Sorry to completely jack this thread but it seems to have already happened, as do so many other Chaff threads :D
"Yet another act of animal cruelty perpetrated by police. This dog was on leash, and gunned down."
Nate, I think that you and many people on Youtube that commented on that video are drawing too many conclusions about that. Before you go calling the Police out for animal cruelty, consider these:
1. I don't see any kind of published, verified report about this that you or anyone on Youtube can provide, not even a newspaper article, much less an official police report. Heck you don't even know why the officers were there with the dog. I haven't seen you or anyone on Youtube accusing the police of cruelty provide a link to a reliable source to backup your accusations. If there is some kind of printed report related to this, please give me a link!
2. The video was of poor quality (slow f/sec, narrow view, no sound), and the dog and most of the handler was off camera for a full 10 seconds in that video (5mins mark). You could not read well the expressions of the face of dog or the officers. Because there is no sound, a lot of what would be valuable information is just not there.
3. Am I mistaken, or is the dog a pit bull? Aren't they known to be somewhat unpredictable if they have not been properly trained and/or abused?
4. The dog appeared to be violently fighting the officer once it was attached to the pole (not sure what the correct terminology is for that tool). Again, there is no sound, so you know not if the officer received orders to terminate the dog for whatever reason, or if he did so on his own will. Another possibly is that the officers came to a conclusion at that time that terminating the dog was the best thing they could do, perhaps the handler's life could have been reasonably at risk after having needed to put so much effort into controlling the dog. I don't believe that they would terminate it without clearance first, because they seemed to be (mostly) in control of the situation.
"This dog was on leash, and gunned down."
I have a really smart-alek comment I want to say so badly at that but for the purpose of an intelligent discussion, I will refrain.
With this post I do not mean to bash you, the dog, or anyone on Youtube who commented on this saying things like "those cops should be fired and put in prison" and the such.
Perhaps the police officers did commit an unwarranted act, this is not totally ruled out IMO, given that officers have been known to make mistakes, because last time I checked police are still human and thus still prone to make mistakes once in awhile, despite the (usually) high standards they are held to (a good thing!). If it is reasonably proven that these officers acted unreasonably and unresponsively, then yes, they will and should be accordingly disciplined. But to go as far as to say that they should get the "death penalty" as some on Youtube say, is pure nonsense. Dogs are not equal or superior to human beings and neither is any animal. Human beings have been ordained special by God and in the process given the privilege of dominion over all other earthly creation. Thus, when it is seen fit by us to terminate any piece of that creation (PLEASE NOTE in this I am talking about animals, not the punishment of fellow humans who have committed crimes), whether it be for provision, to protect fellow human beings, recreation, or other, it should be done with respect and thanksgiving. In this case the animal may have been needed to be terminated to protect fellow human beings, and the dog had a quick death. It does not appear to have been tortured by officers.
There is simply not enough clear evidence to make a reasonable conclusion without more information. I am certainly no expert, and this post certainly does not cover even close to all the variables, details, unknown information bits, aspects, and possibilities.
But, in defense of the police officers, get some more evidence and make sure it's reliable before making silly, generalized, far-fetched, or otherwise heavy-hammered accusations of animal cruelty!