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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Police Shoot, Kill Dog During Search for Missing Child"

From FindLaw:

SLCPD officers were looking for a missing 3-year-old child on June 18 when an officer entered Kendall's backyard and encountered his dog. Officers may generally not search a person's home without a warrant and probable cause, which is likely why Kendall was asking officers what probable cause there was.

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This exception to the warrant requirement is intended to allow officers to assist civilians without worrying about violating their civil rights. According to the Deseret News, officers found the missing child inside his own home about 30 minutes after shooting and killing the dog.

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