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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

Jan 18, 2018 Florence BRUNO
Jan 18, 2018 Matthew McWhirr
Jan 18, 2018 ryan burger If you can't control a dog without using your gun, you probably need to go back to basic training and learn how to be an adult.
Jan 18, 2018 Jennifer Stedman
Jan 18, 2018 oana barna
Jan 18, 2018 Karin Zimmermann
Jan 17, 2018 Jean Dobizl
Jan 17, 2018 Linda Osburn Dogs are family members and not for target practice by cops!
Jan 17, 2018 Serina King
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Shannon Flannery
Jan 17, 2018 Alexis Williams
Jan 17, 2018 jean-paul meyer
Jan 17, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Jan 17, 2018 camilla monasterolo
Jan 17, 2018 Carrie Carlson
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Argenziano
Jan 17, 2018 Shabri kashyap
Jan 17, 2018 Justin LeGrow
Jan 17, 2018 Audrey Mannolini
Jan 17, 2018 Natalie Tanner
Jan 17, 2018 carole J.
Jan 16, 2018 Donna Holmes
Jan 16, 2018 Phyllis Van Leuven
Jan 16, 2018 Marti Kingwill
Jan 16, 2018 Janice McShane
Jan 16, 2018 Kristin Forister
Jan 16, 2018 Karen Flanagan 10,000 dogs killed is obscene. This simply cannot be justified.
Jan 16, 2018 Samantha West
Jan 16, 2018 Jordan Longever
Jan 16, 2018 Julie Schuster
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Annette Berghammer
Jan 16, 2018 jen plishka
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Kelley Charnas
Jan 16, 2018 Stefanie Arns
Jan 16, 2018 Norma Gelabert
Jan 16, 2018 Verena Kalandra
Jan 15, 2018 kiera ward-maclou
Jan 15, 2018 Judy Gourhan
Jan 15, 2018 Jane Makowski
Jan 15, 2018 Kari Witte
Jan 15, 2018 Tara Clarke-Wallace
Jan 15, 2018 Sherry Compton Inexcusable. Why???????
Jan 15, 2018 Heather Turbush
Jan 15, 2018 Frances Gower
Jan 15, 2018 Tamara Knoll Disgusting!!

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