Impose maximum charges allowable by law.
  • Petitioned Larry McNeil

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Bennettsville Police Department - Police Chief
Larry McNeil
City of Bennettsvile - Administration
Angela Ward
Lieutenant Governor
Glenn McConnell
South Carolina Governor
President of the United States
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Impose maximum charges allowable by law.

    1. Blueyed Girl-Mb
    2. Petition by

      Blueyed Girl-Mb

      Myrtle Beach, SC

K9 OFFICER Tank would have given his life for the officer handler. Officer Miller had no regard for the life of his partner and it is a tragedy - one that is both horrifying and preventable. Military troops and police officers everywhere entrust their lives to dogs that lead them through danger everyday. These dogs need to be respected and protected not disregarded as poor Tank was. The result of Officer Miller's gross negligence was a death sentence for Tank.

There should be a Law in EVERY state in our country that says, any dog that is a K9 officer, should anyone ever cause their death due to negligence of any kind, shall be charged with murder of a law enforcement officer. Punishment for Tank's death should be pursued at a level equal to the death of any other police officer.  Officer Miller did selfishly and negligently leave his partner and fellow officer in harms way and that action, in effect; did cause the death of Tank!!!

I want to advocate for tougher felony animal cruelty laws in this state and across the country. I believe stiffer penalties would go a long way toward putting an end to animal cruelty and neglect which leads to horrific and preventable deaths of animals who cannot speak for themselves.

It's time for the people of South Carolina and across the country to stand up. If we have a public outcry in these cases, maybe we can deter anyone else who may think of leaving an animal in a car for any amount of time.

I would propose a bill aimed at improving current legislation for animal welfare on issues such as animal abuse and neglect. In the last month, two high profile cases have spotlighted the urgency for changes to be made to update laws in order to better protect dogs.

In addition to proposing stiffer fines and penalties, I would also propose establishing a database of convicted animal abusers - for example: if a convicted abuser wants to go and adopt an animal at any humane society or shelter in South Carolina (and throughout the United States for that matter) – their name would pop up and the shelter is legally obligated to not release any animal to that person’s custody.  People charged and convicted of animal cruelty would also have to pay an annual fee for so many years that would be contributed to a Humane Society or Association, mandated community service in an animal rescue center for a lengthy amount of time and have their name, photo and address registered in a database that would be shared with animal shelters and pet stores.

According to PETA.org, parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.  Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

In one of the two cases referenced above, a bulldog was rescued from a hot car by Spartanburg police.  An officer said he was called to Westgate Mall on Sunday after someone reported a dog had been left inside a car.  The officer said he saw the dog in between the seats with a lot of saliva around its mouth. It was said the dog had a chain around its neck that was hooked to something in the car.  The dog began to vomit, its tongue was purple and was too weak to even drink the water the officers were trying to give it. The poor dog died the following day.  Tony Davis was arrested, charged with ill treatment of animals and taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center (without a second thought, as it should have been, from the Officer’s who rescued that dog).

The need for stronger laws against animal abuse and neglect was then further highlighted after a disturbing case of what is in my opinion, animal cruelty and neglect  of K9 Officer Tank in Bennettsville, S.C. last week. In this tragic case, Tank, a Black Labrador Retriever, was laid to rest in a tiny gray casket in an area near the department's training grounds off of State Street as a result of his handler’s lack of concern, negligence and cruel lack of compassion for his fellow officer.

Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil says Tank's partner “accidentally” left him in the car Monday outside the police department.  The engine was off and the windows were rolled up.  McNeil says the officer stopped by the department to do some work and didn't think he was going to be there very long, so he left Tank inside the car.  It has been said that Tank was four years old and had worked with Bennettsville police for three years in explosives detection.  What happened when Officer Miller neglected his partner which resulted in Tank’s death?  Was he convicted of animal abuse, cruelty or even neglect? Nope, nothing. We need justice. We MUST have ZERO tolerance!!!!

Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil and former Mayor Lucy Mills-Parson seem to somehow be trying to justify the crime committed by Officer Miller.  Rather, they should advocate the safety of our animals and prosecute these “so-called mistakes” to the fullest extent of the law.  Again, we MUST have ZERO tolerance!!!!

