An argument over dog waste results in threats between neighbors so police were called. Then SWAT was called when one of the parties barricaded himself in his house.
His little dog runs outside with wagging tail and the SWAT team shoots & kills Angel the dog. They shoot with those massive rifles, twice.
Police say it was an unnecessary distraction? Murdering "unnecessary distractions" is justified?
I SAY THEY KILLED A DOG!
Two issues here:
- HUMANS MUST PROTECT ANIMALS. This is a case of firstly people do not recognize the value of life, especially animals. The number of animals, and “pets” killed through neglect, abandonment, cruel intentions and police is massive. Maybe people can’t grasp 2.7 million, of course it could be because we lack humanity. So what if they saw 20 dogs or cats in one room, had to watch “being put down” – which is murder. Would they change their mind?
This dog should not have been shot. If a toddler came out of the door smiling, would they have murdered the child? What if the toddler came outside screaming, crying and growling because she was terrified. Child, dog, cat, guinea pig, rabbit, rat, sparrow - they should not be shot and killed. Which brings me to point two.
- Police cannot use the excuse of fear for their life or distraction as a reason to kill. Do not get me wrong, I know that there are many men and women police officers that work hard, put their life on the line and protect & serve.
But governments & police departments must screen all applicants. Or do a better job screening. And they need improved ongoing training. Incidents like this would not happen if the right people with the best training were involved. Read an article by Frank in Politico Magazine to learn more about helping law enforcement.
And America must stop portraying the any means necessary law enforcement movies & TV. Any means is not necessary. The right, humane and lawful means are necessary.
What is also appalling, that news articles say “Watch SWAT Shoot a Dog”. Like wow, this is cool. It is not cool. Informational and a tool to help bring change, maybe. But don’t display as entertainment.
I am saddened, disgusted, appalled and angry. BE THE CHANGE!
From the Human Society:
3,500—Number of animal shelters
6 to 8 million—Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year
25 percent—Percentage of purebred dogs in shelters
3 to 4 million—Number cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year
2.7 million—Number of adoptable cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year
30 percent—Percentage of shelter dogs reclaimed by their owners
2 to 5 percent—Percentage of shelter cats reclaimed by owners