Police Shoot, Kill, Arthritic 11-Year-Old Lab in Her Own Backyard This is horrifying. Tax dollars go to cops who don't know how to handle a staggering, growling dog without lethal force. I cannot imagine that, as the owners describe her, he honestly thought that the dog was going to lunge at him. Surely, she was not 'advancing' on him any faster than a weak trot at best. I agree with the owners, pepper spray or even, if truly necessary, a taser could have been used and her life spared. And that little girl would not be without a best friend, either.