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SAPD Pit Bull Shooting Prompts Calls for Policy Change

SAPD Pit Bull Shooting Prompts Calls for Policy Change
Posted May 14th, 2013 @ 12:26pm by Jim Forsyth

Pit Bull rescues groups say police agencies should institute policies to make sure they are more 'dog friendly,' 1200 WOAI news reports.


  During a raid on an alleged drug house on the city's west side last week, police SWAT officers shot two pit-bull puppies they say were 'acting aggressively.'


  Sherise Brossard with 'Heaven Sent Pit Bull Rescue' says that doesn't make sense.


  "At less than one year old they are still babies," she said.  "They don't even have their protective instinct in them yet.  They are looking for their mom and their owner to protect them."


  She says it is the reputation of the breed that prompts police to open fire.


  “People take it as a sign of aggression, because the dogs look scary, and it’s barking,” she said.


  Efforts are underway around the state to get police to adopt pro active policies when it comes to all dogs, especially pit bulls.  Perhaps the worst case was in Austin, where a police officer went to a man’s home on a domestic violence call.  Turns out it was the wrong house, and when the man came outside to direct police to the right home, and his dog followed, the officer shot and killed the dog.


  Broussard says police discriminate against pit bulls and other breeds that have bad reputation, and frequently it comes down to police just being lazy and uninformed.


  “At four months of age a dog can’t really show aggression,” she said.  “It usually comes down to police taking the easier route, rather they trying to do the humane thing.”


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