The most harmless seeming dog, like a teaspoon full of water, can kill. Ask the Birmingham Alabama officers who were forced to shoot three dogs belonging to Leisa Bunn and Rusty Crawford outside Ms. Bunn's apartment.
"The officers told Mr. Crawford to take control of his dogs. He yelled for the dogs to stop, but they didn't listen to his verbal commands," Williams said. "While fearing for their safety, the officers drew their weapons and began to fire at the dogs."
If these dogs had only listened to lawful commands, the tragedy could have been averted.
Bessie, a 39-pound mixed breed, was shot in the leg and is facing possible amputation, Spina said. Smoke, a 46-pound mixed breed, was shot but not seriously injured. Mookie, a 40-pound mixed breed, was shaking but not physically wounded, [Bunn's attorney] said.
Now a 46 pound dog may not seem huge or particularly threatening, but add all of these animals up and you have a 125 pound dog! So it was imperative that the dogs be restrained, even if officers had to shoot them in the back to do it.
Bunn and Crawford were arrested on a disorderly conduct charge, [Police spokesman] Williams said. "Mr. Crawford and Ms. Bunn became angry and more irate and disorderly," Williams said. "The officers warned them to calm down and they refused."
Again, if Bunn and Crawford had only listened to lawful commands and calmed down after their dogs were shot, they could have gone on their way like peaceful citizens.