December 12, 2010
Sunday on The Intellihub Radio Show Shepard interviewed Eric and his cousin who had their dogs killed during a SWAT raid by trigger happy law enforcement officials.
Several topics were raised in the interview such as the fact that in some states if a police dog is killed, the suspect could serve 5 or more years in prison. There should be a more humane way that SWAT could conduct their operations to minimize harm to innocent people and animals. One suggestion that was raised in the interview was that SWAT should maintain an animal handling professional to secure such animals as soon as the house is cleared. SWAT teams are outfitted with padding and body armor.
Obviously small, midsize and even large pets should be a minimum threat to armored officers.