Texas Police: Stop using deadly force on family pets!
  • Petitioned Chief Kim Vickers

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director, TCLEOSE
Chief Kim Vickers
Executive Assistant, TCLEOSE
Kaye Wilson
Presiding Officer, TCLEOSE
Sheriff Joel W. Richardson
Assistant Presiding Officer, TCLEOSE
Stephen M. Griffith
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education

Texas Police: Stop using deadly force on family pets!

    1. Cindy and Mark Boling
    2. Petition by

      Cindy and Mark Boling

      Fort Worth, TX

Imagine if your family pet was killed by a police officer? It happened to us. In May of 2012, our border collie Lily was killed on our front porch, right in front of us, by a Fort Worth police officer who came to the wrong address on a call and “shot the dog closest to him." We are still devastated by Lily’s death.

The reality is, we are not the only family who has lost a pet family member at the hands of untrained police officers:

Cisco, Mike Paxton's beloved Australian Cattle dog, was killed by an Austin police officer – at the wrong address in April of 2012;

Bucky, the Yandle family's Basset hound mix, was shot 5 times in front of the family, including their 3-year-old boy by an Arlington police officer in October of 2011; he was their autistic son’s therapy dog.

Johnny Cash, Sheyenne Knox's yellow Lab, was shot 6 times in July of 2012 on his own property by a Parker County sheriff deputy.

The list of horror stories goes on and on – not only in Texas, but across the country.

So many people have pets in their families, yet so few police officers know how to react when they encounter an animal and they resort to deadly force. It has to stop.

Ever since Lily was killed, we have been fighting for changes to make sure no one else has to go through what we are going through. Fortunately, Fort Worth Police Chief Halstead responded by taking positive action. The department will be implementing a change in policy/procedure and has already started a new training program.

We are happy that the Fort Worth PD is taking action, but more departments need to follow their lead across the state -- and the country. Every single law enforcement agency in Texas needs to train their officers so that these needless tragedies can be prevented. Fortunately, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) has the authority to mandate training for all officers in the State and the responsibility to ensure that Texans are served by highly trained law enforcement personnel.

So that’s why we are asking TCLEOSE to require mandatory on-site animal behavior/encounter training and continuing education training for all law/peace officers in the State of Texas. The agency should also use its influence to encourage departments to change the policies that allow the use of deadly force against our pet family members.

Texas has the opportunity to set a precedent for the rest of the country in how police departments protect citizens and their entire families -- including pets. For Lily and all the other pets who have been killed by untrained police officers, please join us in demanding change.

Remembering Lily A Reason For Change

Recent signatures


    1. Texas Senate Bill 1358 Animal Encounter Training for Peace Officers

      Cindy and Mark Boling
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the Bill that Senator Wendy Davis filed to mandate Animal Encounter Training for all Texas Peace Officers.

      This is a huge step but we are far from over - NOW it must be passed by the Texas Legislation! I URGE all TEXANS that live in the Districts of these Committee members to PLEASE contact them and tell them you want them to vote YES on thsi Bill. I have attached their names and contact info - AND I appreciate the support of those that DO NOT live in Texas; however, I ask that you do not contact these Legislators because you are not a Texas voter.
      Sen. John Whitmire (Chair)—Houston, District 15 (512) 463-0115 john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us
      Sen. Joan Huffman (Vice Chair)—Houston, District 17 (512)-463-0117 joan.huffman@senate.state.tx.us
      Sen. John Carona—Dallas, District 16 (512) 463-3135 john.carona@senate.state.tx.us
      Sen. Juan Hinojosa—McAllen, District 20 (512) 463-0120 juan.hinojosa

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. Petition Delivered!

      Cindy and Mark Boling
      Petition Organizer

      Kim Vickers and the entire Commission have received the Petition with a personal letter and supporting materials. It was well-received. The campaign is far from over though - now the battle begins. We will do what it takes to turn "interest" into action. Please continue to press Texas to mandate this training. Below is media coverage as recently as Friday December 7 on OUR campaign. Thank you. Cindy and Mark


      Family's Loss Of 'Lily' Leads To Animal Training For Officers

      News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of DFW

    4. Reached 75,000 signatures
    5. How we got involved.

      Cindy and Mark Boling
      Petition Organizer

      All - I thought you would be interested in the Petition (and story) that started our involvement in this very very important campaign. As we did with the FWPD - we will also write letters and call each member on the Commission Board.


      Remembering Lily A Reason for Change -- Killed by Fort Worth Police Department -- Stop the Killing

      Too many companion animals in the City of Fort Worth and across the State are being heinously shot by reckless police officers without accountability....

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Whitlock NY, NY
      • 2 months ago

      Dogs are family too and they should be protected.

    • Brian Beltz SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 2 months ago

      If you care about your pets, sign this petition. If you have lost a pet, tell your story here http://i-lawsuit.com/puppycide/

    • srinivas chandran CHENNAI, INDIA
      • 2 months ago

      dogs r all similar to humans! tey to hav life!!

    • Indiana St. Evans DUNBARTON, NH
      • 2 months ago

      People don't deserve to lose their friends because of some careless officer's mistake. I don't want my dog's life to be taken like that and my condolances (or however you spell it) to the families who lost their pets!

    • Pat Castronova DENVER, CO
      • 2 months ago

      Pets are like family to a lot of people. There is no sense in the police killing them.


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