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Q. What is the Purpose of this Site?

To collect a few of the innumerable instances of police officers killing dogs in the line of duty and to hopefully raise enough awareness that people demand things change.

Q. Aren’t the Officers Just Trying to Protect Themselves?

Yes and no. Undoubtedly, there are instances where an officer must shoot a dog in order to protect himself or a bystander. However, most of the time, these dogs are killed in the heat of the moment, without time to consider the proper course of action.

Does the fault rest solely with the officer who shot the dog? No.

The guilt is all of ours to share for allowing these sort of procedures and protocols. The police departments almost always defend these instances by saying they were acting “according to protocol,” as if that somehow excuses them. But following orders is no excuse, even if the orders are the laws of the United States government. A tragedy is a tragedy, regardless of its justification.

Q. But the Officers were Following Protocol!

In almost all of these cases, the officers were acting according to protocol. This website does not attempt to shame the individuals, but rather society, for allowing the procedures and protocols to be implemented that lead to the death of so many innocent animals. It is us who need to change.

Q. How Can I Help?

Share this website on your Facebook, on Twitter, on Reddit, on Pinterest, on whatever you can. Talk to your friends, your families. Write letters to your Congressmen. Just get the word out. Tell people!

CONTACT ME:

If you can help in any way, please email me at gkarber (at) gmail (dot) com. I would love to do any interviews, no matter how small your readership. And if you know of any dogs that police have killed which have not been mentioned on this site, please email me or post them in the comments below.


36 Comments on “About”

  1. brandi says:

    I just wanted to mention another dog that was unnecessarily killed as well by an off duty police officer. Bear Bear, he was killed in a fenced in dog park. here is one of many articles on the web about bear bear http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/mutts/blog/2010/08/cop_kills_bearbear_at_arundel.html

  2. Wendy says:

    http://www.facebook.com/l/32774/www.associatedcontent.com/article/8053413/no_apologies_kentucky_therapy_dog_shot.html?cat=72

    …another example for you to add to the list, unfortunately. So sad that there even has to be a website dedicated to this.

  3. JC says:

    “LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)

    The investigation is complete in regards to a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy who shot a family dog while responding to a burglary call.

    That report says the deputy made the right decision to use a gun rather than a taser or pepper spray due to the dangerous threat.

    The dog’s family says they didn’t even know the deputy had been cleared, until we contacted them today.”

    http://www.fox41.com/story/15037858/investigation-complete-for-deputy-that-shot-family-dog

  4. Joslynne Davidson says:

    Thank you. Great idea. Too many family companions are being murdered by police who kill for the sake of killing.

  5. Nichole Victoria says:

    Please follow this link and post this video for everyone to see. It’s disturbing to see the apathy of this “officer” that pulls this Texas couple over for speeding after he learns that they are trying to rush their dog to the emergency vet because he/she is choking to death. He doesn’t care and yells at the man, who is obviously in a panic state wanting to save his dog, to calm down..like yelling for someone to calm down is going to calm them down. No this cop didn’t directly shoot or directly kill this dog, but the lack of concern, caring, and help that this officer gives killed this dog. He could have easily escorted them to the vet or helped trying to give the dog the heimlich maneuver. I believe all cops have to take CPR classes where you learn to do that as well, yes they have a separate one for pets but you can almost essentially apply those same tactics learned there to a dog. My point is that what this cop did was outrageous and uncalled for, this dog could have been saved if it were not for the blatant apathy of this officer. I’m appalled and astonished.

  6. Daniel Vogel says:

    Here is yet another sad example of this reprehensible behavior: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/09/27/san-mateo-police-shoot-loose-dogs-at-park-killing-1/

  7. loren says:

    Belle was murdered today. 10 year old lab mix by a coward officer entering my yard on a business call. Chase Calhoun was the murderer.

  8. Daniel Vogel says:

    Another dog was shot and killed by a cop. This happened in the town of Vallejo, CA on Thursday the 17th of May. Belle is the name of the dog killed. http://www.sfgate.com is the paper that published the story.

  9. blakmira says:

    Is there any way you could add in emails or phone numbers to contact on these cases if someone wants to find out what’s currently happening or express their distress at what transpired? Perhaps you could also post follow-ups if you find out the results of the family suing? Thank you for devoting time to this blog!

  10. daniel vogel says:

    Why did you delete my posts?

  11. Aaron Strout says:

    please add diablo…to this list…please see the URI’s below and add as you see fit to this site…this was another dog in our area that was gunned down. the dog trainer..the nisghbors ..even the postal carrier stated this was a gentle sweet dog.

    http://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=91a5b3546bbb4b1a9a1f7c569f0db5d0#!/pages/Justice-for-Diablo/313159908773151

    more info about this incident as well here:

    http://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=91a5b3546bbb4b1a9a1f7c569f0db5d0#!/pages/Pitty-Love-Rescue-Inc/146729868689732

  12. Kuno says:

    I just found this blog and I can’t stop crying. If only more people were aware of these tragedies, we could only hope they wouldn’t happen anymore.

