The Coastal Post - May, 1997

Mad Dogs In New York City

A small article appeared in the New York Times on April 19: one third of all firearms discharged by Police Officers in the Big City are to shoot dogs.

In 1996, 99 dogs were shot, a 22 percent decline from 1995. However from 1993 to 1996, one person was shot directly and 12 others injured by ricochets. 27 percent of the time officers fired their weapons, it was at a dog.

In what could be a misprint, the Times reports that the Police Department is considering "arming narcotics officers with fire extinguishers to spray on animals instead [of shooting them]" There was no breakdown of the sex of the dogs shot, or the sex of the shooting officers