Stop Dog Shootings by Gulfport Police
  • Petitioned Chief of Police of Gulfport Mississippi, Alan Weatherford

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Chief of Police of Gulfport Mississippi, Alan Weatherford

Stop Dog Shootings by Gulfport Police

    1. Hand 4Paws
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      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

When a police officer's first line of defense is to reach for a weapon, it is sending the wrong message to the community that they swore to uphold and protect. If the police officer is the first responder involving an animal, then the police officers should be trained in animal control techniques.

Spook, a 3-year-old pit bull was CHAINED in his yard and standing 3 feet away from his guardian, when he was killed by a Gulfport police officer. His death is tragic enough on its own, but the fact that he was the 2nd dog killed by the police department this year shows that the officers not only need training, but a clear policy that encourages non-lethal dog handling techniques.

The Gulfport Police Department must adopt a new policy for standing operating procedure when they deal with canines that incorporates a force continuum, with lethal force as a last resort.

According to this article, http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/police-shoot-chained-pit-bull?CID=examiner_alerts_article, this is the second CHAINED dog killed this year by Gulfport police.

 

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    • Brenda Mlinaric JAACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Please! This can not continue to happen!! Law enforcement officers need to carry tranquillizers and the numbers of proper authorities to handle all animals,pets,wildlife, the sick and frightened so they can be handled humanely and with respect...now and always!!

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    • Shar Wilson SCARBOROUGH, CANADA
      • over 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

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    • valerie mccoy ORLANDO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      It is wrong to kill a dog. It is heartless. Dog are loyal. Do not be cruel. Cruelty is not a family value.

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    • Debra Hebert JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      The Grinch grew a heart.... you need one too!!! psshhh smh

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    • Drea Scott CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      OMG this is disgusting. If they will shoot a dog chained up, they will shoot a child!!

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