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Justice for Cisco, Dog Killed by Austin Police Department
  • Petitioned Art Acevedo

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Austin Chief of Police
Art Acevedo
Council Member
Chris Riley
Council Member
Sheryl Cole
Council Member
Laura Morrison
City Manager
Marc Ott
Mayor of Austin
Lee Leffingwell
Council Member
Mike Martinez
Council Member
Kathie Tovo
Council Member
Bill Spelman

Justice for Cisco, Dog Killed by Austin Police Department

    1. Michael Paxton
    2. Petition by

      Michael Paxton

      Austin, TX

On April 14, 2012 my best friend, Cisco, a Blue Heeler, was gunned down by an APD officer that was at the wrong address of a domestic disturbance call.

I was in my backyard, playing frisbee with my dog, Cisco. When I went to get something from my truck in the driveway, I was met by Officer Griffin, who pulled out his gun and told me to put my hands in the air. Cisco came out of the yard behind me and started barking when he saw the officer. Unable to restrain Cisco because I was being held at gunpoint, I told Officer Griffin that Cisco would not hurt him and begged that he not shoot him. The officer shot and killed Cisco anyway.

My dog didn't deserve to be shot. He deserved better. I believe the people of the City of Austin deserve better.

Cisco's death is a tragedy that cannot be undone, but justice can be served. Please sign this petition asking that APD Officer Griffin, who showed no remorse for wrongfully killing Cisco, be held accountable.

The Austin Police Department also needs to take steps to make sure officers don't kill any other innocent dogs by improving training and adopting a policy that only allows the use of lethal force on animals as a last resort.

Recent signatures


    1. Cop Shoots Dog: Untrained Officers Commit 'Puppycide'

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Huffington Post reports on the number of recent cases of cops shooting dogs.
      "Given how often police officers encounter pets, one would think training for handling dogs would be common. An officer untrained in recognizing a dog's body language, for example, could easily mistake a bounding dog from a charging one, a nervous dog from an angry one, or an aggressive dog from one that's merely territorial...

      Contrast that to the U.S. Postal Service, another government organization whose employees regularly come into contact with pets. A Postal Service spokesman said in a 2009 interview that serious dog attacks on mail carriers are extremely rare. That's likely because postal workers are annually shown a two-hour video and given further training on "how to distract dogs with toys, subdue them with voice commands, or, at worst, incapacitate them with Mace.""

    2. Reached 75,000 signatures
    3. Austin Police Department investigating dog shooting

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The officer who shot Cisco has been temporarily transferred and pulled off the street, but has not been suspended.

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • dawna beasecker KODAK, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I may have missed my opportuntiy to sign this but UGH!!! any harm to an animal unless a bonifide threat to someone's life is inexcusable. Some people just don't get karma yet....

    • Justin Jarvis HUNTINGTON, WV
      • about 2 years ago

      This cop needs jail time! I am so very sorry that this happened...

    • Alexis Julian SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This officer should be held accountable for their actions and fired. What they did is absolutely disgusting and unacceptable. It is a police officers job to keep the peace and prevent violence, not cause it.

    • kathleen horgan OLD BRIDGE, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      i dont think any animal should be mistreated in any way especially being killed for protecting his owner of any threat the dog did nothing but bark, so he was shot and killed for no reason.

    • Charlotte wallace TRINIDAD, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      If as I saw said. He told him to get his dog and shot when said that. If the person went to get the dog like told he would of been shot too possibly. I would think an officer is better equipped to deal with things or should be.


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