Allow police involvement in animal cruelty cases
  • Petitioned King County Sheriff's Department

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King County Sheriff's Department

Allow police involvement in animal cruelty cases

    1. Diana Rudy
    2. Petition by

      Diana Rudy

      Covington, WA

Recently I discovered that police involvement is prohibited in animal cruelty situations within King County. Not allowing our police to get involved in a legal matter made no sense to me. If abusing an animal is illegal, then why can't the police be involved in the situation, to help save the animal, and bring justice to where it is needed?

My husband and I recently found a dog wandering our neighborhood and brought her in for the night. She had scars on her face, you could see the outline of her ribs and spine; she was afraid of men, and had severe separation anxiety. I knew who she belonged to, but I couldn't imagine what would happen to her again if I gave her back, so I called King County Regional Animal Services. I had 2 ongoing cases with them, one for barking, and one for cruelty regarding the dog.

In the morning, an animal control officer from their office came to pick her up. He advised me that the owner would not be able to get her back unless he paid a fine for licensing, and if there were any veterinary fees, he'd also need to pay those. Several hours later the owner comes home and I hear the dog immediately bark when she got outside, and then yelling, cussing, and thumping, as well as yelping and whimpering.

Some people may look at a dog, and assume it deserves whatever punishment it receives, saying it's none of our business what happens to someone else's pet. When I took her in that night, she didn't bark, she didn't growl or go potty in the house, she didn't beg, she didn't jump on furniture, or become overly hyper. She sat next to me, and panted: She was scared.

After a few hours of me petting her, giving her dinner, water, some warmth and a blanket she finally fell asleep. From that moment on, I instantly loved her and she never, not once, left my side. She is a good dog who deserves a second chance; a chance to have a new life with a family who won't keep her locked outside with very little to no shelter, no heat in the snow, ice, and wind storms.

I hope that you feel driven to speak up for the voiceless animals in our county just as I do. They need our help, and we need a change in the laws of animal cruelty. Thank you for signing this petition. After we reach a large amount of signatures, I'll be requesting a meeting with our congressman, Dave Reichert to discuss creating a new bill that would require the aid of police with animal cruelty.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Where to go from here

      Diana Rudy
      Petition Organizer

      After watching the interviews, we've decided to keep the petition open but slow things down on our end. I still feel that something needs to be done, and I don't understand why the officer on TV said they respond to calls, when I was told multiple times that they won't. I'd like to do a little more research, and speak with someone from the sheriff's department directly to get a better understanding of why there are two different stories.

      I also have heard the concerns of the community regarding our state budget, and the layoffs that have been made. Maybe right now isn't the best time to try to introduce a new bill. But then again, when will it be? Someone is always going to be against this idea, for one reason or another. If we start working on it now, hopefully when the economy is more stable, and our budget seems to have room for growth, we can then pursue a change in animal cruelty.

      For the rest of the statement, please see the link below. Thank you!

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Re: Komo 4 News

      Diana Rudy
      Petition Organizer

      In response to the news coverage tonight, I wanted to clarify two things. First, we were told by dispatch, as well as the non emergency line that the police do not respond to animal cruelty complaints and that I needed to wait for animal control to reopen in the morning. This was just after I had heard him hurting her. Second, that incident is the only time I thought he would have hurt her enough to kill her. This was also after she had already been picked up and returned to her owner.

      Thank you Denise for making time to cover this story! As I've said before, if nothing else, I'd love to take this as an opportunity to educate people about animal abuse. I'll also be contacting the sheriff's department to ask why I was told they would not respond to an animal abuse call. I would just really like to know, and let them know I'm not trying to go against them and work with them for issues like this.

    4. Komo News! Tonight at 4PM and 6PM

      Diana Rudy
      Petition Organizer

      I had a chance to speak with Denise Whitaker from Komo 4 News and the interview will be airing at 4PM and 6PM tonight. Thank you all for your support and please understand I want to work WITH the county, never against.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Update about Lucy

      Diana Rudy
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to let you know that the owner of the dog, Lucy, was able to get her today, and she is currently locked outside in her cage...again. Please PLEASE share this page, and sign the petition. We need all the support that we can get. Dogs like her rely on people like us. Thank you for your support.

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. We have a Facebook page!

      Diana Rudy
      Petition Organizer

      To help spread the word about this petition, we've created a Facebook page for followers to leave comments and help spread the word even faster! Thank you SO much for the support that you've given by signing this petition and we'll keep you updated on where we stand with our congress, the initiative, and Lucy.

    9. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jill Scott GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm glad you're looking after her.

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    • PATRICIA Nelson AUBURN, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      if a creep will abuse an innocent animal.... than what about his fellow man.... book em Danno. Enough is enough.

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    • Lisa Matsui BELLEVUE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's our responsibility to protection to innocent animals. Thank you D. Rudy.

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    • Jennifer Cummings BELLEVUE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      My love of animals.

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    • Shani Parrott WOODINVILLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Animals should have as much protection as children. They are both our responsibility.

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