Hold Police Accountable for Shooting Arthritic Yellow Lab
  • Petitioned Chief Anthony Batts

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Oakland Police Department
Chief Anthony Batts

Hold Police Accountable for Shooting Arthritic Yellow Lab

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

October 2010


A couple weeks after an Oakland police officer shot and killed an 11-year-old arthritic yellow labrador in her own yard, the department announced that they were going to start requiring annual training for all officers in dog behavior, as well as local wildlife habits, alternatives to shooting, and how to spot signs of animal abuse and neglect. The Oakland Police Department has teamed up with the East Bay SPCA, who is providing the training free of charge. Read more

Mary Kate Hallock of Oakland, California returned home one afternoon to find a note on her door saying that police responded to investigate a burglar alarm and her dog "advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed."

The "threatening" dog was an 11-year-old yellow Labrador with hip displaysia and arthritis. She was shot three times.

This is not the first time Oakland police have unnecessarily shot an animal. Just a few months earlier, an officer fired six or seven shots to kill a young deer in a residential neighborhood.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts called for a review of the department's procedures after the deer incident. It has not happened yet; if it had, maybe the Hallock family's dog would still be alive.

Tell Chief Batts that the officer who killed the Hallocks' dog needs to be held accountable and he needs to take immediate steps to change his department's procedures and training for animal-related incidents.

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    1. Oakland Police Shoot Arthritic Yellow Lab

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine coming home to find this note taped to your door: "Police responded to your residence to investigate a burglar alarm. While circling the rear perimeter, [a dog] advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed."...


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