The police department in Brattleboro is acknowledging that it should have handled a situation where an officer shot a stray dog differently.
In a report to the selectboard, Chief Gene Wrinn said more thought and effort should have gone into dealing with the after-effects and immediately contacting citizens in the area.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that two officers responded to a report of a stray dog on March 21.
Wrinn said that the officer made the decision to shoot and kill the dog on the playground based on years of training and experience that it was not safe to allow the dog to remain unsecured.
Wrinn said officers should have done a better job helping people out of the playground and notifying a nearby school.