OPD defends action in dog shooting

6 thoughts on “OPD defends action in dog shooting”

  1. Nothing is clear from the official documents, but it’s my opinion that the shots passed through one dog, striking the other. The shots were fired at close range, and the animals were both less than fifty pounds. A standard-issue police sidearm could easily do this.

  2. It occurred to me that this would seem to be the gist of the testimonial that the officers shot “them” because they were mistaken for pit bulls. But if that is true, then the initial police report you quoted would appear to have been purposefully misleading.

  3. It seems strange to me, however, that an officer would not be able to tell the difference between a Bulldog and a Pit Bull. And how could a dog be shot through twice and simply “separate” and move elsewhere? Did the Bull Dog, after having been shot, make his way to the porch?

  4. It is of interest to me, admittedly, in so far as a digestable mystery in the real world of a comparatively simple town provides a practical study for my projected novel. But the contradictory nature of this mystery is no more curious for me than the vision of an unfolding drama in which the indignance surrounding the cruel mistreatment of two pets can often dwarf our common sense of the injustice all around us suffered by human beings… even by those two officers.

    Perhaps we could say that the interest and controversy this tiny event has engendered in those who did not even know the ones involved is an expression of helplessness. Perhaps the reason for our disinterest in the usual (and greater) injustices we take for granted arises from the fact that they seem overwhelming and beyond our capacity to effect. Apathy is, after all, a documented final response in many of those who have run out of answers. Two beloved pets, as innocent an object of our concern as any, are then turned into objects of tragedy to represent every tragic victim we did not help… a microcosm for a world of sympathy and regret. That is, at least, one interpretation.

    And it’s a moving image.

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