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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 accessing 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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Dec 12, 2017 linda patton
Dec 9, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 5, 2017 Dr.Emil&Monika Zuckermann
Dec 4, 2017 Elsie Brooks this really is important !!
Dec 3, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Dec 3, 2017 Brittany Warburton
Dec 2, 2017 martin monica chief monica (RET.)
Dec 2, 2017 Jenly Vizcaino
Dec 1, 2017 NANCY CATANIA
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Nov 27, 2017 barbara gale
Nov 27, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 25, 2017 Cristina Perez
Nov 24, 2017 Michelle Pagkalinawan
Nov 24, 2017 ROBERT PAUL I HEAR THIS WAY TO OFTEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO PROTECT AND SERVE.
Nov 22, 2017 Ravinder Singh
Nov 22, 2017 Lynne Minore
Nov 22, 2017 Edward Brannigan
Nov 22, 2017 Margherita Gajkiewicz Human race is more danger!!!!
Nov 22, 2017 Cheryle Smith
Nov 22, 2017 Tina Van Rikxoord
Nov 22, 2017 Robin Imburgia
Nov 21, 2017 Millicent Mann
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 aya oda
Nov 21, 2017 Erika Cano
Nov 21, 2017 Corey Sterns
Nov 21, 2017 Miia Suuronen
Nov 21, 2017 vautrin noelle
Nov 20, 2017 Rose Fletcher
Nov 20, 2017 Lisa Snowden
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Lori Hiller
Nov 20, 2017 Tamera KANE Its wrong to shot an innocent pet a loved family member. I am against it 100%
Nov 20, 2017 Melissa Culbert Police need more training
Nov 20, 2017 Frances Washburn
Nov 20, 2017 Geralyn Caldwell
Nov 20, 2017 candiss matthews
Nov 20, 2017 Traci Hackney
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Pls stop killing innocent people and animals.
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Andrea Defio
Nov 20, 2017 Elizabeth Santos It’s not right they are not dangerous no need to kill they are just scared
Nov 20, 2017 Jill Lepore
Nov 20, 2017 Joan Cambria
Nov 20, 2017 Terrie Jennings
Nov 20, 2017 Kris Barkley
Nov 20, 2017 Leslie Fix
Nov 20, 2017 Judy Lawson

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