Your furry best-friend might just be doing his job by protecting his master and his home but it could cost him his life now that a new law has been passed.
There is now a new, unnerving court ruling, which means your dogs are at risk if they bark or even move slightly when police are around and request them to stop.
The court has now ruled police can shoot a dog dead if it moves or barks at them, even more worryingly, in their own home, according to Distractify.
This sad decision has been made after an incident in Michigan three years ago when officers shot a couple’s pet pooches while searching their home.
The officer claimed the pit bull moved ‘a few inches’ and seemed to ‘lunge’ at him, so he shot him there and then.
He didn’t stop there though, he followed the poor dog who loped off, bleeding to the basement where he found him and this time, shot him to death.
Court documents revealed the other dog ran off to find his dead pal in the basement and proceeded to bark at the policeman, before the officers fired more shots and killing the second animal too.
An officer at the scene described what he witnessed:
There was blood coming out of numerous holes in the dog, so he put her out of her misery and fired the last shot.
Mark and Cheryl Brown, the owners of the ill-fated pets, were understandably horrified at what had happened and filed a petition to hold the city and the officers to account.
They claimed police had ‘unlawfully seized their property in violation of the Fourth Amendment when officers shot and killed the dogs while executing a search warrant’.
Despite their protestations, the court ruled the killing of the dogs to be justified.
Judge Eric Clay gave his decision:
Given the totality of the circumstances and viewed from the perspective of an objectively reasonable officer, the dog poses an imminent threat to the officer’s safety.
The standard we set out today is that a police officer’s use of deadly force against a dog while executing a search warrant to search a home for illegal drug activity is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment when… the dog poses an imminent threat to the officer’s safety.
It is of course understandable that police officers need to be able to protect themselves and make difficult, split-second decisions, but it’s equally horrible to know that despite our pets trying to protect us, they may no longer be safe.