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Dianne Ly
- 748 days ago -
Failure to properly train police officers to safely capture dogs may cost cities in a lawsuit. In recent cases, not only has the Fourth Amendment been used against a city who employees a police officer who kills family dogs, now failure to train has been

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Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:13 pm
Police should be held responsible for not using more humane methods, such as Tazers, when a family dog is unnecessarily killed. And the cities who employee those officers should take these most recent cases as a warning of what will happen if dog behavior training for all officers doesn't soon become a reality.

Terry V. (30)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:23 pm

Jason S. (57)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:28 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sue Matheson (76)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:11 pm

Natasha Salgado (616)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:47 pm
These cops need animal behavioural training. ASAP. And i'd like to see justice and compensation for past murdered dogs too. Thx Dianne.

Danuta Watola (1244)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:01 am

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:29 am
I agree with you Natasha.

Mike H. (243)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:32 am
Definitely much more training is needed. Otherwise I hope people sue their pants off.

Mary R. (260)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:43 pm
noted & signed

. (7)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:59 pm
Good, I hope it costs them a bundle, then maybe they'll train their officers! Thanks Dianne

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 10:17 pm
Agreed! Thank you Dianne.

Leslene Dunn (75)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:01 am
Bastards - they should be made an example of - put their heads up on poles around the town for all to see - shooting innocent animals is just unforgivable and its time for those who love and care for their animals to retaliate.

. (0)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:17 am
noted,thank you for sharing

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:29 am

Kevin A. (64)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:19 am
Ultimately the responsibility for the officers lies with the governing body of the jurisdiction involved. What this video showed does seem uncalled for. I would like to know more about the reported confrontation between the dog and the child before making a judgment. Clearly the officers in the video were afraid of the dog.

There are other issues to consider as far as affecting the training of police nationwide. Many jurisdictions do not have an animal control department or a facility to house any kind of pets. For many municipalities that is a luxury that the municipality cannot afford. The cost of additional training and specialized equipment supplied to all officers that would normally only be given to Animal Control personnel would be enormous. What city functions are you willing to see closed to fund this? Close the local community center? Close the City Pool? Close a city library? Close the city parks? Lay off more police officers? Close a fire station?

Police cars are not, as a rule, equipped to transport a dog safely for either dog or officer. K-9 cars are specially modified for the dogs they carry. You need to plan on spending even more for vehicle up keep.

If the cities are going to be forced to absorb the costs, dog owners should expect to pay much larger licensing fees. Expect a requirement for insurance to cover any costs in apprehending your stray dog and/or for any potential damage your dog does to the cars, or officers, or other citizens.

Taser use on a dog is not recommended. If you knew how they worked you would not suggest it. The animal would only be subdued while the power is on and could not be handled because the power is on. It works on people because you can tell them, “Do not move or you will be tased again. Do you understand?” You can’t do that with a dog.

The likely solution to suit is that some of these municipalities may seek city statutes that make termination of stray animals the requirement and that living within the jurisdiction is implied agreement to such policy.

There are jurisdictions today that have statutes pertaining to dogs harassing wildlife or livestock that will result in dogs caught doing these acts being killed on sight, whether by law enforcement or a property owner.

So, it may be up to dog owners to maintain control of their pets at all times and make sure they cannot injure anyone or run at large. Most municipalities have existing leash laws.

While making all of these costly demands on our cities, you need to help identify the means to pay for them.

Fi T. (18)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 6:45 am
Why must they be killed?

Elaine Al Meqdad (248)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 8:54 am
Noted! Thank you Diane...I hope when abuse happens because police officers have no concept on how to handle animals humanely then I say the city should lose its shorts!

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:43 pm
Well at the rate our police officers are shooting and killing our dogs...many many law suits are going on,and this in turn costs the city/police departments even more money.I think that they just need to stop shooting first.And many other factors come into play in these situations also,when called out on one of these situations they can in turn get the animal control involved also who not only know how to handle these situations better,but also have the means of transportation to get these animals under control and take them wherever needed.Shooting them by the police is NOT the answer here,it has gotten way out of control and something needs,before it gets worse.I have a whole thread in my animal groups just for this and the list of dogs killed since 2011 by police shootings is just astronomical.People think it just happens here and there,but it is happening more and more everywhere.Law suits are on the rise,so somewhere someone(the city.police) is going to be paying out money,why not use some money now and teach these police what to do right in these situations?

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:45 pm
And in many of these killings the dogs are in their own yard...being killed in their own yard!!Yes there is a police dog shooting problem.

Nimue P. (307)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 8:32 pm

Ljiljana Milic (108)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:20 am
Duly noted & Thanks for posting and caring.

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:36 am
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