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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

Jun 19, 2018 Hope Williams
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Ann Nagel Brutality and Cruelty go both ways!
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Susan Decker
Jun 18, 2018 Carrie Ernst
Jun 18, 2018 Norma Jimenez
Jun 18, 2018 Anami Ana
Jun 18, 2018 Ana Amudha
Jun 18, 2018 Amanda Klauk
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Angela Goodlett
Jun 18, 2018 Pam Romeo The mean owners should punished and not the dogs. The police should not be given this power. Respect all animals.
Jun 18, 2018 Kayla Snide Grew up with cops, always had respect for them, always liked them, until I grew up and realized that there are no good cops. They should all rot.
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Robert Krone
Jun 17, 2018 Debbie Beck It is horrible that the police are killing these innocent animals! How would they feel if it was their fur baby!
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Martha Keys
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Gregory
Jun 17, 2018 Mona Huynh
Jun 17, 2018 Lisa Lee We need to redefine possions! Kids under 18 are the possession of parents! They break the law parents are responsible! !!
Jun 17, 2018 Lyn Barker
Jun 17, 2018 janine wright
Jun 17, 2018 Cheryl Holloway
Jun 17, 2018 Mike Trapp
Jun 17, 2018 Cassandra Dooley How would the police feel if someone did that to there dogs? If the dog(s) is not aggressive towards you then let it be.
Jun 17, 2018 Lynda Moon This is outrageous! That badge is not a license to kill! So many other ways to handle dogs. Train those officers!
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Pat vaselewski Don't need to shot to kill. My dog would bark too, yet was as passive as they come...This is called MURDER, and I do support our men and women in blue...
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Nicole Kitzmiller
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Lorraine Oliviero
Jun 17, 2018 Angela Webber We as citizens should be able to expect some sense of security in our homes for our animals and ourselves. Most cases I've read of police shooting dogs, the owners of the dogs had done nothing illegal. Please dont give police the right to kill our dogs.
Jun 17, 2018 Lisa Brown Wow this is truly unbelievable where did they get there people! Where is this? A protest is in order!
Jun 17, 2018 Kimberly Miller
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Tina Neeble
Jun 17, 2018 Edith Critchlow Dogs are a part of God’s creation and they have rights too. Officers should be trained. Animals don’t carry guns.!!!
Jun 17, 2018 Heather Roth
Jun 17, 2018 Trish Kendall Sick
Jun 17, 2018 Nancy Meehan
Jun 17, 2018 Emma Haigh
Jun 17, 2018 Barbara Cameron Why not have the owners restrain their pets?
Jun 17, 2018 Ivey Matter This is the most egregious thing I have ever heard. Killing dogs, at all, much less at police discretion is criminal. A dog will bark, that doesn’t mean they’re vicious!

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