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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

Jul 17, 2018 erin craig
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Susan Dohr Police need much better training to read a dog's body language. Some dogs are just greeting them and they get shot because some cops just hate dogs and see all dogs as threats!!! This happened to my friend s dog, she was the friendliest dog ever! Horrible
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret McAlister common sense springs to mind
Jul 17, 2018 Jaci Taylor
Jul 17, 2018 Kathy Snavely This is long over-due. I would be devastated if my dog were harmed because someone untrained deemed him aggressive. Those officers not properly trained shouldn't be issued a firearm in the first place
Jul 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty Trigger Happy FREAKS
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Shai Albright
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Jul 17, 2018 JANICK SANSON
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Manuel Cuevas ¡Asesinos!
Jul 17, 2018 Kelly Solomon
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Oliver McGinnis
Jul 17, 2018 Tammy Petzelt
Jul 17, 2018 Amanda Lynch
Jul 17, 2018 Giselle White
Jul 17, 2018 Mandy Sainsbury
Jul 16, 2018 Tyler O'Toole Police officers receive less training than General Managers at sandwich shops, but are given too much authority, moreso this authority allows them to kill the most innocent. Canine training is a most and laws need to be changed.
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 14, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jul 14, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 13, 2018 caroline morrison
Jul 12, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 12, 2018 Iris & Patty Yermak
Jul 11, 2018 Celina Fiorino
Jul 9, 2018 marie sajous
Jul 4, 2018 Kathleen Tomaro This should be rescinded
Jul 4, 2018 Bob Perez Many police officers are just boys with mens badges .
Jul 4, 2018 Peter Maizitis Police officers are treating the frightened animals as "hostile" & 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."
Jul 4, 2018 Charles Crabtree As a former Law Enforcement Officer, I never saw the need to shoot an animal for just being itself. I can’t believe what I’m seeing from some of these younger officers coming up now.
Jul 4, 2018 Patricia Quesada
Jul 4, 2018 Stephanie Martinez This is a horrible ruling! While I respect law enforcement, this is unacceptable! There needs to be non-lethal training and a better way to handle situations like this.
Jul 3, 2018 siska juliana
Jul 3, 2018 sofia Medina
Jul 3, 2018 Kai Howard This is unacceptable. How about better training and a big fat pay raise.
Jul 3, 2018 (Name not displayed) Dogs are also living beeings!!! They also feel love.. but also pain!!! so stop this!
Jul 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2018 Karen Coulthard Stop this vendetta so cruel
Jul 3, 2018 Harita Sistu
Jul 3, 2018 Susan Hetherington
Jul 3, 2018 Brandon Anderson Killing becouse you dont know how to handle a situation is not the answer.
Jul 3, 2018 Deborah Stephens To many Dogs being killed by Officers
Jul 3, 2018 Kay McLaren

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