As a pet owner, I am offended by the unnecessary use of guns by police when dealing with stray or loose dogs. Most dogs are pets. Most dogs have a family that loves them. Most dogs respond to verbal commands. In those incidents where verbal commands don't work, either due to excitement or fear, then I believe that officers need to really have to be critical in determining threat. I believe that a dog should not be shot unless that is the absolute last resort--like the dog in lunging in the air at the officer. Shooting first and figuring out the situation last is totally unacceptable. In most of these incidents, there are people around and the very real possibility of secondary damage to them is present. Just because you have a gun doesn't mean you can use it whenever you want to.
Here is the article from Change.org:
September 16, 2010
And it's far from being the only one. Thousands of dogs are gunned down each year by police officers. Canine shootings have to stop. We have a force continuum that sets guidelines for how much force may be used in situations involving humans, so why not one for canines?
It's not always just the dogs who are in danger. In early September, for example, a Michigan animal anti-cruelty officer was shot by a Detroit police officer while responding to a complaint of dogs running loose. The officer shot and killed a pit-bull-type dog whose only offense had been running at large; the anti-cruelty officer was wounded in the process. [...read more here...]