A ruling from the 6th Circuit Court in Michigan has been handed down. The decision: if your dog barks or moves when a police officer comes to your home it can be justifiably shot.
Ruling Against 30,000 Years Of Friendship Between Man And Dog. Police Can Now Shoot Your Pet On A Whim If It Barks.
Genetic evidence shows us that between 19,000 and 30,000 years ago ancient hunters in Ice Age Europe formed a bond with wolves that has stood the test of time.
Ever since our furry four-legged companions have been at our sides. They beg for table scraps much in the same way they did 30,000 years ago when they would dine on the carcasses of the hunt. They stand guard in our home just like they watched over ancient man as he slept in his cave. They run with us, they feel with us, and when they pass away they take a part of us with them.
Now a court is ordering that a dog’s 30,000 years of evolutionary instinct to protect their master is reason enough to shoot the animal dead.
This decision came after Mark and Cheryl Brown petitioned the court to hold the city and police officers from Battle Creek, Michigan accountable for shooting and killing their dogs. The police were executing a search warrant of the couple’s home looking for evidence of drugs when the officers deemed their animals a threat and subsequently shot both of their dogs. The Brown’s said the actions of the police were equivalent to the unlawful seizure of property in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
“The standard we set out today is that a police officer’s use of deadly force against a dog while executing a warrant to search a home for illegal drug activity is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment when, 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,” Judge Eric Clay wrote in the decision.
The imminent threat to the police? According to the Washington Examiner:
The imminent threat came from the dogs barking and moving around. One officer shot the first pit bull after he said it “had only moved a few inches” in a movement that he considered to be a “lunge.” The injured dog retreated to the basement, where the officer shot and killed it as well as the second dog while conducting a sweep of the residence. “Officer Klein testified that after he shot and killed the first dog, he noticed the second dog standing about halfway across the basement,” the court’s opinion explained.
“The second dog was not moving towards the officers when they discovered her in the basement, but rather she was ‘just standing there,’ barking and was turned sideways to the officers. Klein then fired the first two rounds at the second dog.”
Evidently, the second dog, injured and bleeding out, ran into a corner when another officer decided to put it out of its misery instead of seeking help for the wounded animal.
The court decided that the Brown’s could not show sufficient evidence that the first dog did not lunge at the police and that the second did not bark.
So if you have dogs in your home that you love and cherish protect them if the police come around. They may shoot and kill your pet if it so much as whimpers.