Taylor Police Should Enforce the Law: Prosecute Joseph Rye for Dog Shooting
  • Petitioned Police Chief Tamsen

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Police Chief Tamsen
Councilmember Rick Sollars
Councilmember Suszanne Weycker
Councilmember John E Delo
Councilmember Jacklyn Molner
Councilmember Jill Brandana
Councilmember Cheryl Burke
Taylor, Michigan City Council, City Attorney and Police Department
Councilmember Dennis Stapleton
Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand

Taylor Police Should Enforce the Law: Prosecute Joseph Rye for Dog Shooting

    1. Petition by

      Julie Sims

      Taylor, MI

Mr. Rye, a Taylor city resident, shot and killed a dog, in front of children, that was running at large. On camera he even admitted that the dog was friendly and that he wheeled back into his house to get a handgun to kill the pet.

Rye shot the pit bull terrier type dog - three times - simply because of its breed.

Taylor Police should not encourage cruel acts that endanger innocent citizens and deprive dog owners of their pets. Mr Rye's actions were premeditated. He could have called the police or animal control, but chose instead to recklessly shoot a handgun on a busy street and kill a dog  in front of children.

It's unprofessional and unconscionable that the police department has chosen not to arrest Rye for his cruelty and his reckless endangerment of human life. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Local media polls on whether Mr. Rye should face charges

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Both of the news articles linked in today's updates below have polls asking whether charges should be filed. Please take a minute to vote!

    3. Taylor: Resident starts petition in pit bull shooting death

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "More than 2,000 people from around the country have signed a petition asking police to file charges against a man who shot and killed a pit bull in the city." There is also a poll on the righthand side of this article. Please vote "yes!"

    4. Woman Wants Charges Against Man Who Shot Dog

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This story left out an important detail: Mr. Rye was NOT in any immediate danger - he went into the safety of his house to retrieve his gun and chose to come back outside to shoot the dog. Click the survey link in the article and vote "yes!"

    5. Great news coverage on NBC 4

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Petition starter Julie Sims talks to local reporters about her concerns with a man firing gunshots in residential areas and the lack of response from city officials.

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    • Michelle Alvarado WHITTIER, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's ridiculous What are we teaching our children. Events like this can desensitize any human being and create serious damage

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    • pamela behjatnia ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Mr. Rye needs to feel the law on his own skin. Do your job and enforce the law. He should also be taken in for child abuse and neglect.

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    • serinne curtis OXFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      when are people going to wake up and realize that a dog is not vicious just because of its breed ??? that it is the human who owns them that make them into the either loving or aggressive dog, too many loving family dogs are being shot because people do not give them a chance. Imagine if we did that with people!

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    • Emily Fruchter WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This makes me sick.

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    • Mark Hansen LANGLEY, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      NO DOG NEEDS TO BE SHOT - PERIOD! IF TRIED & FOUND GUILTY OF A CRIME, A DOG (OR PERSON) SHOULD BE PENALIZED, BUT NOT SHOT JUST FOR BEING THERE! A TOTAL DISGRACE!

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