Viral Video of Cop Shooting Family Dog Shows Need to Properly Train Police

rottweiler by Dr. Manfred Herrmann Allgemeiner

Target: Pasco, Florida Sheriff’s Department

Demand: Come up with other solutions for officer safety than killing dogs.

In a recent video of a police officer arriving at a house responding to a silent alarm, the viewer can see the police officer jump the fence into the back yard. Then, two dogs approach the officer. The officer takes out his gun and shoots one of the dogs who can then be heard yelping in pain. The owner then comes out of the house and tells the officer to shoot the dog to put him out of his misery.

This type of situation was avoidable and unfortunate. Of course the officer had to avoid being attacked, but there should have been another solution. The owner says the gate was unlocked and the officer could have driven down the driveway. Therefore, the officer should have been more diligent in ensuring there was another way onto the property before ending the dog’s life.


Dear Pasco, Florida Sheriff’s Department,

The video of one of your deputies shooting a dog after jumping a fence has gone viral. Although we understand the officer felt he was in danger, there must be other ways of getting into a property without killing animals. The dogs were simply doing what they were trained to do.

Dogs are members of families and must be regarded as such. Please train your officers to handle situations without killing them.


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Photo credit: Dr. Manfred Herrmann Allgemeiner

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  1. Ginger Hewins says:

    Police are just getting out of control everywhere. They are using their position of authority to do some cruel things.Some years ago when they felt threatened by another human with a gun or knife, they would just shoot them in the leg or arm. And of course this would automatically make the person drop the weapon. But now police shoot to kill, without a second thought. So cruelty to animals means nothing to them. But I think they should be punished to the maximum .DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS !! PUT A STOP TO IT NOW.

  2. Jill Scott says:

    Should be properly trained? How about firing him, preferably out of a cannon and into shark infested waters.

  3. Rose Rosema says:

    That idiot should be jailed for what he did! What a dumbass thing to go do in the first place! Those dogs were there to protect the property! There’s such a thing as proceed with caution! Not barge onto the property like that and then shoot the poor dog that’s protecting it! Seems to me those cops are getting too trigger happy these days! Could he not have used mace to spray if he felt threatened by the dog instead of killing him??? He’s lucky it wasn’t my dog!!!!

  4. Linda Amundson says:

    So, basically, your typical postal carrier is braver than your typical cop these days. They face dogs in the dogs’ territory every day and yet manage to NOT shoot any dogs or get hurt.

    Time for training (and some common sense) of America’s cops when it comes to dogs. I realize this killing wasn’t in Brooklyn but, that’s kind of the point–it’s happening everywhere–Brooklyn P.D. have killed 96 dogs in three years with one cop killing something like 25 dogs himself, which leads me to believe that may be his favorite part of his ‘job’.

    Of course, you can’t really trust someone who doesn’t like dogs.

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