Court Rules: Police Can Shoot Your DOG If It Moves or Barks

According to a new Federal Court ruling, Police are now allowed to shoot and kill your dog should they feel they are a threat when entering your home. This decision came after an incident that took place in 2013 that left 2 dogs dead. The officers entered a home executing a search warrant, looking for drugs, when they shot and killed two dogs.

Personally, I think there is a lot of gray area when it comes to people feeling “threatened”. Hopefully there was some clear guidelines for Police to follow in order to prevent needless pet killing.

Channel 2 reports:

Mark and Cheryl Brown filed a petition with the court to hold the officers of Battle Creek responsible for the deaths of two pit bulls, according to FOX 32.
One officer testified that he shot the first pit bull after it moved a few inches in an alleged “lunge” towards him.
The dog then ran away from the officer to the basement, where it was shot again and killed, according to court documents.
Another officer reportedly shot the second dog in the basement after it simply barked. According to the documents, the officer saw “there was blood coming out of numerous holes in the dog and…did not want to see it suffer so he put her out of her misery and fired the last shot.”
In court, the Brown family apparently failed to prove that the dogs neither lunged nor barked.
Judge Eric Clay wrote in the decision that — viewed from the perspective of an objectively reasonable officer — the dog posed “an imminent threat to the officer’s safety.”
He further wrote,“The standard we set out today is that a police officer’s use of deadly force against a dog while executing a search warrant to search a home for illegal drug activity is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment when…the dog poses an imminent threat to the officer’s safety.”

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