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2 years ago

If anyone knows of any dogs I missed or miss in the future,please feel free to post them here.

Poor little in peace.Am trying to keep count but I know there are more than I have posted.SAD,VERY SAD.

2 years ago

Signed and shared everything in here (to this point) and read all the articles...Great to see Colorado at 'least trying' to do something about this....cannot understand how ANYONE can say shooting a defenseless dog is "justified"....there is seriously something wrong with people in this world anymore....just so sad and heartbreaking to see all the new (and old) stories relating to this...just breaks my heart

2 years ago

Police Can Kill Family Dogs, But It's a Felony in Some States to Videotape It - Greenville Dog | Examiner.Com
Animals  (tags: police dog shootings, video taping, ethics, humans, police, society, family, crime, safety, unusual, interesting, animals, dogs, pets, protection, humans, ethics, animals, animaladvocates, AnimalWelfare, animalrights, law, killing, crime, cruelty, death )
Dianne Ly - 15 minutes ago -

With the numbers of family dogs being shot by police increasing, a lot of dog owners have decided to use audio/video security cameras on their property. These owners make remarks such as "if police shoot my dog, I'm going to have the proof on tape."
#50 killed
2 years ago

This post was modified from its original form on 30 May, 1:30
#49 not killed but shot 3x by police
2 years ago

Dog Shot By Officer Three Times Lives
Animals  (tags: police soot dog, dog lives, society, police, media, humans, violence, animalwelfare, animalcruelty, dogs, cruelty, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animalrights, pets, investigation, sadness )
Dianne Ly - 1 hour ago -

A dog was shot multiple times by an officer over Memorial Day weekend.According to the department, the officer was a professionally trained canine handler who had undergone 512 hours of training.
2 years ago

#46 is below,also with my 2 petitions bt=ring total to #47 and #48

2 years ago
Dogs Shot By Police: My 13 Months of Reporting on Murdered Family Dogs - Greenville Dog | Examiner.Com

Animals  (tags: police dog shootings and killings, killing, law, pets, humans, sadness, investigation, ethics, cruelty, dogs, crime, death, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animalcruelty, animalrights, slaughter, abused )
Dianne Ly - 32 seconds ago -
When I wrote my original article called Dog owners beware: Police are killing family dogs, I never imagined in my worst nightmare that I'd be covering these cases on a weekly basis.
2 years ago

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Signs Bills Leading Nation's Animal Protection - National Pet Rescue | Examiner.Com

Animals  (tags: POLICE SHOOTING DOGS, 2 BILLS PASSED, protection, humans, pets, law, GoodNews, dogs, animalrights, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, goodnews, animalwelfare )
Dianne Ly - 2 minutes ago -
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed two bills at the Denver Animal Shelter which promises to protect both law enforcement officials and the unnecessary death of dogs. There have been more than 40 dog deaths during the course of officers responding
2 years ago

rest in peace such a sad thread.

2 years ago
Pit Bull Puppies in San Antonio Shot and Killed During Police Raid - National Pet Rescue | Examiner.Com

Animals  (tags: police shoot and kill pit bull puppies i, law, police, sadness, death, dogs, animalwelfare, animalcruelty, abuse, abused, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animalrights, animals, crime, cruelty, humans, investigation, killed, law, pets, s )
Dianne Ly - 18 hours ago -

Two puppies were shot by police in San Antonio on Thursday night during a police raid at the 900 block of Babcock Road. Officers were executing a search warrant for drugs in the Texas home when the dogs were killed in their backyard.
2 years ago
Georgia Woman Claims That Animal Control Had Her Dog Shot Inside of Fenced Yard - National Dogs | Examiner.Com

Animals  (tags: dog shot and killed by police in own yar, dogs, death, cruelty, pets, killed, investigation, law, sadness, suffering, AnimalWelfare, crime )
Dianne Ly - 4 days ago -

A two-year-old beagle mix named "Ella," was shot and killed in her own fenced-in Manchester, Ga., yard by a police officer who was acting on the behalf of the local animal control, and today, Ella's guardian wants answers as to why, reported Friday
2 years ago

This thread is very long,I never let my threads get this long,but I want to try and keep all of this info in one place,so am reversing the thread---the numbers will be backwards,they are listed as 1-42.

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Let The Truth Be Told Behind The Shooting Of Scar(POLICE DOG SHOOTING) Let The Truth Be Told Behind... We demand the whole story and the whole truth behind the shooting of Scar. more»
signed: 462
goal: 1,000
DUE 7/23/13


Justice For Ben Justice For Ben This was an un-justified shooting by the Regina Police Service,this officer needs to be removed and... more»
signed: 914
goal: 1,000
DUE ON 9/16
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Other Petitions to Sign - Show your support please
by Justice for Boyd, Murdered by Garland SWAT (Notes) on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:23am




(Petitioning The President of the United States - We need laws regulating the use of deadly force against our family pets.)





(Impartially, thoroughly investigate incidents of officers shooting dogs)






(Spade and Sobie)










2 years ago (Champ new format) (Cisco)  (Coco)  (Dakota) (Dakota)  (Diablo)  (Dudley)  (Eve & Ruckus) (Gizmo)  (Gloria) (Harley)  (Yes, they shoot cats too.) (Ice)  (Johnny Cash) (K9 Partners of Monroe County)  (Killer)  (Kimbo) (Lacy & Kirra) (Laila) (Lilo & Stitch) (Licker) (Meaty)  (Melmo) (Moco) (Mopz) (Nellie) (Nikki) (Parrot) (Parrot) (Robine, Hood & Aidan)

2 years ago
Group Pages for other dogs needing your support
by Justice for Boyd, Murdered by Garland SWAT (Notes) on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:49am

Please take a moment to show your support for other family pets shot by police.



