A few months back, police shot and killed a pit bull-mix who was running loose in LaGrange, Missouri. And this certainly isn’t the first time a story like this has surfaced — Bella of North Carolina had a similar fate.
How many times are we going to hear these stories before something is done? Changes must be made in order to prevent more sad outcomes for pets and their owners.
It is crucial to properly secure pets, especially those who might be unfriendly around strangers. And yes, pet owners must take responsibility by securing fences and gates to prevent their animals from fleeing their yards. However, dogs will sometimes manage to roam free. In this event, police and animal rescue workers must be trained to properly handle the situation rather than simply resorting to their handguns.
“It’s tragic that killing a living creature seems so much easier than saving it. Police officers should know better, not be so quick to pull a gun…the dog [Cammie] is dead and the owner was fined. It’s cruel, needless, cold and heartbreaking…we need to do better for the other Cammies in the world,” said the petition creator.
Several witnesses say the dog was friendly and even wagging her tail when shot. No matter what the situation may be, officers need to be better trained to deal with dogs who do escape. An officer shooting a loaded gun in a residential area cannot be the best solution. Other innocent pets, as well as nearby neighbors could certainly be injured.
If you think police and animal rescue training should be required to handle loose dogs — sign this petition.