Let the laws of the country be upheld even against those who are entrusted to serve and protect those laws. Justice is suppose to be blind and swift to the aggressors of the law, so in the same way a civilian can be charged for murder of an officer - let them too be charged for those same infractions of the laws as well as their punishments. 60 days suspended without pay and then a 90 day probation is an injustice for Tank and all other living beings.
                      
This cannot continue to happen.  There MUST be a CHANGE.   The law MUST be changed to include SEVERE charges for killing a police officer. ALL police officers, 2 or 4 legged.  They serve on the same force. We all need to do our part in being the voice of this poor officer dog and any and all other animals who are left in hot cars to die. JUSTICE FOR TANK!!!!

To:
Larry McNeil, Bennettsville Police Department - Police Chief
Angela Ward, City of Bennettsvile - Administration
Glenn McConnell, Lieutenant Governor
South Carolina Governor
President of the United States
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Impose maximum charges allowable by law.

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Police Officer Avoids Criminal Charges ~ What an Injustice to Tank!!!

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer
      Police officer avoids criminal charges after his K-9 dies because he left it inside a hot car...but he will never be allowed to work with dogs again

      By James Nye PUBLISHED: 00:27 EST, 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 00:27 EST, 19 August 2013 A South Carolina police department is in mourning after one of its K-9s died after being left in a hot car and his handler has been banned from ever working with dogs again.

    3. Justice for Tank Facebook Page

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Tank/555051734532382

      Please click on link and voice your comments to continue spreading the word that we, the people, are the voices of those who cannot speak. Justice must prevail!!!!

      Justice for Tank

      Justice for Tank. 0 likes · 0 talking about this. Officer Miller left his K9 officer in a hot car and his fellow officer and partner died as a result of the negligence on his part. Bennettsville Police Department has refused to charge this officer of the law.

    4. My Email Message to U.S. Senator Tim Scott (serving S.C.) - Part 2

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      This matter needs attention. Justice is justice no matter what. This Officer should not get special treament. We want him to be held to the standard of our current laws just as we are!

      Let it also be known I want stiffer laws and penalties regarding these tragic and unavoidable tragedies. Accordingly, I will move forward in proposing Tank's Law in loving memory of this K9 officer and partner in Law Enforcement (as well as all other animals who are neglected and abused).

      Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

    5. My Email Message to U.S. Senator Tim Scott (serving S.C.) - Part 1

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      Officer Miller left his K9 officer in a hot car and his fellow officer and partner died as a result of the negligence on his part.

      Bennettsville Police Department has refused to charge this officer of the law. Many, like myself, are outraged and have an opinion that had he been an ordinary citizen, he would have been arrested. There has been so much advocating for animals and not leaving them in hot cars. In fact, many ordinary citizens have been arrested for that very same reason.

      Bennettsville Police Dept seems to be brushing this matter under the rug. Actually, it is very obvious. The department is portraying underhanded procedures and the public wants justice!

      I think some investigation of their procedures need to be looked in to at the very least. Officer Miller committed a crime. He should be charged as a result and be held accountable.

      I created a petition on August 15th Change.org that has already sparked 1000+ supporters from all across the globe.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Response to Me from American Humane Association

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Christie,

      I have emailed the chief of police in this town and have offered our assistance with the investigation. I have also inquired as to whether the internal investigation is still open.

      Many thanks,

      Justin L. Scally
      National Director, Emergency Services
      American Humane Association
      1400 16th Street NW, Suite 360
      Washington, DC 20036

      p: 202-677-4209 | f: 202-450-2335 | justins@americanhumane.org

      American Humane AssociationTM
      The nation's voice for the protection of children & animalsTM
      www.americanhumane.org

      This email contains confidential information. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete this email from your system. Please do not disclose, copy or otherwise distribute this email.

      From: Christie Chestnut [mailto:christiechestnut@aol.com]
      Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 10:13 AM
      To: Info Mailbox
      Subject: K9 Officer Tank left to die in his car by his partner and fellow officer - Bennettesville, SC

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Tank's Law

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      I am going to start trying to figure out how to advocate getting, in loving memory of this fallen hero; Tank's Law in the books with stiffer penalties than ever!!!! Wish me the best of luck, everyone!!!