If you have a page that is not represented please comment and we will update this list for you.

Also, please use this website as a resource as they keep us in the loop!


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Ace)   (Ava) (Bandit) (Baxter)


 (Bear Bear) (Bella)  (Belly) (Big Daddy/Big Boy) (Blue) (Boo Boo) (Boog) (Boogie) (Boomer Florida) (Bos) (Boyd)  (Boozer) (Brad) (Bucky)  (Buddy)  (Bully, Boss & Kahlua) (Bugsy) (Cammie new format) (Cammie) (Capone)  (Champ)

2 years ago


This family member was shot because he was walking next to his mama, but off of his leash - he went to greet a passing officer and was shot.

This poor baby was laying down. He reacted badly to the catch pole and tried to bite the POLE, and was shot. While laying there injured, Wagging His Tail, he was shot again and killed.


This 10 yr old labrador mix was laying submissively on the floor as police officers shot him in the back while execericising a No-Knock warrant for a class C misdemeanor.


There are so very many more -


The People of this once great Nation are being betrayed by the very people we once trusted to serve and protect our family members. We are asking that every State create and enforce these new laws, so that We The People could once again unite to support and honor our once heroes.


Protect our Families - Protect our Freedoms - Protect our Lives - Heed Our Call.


Thank you






[Your name]

2 years ago
How to help make a difference for all of our dogs!
by Justice for Boyd, Murdered by Garland SWAT (Notes) on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 1:05pm

Below is a list of Texas Legislators that you can contact to voice your disapproval of how dogs are handled by law enforcement.

A great letter to start with comes from the petition: The President of the United States: We need laws regulating the use of deadly force against our family pets.



We thank Justice for the Murder of our Family Pets for compiling this information and would like to share.




I just signed the following petition addressed to: The President of the United States, The Senate and Congress.



We are asking that you create new laws regulating the use of deadly force against our family pets. We are asking that you make it mandatory in each and every state to educate and train our local Law Enforcement Officers to handle our domestic animals in a non-lethal manner. We are asking for the creation of new laws where our Law Enforcement Officers be held accountable for the brutal slaying of our family pets.


Our families once honored, trusted and respected our Law Enforcement Officers to serve and protect us, but the abuse of power by these individuals in brutally murdering our four legged family members has changed that! We can no longer call on Law Enforcement to file a complaint or trust them to serve a "friendly" witness subpoena without worrying for the life of our pets. (Yes, Mr President, those are two very real cases!)


Our police officers are needlessly murdering our pets, saying that the dog was acting aggressively towards them, while also doing whatever it takes to make sure that there is no retaliation to their careers. We need to act now - I have read at least 18 cases of dog killings in the last 1 1/2 - 2 months. And I am pretty sure, I missed some.


We are asking for these new laws to protect our family members.


Here are just a few examples of the horrendous acts of cowardice committed by our supposedly protective police force.


This 5 month old puppy was shot 7 times trying to get home to his parents.

- this is Megan and her dog Big Daddy. He was shot on his front porch, and the policeman picked up his casings, so there is no proof of where he was standing when he shot this beloved family member.


This was a beautiful deaf pitt bull who was shot in "error". By a police officer again.


This family member was shot because he was walking next to his mama, b

2 years ago


  • Contact your local police and sheriff's departments to find out what kind of training they provide their officers so that they can distinguish between a dog that is dangerous and one that is simply frightened, and have non-lethal methods relatively available to deal with any threatening dog.  Here are resources you can encourage them to use:


Feel free to comment and add additional ideas as well as stories of successes in this area.

2 years ago
by Dogs Shot by Police (Notes) on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 6:59pm


(Animal Legal Defense Fund article about what to do when your companion animal is harmed; information about finding a lawyer)


Additional information from ALDF about the practical things to do if your companion animal is harmed:

   An article about suing law enforcement when they have shot a dog

Publicity has probably been one of the most important pressures that can be brought to bear on a law enforcement agency that has abused its power.

  • Contact the media, perhaps starting with the local news stations that often run stories about animal-related concerns.
  • Many people create a Facebook page or website for their dog to tell their story and to spread work using their own family and friends.  Sometimes an incident like this will galvanize public opinion for a variety of reasons.  Justice for Cisco in Austin gained more than 100,000 likes in a relatively short period of time and the Austin Police have announced changes in their policies.  That is not the end, of course.  They still have to actually behave differently.  However it is a good beginning.
  • On-line petitions can be another way to spread awareness and to give people a way to participate in doing something about their concern.
  • You can post the appropriate email addresses for complaints to the offending agencies.  That will give people who are concerned a chance to do something.  Please remind everyone to please be polite and constructive.  Using harsh language can actually hurt the cause.
  • From Jeffrey Justice: "I have been writing to newspaper reporters who have covered these tragic cases. I urge other activists to do the same.Please be civil when you do. Many times these reporters reply and are shocked when they find widespread this police violence and recklessness is. They are also surprised that anyone, anywhere, has ever fought back and won a lawsuit against the police. They just assumed the police have the right to use deadly force anytime they please. I have found that communicating with media is far more fruitful than writing the police-though I'm not giving up on that either."
  • More from Jeffrey Justice "I always share the link and name to this FB page and links to some lawsuits that are similar to the case in question. I used to be a writer and magazine editor, so I have a feel for the business. Reporters hate to be manipulated or critiqued by over-zealous activists-and the police. Just thank the reporter for just covering the story, even if it is skewed. Write a very SHORT statement of this nationwide problem and enclose links to relevant lawsuits. Also, give enough info so  they can google the lawsuits if they don't trust opening links.  We need lots of help on this as there are so many cases."



