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Old September 27, 2013, 02:24 PM   #14
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A police dog is NOT treated as a human being if killed or threatened with deadly force. You will most certainly face charges if you kill a K9 dog, but you will not face murder charges,
In Tennessee, I believe it is considered "assault on a officer".

I have several dogs, all are protective in one way or another. However, they are animals, and as such (as Frank said) are merely property. In some jurisdictions deadly force may be justified in protecting property, in others, likely not. Would I use force to protect my dog ? Depending on the circumstances I might open a can of whoop a$$ on someone if they are mistreating any animal but, don't see the use of deadly force as viable.
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