Emotions run high when pets are in the news. The shooting of Bear-Bear, a Siberian husky, in an Anne Arundel County dog park by an off-duty federal officer who says he felt the husky was attacking his dog, has produced a torrent of public outrage and a quick change of position by county officials.
Wisely, County Executive John R. Leopold has ordered the Anne Arundel County police to conduct a full investigation of what happened. The initial response of the county's police department that the shooting was not worthy of investigating made little sense. Discharging a firearm in a public park, let alone shooting an animal, is not something to be taken lightly. It shouldn't take a story in The Baltimore Sun and an angry public reaction for the Anne Arundel police to take a shooting seriously.
The conduct of the policemen and Anne Arundel County workers who initially dismissed the incident should be examined. If there was negligence or other improper conduct, they should be disciplined.