  • If your dog has been shot by a law enforcement officer, consider filing a complaint or suing.  You can usually file a complaint yourself.  Many people believe thatlaw enforcement cannot be sued in these situations.  However they usually can be.  A shooting of a dog can be a violation of your constitutional and civil rights, a "taking" of "property" "without due process."  Sometimes these shootings happen in the context of an unlawful search by law enforcement.  Some lawyers may be willing to take a case on contingency.  Look at the Note about Legal Resources on this page for additional information. People who care about you and what happened to your dog may be willing to donate through a "chip-in" or similar fundraising mechanism.  Remember that people often feel helpless and fearful about their own dog as well as angry about these incidents.  They may really want to do something to help you as a way to channel their anger.  If that is the case, you are giving them an opportunity to do so by creating a way they can donate.  If it is in the context of a legal case, get advice from your lawyer about the best way to do this, as there may be tax consequences and other laws that could apply.
  • You may be able to get local media interested in this issue, especially if there have been shootings in your area, and of course especially if your dog has been shot.  However even if you are someone other than the person whose dog has been shot you can advocate as well.  In fact you might even be seen as havi
2 years ago
by Dogs Shot by Police (Notes) on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 7:05pm

This is a note where I will try to gather all the information that has been published on Dogs Shot by Police and on Mr. Policeman, Don't Shoot my Dog about reducing the risk of dogs being shot. Please provide links and helpful ideas in the comments and I will incorporate as appropriate.


Emergency Advice:


1. A well-secured fence or leash are probably the most important tools, although they have not been infallible. 

It just stands to reason.  Some of the dogs who have been shot have been allowed to run loose.  That's just not a good idea.  If you are doing that with your dogs in places other than designated off-leash parks or beaches, please reconsider.  Even the very best dogs can be distracted by something irresistible - a squirrel, another best-friend dog, and make a run for it.  They are most at risk of getting hit by a car or hurt by an irate neighbor, but that is how some of our dogs have been shot as well.  

There are accidents.  Someone leaves a gate open.  The person who lets the dog out doesn't realize it is open.  That's life.  it happens.  However there are dogs who have been shot for just this reason.  

2.  More to come - collars, ID's, socializing, training, etc.  

2 years ago

Here is some general information to consider when you are thinking about hiring a lawyer.  It's a quick summary I posted, not a comprehensive guide, but I am copying it here in case you might find it helpful.


I don't mean to patronize anyone, but just in case all of this is entirely new, you want a lawyer who specializes in "tort" cases, cases in which someone has harmed another person, preferably with some expertise in constitutional law as well. 


Bar Associations usually have referral sites and phone lines.You could start there and then take whatever names they give you and look up the lawyers in Martindale Hubbell (online) to see if the person seems to have a lot of experience or if they are AV rated and if they went to a law school you may have heard of. If they have clerked for a judge that is usually a good thing because you usually have to be a good student to do that.  If they have written articles in law reviews especially if it is about animal law or tort law or constitutional law or litigation, that is also a good sign.  (If you're wondering, yes, I used to be.)

Remember that if there is a possibility of significant damages, a lawyer may be willing to take the case on a contingency fee, meaning they will take a percentage of whatever is won either by settlement or as a judgment.  I think it's a pretty high percentage, but that is how they fund what is needed to take the case. 



Also, consider contacting the lawyers or law firms representing people who have successfully sued in a similar situation if you are in the same geographic area as they are.  See the Successful Litigation list. "For example, if my memory is correct, a major law firm has taken on Wrinkles case in Washington DC "pro bono" which is short for "pro bono publica" "for the benefit of the public."  If one firm is willing to do that, others might be as well. 

For the very large firms, taking on those cases without charge does a couple of important things.  It allows them to train their associate lawyers on litigation for real clients with real causes, but without more money at stake than they are ready to handle on their own with supervision.  Additionally the associate lawyers like it because it means the firm is willing to take on causes they care about, and I believe that the hours they spend on one of these cases counts towards their annual minimum number of hours they must bill to continue to work for the firm.  It might not be the same as getting a lawyer who is experienced in litigating animal-law cases, but the quality of the litigation departments in these massive firms is quite high and so they can do excellent work even in areas that are relatively new to them.

2 years ago

Attorneys Important: I do not know any of these attorneys or law firms personally.  I am listing them because I have heard of their work in animal law. It is important that you find out as much as you can about any lawyer you are considering and make your own decision.


Adam Karp is a lawyer in Washington who also represents clients in Idaho according to this site.  He has represented a couple of guardians of dogs whose stories are represented on this site. 


Adam Karp's list of other animal-lawyers in North America as well as referral sources. 


(The Animal Law Center, a Colorado law firm specializing in Animal Law)


Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR; this indicates that the school has an “animal law clinic” which is a place where students take on cases under the supervision of their professors who are practicing attorneys


The Lexus Project has generally defended dogs who are threatened with being killed because of their breed or because they perceived to be dangerous, and yet are not dangerous.  I don't know that they have taken any cases related to dogs being shot by law enforcement.  However I am listing them because they are strong advocates for dogs in general, and who knows?  They are in Oceansider, New York.


