So I watched the interview with the guy in Texas that was stopped on his way to the animal hospital. His dog was choking and he had to drive 8-10 miles to get to the nearest pet emergency room.
He was stopped because he was doing over 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic. He states that it took the cop 20 minutes to write the ticket and that "extensive" amount of time caused his dog to die due to a lack of treatment.
My feelings - yes, the officer's comment of "it's just a dog, you can get another one" was callous. But after viewing the video, I have to side with the police on this one. The guy that was stopped got out of the car acting extremely agitated. The cop repeatedly asked him to calm down. The guy was driving a car over 100 mph and talking on his cell phone to the animal hospital, placing himself, his girlfriend and other drivers on the road at risk. As far as the amount of time it took to write the ticket, maybe the cop was trying to get the guy to calm down during that time so that when he got back on the road, he would do so more cautiously.
I am sorry he lost his pet, but the risk he put himself and others in for driving in that manner and with the level of agitation demonstrated far outweighed the level of emergency he faced. Your thoughts?