say this though. Being in a situation like that is extremely stressful. It happens so quickly and it is very easy to make the wrong choice.
I also have seen two occasions where our officers did not shoot the dog and were bitten. One officer had a chunk taking out of his calf and was out
for a couple months recovering.
Was the the dog in the video like that?