Memphis police defend decision to shoot dogs

Memphis Commercial Appeal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A raised baton is often all a police officer needs to give a menacing dog second thoughts about attacking, an official with the ASPCA said Friday.

Properly trained officers rarely need to use lethal force against a pet, said Randall Lockwood, a vice president with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Washington.

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