    10. Solicitor sheds light on lack of criminal charges - Courtesy of WBTW.

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer
      Solicitor sheds light on lack of criminal charges in Bennettsville K-9 death

      A Bennettsville Police officer remains on suspension, following the heat-related death of a police dog early Tuesday morning. According to Police Chief Larry McNeil, the police K9 "Tank" died Tuesday morning from heat stroke, after being left in a car.

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Let's Continue to Seek Justice and Fight for K9 Officer Tank

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      Tank should not have been forced to go through the pain he did, and die in such a horrific manner. He should have been taken inside the police station where I would like to think he'd have been welcomed with opened arms! What kind of human being, let alone a police officer, leaves his fellow officer dog-his k9 partner-in a hot car?

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. Additional Info fromPETA.org

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      Be stubborn, cry if you have to, or offer to wait with the dog outside the building while the dog’s guardians finish their business—any of these, however unpleasant for you, are better than doing nothing while the dog suffers. By working together to educate people about these dangerous situations, we can prevent these needless deaths.

      To learn more about how you can help animals in need in your community, please visit http://www.PETA.org/issues/companion-animals/default.aspx.

      Thanks again for writing and for everything that you do for animals. Your letters and actions save lives!

      Sincerely,

      The PETA Staff
      http://www.PETA.org

      Companion Animals

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    15. More Info from PETA.org

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      Leaving animals in cars unattended is illegal in some places. Please check local ordinances (http://www.municode.com/) to see if this is the case in your town. If it is not, ask your local and state legislators to make this issue a top priority. For contact information, go to http://www.PETA.org/action/activism-guide/passing-legislation.aspx. You may also wish to write letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines to raise awareness of this issue; for letter-writing tips, see http://www.PETA.org/action/activism-guide/letter-writing.aspx.

      If you see a dog left alone in a car, please go into the building where the car is parked and ask that the car’s owner be paged because the dog is in serious danger. Some people may resist because they’ll “only be a few more minutes,” but that is all it takes to make the difference between life and death for the dog. Call animal control and/or the police; it is their responsibility to respond to situations like this. Be stubborn, cry if you have

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    16. Email Response from PETA.org

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Ms. Chestnut,

      Thank you for contacting PETA.

      We share your concern about dogs left in hot cars, and it is a tragedy that this dog’s life ended in this manner because of a police officer’s neglect. We work hard to help prevent deaths like this by sending out news alerts to areas expecting dangerously hot weather and by offering our ads, billboards, and TV and radio PSAs free of charge. If you would like to run a billboard or PSA in your community, please visit http://www.PETA.org/mediacenter/ads/default.aspx. We also have a “hot dog” leaflet (http://www.PETACatalog.com/catalog/Literature-39-1.html) for activists to use in their communities.

      To be continued....

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    17. Reached 200 signatures
    18. Myrtle Beach Woman Seeks Signatures Of People Who Wants...WPDE NewsChannel

      Blueyed Girl-Mb
      Petition Organizer
      Myrtle Beach woman seeks signatures of people who want dead dog's handler charged

      A Myrtle Beach woman is using an online petition to get support for charging the Bennettsville police officer who left his police dog in a car, causing the dog's death. Christie Chestnut has created an account on Change.org, which is a website that gathers petitions from around the world.

    19. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Make the change you want to see!

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    • Peggy Massey SHREWSBURY, WV
      • 9 months ago

      These K9 Officers give above and beyond for their partners and that should be returned.....if a another person had caused Tanks death they would be charged with death of a officer so Tanks partner should be charged with the same if his negligence was the cause of Tanks death

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    • Nichole Klein PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 9 months ago

      This is important to me because i love animals and anyone who kills a animal , on the force or not . Should get , Life with no parole .

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    • Jennifer Russell ENON VALLEY, PA
      • 9 months ago

      A K9 officer was just killed by a criminal in Pittsburgh PA and the charge to this creep will only be assault! This was a police officer, no matter his "species! "

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    • Jessica Rose SALISBURY, NC
      • 9 months ago

      Respect, humanity, responsibility should be important to everyone. They are not, so laws need to be enacted to ensure that the innocent are not harmed

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