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If a police detective were to kill a dog or dogs that were accidentally unleashed from their confinement area,during his chase to apprehend a criminal/suspect;will that be a form of selfdefence or will he/she be charged (i.e is that legal)? how will the police department look upon such an action?,

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Acbar, first of all, any discharge of a firearm must be justified. Therefore, if a dog is off lead and approachs an officer, he has the right to defend himself. As a veteran, and a k9 trainer, I always took the approach that a dog bite hurts but not enough to pull the trigger.
Paul

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PaulKoinig

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i have trained over 100 police work dogs for patrol,narcotics and explosives. i am a nationally certified trainer with the uspca and npca canine associations.

Experience

Handler for 13years. Trainer for 9 years

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USPCA,NPCA,FOP,PBA,IABTI,IAAI

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bs Towson State Univ,Balt. Md.

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