LOS ANGELES (AP) __ Man´s best friend isn´t on particularly friendly terms with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police statistics show one out of every four officer-involved shootings involves a dog. That´s 465 dog-shooting incidents since 1985. Nearly half of those resulted in the dog´s death.
Human Society animal behaviorist Randall Lockwood said those numbers seem “surprisingly high.” He called for better training for police officers in Los Angeles and other cities.
The issue of dog shootings was brought to the forefront in Los Angeles last month when a police officer fatally shot a pit bull named Teri that had been featured on a calendar printed by the organization Downtown Dog Rescue.
Police said the dog bared its teeth at officers on bike patrol and appeared about to attack. Volunteers who rescue dogs in the area accused the officer who opened fire of overreacting.