I’m pretty nit picky when it comes to certain things, so take that into consideration when I say I give the documentary “Of Dogs and Men” my highest praise. I just watched it on Amazon. Although I can’t imagine watching it again right now, I suspect it will have several encore viewings in the future, just as Waco: The Rules of Engagement has in my life.

Delving into the out-of-control situation in the United States of police killing our furry family members, it is both firm and fair. It covers multiple contributing factors to the problem—both failures in training that, if corrected, would aid officers in dealing non-lethally with dogs and the issue of problem officers who kill needlessly, some repeatedly, and then conspire with one another to cover up their misdeeds. It also gets a little bit into the connection between officer abuse of dogs and the increased risk to human beings by their behavior going unchecked. Which is usually what happens.

Bring hankies. You will see dogs being shot, though this type of footage is not used excessively or gratuitously. You will also hear these pet parents remember their dogs’ most beloved qualities and hear them talk about the other dogs in their lives. This is especially welcome during the credits which helps lift the spirits after a pretty devastating hour plus of murder after murder after murder of beloved companions, often right in front of their people.

There was only one thing I wish had been covered in this film that was entirely missing. There’s an especially sickening kind of hypocrisy that lets law enforcement:
-on the one hand, treat its own trained dogs (regardless of how questionable that training is *cough*drug alert dogs*cough*) as full up law enforcement officers—putting civilians who kill police dogs in prison for decades—but…
-on the other hand treats all of our beloved furry family members as expendable property that constitutes a threat in virtually any situation, with so little care that there is very rarely any proper investigation, let alone consequences imposed on the killers.
I think that blatant double standard would have made an extremely strong point in this context.

Overall assessment: this is the kind of film I wish libertarians made all the time.

The official trailer is here: