Albion, Michigan, is a dog town; how could an Albion Department of Public Safety officer shoot someone’s family pet?

Albion, Michigan, is a dog town; how could an Albion Department of Public Safety officer shoot someone’s family pet?

AMNSTAFF | July 8th, 2021 | 12:47 PM | Warning Graphic Images

How could an Albion Department of Public Safety officer shoot someone’s family pet? This local Albion family did not deserve to find their animal bled out from a bullet wound and left on the city street, and yes, this happened here in Albion, Michigan. 

Waking up to this image on What’s Happening Albion was shocking. Shooting an animal makes me sick, and I am pretty positive I am not alone when making that statement. 

According to Michigan Animal Cruelty Laws, a person only has a specific right to shoot a Dog, in self-defense or the defense of others. 

Although it may be legal to shoot a dog in self-defense, is shooting a dog ethical even though it is legal? 

The shooting of this animal raises the legitimate question regarding the officer’s fitness for duty as an Albion Department of Public Safety Officer.

This blunder raises questions regarding the officer’s training. 

The Excuse that the animal’s breed being a Staffordshire Terrier or American Pitbull Terrier will not be adequate or accepted as valid reasoning behind shooting a family pet. 

It is a common misconception that Bully Breeds are dangerous and vicious. The American Temperament Testing society tested Pitbulls, and the breed had an 86% pass rate for their temperament compared to Golden Retrievers with only an 85.2% pass rate. This data set means Pitbulls have a better character than Golden Retrievers, known to be a “Good Breed.” (dogtime.com, 2017)

What made this officer decide the best course of action was the destruction of the animal? 

Why did this officer knowing the area, not ask the neighbors if they knew who the dog belonged to?

According to dogbreedlist.info, “American Pit Bulls from regular breeders cost you from $500 to $1000 per puppy. These puppies frequently contain common pedigree, are above 95% purebred. Pit Bulls from reputable breeders are highly costly, from $1500 to $2500 for each puppy.” The cost estimated on dogbreedlist.info does not consider the cost for shots, neutering, and all the other expenses associated with puppies.

Some people state the situation could have been avoided entirely if the dog was not roaming the area in the first place. 

How can Albion go from a Dog town to a Dog Shooting Town? We requested further information from Skipp@cityofalbionmi.gov; hopefully, Police Chief Kipp can shed some light on this situation. 

This tragedy is also a good teaching moment.  

It is common for intact males and female dogs to escape in search of a mate. Some will say they could not afford to have their animal fixed. Please note, “All Dogs must be licensed when they attain the age of Four Months.”

Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics

  • https://www.cahs-lansing.org/spayneuter/ 
  • http://eatoncountyhumanesociety.org/

All dogs must be licensed when they attain the age of four months. 

Would you please ensure your dog or cat is up to date with their rabies shots and vaccinations?

  • Calhoun County MI- NOTE: Battle Creek residents living within the city limits must obtain their appropriate license at the city’s office.
  • One-year dog licenses expire on the last day of the month of the dog’s current rabies vaccination every year.
  • Three-year dog licenses expire on the last day of the month of the dog’s current rabies vaccination, every third year. 

Information:www.calhouncountymi.gov/departments/treasurers_office/dog_licenses.php

How can Albion go from a Dog town to a Dog Shooting Town? We requested further information from Skipp@cityofalbionmi.gov; hopefully, Police Chief Kipp can shed some light on this situation. 

Calhoun County Michigan Dog Ordinance: