While the chief is satisfied his officer did the right thing under the circumstances, the department faces a barrage of criticism on social media. In addition Wynnewood mayor Mike Perry has called for an investigation into the incident.
At the very least, the shooting has renewed calls for training among officers in how to deal with dogs.
"There is a lot of real estate between 'hi puppy' and 'bam, bam, bam'," Edith Williams, founder of the Idaho for Nonlethal Canine Encounter Training, tells The Dodo. "Officers must be given the opportunity to know and be confident in the use of less lethal means to deal with such encounters."
Williams has been spearheading educational and training programs for police departments in her state - and hopes training programs expand to agencies nationwide.
"I just wish the critics would see that the burden for change does not rest with law enforcement alone," she adds. "I hope dedicated advocates will rise in Oklahoma and all other states, someone that will find a way to work with law enforcement to bring about awareness and change."
If the shooting in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, raised awareness, it's certainly the wrong kind.
But, Williams says, "Criticism of use of force on dogs and respect and gratitude for officers are not mutually exclusive."