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 â€œbest practicesâ€ 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.