SWAT, or Special Weapons and Tactics, refers to a grouping or procedure of police involving such equipment as sniper gear, body armor, and so on to take down a dangerous subject. SWAT teams have engaged in many controversial shootings, and it is standard procedure for them to shoot dogs when they conduct raids on private homes.
- "Columbia, Missouri, SWAT kills family dog over misdemeanor marijuana possession". Huffington Post. 7 May 2010.