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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

Apr 20, 2018 Patti Kendrick It's a shame that innocent animal's are being slaughtered by officer's! Didn't these officer's ever own pets. I think training new recruits in the correct way to handle animal's who are just protecting their home. Yes, to this!
Apr 20, 2018 Andrea Baxter
Apr 20, 2018 Janice Soeldner Make "mandatory" training by trained professionals for all law enforcement officers to take classes so no more dogs are killed.
Apr 20, 2018 Amy Soeldner I am a certified police officer and instructor with the City of Atlanta's Police Department. Over 3,000 officers have been trained in the use of non lethal force against dogs. It is mandatary training for all new recruits. Training works!!!!
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 19, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
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Apr 15, 2018 Lisa Carrara
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Apr 15, 2018 Margherita Polia
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
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Apr 15, 2018 Robert Zampino
Apr 14, 2018 Valerya Nikanorova
Apr 14, 2018 Lucia Opet Animals Are Precious, Gods Gifts!!!
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
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Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Mike Pribyl
Apr 14, 2018 Valerie Shuter
Apr 14, 2018 Dennis Dougherty
Apr 14, 2018 Michelle Neeson
Apr 14, 2018 Neil Hahn
Apr 14, 2018 SANDRA NOTI
Apr 13, 2018 Robin Shirley
Apr 13, 2018 Teri Tosdale
Apr 13, 2018 Joanne Biggar
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Racquel Colinares
Apr 13, 2018 Jan Hansen
Apr 13, 2018 Mary Kay Siegel
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Alexandros Tsagkas
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Apr 13, 2018 Cecilia Rivas
Apr 13, 2018 joni moretti
Apr 13, 2018 Elena Shcherbakova
Apr 13, 2018 Melissa Two Crow
Apr 13, 2018 Penelope DeCoster Please have all police take canine behavior courses. Our pets are family!
Apr 13, 2018 Robert Thomson
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Apr 13, 2018 Kate Evans
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Craig

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