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Target: Mayor Kip C. Walby of St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Goal: Criminally charge police officers who shot and killed a woman’s dog for “barking excessively”

In the early morning hours of November 22, 2013, three Michigan policemen shot and killed a woman’s dog in response to noise complaints from local neighbors. Though the woman’s grandfather was in the process of herding the rowdy dog back into the house, police officers began shooting anyways, eventually hauling the severely wounded canine away in an animal control truck. The veterinary autopsy showed more bullet holes in the dead dog than were fired at the scene, suggesting the officers savagely executed the woman’s pet once it was finally captured.

These barbaric and excessive measures violate both the Animal Welfare Act and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful searches and seizures. Removing a noisy but harmless animal from a citizen’s premises is illegal in and of itself, but shooting it fifteen times unflinchingly is simply heartless. Not only have these policemen not been charged; they have been returned to active duty for our “protection.” Disciplinary action took place within the precinct, with one officer being suspended for a month, another given mandatory counseling, and the other receiving a “letter of discipline” in his file, according to news publication Huffington Post. This form of discipline is not justice; it is an insult to the justice system and to American civil rights.

Police officers are not above the law, and serious matters involving the death of a living creature warrant more than suspensions and slaps on the wrist. Urge Michigan’s city council to file charges of animal cruelty against the officers responsible for this despicable incident. Stop allowing public servants to break the law and escape its repercussions.

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