2 years ago
by Dogs Shot by Police (Notes) on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 1:56am



(Animal Legal & Historical Center, Michigan State University School of Law - detailed overview of the law related to law enforcement shooting of dogs)


(Animal Legal Defense Fund article about what to do when your companion animal is harmed; information about finding a lawyer)


Additional information from ALDF about the practical things to do if your companion animal is harmed:


   An article about suing law enforcement when they have shot a dog


Animal law in Canada:


Animal law in England & Wales:


Nolo Press article about “Lawsuits Over Injury to a Dog” which gives a good introduction to the process of suing someone and offers additional resources.   


Nolo Press was founded by a couple of lawyers who believed that lawyers had too much of a monopoly on access to the law and the courts and who wanted to help ordinary people help themselves. Their very first book was about Dog Law. I’m a fan, as you can probably tell.


Every Dog's Legal Guide: A Must-Have Book for Your Owner is NOT about suing anyone who has harmed your dog, but if you need information about the laws the affect your responsibilities as a dog guardian, this book should do it. 


Attorneys Important: I do not know any of these attorneys or law firms personally.  I am listing them because I have heard of their work in animal law. It is important that you find out as much as you can about any lawyer you are considering and make your own decision.


Adam Karp is a lawyer in Washington who also represents clients in Idaho according to this site.

2 years ago

Current litigation by families of dogs shot by law enforcement


  (Rosie, Des Moines, WA)


(Columbia, MO SWAT shooting)


(Ava, Erie, CO)


 (Cammie, LaGrange, MO)


  (Wrinkles, Washington, DC)


rsslink (Rocco, Louisville, KY)



Litigation related to the monetary value of a dog


  California Court of Appeals Says Pets are More Than Inanimate Property


  Disappointment for Avery's family on appeal in Texas  "Their attorney, Randy Turner, still can't believe a jury could award his clients' monetary damages if a picture of their dog is destroyed, but not for the loss of the dog itself."  Unfortunately that's the law in Texas.  (Compare California above)

2 years ago


(Blu, Richmond, VA  $210,000 & $15,000)


(Costa Mesa, CA $225,000)


(The Smoak Family – Cookeville, Tennessee $9000)


(James Smoak, Cookeville TN, various defendants, $9000 compensatory damages, $192,000 in attorneys’ fees, $77,500 settlement)


(Immi, Reading PA; Lord Atka, Miami-Dade, FL; Suzie, Milan, MI)


  (Champ $500,000 1998; Blu $210,000 2005 Richmond, CA)

2 years ago
by Dogs Shot by Police (Notes) on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:15am

Successful litigation by guardians of dogs shot by law enforcement

Family wins $225,000 settlement in lawsuit against Minneapolis police; A family sued a Minneapolis police over a 2011 raid of their home, one that led to the shooting of two dogs and a list of ugly allegations against officers. ($225,000 settlement)

  Smitty, shot & killed by Tallahassee, FL police officer, Officer Azevedo ($25,000 settlement)

  (Blu, Richmond, CA $210,000 to Blu's family; $15,000 to a bystander burned by shell casings),0,5960324.story

(Baxter, and mention of an ongoing suit by Bandy's family)   (Baxter)

  (Sam, Dog, San Jose, CA $1.8 million From the San Jose Mercury News, 2011: ..."The raids not only failed to bolster the case, they also wound up costing local governments $1.8 million in legal settlements. The Hells Angels filed a civil-rights lawsuit, alleging police wrecked their property, frightened their children and needlessly shot three of their dogs.")  Here's a copy of the decision in the case

(Brandi, MD $625,000)

(Brandi, follow-up, reduced on appeal but still $607,500!)

  (Lady, Chicago $333,000)

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by Dogs Shot by Police (Notes) on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 8:31pm
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“We don’t give a %#&!*% about your dog.”

| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Fortunately, in this case, no dogs were harmed, but I wanted to share the view of a particular SWAT officer on animals:

Shaver, her then-boyfriend and a roommate were in the apartment with her four dogs when the door flew open with the crash of a battering ram. “I thought we were being robbed,” Shaver recalled. “It wasn’t clear to us that they were cops at all. I had a flashback to my attack. I was just terrified. I peed myself. I had peed myself, and I was shaking, trying to gather my dogs while they were pointing these guns at me — these huge guns that could blow me apart. My Vizsla mix ran off, and I was afraid they were going to shoot it. I asked if I could get it, and they said ‘We don’t give a %#&!*% about your dog.’”

Gee, no surprise there…

From the Huffington Post.

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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | Leave a comment »

Marietta Robinson let the officers in after asking if she could put her dog in the back yard or the bathroom. They told her that they wouldn’t harm the dog if she put it in the bathroom, so she did.

Police officers came in, shot her dog (claiming it attacked them), and then washed their hands in her water cooler drinking water.

Sources: video and article


2 years ago
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Two Dogs, Names Unknown

| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Warning, this is some extreme material. In this video, the Columbia, MO police department shoots two dogs. In justifying it, the officer says (at about the ten minute mark):

When you deal dope, and the police have to come to your house, that’s what happens.

2 years ago
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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Elko was a drug dog that had assisted in finding 125 pounds of pot and more than a thousand grams of cocaine. Elko escaped from the kennel he was being kept in during a bad storm, it then went and attacked Gora Watts, a 70-year-old woman, in her own garage. Her husband attempted to defend her with a tree-trimming pole before an animal control officer appeared on the scene and shot him. At the time, no one knew he was a police dog.

Regarding his actions, the animal control officer was shaken:

It really bothered me. I couldn’t sleep Thursday night. It’s just something that had to be done.

While not directly killed by a police officer, certainly the dog’s violent training was the cause of its demise.

