Shoot a police dog = be treated as though you shot a police officer.
Shoot a private citizen’s dog = “It was just a dog....”
“Shoot a police dog = be treated as though you shot a police officer.
Shoot a private citizens dog = It was just a dog”
Shoot a private citizens dog = It was just a dog....
I've been talking about this for years. If a perp shoots a police dog, that perp can be tried and jailed for assault against a law enforcement officer, a penalty with much greater consequences than animal cruelty. On the other hand, a cop shoots the family dog and it's justifiable in every way.
I've grown to despise law enforcement altogether and make it a point to avoid them in every way possible, esp. when my dog is around.