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Who’s at Fault When Police Kill Your Pet?


A California law professor is calling for more police accountability for the thousands of domestic pets gunned down by law enforcement each year, suggesting that states mandate reporting of these lethal incidents to the FBI.

Accurate data do not exist, but according to Department of Justice estimates, police officers kill an estimated 10,000 pet dogs a year– and not just in self defense. In a forthcoming article for the University of New Hampshire Law Review, Courtney G. Lee of the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Ca., writes that many animals “have been deliberately shot and killed under questionable circumstances, including through doors, or while tied, running away, or hiding.”

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