2 years ago
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Unnamed Pitbull

| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Careful, this video is pretty graphic, including (as most of these videos do) the screams and wails of a shot puppy. It depicts the killing of a pitbull and the wounding of a corgi, though most of it is just heard.

Police were under the impression that this house belonged to a drug kingpin. Instead, they found a pipe, grinder, and a small bag of marijuana. They blamed themselves … for not getting there early enough:

“If you let too much time go by, then the drugs are not there.”

A child was also there. (The owner of the home was charged with endangering the child, presumably by allowing cops to come in and fill his house with bullets.) The police justified their actions by claiming that they were just (you guessed it) following protocol.

The Police Chief apologized, however, and said the following:

“I am telling you we have fixed those things — that the public can be assured that a similar incident will not happen again without someone’s head rolling because it’s now policy,” Burton said.

This is the sickness that is our police force: that things are only wrong when they are against policy, and heads may only roll (metaphorically) when rules are violated. Our police force is completely subjugated to a bureaucracy which they feel excuses them from the moral blame of their actions. It does not.


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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | Leave a comment »

“While circling the rear perimeter, lab advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed.”

That’s what the hand-written note Mary Kate Hallock found on her Oakland home door when she returned home from running errands.

The Oakland police had responded to a false burglar alarm, and when Gloria — an arthritic lab — “growled and barked” at an officer, he shot her three times with a 40-caliber Glock handgun.

When the Hallock’s husband brought the dog’s body home from the animal shelter, Hallock’s children, 11 and 15, cried and told stories about Gloria, who suffered from hip-dysplasia and arthritis. Certainly a menacing threat.

“It was like a physical blow,” Hallock said. “It just didn’t feel right. The officer who later apologized sounded sincere, but it would have been nice to hear from the officer who actually shot her.”

Again, personal responsibility is shifted onto the institution at large, so much so that another officer actually thinks he can apologize for the actions of his peer. The Police Chief issued a statement, saying:

We are investigating the incident to ensure that proper policies and procedures were followed and evaluating possible ways to improve outcomes related to future contacts with animals.”

Sources: here, here, and here

2 years ago
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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

“The officer drew his gun in an unnecessary act of cowboy gunslinging law enforcement and shot my dog amidst a crowd of thousands,” said Block, who was fostering Parrot while he was waiting to be adopted through the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. “The problems here are almost too numerous to count.”

Block’s account is supported by at least one witness, Jennifer Naideth, 29, who was in town from Los Angeles selling cosmetics at the festival. She called the shooting “so unnecessary and so violent,” adding that “there was no human life in danger.”

A retired police officer who was also on the scene, 67-year-old Tony De Pass,  defended the officer:

“What he did, I would have done the same damn thing,” De Pass said.

Source: Washington Post

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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

This is a particular abhorrent example because not only did no crime take place, but the cops weren’t even under the impression that a crime had taken place. In fact, an officer had just gotten out of his car to ask for directions when Bruiser (pictured above), came running out to meet thim.

Standing a foot away from his cop car, the officer drew his pistol and shot Bruiser.

He had a ride-along with him that was actually his brother-in-law. I think he was showing off. And I think that he thought he was going to get away with it and nobody would know who shot the dog.

She also says that initially the police claimed that the dog was trying to attack him, but that when she said she’d recorded the events they changed their story, offered her money, and told her to keep quiet. The Grady County Sheriff’s Office refused to comment.

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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

The alarm company called Elizabeth Fletcher to tell her that her alarm had gone off. Their house-sitter had gone out for breakfast, so they called 911. Soon, they reached the sitter, who arrived at the house around the same time as the officer.

Fletcher talked to the officer over the phone, joking. He had been the same officer who had come out a few months ago when her car had been broken into. The officer said he was going to take a look around and make sure everything was safe.

Then he went into the backyard and shot Ciarra. Neighbors Ashley Derrick and Alison Grounds rushed the dog to the vet, but she couldn’t be saved. In an email to the East Lake Neighbors Community Association, Derrick wrote:

“I asked why [the officer] had to shoot her. He could give me no answer.”

Fletcher said they were speaking out for one primary reason:

“We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Source: Atlanta-Journal Constitution

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| Author: Greg Karber | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

When Andrea Hill’s 6-year-old son went missing, she called police to help with the search. They showed up, and Hill’s mom — with the confusing last name of Linda Hall (one letter off) — put the dog in a bedroom. Then, they went to look for the kid, but when they came back, Andrea had let the dog out of the bedroom.

They came to the house and promptly killed Hill’s dog, which I’m sure — somehow, perhaps holistically – helps in their search for the child.

First, the Deputy Chief’s story:

“Basically, he came out and started attacking the officer. He got to the degree where he was growling, had his mouth open trying to bite the officer. You have an officer that’s being viciously attacked by a 60-pound dog, and he had no choice.”

Now, Hall’s version of the story (from someone who was actually there):

“He opened that door and he shot the dog in the face. The dog came at his shoe, but he didn’t bite him. He didn’t hurt him. He was getting at his shoe to try to get him to leave.”

But wait, it gets worse. It turns out that Max was medically-trained to alert the family when Andrea, an epileptic, was having a seizure. A few weeks later, without the dog to alert the family, Andrea had a seizure and died. The police, of course, were sympathetic:

“We’re sorry for her death, for the destruction of the dog, but I think we reacted properly.”

Yes, “following protocol,” no doubt.

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Rosie escaped from her yard. A neighbor called the police, worried that the dog would get run over because some children were chasing it. Police showed up, Tasered and chased the dog, which got away and ran into Lora Petty’s yard. She closed the gate behind the dog, effectively trapping him.

