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Video: Calif. Agency Kills Injured Animals at Range

September 16, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Calif. Agency Kills Injured Animals at Range

The Merced (Calif.) Police Department's practice of taking severely injured animals to the police range to shoot and kill them has come under fire, reports CBS Sacramento.

Veterinarians have questioned the agency's policy, which is permitted by the California Penal Code tha allows an officer with the permission of a supervisor to "humanely destroy any abandoned animal in the field in any case where the animal is too severely injured to move or where a veterinarian is not available and it would be more humane to dispose of the animal."

Several northern California law enforcement agencies have adopted "no kill" policies, and the Merced PD didn't comment in the CBS Sacramento report.

Tags: Merced (Calif.) PD, Animal Cruelty


Comments (4)

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SWAN @ 9/16/2013 8:28 PM

The way this piece is written it seemed like taking the animal out to the "range" was for target practice not euthanizing. There are times when it is probably better to dispatch an animal that is mortally wounded and I shudder to understand why some people do not understand that. Especially when the procedure requires "authorization" from a supervisor who I'm sure would provide the proper oversight concerning the situation. Not a big fan of the so called animal "left" groups.

Bobby Perry @ 9/16/2013 11:44 PM

Yeah put the animal in whatever vehicle drive to the range and then kill it yeah I see the sense in this. If the drive to the range didn't already kill it! I remember when I was a child 1950s a dog was hit by a car a police officer arrived one Dumm dumm in the head, didn't take it to the range.

Greg @ 9/17/2013 3:51 AM

It did sound like it was target practice time in the article. As bad as police reputations and goodwill have been hurt the past couple of years due to shooting dogs offering no risk to the officer...lets just make it worse. Of course, talking about Kalifornia here.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/17/2013 1:34 PM

Taking the animal to the range, I think just makes the animal suffer longer. The law is ok but i disagree with Merced P.D. policy.

@Greg, what do they do in your state, cook the animal for dinner and where is Kalifornia ?

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