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Miniature dachsund shot by police officer

A police officer in Danville, Virginia, shot and killed a miniature dachsund named Killer Monday night, an action the department says was justified.

The officer was returning to his car after trying to serve a warrant, when a dachsund living next door came “running throught the yard directly at him from the rear,” according to a police department press release.

Police say the 11-pound dog was growling and that the officer shot him when he “lunged” and “attacked him.”

The press release says the officer had only seconds to consider his options — “run for the safety of the police vehicle, attempt to distract the dog from its attack, try to use pepper spray or baton, or use his firearm.”

Police said an “investigation revealed that the dog was named ‘Killer’, was a Dachshund, had displayed aggressive tendencies before to others, and belonged at the house next door to where the officer was attempting to serve the warrant.”

The press release added, “Shooting a dog which is actively presenting a threat to an officer is within the department’s policy. An officer is not required to ‘take a bite’ from any dog, including small breeds, because any breaking of the skin can transmit rabies. If the attacking dog cannot be identified and captured and quarantined after the attack, the officer must take a series of rabies vaccine shots.”

Comments

Comment from Harry
Time June 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

This is yet one more example of police thuggery.

They regularly murder blacks. Remember the guy they shot in NYC FORTY TIMES because he was reaching for a wallet. Remember the guy in NYC they anally raped with a nightstick.

Go do a google search on SWAT raids. There are 40,000 of them each year, with hundreds directed against completely innocent people. During all these they kill dogs, babies, wreck houses.

The idea that the thug in question here needed to shoot an 11 pound dog is utterly absurd.

The police NEVER punish there own.

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