Twenty minutes later, the police showed up, opened the gate, came in, and — according to YesBiscuit! — this is what happened next:

At this point, the officers all agreed that the dog was a threat to public safety and to them personally so one of the officers put a bullet in her.  She fell to the ground, her eyes rolled back in her head and her breathing was labored.  Apparently still deeming the dog to be a public threat, the officer put a second bullet in her.  At that point the dog began to yelp.  Apparently the dog was still a threat to public safety so he shot her a 3rd time.  After that shot she struggled to sit up, trying to move away.  Apparently the officer felt she was still a threat and so put a 4th bullet in her which killed her.  Then he poked her with a stick to make sure she was dead.

Lora Petty, the owner of the yard where the dog was killed, says that the dog was scared, not aggressive, and said:

“It was quick. They already had their mind set on what they were going to do. Their main concern was shooting the dog.”

Additionally, she said that a police officer came into her house afterwards, giggling about shooting the dog. After that, she set up a memorial in her front yard:

Sources: Highline Times and Seattle DogSpot

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Cammi was accused of being vicious, and shot by this officer of the Lagrange Police Department.

This video is quite graphic, but if you watch it, judge for yourself how vicious this dog is.

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The Charleston County Sheriff’s office believes that their officer followed proper protocol for the situation, but an outside investigator has been called in to pursue a more in-depth investigation.

Another “in-depth investigation.” Ho-hum.

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The bullet went through his nose and broke his teeth on the right side.

Karen Gentry raced Deano to the Skyline Animal Clinic, fearing for his life because of how much blood he had lost. The police officer that had came to her house had been looking for a “Haskins,” but Gentry had lived at that home since she was 17, and there had never been a Haskins. She had stepped back inside, and the officer had shot her dog.

Neighbor Tiffany Hayes had seen the whole thing:

The cop was here, and Deano was coming around the corner. He was just coming up to greet him.

The officer claims that the dog was attempting to bite him.

This story at least has a happy ending: Deano did survive, and the sheriff’s office has offered to pay for all of the injuries. Still, says Gentry, it doesn’t make up for what they did.

[Technically, this one doesn't belong on this blog, since Deano didn't die, but I figured the blog needed one ray of sunshine.]

2 years ago
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Unnamed Belgian Malinois

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On May 5, another police Belgian Malinois died after being left inside an Alameda officer’s personal sport utility vehicle as the officer attended a use-of-force training exercise.

After several hours, the officer returned to his vehicle – which had at least one window down for ventilation – and found his dog near death. The dog died at a veterinary hospital. The officer was not charged.

Never leave a dog alone in a vehicle.

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“He shot pop, pop. The dog was down then pop, pop, pop. I said, ‘Man, you just shot my dog.’ And he said, ‘You [expletive] idiot. You let your dog out.’” – Fox D.F.W.

Bucky was shot five times in front of his owner’s children. The family has created a Facebook page, Justice for Bucky.

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According to the Facebook page Justice for Ava, Brittany Moore called the police to report threatening phone calls.  A police officer then came to her home, decided her dog was being threatening, and shot her. According to Brittany, this was the officer’s second time to kill a dog.

Both Brittany and a neighbor claim that the dog didn’t do anything wrong, with the neighbor saying

“I remember that her tail was wagging as she walked towards the officer”

but the Boulder County District Attorneyhas decided that the officer was not in the wrong with his decision to use deadly force.

“I keep reliving the sound that she made when he shot her and then Ivy, our golden retriever, went and was trying to help her up,” Brittany said.

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Cisco and his person, Paxton, were playing Frisbee in his backyard. When Paxton went to grab something from his truck, a police officer arrived, drew his pistol, and pointed it at Paxton. (He was responding to a domestic disturbance a few doors down but had been given the wrong address.) Cisco ran toward the officer, who shot and killed him.

The following exchange was recorded by the police camera:

Paxton: “Why did you shoot my dog?”

Officer: “Why didn’t you get your dog when I told you to get your dog?

Paxton: “I didn’t know! I just came around the corner. You pulled a gun at me and told me to put my hands up. What was I supposed to do?

Officer: “Okay, but you knew your dog was back there, correct?!”

Paxton: “I didn’t know anybody was here. I was just walking to my car.”

Officer: “Oh my Gosh.”

When Paxton went on KLBJ-FM’s “Dudley & Bob Morning Show” to discuss the issue, the officer called in to apologize.

The Austin Police Department issued a statement, saying, “There are several pieces in the process right now that we are looking at.” Hopefully, this will end in something other than the typical “the officer was following protocol.” Hopefully, but not likely.

Paxton: “My best friend. You killed my f—ing best friend”

Sources: ABCNews (audio of event), Statesman, KXAN

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Baxter, an Australian shepherd, was fired at 6 times by police officers when he got through a malfunctioning gate. Robert Clements, his owner, had insisted that he would take the police officers to court, but said he wasn’t after the money. Instead:

“I want to expose the police for what they are doing. Why didn’t he use Mace on my dog? The simple answer is the cops are trigger happy.”

His 13-year-old son, Cameron, recited a speech to the county commissioners, “telling telling them he lost his brother and best friend when Baxter died.” But, of course, typically a dog is valued only at his or her market price, rather than a figure taking into account their true value.

In this case, the city settled with the family outside of court for $20,000, a sum much larger than we typically see in these cases. (We typically see nothing.) Of course, as always, the police department has said that the officers behaved according to protocol. The protocol is to kill dogs.


