Doggie Moral Dilemma

I post this with little comment of my own, but I am interested in our dear reader’s thoughts about this story of a dying doggie, a panicked owner, and an unsympathetic cop.

The cop’s gotta stop the guy to figure out why he’s driving that way, but where does it go from there? YOU BE THE JUDGE! {cue People’s Court theme}.

5 Responses to “Doggie Moral Dilemma”

  1. Janiece Says:

    Hmm. Being a doggie person myself who considers my Boogie-Dog to be a member of the family, I think the police officer should be horse-whipped.

    And I say that as the daughter of a police officer.

    But I’m not an unbiased observer by any stretch of the imagination, so take it with a grain of salt.

  2. Jeri Says:

    Janiece, I agree. While the dog may have died anyway, the police officer most certainly ensured that was the case. Asshole.

    A sane and humane approach to policing – without the power trip this officer seemed to be on – would have been to follow the driver to the vet hospital at a more moderate speed, let him get his dog in the hands of veterinary personnel, and then write him a ticket.

    I can see the point that you don’t endanger the lives of humans for the life of a pet – or for that matter, for the life of another human. Ambulance drivers are trained to respond to emergencies in a way that does not. So the guy probably did deserve a citation – just not in the manner that took place here.

    My heart goes out to the poor dog owner. “You can get another dog.” Good lord! I’m sure glad the driver wasn’t armed – as agitated as he was, that would have been a distinct danger to everyone.

  3. Michelle Says:

    The cop should have been more gentle with the man, BUT he acted properly. Here’s why, IMHO.

    I LOVE Dogs. My family LOVES dogs. If my dog were dying, neither my husband or I would be fit to drive. Especially at that high of speed. A dying DOG is no reason to put other HUMAN lives in danger. Anyone driving under stress at 100 mph is plainly putting humans in danger. That is reckless behavior. If the man in question had hit a car carrying my children, parents, siblings, friends, etc, and killed or injured them, I would not accept a dying dog as a valid excuse. Maybe that officer had held an innocent bystander as he died as the result of a reckless driver. Who know where the officer was coming from?

    So no, he didn’t have to be mad at the folks or cruel, but he needed to stop the dangerous behavior.

  4. MWT Says:

    In light of Michelle’s comments, I’d say that a good way for the officer to handle it would’ve been to put the guy and the dog into the back of the cruiser and drive them to the vet. :p

    Unfortunately, not everyone thinks of pets as family members, and that particular officer apparently does not.

  5. Bryan Says:

    My position is he needs to stop the guy, but he should have escorted him to the vet’s, and given him a ticket after the dog got care if he felt it was warrented. Not necessarily because the driving of a dog to the vet needs an escort, but to make sure the guy doesn’t just speed off again and endanger people. The cop was callous, but protection of the public is his job, no doubt. The cop shouldn’t have held him up for the pup’s sake, not for that long, but I understand the need for the stop and a ticket.

    By all rights, actually, when the dog owner popped out of the car before the cop got there, the cop should have pulled his gun. That’s a potentially dangerous situation, too…I mean, what if the driver had a gun, in his mental state. Yikes.