Instead of Shooting a Dog that Just Bit Him, This Cop Soothed It and Set the Bar for Cops Nationwide

At this point, 999 cops out of 1,000 would have likely pulled out their pistol and shot this dog, and all 999 of them would have been justified by their departments. But Frederick did something else, he showed compassion instead of violent escalation. He began to calm the dog down and showed Jillaroo that he was not a threat to the boy.

Round Rock Police Cmdr. Jim Stuart explained that Frederick was applying their newly adopted tactics of how to deescalate rather than kill.

“We talk about different ways to approach animals, to try and keep them from being aggressive towards officers. And if they do get aggressive, [we talk about] how to deescalate that,” Stuart said.

“It’s scary to think how differently that could have happened, but the level of training in his reaction was spot on,” Wightman said.

After controversy arose in May of last year, when a Round Rock cop shot and killed a Rottweiler named Bullet inside a home, the department surprisingly took proactive measures.

It seems that Bullet’s death was not in vain, as out of that tragedy came some good. Our hearts go out to Bullet’s owners, and nothing will bring back their dog. But perhaps his family can take solace in knowing that Bullet’s death led to countless other dogs living.

After Bullet’s tragic puppycide, all Round Rock police officers were put through a mandatory eight-hour training period with an experienced dog trainer to learn how to handle situations involving aggressive animals, according to KVUE.

Since then, residents have also been proactive in their community by working with police to prevent their dogs from being shot. Police and residents participate in a program called BARK, which stands for Be Aware of Residential K9s. Over 1,000 households have registered, and their houses are clearly labeled to alert officers to the presence of a family pet.

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  • Dana Lo

    respect, and will come back that way as karma from the people in which you reside with. its that easy.

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  • Tiso

    This is a nice story, and I like this cop, but the family sounds idiotic. They called a cop to their home, knew they had a dog that bites, and they did nothing to prevent it? They just sat around til he showed up, and let their young child get up and get the door? They were basically begging for the dog to bite him

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    he gets accolades for normal behavior? sheesh…….

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