Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Shooting Dogs: Taking a Bite Out of the Constitution

Laura Scarry, Attorney at Law

The lesson of this class was that the shooting of a dog requires “objective reasonableness” to meet the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

This amendment clearly states the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. A dog is now considered an “effect.”

Officers must now complete thorough reports documenting the facts which will support the shooting of a dog was objectively reasonable based on the totality of the circumstances.


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