Because that is what our Labs are to us. Did I get your attention? I hope so because this is what is happening across the US and most recently in my state of Georgia with a Chocolate Labrador named Luke.
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SMYRNA, Ga. — A Cobb County police officer says he was forced to shoot an aggressive dog, but the animal’s owner insists police are painting the wrong picture of his pet. “There was no sense in it,” said Robby King, the dog’s owner. “They didn’t have to shoot him. He was a big baby.”
Robby King admits that in his haste to get to the hospital to visit his new grandbaby, he accidently set off the alarm at his Smyrna home. King also admits that he forgot the password that would have told the alarm company and police that everything was okay.
Two Cobb police officers responded to the alarm. King says he was standing near the front door when officers went to the back.
“I heard pop-pop and said, ‘Please don’t shoot my dog’,” said King.
A Cobb police spokesperson said no one with the department would speak on camera, but did release a detailed report.
According to the report, Officer G.M. Roach found an unsecured door at the back of the home. Officer Roach told investigators that he opened the door and announced “Cobb County Police.” He said that’s when the 100 pound chocolate Labrador retriever charged him.
“I retreated approximately 20 feet from the back door and the large dog continued toward me barking aggressively with its mouth wide open attempting to bite me,” the report quotes Officer Roach as saying.
Roach told investigators he fired one shot but the animal kept coming.
“It continued charging toward me in an aggressive manner as if the dog’s main focus was attacking me and harming me,” Officer Roach is quoted as saying.
The report also claims a witness told officers the same animal once attacked her. The witness, identified in the report as Cheryl Truelove, is quoted as telling officers “That dog as bit me in the past.”
Cheryl Truelove is Robby King’s sister. When 11Alive’s Jerry Carnes caught up with Truelove at King’s home, she claimed she’d told officers about a completely different dog.
“I never claimed Luke bit me, cause Luke has never bit me,” said Truelove.
Cobb Police say that the officer followed policy and procedure and that their investigation is closed.
“I think there should have been another method of dealing with that threat,” said King. “I loved that dog with all my heart.”
The Officer claimed he perceived himself in danger, then why did he not use a Taser or pepper spray as they would a Human?? Is it not true that Law Enforcement uses deadly force on a human as a last resort?
This could easily happen to any one of us. How many times has your Labrador barked at people walking by, or the mail man or even kids getting off the school bus. Anyone from the outside could “perceive” your furry loved one to be a threat, but we know that is not the case.
Imagine your home alarm going off and the police respond to it. Your Lab is going to be on high alert as is because of the alarm. Are we now supposed to have signs in our yard letting police know not to shoot our dogs??
Several Facebook pages have spawned up for all these type of shootings and it seems to becoming a recurring issue. It is clearly apparent that Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures need to revised and addressed or this kind of senseless killing will keep happening. In addition a Blog called Cops Shooting Dogs is recording all the dog shootings across the US. Here you can see all the Facebook pages that are up due to Law Enforcement shooting pets.
Policies and Procedures need to be changed and It’s a Lab Thing stands behind this cause and believes that more light needs to be shed on this issue.
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