Law Enforcement STOP killing pets
  • Petitioned Wayne County Sheriffs Department

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Law Enforcement STOP killing pets

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      Tucson, AZ

These are beloved pets and there is no reason for the cruelty.  Here is my Mothers story:

On August 15th, 2012, the Wayne County police in the town of Ontario, NY, killed my dog, DUKE, right in the house with a shotgun. The police had a warrant and supposedly this was a drug raid, but nobody was arrested for anything.

The dog never even barked, yet I heard one of them say, "He's aggreessive, shoot him".  I'll never forget the sound of that gunshot and the blood flying everywhere. They did all this while forcing me to lay on the bathroom floor, screaming at me to stay down, and holding me at gunpoint.  I couldn't get up if I wanted to. I'm 75 years old, had three strokes and knee replacement, and can hardly walk.  There was nothing I could do to help my pet.

They killed my dog for no reason.  This was the sweetest and most gentle animal anyone could want and I would trust him with a baby. They shot him with a shotgun in such a manner that he ran around in pain and bled all over the house and suffered a slow, cruel death.  There was NO resaon for this kind of treatment.

Unfortunately, this is not the first case where local NY law enforcement has shot and killed innocent pets. In fact, in a Rochester, New York Democrat and Chronicle newspaper article a couple of years ago, Rochester, New York, per capita, lead New York State with the most police shootings of dogs. Although, this shooting of my dog was in Wayne County, it's not far from Monroe County, and is a suburb of Rochester.

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    1. Sad response from the small county newspaper

      Petition Organizer

      This story shows sad response from the editor and the law enforcement which by the way, just happens to be buddies. A few things to point out about this changes of details given here.
      1. The editor generalizes that drug dealers own pitbulls
      2. They say they watched the house "for some time" so that tells us that if this were true they would have known there was an animal on the premises.
      3. In reference to the pistol, the woman had it hidden in a drawer, unloaded and had never used it, furthermore the hand gun was licensed, registered and completely legal.
      4.The pistol was NOT found in the room with her because she was in the bathroom face down on the floor.
      Well, read it for yourself and decide on the unprofessionlism of this story. First, read the story below to get an idea of some of the false context of this story.

    2. News BVlog by Davy V

      Petition Organizer

      Monday, August 27, 2012
      75 Year Old Grandmother Held Down at Gunpoint on Bathroom Floor by Wayne County, NY Sheriff's deputies and Macedon, NY Police as they Shoot and Kill her Dog.

      Macedon, NY Police Chief
      and WayneNET Task Force Commander
      John P. Colella
      By Davy V.

      On August 15, 2012 Wayne County Sheriff's deputies, along with Macedon, NY Police
      broke into 75 year old
      Phyllis Loquasto's Plank Road home in the town of Walworth, NY, forced her at gunpoint to lay on her bathroom floor, screamed at her to close her eyes and stay down, then executed her dog "Duke."

      Minutes earlier, Loquasto, who has had three strokes and a knee replacement, was on her computer when she heard loud smashing sounds, then saw what she described as several men dressed in black with masks on.

      Trail of blood on Phyllis Loquasto's stairs after her beloved dog
      "Duke" was shot and killed by WayneNET Task Force officers.
      As she was laying on her bathroom floor Loquasto could hear the men talking in loud voices.

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    Reasons for signing

      • 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

    • Jason Smallman MASSENA, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      The reason why this is happening so often needs to be found. Citizens and their pets are not the enemy.

    • chandra jensen WEBSTER, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      duke was the a family member. he was loyal and well tempered. i would trust him with my life and the lives of his family. he spent every night sleeping next to anyone who would cuddle. he deserved better.

    • Roger Burcroff AMESBURY, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I love animals for 1 and injustices for another.

    • Matthew Worthington HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Enough is enough!! We are supposed to be far to civilized to act like this!!!! When we lose our compassion we lose our humanity!!!


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