This playful little mixed breed pit was my brother-in-law's dog, Ronin who he rescued from the edge of death and homelessness10 years ago. One of the sweetest dogs I've ever had the privilege of meeting. Last night, Ronin was shot and killed by a Cedar Park, TX police officer where they live because he escaped the backyard to go play. Being a pit mix, he was of course automatically deemed "aggressive" by the officer who didn't hesitate to shoot first and ask questions later. Afterwards the officer stood and just watched as Ronin lay twitching on the ground not yet dead from it's two consecutive gunshots to the head. Anyone who has ever met this dog would know aggressive and Ronin do not belong in the same sentence. He wasn't even given a chance, stereotyped, and murdered. My heart hurts for my him and all of those who loved him.
I typically don't share anything like this here as we've all seen stories like this becoming more and more prevalent in the last year - this one just hits a little closer to home than I would have liked. I myself grew up with a pit who had no incidents of violence but was thrown into an animal control shelter for two weeks because a teenager ran through our back yard and got his shoe bit. These are a great but misunderstood breed but beyond that over-zealous officers who abuse their station with such impunity need as much exposure as we can afford them.