and when the cop shoots the dog, he's gonna get shot himself.
The gun and badge only gets you so much respect, and that is a line that it is bad to cross with some people. I loved my late dog as I love the rest of my family. Were a cop to have shot her, I'd react exactly as if it were my parents or a brother.
Yeah, I'd be in jail and a cop would have bullet wounds, or be dead. Wouldn't help the dog, but I'd make damned sure that the cop didn't ever shoot a dog on duty again.
But notice that these shooting generally happen where the populace is disarmed. Strange that it seldom happens where the people are likely to be armed at the same level as the cops, innit?