Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:46 am
the officer is at fault all animals are considered innocent it is man's ways that cause an animal to react and still not at fault people need to be held responsible for all an animal does for people are the higher intelligence and are liable for an animal doing what instincts tell it to do and animals have the right to defend themselves too
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:01 am
I keep getting an error message-but will keep trying. Fire that officer's ass. Easy to beat up on animals-I'd love to send him into the wild unarmed and I wonder how brave he would be then.
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:18 am
Signed. I have heard of cops hanging their dogs to make them obey. Seems like these dogs are abused more than we would like to think about. Fire this POS, lock him up for his cruelty, he probably has done far worse to yhis dog.
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:00 pm
I signed another one and got back an email from chief Baker stating he concluded after through investigation there was no wrongdoing to this dog or the officer's previous dog but they both underwent and passed retraining!
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:37 pm
Noted, signed and shared.
This dog is still with his handler! This is making my blood boil! This dog should have been taken away immediately after someone witnessed him hitting him. And he should be fired or put on leave and never be a loud to have a dog again, work or home!
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:17 pm
There is no additional "training" need for this monster. He will abuse the dog and other dogs again. He is a sadistic prick who has no business having anything to do with animals or people. This is the problem with the police force: they attract and hire individuals who have no conscience or compassion and react inappropriately to channel feelings of power and entitlement. That this dog is still in the custody of its abuser is an outrage. The reaction of the dog to this treatment speaks volumes. I am OUTRAGED AT THIS.
FROM THE PETITION AUTHOR:
Target: Chief Douglas Baker of the Fort Myers Police Department
Goal: Remove police dog from care of officer accused of punching him
K-9 units have become an increasingly important part of police forces around the country. The dogs that aid in police investigations do important work and are worthy of respectful, humane treatment–so why does the Fort Myers Police Department continue to allow one of its dogs, Euro, to be cared for by an owner whose treatment violates department guidelines? Sign the petition and request that the Fort Myers Police Department assign Euro a new human partner.
During a recent training exercise, Euro’s human partner, Officer George Sanford, repeatedly punched the dog in the face between the eyes. Euro, scared and in pain, “yelped, winced, and urinated on the floor.” Sanford acknowledged that he violated the department’s guidelines for the treatment of its police dogs, but claimed that he hit Euro because “the dog tried to bite him.” Witnesses did not appear to have the same story; the official report of the incident claimed that Officer Sanford hit Euro after the dog tried to pull a towel out of Sanford’s hand during a game of tug-of-war.
A vet gave Euro a clean bill of health and the dog was released into Officer Sanford’s care after Sanford completed a K-9 re-training session. However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) points out that Officer Sanford has been a K-9 handler for nine years and asks, “[W]hat additional training should he need to understand that he shouldn’t punch his partner?”
Request that the Fort Myers Police Department ensure the safety of its K-9 unit–sign the petition urging the department to find Euro a new partner.
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:42 am
Signed. The guy should lose his job at the very least - at least he should lose his job with police dogs. Lord knows how many others he has abused in the last 9 years! A big virtual kiss for Euro.