Originally Posted by George Foster
Those animals had to be put down, and fast. They could not take the chance of them leaving the property and eating some kid at the morning bus stop 4 or 5 days later when they got really hungry. Public safety trumps animals....every single time.....
This "tranquilizer argument" holds no water. How many local, rural, police departments keep and maintain tranquilizer guns? Really? Reports were that the closest tranquilizer guns were 20 minutes away. Well thats 40 minutes round trip. Are you going to ask Mr. Lion and Mr. Tiger who was just feeding on the head of their now dead care giver to not go anywhere?
Overall I tend to agree with what you're saying above; but I think the police could have possibly approached the situation differently. And I don't say that to say they are guilty of wrongdoing or should be condemned either. Public safety is the #1 priority. And I'm not sure on all the facts surrounding this situation either, BUT...
- who called the police to inform them the animals were loose?
- how long were the animals loose and wandering around on his property before the police arrived?
- Sure, the local and state police may (or may not) possess tranquilizer guns, but when they were initially
called and told the animals were loose - and the local police already knew the circumstances on that farm - why couldn't they have coordinated their efforts better and immediately contacted those that possessed tranquilizer guns - at least made the effort if they were only 20 minutes away - and had them meet them at the scene? After all, how long did it take the police to organize, get the armament they needed ready, and get there?
I personally think it could have been handled better.