Worm turning in dog-shooting case?

August 17, 2010

I suspected that the worm would slowly turn to point the finger to Bear-Bear's guardian ("Prosecutors: Inquiry into dog park shooting may take another week," Aug. 17). And the worm just happens to be the off-duty federal officer, who shot a dog in a dog park with his off-duty weapon which was loaded with hollow point bullets. Let's break this down, as I have gotten between two fighting dogs three times in my past and am well aware of how an aggressive dog behaves.

First off, not one of Bear-Bear's caregivers ever noticed any aggression. Why now? If there was any aggression between the dogs, how do we really know it was Bear-Bear, since he had absolutely no history of aggression?

Secondly, the officer's dog was on a leash. Do you mean to tell me that with his training as a police officer, the only thing he could think to do in this situation was shoot the dog? Watch out criminals; don't cross the street if you're not in a crosswalk.

I have no special training and was successful at separating two fighting dogs on three occasions without using brute force.

Thirdly, of course, Bear-Bear's guardian was slow answering the responding Anne Arundel County officer's questions. He just witnessed a shooting. I have no idea how I would have reacted.

Based on what the media is reporting, it appears that the officer was wrong on so many levels to shoot that dog when there were so many other options available. It appears to me and many, many others following this story that this officer had not yet gotten over his Wyatt Earp complex and thought he was above the law. I wonder what the outcome would be if the shoe were on the other foot,

Kathryn Tebby, Brooklyn Park

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