This weekend I was contemplating another example of a police officer shooting and killing a dog because they felt their life was in danger. The officer in question came to the home of a person that had done nothing wrong. The door of their vehicle was standing open in their driveway and the officer wanted to inform them they may have had a break-in. When they answered their door their dog ran outside, barking, and ran at the officer, and he pulled his weapon and shot their dog three times in its head, killing it instantly. I don’t know what to think. Actually I do but I can’t put it into words here because this is going to be published in the newspaper and they can’t print what I’m thinking. This officer went to this home, unannounced, knocking on their door, to offer a service and decided he was in danger. I’m not even going to go down the path you think I’m going to take but instead I want to give props to all the people that go into these very same neighborhoods, every day, every week, every month, every year, and see these same dogs these officers have decided are so dangerous they needed to shoot them on sight, killing them and taking away their comfort and love from their family. The people I speak of are the meter readers, the mail carriers, the UPS driver, the trash collectors, etc. All the people that are part of our neighborhoods, part of our daily living, that see our animals in our yards, at our doors, in our daily lives, and some how manage to live with them, side by side, unscathed, yet these police officers that carry a weapon feel free to pull the trigger and end their lives because they can. Then at the news conference afterward when asked if they were in the right their superior always says yes, they were in the right to do that dastardly deed. Well, I am confident there are moments in time when they are in the right but there are more times than not when they need to holster that weapon and remember, they are here to protect and serve. Until that dog bites they have no need to pull a gun and shoot at a dog. I am tired of it always being the dog that is the one that suffers. We need police officers that understand those dogs have a duty to their owners, just as they have a duty to the public. We’re all in this together, and when we treat each other with kindness and love we’ll all be the better for it. Let’s think before we act. Some actions you can’t take back. Be grateful today for all those people that walk among us that don’t harass our animals. They are the Angels among us. Appreciate them and their kindness when you see them. It is only in understanding it is not a given that we can truly understand how much they do in their job for us. And for those, like the one I speak of in the beginning of this thread, let’s not just allow this behavior to go unpunished. There is no need when there are so many that are able to do their job without bloodshed. You don’t have to look far to find the real heroes of the street.
And never forget, it’s only through you the Randolph County Humane Society continues to save lives, one by one.