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Posted about 7 years ago

 

The thread about having to deal with attack dogs got me thinking... Cops need to do what they need to do to stay safe, of course, and I have no issue with them killing a dog that is about to attack them.

I DO have an issue with people like drug dealers who train a dog to be vicious as a sort of "line of defense" against cops.

My question is, when all is said and done and you are bringing the scumbag to trial, do you also throw in animal cruelty charges or something along that line?

I would like to see that.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

It would have to be shown that the animal was not provided with adequate food and water, or shown that the dog was being tortured or mistreated for a cruelty case to be prosecuted. Just because the dog was "trained" a certain way does not constitue a criminal charge.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Chaplain,

From what I know it really depends on your state and city as well. In Utah animal control handles the rest of the issue more so than the officers do. Most the animal controls personal are cops here but they just specialize in animal laws and so forth. But like GTS197 said you would have to be able to prove that the animal was not taken care of and so on. I do know in my state if the animal has fight scares that’s enough to bring charges against the owner for animal cruelty. Believe it or not just like a human who has been murder they go through an autopsy and so do the animals. But again it depends on your state… This is what they did to my family after my neighbor shot and killed my dog in my backyard. We where also investigated because my dog was a rottie. Long story short they came to the point my dog was not aggressive, was not abused and the neighbor was in the wrong for what he did, but we never did get justice out of it...


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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Thanks for your answers.

I guess the difficult thing about it from a legal standpoint is being able to distinguish between a dog appropriately trained and used as a guard dog, and one that is not. Maybe it's more like the distinction between a homeowner using a weapon when an invader intrudes into his/her house, and someone using a weapon on a SWAT team bursting in to make an arrest. Two different things entirely, but there could be cases that blur the legal issues involved.

I just feel so bad for the dogs that are set up to be shot by bad guys who want to buy time to flush their drugs!

Clover, I am sorry to hear what happened to your dog-- and that there were no consequences for the people who did it. I am glad they are careful to check into the animal's story, but it sounds like a ball was dropped somewhere, doesn't it?

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I understand precisely where you're coming from CK. Roughly two months ago my team ran a search warrant on a meth lab which was located inside of a residence. Usually, this is commonplace where I'm at, but this particular residence had 5 pit bulls inside the fenced property which served as "guards". Myself and another operator were tasked with being the first two to go onto the property and handle the threat. As horrible as it may sound, we were to take supressed weapons and clear the path for the entry team, which was right behind us. As we entered the property, we were pleased to find that all 5 dogs were chained to trees around the house and instead of shooting the dogs, we were able to manuever down a "lane" where the dogs could not get to us. They barked, but that's it. The lab was taken down and the dogs survived.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

In Virginia we have a law that handles those cases. Just like cruelty we have a law preventing the training of these type of dogs. Also being and Animal Control Officer I would charge cruelty. See most of these dogs are beat all through there training. Or starved these in them selves are cruelty and nothing less!!!!!!!!!!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I agree entirely.

GTS, I'm glad you didn't have to harm those dogs. What happened to the dogs when the owners were arrested?