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High Point Police’s pet policy needs fixing

by Jim Longworth

Over the past year, High Point Police have shot and killed 17 pet dogs. According to one animal rescuer, some’ were shot in retreat and none posed a deadly threat.

This was true of the boxer puppy that was fired upon seven times. Only one bullet hit its target while others lodged into a nearby house, endangering human inhabitants.

A task force has been formed to study police procedure, but it is already making excuses. For example, they cite statistics that police received over 600 vicious dog calls and only killed 17. Is that supposed to make owners of dead pets feel any better?

There are many ways to diffuse a dog drama. When I owned a farm and was confronted with what appeared to be dangerous dogs, I fired a warning shot in the air and the dogs fled.

Shooting a pet dog is an extreme response, and it is only required in extreme cases.

The officers in question should stand trial for animal abuse and reckless endangerment of citizens. If found guilty, they should serve jail time.

No one wants a policeman hurt in the line of duty, but we cannot tolerate the murder of domestic pets by trigger-happy cops.

I hope the task force has some bite to its bark.

Jim Longworth is host of ‘“Triad Today’” which can be seen Friday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7), and Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on UPN48 (cable channel 14).

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