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Bully, Boss, and Kahlua

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According to to Kathy Thomas, police officers attempting to serve her friend entered a yard — with a sign alerting them to the presence of dogs — and then shot all three dogs. Police said that they feared for their lives, and were doing what they had to.

Justice for Bully, Boss, and Kahlua Facebook Page:


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When the Bullocks “returned home from a family member’s funeral,” they found three bullets and a note from the police asking them to call about their dog. According to the police, Jack had gotten out, and when two officers tried to catch up, he nipped one of them. One officer tazed the dog, and then shot him three times. As always: they acted according to procedure.

They Bullocks told their 3-year-old son that his dog ran away, and the boy has taken to barking for him, hoping that he’ll hear and come running.


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A Vallejo police officer said he had “no choice but to shoot” when two dogs charged him. The officer had come to the home to investigate a case of identity theft filed by the occupant. The officer opened the front gate without asking permission, and when two dogs came around the corner–

“They were aggressive. He felt they were trying to attack him and, in his defense, he fired two rounds, striking the closest dog.”

Belle, an 11-year-old Labrador mix, died immediately. The owner of the dog said that she and her family are “big fans of the police” and that she “feel[s] a lot of compassion for the police officer who shot my dog.”

Her son might not feel the same:

“I’m really upset, because she’s dead now and she can’t come back. I’m mad at the police officer and sad because Belle is gone.”

Source: SFGate

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Boo Boo

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“When Allen heard the gunshot, she ran outside and saw her dog lying in a pool of blood. A neighbor told her what happened. The police officer said he was sorry and immediately called his sergeant.”

“I let my one-year-old run around with that dog,” said next-door neighbor Beth Ann Smith. “Out of all my time living here I’ve only heard the dog bark once.”

Source: Examiner

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Where have we heard this before? Police show up to the wrong house, knock their way through the front door, and shoot a dog. This time the dog was Ziggy.

“They killed my dog for no reason,” Fisher said. “I don’t have kids. That’s my son.”

An emotional video from Fisher in the source below. My heart aches watching this man.

Source: CBS Denver

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Two Unnamed Dogs

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“Within ten seconds of leaving his car, [the officer] pulls his trigger and shoots one of the dogs. The dog wagged its tail, started to struggle on its back, and ultimately died .”

Police support the officer and contend he did nothing wrong. This is an argument I hate. We have methods to euthanize dangerous animals (if these were, in fact, dangerous animals), and they do not involve bullets. Police officers are not animal control, and they shouldn’t become animal control. It’s not possible, in ten seconds, to make any kind of accurate determination.

This support from the police department is — as readers of this blog know — the norm. Almost all such cases are internally investigated, and almost all internal investigations result in the determination that the officer was acting “according to procedure.” No one thinks to question the procedures themselves. “Just following orders” is not an acceptable defense.

SOURCE: Stop Police Brutality, YouTube


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Police dog Billy, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler responded to a burglary call. In the excitement, Billy bit another officer in the leg. When the handler could not get Billy to let go, the officer shot Billy three times in the head. Shortly thereafter, the suspect exited the building with the items he had allegedly stolen. He told officers that “[he] was the one who was supposed to be shot.”

This same department was earlier responsible for the death of another dog. Another Belgian Malinois was left unattended in an automobile while the officer attended a use-of-force training seminar. When he returned to the car, the dar was near death and then died in the hospital. I was unable to find out the name of this dog. No punishment was brought against the officer.


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Tank, Hump, and Janey

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Police burst into James Woods’ house looking for marijuana. He heard a shotgun blast, and Tank (pictured above) “lay dead in a puddle of blood.”

Then they saw the other dogs. They raised their weapons. Woods screamed, “Please! They won’t hurt you.”

“Witnesses told a consistent story: Police chased the dogs, Hump and Janey, around the house, shooting Woods’ longtime companions as they fled.” Janey (not pictured) dragged a trail of blood around the house until she finally collapsed. Police had shot her as she ran away.

Neighbors said the dogs were “tame and friendly.” Police did not respond for comment.

Woods’ friend, Scott Kraz, &ldquohotographed the carcasses in hopes of proving that police shot the dogs from behind.” After doing this, he buried in the dogs in Woods’ front yard. Woods now lives alone.

“They killed my dogs,” he says. “The Detroit Police Department murdered my dogs.”

When will somebody do something? Please share this story. Help get the word out.


Source: Motor City Muckraker

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An officer approached a man’s house to ask about “a car parked nearby with a license plate registered to a woman wanted on an arrest warrant.”

Kenny Schoff came outside with his dog, Rosco, to speak with the oficer. When Rosco began to bark, the officer immediately drew his gun and fired three shots.

In total, the puppy was shot six times: three on the porch, twice on the porch steps, and once in the head after the family asked he be put out of misery.

The officer said that the dog was attempting to bite him, and that, after he shot him three times, the dog continued to attack. This is why it required six bullets to kill a ten-month old dog.

As always: “The police department has cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, claiming he had no other option but to protect himself.”


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Lily Girl

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ImagePolice were supposed to go to the 4900 block of Norma Street to investigate “copper thefts,” but they instead went to the 4700 block. Lily Girl came out of the garage to greet him.

The officer drew his gun and shot her down.

I don’t understand how, when I order delivery, it always arrives at my home, and not at some random strangers home on another block. How is it possible to be so bad at driving to an address?


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“[Jason Robershaw] heard a knock at the back door of his residence, followed by a bark, then finally a gunshot.” When he ran outside, he found an officer standing over Smokey, who was bleeding out of his mouth.