  13. Dee says:

    As a mail carrier I face more canines in a day then most of these officers will see in their careers-I do not carry a weapon, mace nor pepper spray-in 6 years I’ve had my shoelace nip once and received a CAT bite. Experience allows me to read every animal I encounter and I act accordingly-I fear these officers react in fear, ignorance or vehement dislike of the species. They certainly lack the training for encounters.

    • Have you seen the current case of Schroeder who was home with his pregnant owner when the mail lady arrived & the door latch gave way ending up with Schroeder nipping the mail carrier, but not seriously hurting her. A bruise but no blood. The mail carrier now wants to have Schroeder put down despite no previous incidents. Totally outrageous!!

  14. Mark Philips says:

    It doesn’t help that there are so many anti-dog sites out there, who disseminate false/twisted information that spreads hate and intolerance for dogs. http://killthedogs.blogspot.com is probably the sickest of them all. How can a Church claim to spread peace, love and tolerance but want to Kill all of The Dogs!? Insane!
    Keep up the good work, Admin. You certainly have your work cut out for you. Police need better training when it comes to dealing with dogs. It doesn’t need to end in a bullet like these situations.

  15. RSLudlum says:

    Officer shoots dog after owner accidentally sets of his home alarm system

    http://www.11alive.com/news/article/257298/40/Cobb-officer-shoots-100-pound-chocolate-Lab

  16. Joan Sammond says:

    has anyone also noticed the large number of heat related deaths with K9 police service dogs? cops all over the country are also responsible for killing police dogs by leaving in hot cars. one police agency killed 3 different police dogs that way. here’s link to a story going on in ga where the cop left police k9 in car 3 days in hot GA August and she died and he wasn’t charged. in GA that is a criminal offense to commit against any dog cat or pet but cop dogs across the country are victims of this neglect. more police dogs are killed by officer negligence leaving in hot cars than any other cause of death :/ here’s latest on GA police dog

    story:http://www.officer.com/news/10796484/ga-group-wants-officer-charged-in-k-9-death

  17. Another killing happened recently. Cops raided a home for an alleged drug bust “never found the pot they were looking for” and killed the homeowners 3 dogs while they were running away from the officers http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2012/10/17/witnesses-detroit-police-fatally-shoot-three-harmless-dogs-during-pot-bust/

  18. daniel vogel says:

    The problem with cops is that they WANT to pull their weapons. They WANT to shoot their guns, it’s why they want to be cops. Dogs give them an excuse to pull their guns and shoot something and feel validated.

  19. daniel vogel says:

    Just an update on the case of Belle the Labrador mix. A federal lawsuit has just been filed by attorney Nick Casper. The suit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. He has also filed suit in the killing of two other dogs in Vallejo that happened on 2/10/2012. These were the two dogs that burned to death after cops fired tear gas canisters into a vacant home and set the house on fire. The dogs bodies were retrieved by their owner from the city dump. So these idiots burned down a house, killed two pets and then dumped the bodies in the city dump. I’m so happy they have guns and badges. Ever notice how no cop will ever, EVER, criticize another cop no matter what the behavior? Pretty incredible.

  20. william paul says:

    Please add my beloved dog of 18 years Chingie. Thank you! She was left to die buy dehydration and starvation, when the police took me to jail for trespassing on my own property, they asked if i wanted to leave her in the car or let her outside. The rental agreement in my hand was not good enough for them. And with out any phone numbers with me, and with out the ability to convince a bail bondsman to help me, it was twenty days until i was let out on O.R. I am the son in law of a leutenant commander of C.H.P. and never knew the horror that these weak individuals could bring to a peaceful situation.
    For it is truly the weak that abuse power.

  21. Joan Sammond says:

    One of the concerns that I have is the number of police K9’s that are left in vehicles and die from heat related issues. This type of situation happens more than people realize and while I’m sure most were accidental deaths, it warrants enough concern to see what type of devices K9 vehicles should be equipped with so that these accidents do not continue to happen in the future.

  22. Salvador Ruelas says:

    I am deeply disturbed by all these stories, but it doesn’t surprise me.. Cops get away with breaking our rights and using excessive force on individuals.. We have laws and courts that may convict them, but what about animals!? They are defenceless and are viewed as property. As a dog owner and animal lover I’m ashamed to see that our nation is yet to change. Our society will never progress if we continue to allow this unseen slaughter. Recently I saw a video that appalled me.. The story about the Hawthorne Police.. Not only was the video graphic, but the main commentator justified the killing of the Rottweiler. I sent a email complaining to the network.. I’ve yet to get a response.. I will post the link below..

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a9fCK6Y0bu4

  23. Robert. says:

    Thanks for taking the time to build this website and record when cops murder dogs. Maybe you could also tag each story with the breed of the animal. Makes searching a little easier.

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