Shooting may spark legislation after Round Rock officers kill dog

Bullet was shot and killed by two Round Rock police officers in 2014. (Courtesy: Lane family)
Bullet was shot and killed by two Round Rock police officers in 2014. (Courtesy: Lane family)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Officials with the Round Rock Police Department say a review of the sergeants initial investigation into a incident where officers shot and killed a dog will likely be Wednesday.

The officers involved in the shooting are currently on active duty.

Hope and Russell Lane said their 8-year-old Rotweiller, Bullet, was shot several times inside their home. Police were checking on a security alarm, and the Lanes say officers told them the dog jumped at them.

This case, and others like it statewide, could actually spark action in the legislature.

The Texas Humane Legislation Network want a new state law requiring training to cut down on such incidents.

“Even a happy excited canine might bark at you,” said Stacy Suttonkerby. “Anytime a canine approaches an officer, that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily coming to attack. And the eight hour training course would help teach officers how to recognize that threatening body language.”

Austin police officers take a two hour course on dealing with dogs and changed department policy for aggressive animal response just a couple of years ago.

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