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Police shoot the dog again

This time it was a grandmother living alone with her dog. Police conduct a drug raid on the place looking for her grandson who hasn’t lived there in 12 years. She asks if she can put her dog in the backyard or the bathroom, and the police say no problem, put it in the bathroom.

And then, in their search, they open the bathroom and shoot the dog when it “attacks” them.

Naturally, she’s furious.

There’s just no cause for this.

This kind of behavior stems from the “war” aspect of the drug war, where you have police looking at the people they are supposed to serve and protect as “the enemy.” When you go in with that mindset, killing a dog is nothing. Killing a human is just a little bit more.

One of the things that’s curious about all the dog shootings in drug raids is the relative silence of animal rights groups.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has developed a petition to get these groups to act.

The killing of innocent animals is far too common in the context of violent drug raids and needs to end.

Our harsh drug policies create an atmosphere where officers are too often forced into dangerous situations where tragic outcomes sometimes can’t be avoided. The cops, judges, prosecutors, and civilian members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition believe the risks taken and inconveniences suffered by police officers to protect the lives, defend civil liberties, and secure the safety of fellow citizens should be related to keeping the public safe, not chasing drug offenders and their families, children, and pets.

We call upon capable and compassionate animal rights organizations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, to help minimize the danger to animals during raids by developing “best practices” for police agencies regarding their treatment of pets during raids, assisting police agencies in implementing such practices and training their officers, and joining forces with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and other drug policy reform groups to end the unnecessary deaths caused by these raids.

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7 comments to Police shoot the dog again

  • claygooding

    NORML also has a petition going for the same thing,heck Pete,we can start one too.
    The saddest part is most dogs are better than most people.

  • I’ve started a blog to catalogue the growing problem of police shooting pets.The saddest part is that there are constant shootings to report every day.

  • ezrydn

    They seem to only fear dogs. Please don’t tell them about the protective qualities of cockatoos! Mine will alert me prior to anyone/thing getting close to the property, let along, up to the door. And he’s been with me going on 30 years now. He eats cannabis seeds and has been healthy every since he flew into my life.

    My nightmare is the scene from Cheech and Chong where the bird gets blown away.

  • permanentilt

    Cops obviously don’t get to shoot enough humans for their liking (no doubt due to all these liberal “human rights” groups who have a stranglehold on the government and force them to impose their will on officers who are just doing their job), so they have decided to just kill dogs instead.

    Actually it’s more of a compromise.

  • i don’t know clay, i can’t recall seeing too many humans shitting on the living room carpet, or (yow!) eating the evidence ;^)

    the vast majority of humans are basically good and decent people — that helps explain why, despite historic instances of incredible and horrifying carnage being inflicted by a small group of “bad” humans, the good ones somehow have always prevailed.

    and we will this time around too

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  • Servetus

    One of the things that’s curious about all the dog shootings in drug raids is the relative silence of animal rights groups.”

    A situation occurred in my local area in which some kids stole a puppy from a woman’s car while she was parked at a shopping plaza. One of the kids ended up strangling the little dog to death.

    The woman contacted the cops, who told her the kids would only end up in juvenile hall where what happened to them wouldn’t matter to anyone. So they didn’t follow up. Maybe the cops were too busy trying to make a drug bust. In any case, wrong again.

    Common knowledge is that people who commit this sort of atrocity against animals often graduate to killing human beings. In fact, the ratio is one-in-four that these scumbags will become serial killers of humans.

    The poor woman made a heart rending appeal over Craigslist in the pets section, and thanks to fellow sympathizers, we persuaded the SPCA and PETA to get the cops to track down the junior psychopaths who murdered the little dog.

    The point is that this example may provide some clue as to why the SPCA and PETA don’t pursue cops’ malfeasance when it comes to police or SWAT killings of pets. The animal and pet protection organizations need the help of police to track down the all-too-common crimes of brutality committed against animals. Maybe they’re afraid of offending or alienating the cops if they kick some police butt. They shouldn’t be.

    Citizens expect police protection at all levels. That includes our animal friends. The police need to clean up their own act, even if it means firing every cop who kills a dog, or any officer who ignores a plea from a bereaved dog owner over the murder of what 85-percent of all Americans regard as a member of their own family. The cops work for us. We don’t work for them.