Make it mandatory for Animal Control to be present at Police raids
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Make it mandatory for Animal Control to be present at Police raids

    1. anabel haggarty
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      anabel haggarty

      Santa Cruz, CA

During a police raid, many officers will enter a home unannouced, weapons drawn and with great force. Their objective is to catch their suspects ”in the act”, of some criminal activity. Although this ritual can be effective for surprising anybody who may be in the dwelling, there are often dogs that become innocent victims, in these situations. In Santa Cruz County, officers are more than willing, to shoot and kill someones pet, as a FIRST resort, even when the animal is obviously, of NO threat to them. Whether these animals are simply in the wrong place, at the wrong time or following their instincts to protect their home from intruders, these fatalities are cruel and unnecessary! If law enforcement were required to have animal control officers at the scene upon entry, the animal could be detained or,at worse, tranquilized, until the situation is over. The deaths of these animals is unacceptable. There were two fairly recent cases in this county, in which, a pet dog was shot in the head by police, while the person they were apprehending was, indeed, cooperating with them and the animal was of NO threat. One was a 6 month old puppy! Another dog narrowly escaped the same, but the owner, ignored his own safety, threw himself between his dog and the drawn guns of the officers, and begged for them not to shoot his dog. This abuse of animals must end! Animal Services needs to be present in situations where animals may be put in danger(especially in their own homes)

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    1. My apologies....

      anabel haggarty
      Petition Organizer

      Due to personal reasons, I was temporarily unable to continue pursuing this cause.... however, I am extending the deadline and back on it!! Much Thanx to the supporters and again... My apologies!!

    2. 2nd part of Senators letter...

      anabel haggarty
      Petition Organizer

      subdue an animal with mace or their baton.

      As a United States Senator, I have no jurisdiction over state laws or local police officer training. If you would like the State of California to enact reforms, I would recommend contacting your elected representatives in the California State Legislature.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I hope you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. If you have any further questions, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202)xxx-xxxx. Best regards.

      Sincerely yours,

      Dianne Feinstein
      United States Senator

    3. I wonder why Senator Dianne Feinstein can make time to Respond.....

      anabel haggarty
      Petition Organizer

      I received the following email from US Senator Dianne Feinstein:(part

      Dear Ms. Haggarty :

      I received your letter and appreciate knowing your concerns about how police officers are trained to deal with pets they encounter while on duty. Your correspondence is important to me, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

      I understand you are concerned about instances when police officers use lethal force in subduing animals. According to the California Commission on Peace Office Standards and Training (POST), while there are no formalized training programs that teach officers how to interact with animals, the standard procedure is for police officers confronted with unruly animals is to contact Animal Control. However, if police officers are executing a warrant or are in a hazardous environment they will deal with the pet directly with whatever tools they have at their disposal. Under POST, shooting an animal is the absolute last resort. Police officers are expected to first attempt to

    4. No Response Yet, but Just keep signing!! We'll get em'!!!

      anabel haggarty
      Petition Organizer

      If law enforcement is still ignoring the issue, we need to be louder, which means....Please tell everyone you know... keep signing....A few can be ignored....1000 CANT!!!!

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    • georganna cowan CUMMING, GA
      • 9 months ago

      I love animals and this is just ridiculous! Animals shouldn't be shot because the police are looking for something or someone!

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    • George Clamp PARADISE, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I have 2 dogs and I know exactly what your talking about, my dogs are my Children, and if anything happened to my dogs. I would go to jail if Anyone including Law Enforcement Hurt my Pets.

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    • michelle pestana BOULDER CREEK, CA
      • 10 months ago

      This isn't the first officer shooting on dogs that I know of. This is from poor judgement and scared officers with no training obviously. Im sure there has been life threatening moments but not in the three that I have witnessed or know of personally

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    • Donna McMahan CUMMING, GA
      • 11 months ago

      I know that this happens all of the time, and it is wrong! I just happened to know personally people and dogs that this has happened.

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    • Samantha Nelson SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • 12 months ago

      Animal abuse is illegal for all of us. No one should be above the laws that protect the innocent.. man or animal. Killing animals in their own home is police brutality and they should be punished for killing these animals that are really just an innocent bystander and a member of their families.

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