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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Tell the Department of Justice to make it mandatory for officers to take a canine behavior training course to learn how to interact with dogs without lethal force!

10,000 dogs a year are being shot and killed by police officers! [1] This is an epidemic and needs to stop! Many of the dogs killed were friendly family members or service dogs. They were simply shot because the police officer "felt threatened" so it was "justified."

Police officers are treating the frightened animals as "hostile" and shooting them. Instead of assessing the situation, police officers are reaching for their guns first. Animal Legal Defense Fund states "No officer has ever been killed in the line of duty by a dog." [2]

The National Canine Research Council is trying to save dogs through a 5 step video training series. [3] The series trains police officers how to interact with dogs and how to protect themselves without lethal force. This video needs to be a mandatory part of training for all police officers.

Some states like Colorado and Texas have passed laws to protect dogs by requiring training for dog encounters. Postal workers have many dog encounters per year and they have taken a different route to dealing with dogs. They are offered training with live dogs and how to communicate and negate a situation safely. [4]

Thousands of dogs are killed by police when they show up at the wrong address and shoot first without thinking. Dogs are family members not property. The families are left devastated and the poor dog lost their life. Taking a life is serious and needs to be treated as such.

There are videos of police shooting dogs in the dogs' own backyard. Right before the dogs are shot the video shows one dog's tail wagging. [5] Other dogs have been shot because they barked when the police entered their home. These are normal things for a dog to do and not hostile. Dogs deserve more respect from the police.

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To the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice

The brutal killings of innocent dogs by police officers has to stop! 10,000 dogs are killed every year by an officer.

I urge you to change the way officers are trained to interact with dogs. Officers need to be trained how to properly handle a dog without lethal force. It needs to be a required part of training and overseen by a dog handling professional.

Postal service workers encounter dogs all the time and have been trained on how to interact with them safely.

A change has to happen and it needs to be mandatory for all officers to take a canine behavior assessment training and taught non-lethal techniques to deal with animals. Some cities like Cleveland and Las Vegas have already taken the initiative to train officers in proper response techniques with much success.

As the director of COPS office you can make this a requirement and save countless dogs lives.

Please act swiftly on this matter. I want to thank you for your help and so do all the dogs who cannot speak for themselves.


Petition Signatures

Mar 18, 2018 Sheila Dalton
Mar 18, 2018 Mary Markey
Mar 18, 2018 Leah Helmer
Mar 18, 2018 April Brown
Mar 18, 2018 Abdullah Goldstein
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Mike Dollard
Mar 18, 2018 Colene Flaherty
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez
Mar 18, 2018 Amedeo Scircoli
Mar 17, 2018 Jennifer Zirn
Mar 17, 2018 John Moszyk
Mar 17, 2018 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 17, 2018 Vittorio Renda
Mar 17, 2018 Joscelynne & Robert Bride
Mar 17, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Mar 17, 2018 Lisa Algee
Mar 17, 2018 V. FRICK
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Gail Hanford
Mar 17, 2018 Elaine Renner
Mar 17, 2018 Diane Hagen
Mar 17, 2018 Veronica Grimm Stop killing animals a dog wagging its tail shame on cops who kill pets take their guns away
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Candice C
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Mar 16, 2018 Stacey Crook
Mar 16, 2018 Alisha Allen
Mar 16, 2018 Cheryl Wey
Mar 16, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 15, 2018 Ankea Kkoutas
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) They are family. And all dogs bark. Most are not vicious. Maybe police should be trained to handle dogs without guns instead.
Mar 15, 2018 Vickie Little
Mar 15, 2018 Tonya Green
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 Emma Le
Mar 15, 2018 Martine TRACQUI
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 MaryAnn Ferraro
Mar 15, 2018 Leslie Sisco
Mar 15, 2018 Cindy Mayer
Mar 15, 2018 gretchen roberson
Mar 15, 2018 susan shawket STOP these dreadful unnecessary killing of innocent dogs.
Mar 15, 2018 Dawna DiOrio
Mar 15, 2018 michele gangemi
Mar 15, 2018 Melissa O'Rourke
Mar 15, 2018 Janie Allen
Mar 15, 2018 Vicki Sowards I have an American boxer who looks like a pitbull. She is my service dog. When she's at home, the only time she growls and barks is when someone knocks on the door. I'm afraid if police ever come here, they would kill her. Stop killing our dogs!
Mar 15, 2018 Barbara Windham

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