If you don't own one, you might as well buy a gun. It turns out that neither cops nor dogs are the best protection against home invasion, especially when the invaders are rogue cops themselves.
In a decision that shouldn't surprise anyone, an internal investigation by the Prince George's County, Maryland Sheriff's Department has determined that raiding officers acted entirely appropriately when they shot and killed two pet labradors during a mistaken drug raid at the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo.
Ken has previously covered the Calvo dog murders, in which deputies shot a fleeing dog in the back, here and here. We'll note that the problem of cops shooting non-threatening dogs is not merely an American one. Australian cops evidently fear babies almost as much as they fear dogs.
We should also note that Mayor (you think this couldn't happen to you or your neighbor?) Calvo's dogs were not of a dangerous breed. They were labrador retrievers, a breed whose most endearing quality is playful sweetness, and whose most threatening quality is a propensity to lick intruders to death.
Evidently that's what these sad excuses for cops from Prince George's County feared.