All around — enough blame to go around. The cop should have Tazed or used pepper spray on the dog, (a dog is always going to bark and protect his territory). The owner should have called 911 and explained. And why didn’t he know the security code? Anyway, the man’s beloved pet is gone, and at the very least, the cops should make some kind of conciliatory statement. Any pet lover will tell you that they are like members of the family.
You weren’t there — To all of you who are putting all blame on the policeman, you were not there. Nor was I. I do know that I have been bitten twice by two different dogs who were friendly, have never ever done that before, but because I came jogging by their yard, they felt threatened, and they bit, yes bit me. I’m sure the cop did what he thought was the best thing to do.
TIC — This police officer surely could not have been in fear for his life from a dog bite!! Man up. Kick the dog! Smack him with your baton! Mace him!! But don’t shoot the animal because he frightened you.
ShootFirst — then claim SOP; typical police officer response when denying any and all responsibility for an over reaction in the confines of a citizen’s home. If it were mine I’d be plenty p-ssed. This guy (dog owner) shows tremendous restraint.
Get real people — Sorry the man lost his dog, but he too is at fault. He should have called 911, he should have waited outside for the police, he should have had the dog with him on a leash or put the dog up in a room. ALL DOGS will bite given the right situations.
SG68 — I owned a black Lab many years ago and my experience tells me that the officer was more likely to be licked to death as opposed to bitten. He certainly wasn’t going to be mauled to death. His life was not in danger. What if the owner or resident of the house had charged out screaming and yelling at him at the top of his lungs? Would he have put a bullet or two in him? Discharging a powerful handgun in what was probably a heavily populated neighborhood was irresponsible and dangerous.
Anonymous — Over the years the police have transformed and reinvented themselves from being police officers to being urban soldiers, tactical responders and a slew of other profiles that fit today’s modern policeman. They are taught and instructed to act and respond like soldiers in battle and they do. In situations like this we need Sheriff Andy Taylor and not deputy Barney Fife.
V Gregory — I have two big dogs I love dearly. However, the human being who shows up ready to put himself/herself at risk to defend me and my property gets to shoot any dog that gives him any reason to be concerned. If you would prefer that police allow dogs to interfere with their sworn duty to serve and protect human beings, please don’t call the police or bother with an alarm.
Debbie G — I am so sorry for the loss of any animal, however as an animal owner, you have a responsibility. You knew the police were coming because YOU had set off the alarm. YOU should have secured your pet. ALL dogs bite.
Another Cobb citizen — The fact that this cop is still on the street and armed makes me fear for my family’s safety. He obviously doesn’t have the judgment necessary to be trusted with the public’s safety. This cop is going to shoot somebody’s kid if they keep him around. This is some really scary stuff. The fact that my taxes pay for this guy’s salary makes me sick.