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Letter of the week: Lost child still more important than a dog
First Published Jun 27 2014 04:50 pm • Last Updated Jun 27 2014 04:50 pm

I have been seeing televised reports and reading articles on how upset and angry Shawn Kendall is over the shooting of his dog. I understand his being upset. I grew up with dogs and have had dogs in my life that were "like" part of the family.

They are not a person or a child. It is still a dog. The police officer searching for a lost child is more important than the dog. Finding the lost child is more important than the dog. This officer who serves and protects the public every day is more important than the dog. This officer’s career is more important than the dog.

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It is regrettable that this happened, but the officer did not go into the backyard intending to shoot a dog. He had a valid reason to be where he was and he found himself faced with a very large dog acting aggressively towards him. The officer’s health and well being is more important than the dog.

The police department may need to pay for Shawn Kendall’s dog. If he was a purebred, he may have been valuable, but he was still a dog. He was property. The law does not need to be changed on that. The child the police officer was looking for is a person. The police officer is a person. Their lives and well being are more important than the dog.

Dan Stanford

Cedar Hills

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