Two police officers who deliberately ran over and killed a dog which was running loose on a busy main road have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
It was feared that the foxhound, which was dashing in and out of swerving traffic on the A55 dual carriageway across Anglesey in North Wales, could have caused an accident if it wasn’t dealt with.
However, thousands of animal lovers were unsurprisingly appalled by the police’s actions and criticised the force on their Facebook page.
Some commenters branded the officers as ‘heartless clowns’ while others stated they were a ‘disgrace’.
Nevertheless, despite people’s pleas that the dog had been needlessly killed, an independent review carried out by the IPCC ruled today that the officers were ‘justified’ in their decision and no action will be taken against them.
But, it wasn’t all bad news because this case has resulted in the introduction of new procedures for dealing with animals loose on roads, including patrol cars carrying leads or nets.
Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard, of North Wales Police, said: ‘I appreciate that there were many people greatly distressed by the event and I hope that the conclusions of this review will reassure them that this was not a decision taken lightly by the officers, who are both dog owners.
‘The outcome is not one anyone would have wanted. The officers carefully considered the situation, but felt they had to take this action.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) director Mimi Bekhechi disagreed with the DCC’s statement and replied by saying: ‘Law-enforcement officers are entrusted with protecting the innocent and the vulnerable. That does not include deliberately running them over with the intent to kill.’
‘These officers desperately need a crash course in humane animal control if they believe that crushing a dog under a vehicle was the best or only available option.’