Dog Bites [Innocent] Man

Police%20Dog.jpgAn innocent man was attacked by an off duty police dog in Lake County yesterday.
This has always bothered me. I think it is highly unethical to use canines as pursuit and detainment methods. If it is not acceptable for a police officer to lunge on and bite into the flesh of a suspect, then it should be no more acceptable for an officer to use a dog as a conduit for that same action. As well, these dogs do not volunteer for dangerous duty, they are pressed into service. I don’t care how much it is said they enjoy their work, they enjoy any attention a human gives them. I think it is completely fine to make use of canine’s excellent sensory advantages to assist officers in searches, but only after the area and suspect are secured by human officers. When you use dogs, no matter how well trained, you are putting an animal in ultimate control of a citizens well being during a police action. That to me is unconscionable and totally outside of civil rights protections. Thoughts?

2 Comments so far

  1. Fred (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    I don’t think it is relevant that it was a police dog. It was simply another careless dog owner that released their animal in public without a leash. The owner/handler should be held responsible for the dogs actions. The dog was acting on its own free will and/or training, but based upon the story it was not commanded to attack the innocent victim. If the owner/handler receives extra discipline as a careless officer with a trained weapon, all the better.

  2. Terry Howard (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    Yeah, I guess there are really two issues here, I was thinking about the animal rights/human civil rights aspect, but responsible dog ownership is also something this community deals with a lot. That’s always sad too when an animal ends up paying the ultimate price for a person being an irresponsible dog owner. If you own a dog you take on the job of helping train that animal to behave and be responsible about where you take it and how you ensure public safety with regards to it. I guess with that in mind, I was a little miffed that had this been a civilians dog, the poor animal would have been put down in short order and the owner quickly charged. Both owner and animal were back on the job the next day. Seems like a gross double standard.

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