I've got some issues with how this went down. There have been more and more dogs shot by officers in the news. It's starting to feel like the reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later because, well, it's just a dog.
If the officer who turned and ran is in the K9 unit, he should fully know that the dog's instinct is to give chase, whether it's aggressive or playful. He should have handled that better.
Was there no alternative than for his partner to fire (5 times? Really???) on the animal?
So to be safe, keep my dog on leash, inside, or in the back yard; got it. I'm sure that everyone's dog has gotten loose at one time or another. Heck, it's even legal to have your dog unleashed on your own property. If for whatever reason LEO's show up and enter the property, is it their duty to retreat if there's a dog? If they turn and run, then shoot the dog when it chases them, who's to blame?
There used to be a time when I didn't worry about it much, but not any more. I think this is a good reason for more training on appropriate escalation of force where someone's pet is involved.
The dog, named Scrappy Doo, was wounded in the shoulder and neck but survived and came home from the vet Monday, owner Russell Lortz said.