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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 9,172
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

Aug 13, 2018 Raina Spaziani
Aug 13, 2018 Dana Wilson
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Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Pam Yoder
Aug 13, 2018 Debbie Christner
Aug 13, 2018 Nadini Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Terri Tadeo
Aug 13, 2018 rox mater
Aug 13, 2018 Shelley Reagan
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 sylvia Vielma
Aug 13, 2018 John Marshall
Aug 13, 2018 Shirley Petersen
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 JOANNA TWIGG
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Megan Pratt
Aug 13, 2018 Jennifer Edwards
Aug 12, 2018 Dana Rissmiller I believe officers need some training to deal with family dogs.
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Dogs shouldn't be shot at all and police officers are in the wrong for shooting family dogs
Aug 12, 2018 Tracie Kerns Stop the shooting if family pets who are there to protect
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) My dog was almost shot due to a sheriff running when my dog came to say hello. Officers need training.
Aug 12, 2018 Barbara DeGiaimo
Aug 11, 2018 Marina Castro
Aug 11, 2018 Marlena Lovewell
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 9, 2018 Eileen M Cirks
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 5, 2018 Lane Page
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 4, 2018 Hiedi Tan
Aug 4, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Johanne Tremblay
Aug 4, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 3, 2018 Adrienne Kaiser
Aug 3, 2018 Janet Roberts With the rising numbers if canine killings Nationwide on the rise it's time our police officers are trained in methods of dealing with dogs other than shooting them! Service dogs, companion animals, therapy dogs all will try to protect human masters.
Aug 3, 2018 Ann Johnson
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Joan McCloud
Aug 3, 2018 Xiomara Somarriba
Aug 1, 2018 Linda Drossos We've seen examples of this in our own community. Despicable, and there is NO need for this abuse and misbehavior.
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts

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