The dog, Jack, pictured above, had gotten out of the backyard. Two police officers tried to catch him, eventually cornering him on the front porch where he bit one of the officers.
Mother Sharon Bullock said:
"He was cornered on the porch and scared. The officer bent down bare-handed to pick up Jack, and Jack bit him. My five-year-old cried himself to sleep the night before last, wanting his dog. Two grown men that can't gather up a five-pound dog – and they're trained police officers – sounds ridiculous to me."Admittedly, the dog did bite the officer, but why not call Animal Control, and why would you need to shoot him after already tasering him (which is bad enough, considering the animal's size)?
Now, the officers explained they were folloing "procedure," and the report indicates that one of the officers was bitten on both hands. One hand was bitten 17 times and the other was bitten nine times.
I don't know about that; I'd have to see the hands. I'm wondering if the count of bites is really the count of teeth marks, not the same thing.
Anyway, while it may be "procedure," it still seems like overkill, for a 5-pound-dog.