Via FOIMonkey, we find out that in the last financial year, the Met Police tasered three animals, all dogs.
Excerpts from the taser deployment forms follow:
Threat Assessment: LARGE AGGRESSIVE GUARD DOG WHICH WAS AGGRESSIVE AND WAS MOVING TOWARDS POLICE AND SUSPECT DETAINED.
Actions Taken: DOG TASERED SUCCESFULLY.
Muscular/Athletic Build: Yes
please state if animal e.g. dog: DOG
Was the subject using or threatening to use a weapon of any sort: Yes
Weapon classification: Animal e.g. dog
Actions Taken: Taser drawn and discharged immediately due to being attacked by dog and both he and public in immediate danger of further attack. Barbs hit to left flank of dog with 8″ spread, from distance of approx 1m. Verbal commands given to alert officers and public. Dog immediately aggressive when trier cycle concluded and cycle was repeated a number of times (believed 8-awaits confirmation). Dog handlers unable to control dog despite several attempts. Dog ran off causing disconnect. No visible injuries to dog, alert and physically unaffected after each cycle.
Information/intelligence: Two dogs from inside the address have come into contact with each other. A brown pitbull type dog has attacked a second dog. Both controlled into kitchen area — Apparent to officers second dog is in distress and needed to be rescued to preserve his life from pitbull type dog.
Options (tactical) considered: The pitbull type dog was hit with hand strikes, long shields strikes whilst second dogs legs were pulle d to get him away from dog. Fire extinguisher used, dog sprayed to no avail and pit bull type continued to lock on to second dogs head. Taser option used .