End Police Abuse of Power Against Dog Advocate
  • Petitioning Bellwood Police

This petition will be delivered to:

Bellwood Police
Bellwood Mayor
Mayor Brian Thomas
State Rep. Jerry Stern
State Sen. John Eichelberger

End Police Abuse of Power Against Dog Advocate

    1. Petition by

      Dogs Deserve Better Inc.

The thin, dirty, and sad-looking tethered dog sat just off the street on which children walk with their families to the T-ball field and playground. Residents of the small town of Bellwood, Pennsylvania asked Dogs Deserve Better founder and CEO Tamira Thayne if she could help the dog, as their hearts broke to watch her suffer day after day.

After Tamira photographed the conditions of the dog and created a facebook note asking citizens to call Bellwood Police on the dog's behalf, police trumped up charges against Ms. Thayne in retribution for her actions.

The ACLU PA Website makes it clear that citizens in public spaces have the right to capture any image that is in plain view. Citizens also have the right to free speech, which is what Ms. Thayne practiced in advocating for the dog, both online and in person.

But police accused her of trespassing, when photos clearly show the dog tethered directly beside the street; no trespassing was needed and would be virtually impossible under the circumstances.

Neighbors across the street argued with her, telling her the dog was just fine living on a too-short tether with no food or water, and that she should mind her own business. When she verbally stood up for both herself and the rights of the dog, a young man physically threatened her, at which point she got in her car and left the area.

The entire incident took only five minutes, and police were never present. Yet they also charged her with disorderly conduct, claiming she "engaged in a verbal argument, fighting with the victim, an act of tumultuous behavior serving no legitimate purpose."

These same neighbors came onto the DDB facebook page and continued to harrass Tamira, and the organization had to ban them from our page.

The young man who threatened Ms. Thayne claimed on the DDB facebook page that he had an uncle with the Bellwood police department.

We, the citizens of Bellwood, Pennsylvania—and the world at large—are fed up with dog advocates being arrested while those who harm Man's Best Friend go free. We want the trumped up charges dropped against Tamira Thayne, and the dog owner investigated for cruelty.

To legislators John Eichelberger and Jerry Stern, we want the anti-tethering legislation that has been on the table each session for ten years to be taken seriously by those who claim to love dogs. It's time to prove it.

We question why the Bellwood police department is allowing this abuse of power by one of their own?

Dog lovers the world over are watching Bellwood, PA, to see how the small town handles this case.

We Americans love our dogs—our dogs live in the house with us and they are very firmly part of our home and family. We would have it no other way; we are ashamed of Bellwood's treatment of Man's Best Friends and those who have the courage to stand as a voice on their behalf.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Burket WARRENTON, VA
      • 2 days ago

      This is abuse by police!

    • Lesly Vargas ATLANTA, GA
      • 5 days ago

      Dog deserves just animal cruelty should not be allowed

    • klaas post PARAUAPEBAS, BRAZIL
      • 5 days ago

      I hate animal abuse

    • Linda Cahoon ELGIN, IL
      • 16 days ago

      The Bill needs to become law and people who advocate for animals when they are being abused..should not be targeted with abuse from police or people who have no interest in the well being of a animal. Enough is enough

    • Despina M. Andrelus CORONA, CA
      • 27 days ago

      "A righteous man regards the life of animals" - PROVERBS 12:10; "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men" - ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way." – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; "I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs...(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty...." - JAMES HARRIOT; "The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - MAHATMA GANDHI


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