An Idaho police officer was captured on his own dashcam kicking and fatally shooting a service animal on its owner's yard.
The officer was responding to a complaint that there were loose dogs in the front yard of the residence. When he arrived, there were three dogs running loose.
In the video, one of the dogs - a service dog named "Hooch" - approaches the officer, at which point the officer kicks the dog in the face, yelling at the animals to "get out of the way."
A few moments later, the officer is seen firing a single shot at Hooch, who can be heard whimpering in pain as it bleeds out while the officer calls in a "shots fired."
WARNING: The dashcam video might be emotionally distressing for some readers:
The owner of the dog, who says he suffers from Parkinson's disease and relied on Hooch as a service animal, said the officer went too far by killing the animal.
He didn't have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog... It was right outside my son's bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?
The officer defended his actions, claiming he thought he was going to get bit - something which happened to him on a previous call and his commander supported the officer's actions in statements to media.
It got to the point where he felt that the dog was too much of a danger, and it was aggressing him too much, and he decided that he didn't want to get bit, and for his own safety shot the dog and put it down... the officer does not have to get bit before he could defend himself against the dog.
Via Opposing Views