Fire Joe Farrens for shooting an innocent pit bull
  • Petitioned Fire Joe Farrens, the officer that shot Mary Jane, an innocent pit bull.

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Fire Joe Farrens, the officer that shot Mary Jane, an innocent pit bull.

Fire Joe Farrens for shooting an innocent pit bull

    1. stephanie singleton
    2. Petition by

      stephanie singleton

      Madison, NC

Joe Farrens needs to be fired! While checking on a vandalism report, the officer said the the dogs ran into the street in an "aggressive manner." The dogs did not attack the officer. Joe Farrens shot Mary Jane, the pit bull in the jaw for barking at him while just feet away from a child. Chief Gary Addy backs up the officer saying, "He did what he felt he had to do."

Officer Joe Farrens says he shot the dog when it ran into the street. But Simpson says his son was just feet away from the shooting and says it happened much differently. So does one woman who witnessed everything from across the street. Nicole Dicks, an eyewitness, says, "It was almost like he was charging the dog like he was trying to get the dog to respond, because the dog was totally fine, I mean, like I said, he was at the corner of the yard. He shot the dog in the yard."

Lyle calls the city ordinance too broad, and asks how this could happen in the first place. "We have animal control. You feel threatened, stay in your damn car, call them," he said. The pit bull, Mary Jane, is under observation, recovering. The bullet shattered her jaw, and became lodged in her throat. Onawa Police are still investigating the incident. They say the owners may be cited for not having control of the dog.

In addition to signing this petition, we need to contact the Onawa Police Department and let them know how we feel about their officer shooting innocent dogs!

Onawa Police Department
Chief of Police
Gary Addy
909 7th St
Onawa, Iowa 51040

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    Reasons for signing

    • Katie Daniel COLUMBIA, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      There was no reason or valid excuse for that officer to shoot that poor innocent dog, especially in front of a child. Police officers have a reputation to serve and protect, but that little boy will probrobly never trust one again.

    • susie mccullough BEETON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      the officer should be fired and jailed and pay the vets bills

    • Rene Dyer ROXBORO, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Fire that Man!!!! he seems very unstabble to me.. What he did to Mary Jane was so wrong and he didnt even consider the safty of the child that was standing just feet away from her, what if he missed , and shot the child, what if out of fear and pain from being shot Mary Jane attacked the child, so many thing could have happened.. I wouldnt want you on my locale police force... He Needs to go... its time for his law enforcement career to be put down...

      • almost 2 years ago

      We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

    • Naomi Chatterley WEST WARWICK, RI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Animals cant always speak for them self but that doesnt make them less alive they need to be treated better than use be cause they are, they dont judge use, love us no matter what and arent born evil they are made to do evil things or treated horribly by people who arent really people at all they are the animals them selves. Naomi Chatterley 2012


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