I agree with you. As right as you are, that doesn't bring the family's pet back.The officer should face the same charges we would get if we shot a police canine coming at us! He thought it was a "pit bull", yeah right, what "bullsh!t"!! He is definately not competent enough to be a police officer! He can't even respond to the correct address to which he was dispatched. If he is so overwhelmed by a medium sized dog running up to him in a moment of excitement, that he feels he needs to discharge his weapon, then he definately doesn't need to carry a badge or a gun. He recklessly and negligently fired his weapon, ultimately claiming the life of an innocent couples pet. Shame on you!!
I'm inclined to side with previous posters and exercise my right to protect self, family, and property. If the courts do not agree, guess Bubba and I are gonna fight over who gets the top bunk.
I would be outraged if faced with this situation. Although the cop would have had to decide whether to shoot at my dog or the owner pointing the gun at him.