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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 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 20, 2018 Jacqueline Miller This is ridiculous, what the hell is going on? Are you going to shoot service dogs too? Chihuahuas?
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) THIS IS WRONG A TOTAL VIOLATION
Jun 20, 2018 Heather Yargus
Jun 20, 2018 Kimberly Paulus If this carelessness continues and training enforced, a child might be next. We do not need more military in our police force. People have already lost faith in our political policing of civilians. We need to create a trust.....not a fear...hatred
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Peggy Duffala
Jun 20, 2018 Karen Schmidt
Jun 20, 2018 Rodney Kolar
Jun 20, 2018 Lee Pohl
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Emily Hardy
Jun 19, 2018 Jami Horton
Jun 19, 2018 Ashley K
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Angelique Mcclean
Jun 19, 2018 Carolyn Holmes
Jun 19, 2018 Sherry Morgan Does this mean they can shoot my 10 pound Chiweenie if she barks at them? I didn't read anything where those pit bull were a threat to the officers. They were strangers and dogs bark at strangers. That doesn't mean they're going to rip your throat out!
Jun 19, 2018 Barbara Mulholland
Jun 19, 2018 Melda Magill
Jun 19, 2018 Nicole Decossas
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Alanna Maurina
Jun 19, 2018 Darci Huet
Jun 19, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 Megan Pearlman
Jun 19, 2018 Ursula Kiefert
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!

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