Thursday, October 29, 2009

Memphis police defend shooting, ASPCA expert disagrees

This is a follow-up article to this one, in which one Lab mix was shot, another shot at and still missing.

Properly trained officers rarely need to use lethal force against a pet, said Randall Lockwood, a vice president with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Washington.
"In 99 percent of encounters, simply having the baton in the hand is enough to get the dog to back off," Lockwood said a day after two Memphis police officers shot at two charging dogs behind a house in High Point Terrace after responding to a burglar alarm.

 The MPD released figures Friday that show its officers have shot at dogs 48 times this year. Thirteen of the animals were killed, four were critically injured, 11 were injured superficially and 20 weren't hit.

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