Officers with the San Diego Police Department went to the wrong home in Pacific Beach Sunday morning and killed a pitbull, according to NBC.
Did you catch that?
The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call and went to the wrong home.
The dog’s owner, Ian Anderson, told NBC his dog Burberry was a 6-year-old service dog.
Anderson stood on a sidewalk outside his home and walked through the last moments of Burberry’s life.
Anderson said Burberry started barking when police knocked on his door. Once the dog was outside, he stopped barking according to Anderson. He claims one officer bent down and petted the pit bull. Then, the second officer reacted to seeing the animal.
“The other officer yelled and screamed at the dog for no reason to get inside. It startled the dog,” Anderson said.
“[The officer] jumped back, went this way, drew his weapon,” he said. “Boom. Shot right in the head and he was done. He was dead.”
The San Diego Police Department released this statement, according to NBC:
“The preservation of life is our top priority and this includes the lives of animals. This incident is currently being investigated as any Officer Involved Shooting would be to assure proper procedures were followed. Any further comments prior to the completion of the investigation would simply be premature.”
When is it OK for an officer to shoot a dog?
NBC seems to be very obviously siding with the dog’s owner on this story. I’d say NBC is even biased.
And dog lovers in general are standing up for Anderson and Burberry as well, which is good to see.
However, I just want to ask, what if the officer was truly in danger? We can’t really tell from how this story is being reported.
I don’t know what, legally, is and isn’t allowed as far as police officers shooting dogs.
It does seem to be happening far too often lately, or at least the media are reporting about it more often than in the past.
Like other dog lovers, I can only imagine:
What if police were to accidentally show up at my apartment, mistaking it for a neighboring address? Would they shoot my dog if he were to bark and move towards them? If he were to run out the door?
Would they be wrong to shoot a large, black dog with a deep bark?
What do you think about this story?
There is a Facebook page created called “Justice for Burberry” that has more than 2,000 likes.
Under its about section, the page says:
“Burberry was shot & killed by San Diego PD 3/15/2015, after going to the wrong address. The first officer petted Burberry, the second officer killed him.”
*Image from the Justice for Burberry Facebook page.