Robershaw said, “The officer had no right to come on my private property and shoot my dog, which was on a leash. The dog was doing what it’s supposed to do. It is the protector of this house. He was my best friend, so I don’t want this to go away quietly.”

The police officer was there to investigate a stolen ladder.

He had come to the wrong address.


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lukeResponding to an accidental alarm, a police officer entered a home through an “unsecured door” (which, to me, sounds like he entered without permission). The officer claims that the dog charged at him, barking, and that — fearing for his life — he had to shoot the dog multiple times.

Just had to.

To defend this behavior, the police claimed that the owner’s sister alleged that the dog had bitten her in the past.

However, she told reporters, “I never claimed Luke bit me, cause Luke has never bit me.”

Cobb Police say that the officer followed policy and procedure and that their investigation is closed.

This follows the Threefold Pattern: (1) No legitimate reason for police officers to be present, (2) Claims which contradict witness testimony, and (3) Department claiming everything was done according to protocol. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the magic formula which allows you to murder a dog without consequence.


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Neighbor Lori Walmsley saw everything: she called her neighbor’s dog, Scout, over to play, and then Scout ran back into his own yard. A police officer showed up. He asked if the dog was hers. “No,” she said, but she assured him Scout wasn’t dangerous.

The officer began to try and catch the dog, whistling and saying, “Come here, pup.” He eventually cornered the dog. That’s when Walmsley heard the shots. The dog’s owner ran out and screamed, “What are you doing? He’s just a puppy!”

Lori says that the officer was not provoked.

The officer tells a different story. This is how he depicts the shooting in his own report:

At this time, I whistled at the dog and said “Come here pup” and the dog jumped off the deck and ran at me. I began backing away as fast as I could in a backward direction. I immediately noticed the dog was showing its teeth and I could hear the dog growling very loudly. I kicked at the dor in an attempt to put space between me and the dog and to get it to stop coming at me. I missed my first kick however the dog tried to bite my leg as I kicked it. I repeated this again kicking at the dog and again the dog tried to bite me. At this point the dog was within three feet of me and I was running in a backwards circular motion so as not to turn my back on the dog. At this time I pulled my service weapon and rapidly fired seven shots while backing away from the dog as quickly as I could. I believe I missed most of my shots, due to shooting while backing away however I did hit the dog at least twice. One shot in the back legs and once possibly in the mouth. The dog was no longer a threat to me and I holstered my weapon.

[The owner] came out of the residence and was screaming at me “You shot my %#&!*% dog, good job mother %#&!*% you did your job.”

I don’t understand this logic: antagonize and corner animals until they show aggression, attack the dog and further provoke it, and then — having exhausted all other options (except closing the gate or leaving or asking the owners or witnesses present for assistance) — executing the animal.

The existence of dog-murdering protocol allows this to continue, and allows officers to feel that such behavior is morally permissible. Please share this story to show them that it isn’t.

SOURCE:, the Police Report

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Unnamed Dog Stomped to Death

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I couldn’t find a photo for this pooch, but this has got to be the worst story I’ve heard yet. I am going to just except the first three paragraphs of the LA Times article about it, because I don’t think I have the strength to write about it myself:

In a case that has shocked Arizona animal activists, prosecutors have decided not to charge a Flagstaff police officer who in a gruesome incident this summer used his baton, boot and a cable to kill an injured dog after a fellow officer accidentally hit the animal with his car.

In August, Cpl. John Tewes was called after another officer hit a loose dog with his car about 2:30 a.m. Tewes and the other officer decided the dog needed to be euthanized, but Tewes was concerned about using his gun in the neighborhood.

Prosecutors said Tewes repeatedly tried to bludgeon the dog to death, but it didn’t die. He then tried to jump on the dog’s head and cave in its skull, but that too failed to kill the animal. Eventually, after some 20 to 30 minutes of trying to kill the dog, Tewes used a hobble, which is like a metal cable, to try to strangle the dog. It took several tries before the dog died.

The officer later resigned. I think this is going to have to be my last update today. Simply too depressing to continue reading about this. Please share this, and other articles, with friends and family. This will help affect change, and hopefully stuff like this will stop happening, or at least stop happening as often.

SOURCE: LATimes, AZFamily

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“After the first shot, the dog is captured by the animal control officer on the catch pole. But, after it is captured, a police officer fires four more shots at Chloe, killing the dog.” I don’t need to describe much more because it’s all on video.

However, in an unbelievable turn of events, the officer who killed this particular dog is actually being tried for a crime! He faces charges for animal cruelty. Why? Because of the video included above. The police department had initially avoided any responsibility. However, once this video was posted to the Internet, people reacted in shock.

“This video came out and changed things,” said Animal Lew Center lawyer Jennifer Edwards. She says that this case is a “turning point in animal law.”

SOURCE: 9news, 9news, Denver Post

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Kelsey Markou was walking her family dog, named Dog, when a pitbull attacked. She tried to get the pitbull off of Dog, and a man walking by called the police.

When the pollice officer arrived, Kelsey told the officer which dog was hers and which was the one who attacked. Kelsey’s mother describes what happened next:

“He got 5 to 6 feet away from the dogs and just started shooting at them.”

Kelsey estimated the police officer fired eight shots. The pitbull was taken to the vet. Dog was dead at the scene.

Kelsey’s mom explained:

“I want them to be accountable and really look at the way the situation was handled. We’re traumatized, and I have a daughter that’s going to be traumatized the rest of her life. She’ll never forget it. She hasn’t been sleeping. That’s a hard pill to swallow.”

SOURCE: News Gazette