Justice for St. Bernard Dogs Shot by Police

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November 12, 2017, Annie and Alegra two St. Bernard dogs accidentally got loose from their property.  Both were trained Show Dogs, Alegra was an AKC Champion and Grand Champion pointed.
Eye witnesses alleged in public statements/news interviews and video that not long after the police received a call regarding the loose dogs they were brutally shot down by a Red Bluff Police Officer near their home in California.  According to two eye witnesses, one offering to help, the dogs were not acting aggressively and this senseless cruel act was not justified.  As the first dog was shot and dropped in the street the officer continued to shoot her repeatedly, despite the fact she was down.  The second dog was then shot several times and crawled into a yard where she was allegedly stated to be left laying, bleeding and suffering while being denied Vet care for approximately 1 1/2 hrs, this dog also later died.

According to news reports 18 shots were fired by the Officer, one hitting the home of a neighbor while penetrating the house wall.  The public statement posted by the Red Bluff Police is inconsistent with the statements of eye witnesses.

Concerning issues with the way the police officer handled the two Saint Bernards are as follows:

"Shots fired in such a way that put the community at risk. Case in point the shot being lodged in the house shows the lack of proper judgement and proficiency with the officer’s service pistol. Proper training teaches a Law Enforcement officer to use proper judgment when it’s safe to shoot, which didn’t happen here because case in point bullet was lodged into a house.

Failure to use less then lethal options that officer had available to subdue dog.

Officer exercised poor judgement. He could have used P.A. System to alert people to stay away from dogs for their safety and called in for help to capture dogs.

If officer was worried for his own safety he could have remained in his car. If officer was concerned about the safety of the general public, he could have warned the public by P.A. system to stay back.

If the life of the Officer was in danger, too many shots were fired to stop the animal showing lack of proficiency with a fire arm, it would take someone with proper training one shot, two max per dog".

Not every dog killing means an officer acted wrongly or maliciously. Many of the shootings occur when police attempt to control dogs that are reported to be dangerous or to have attacked someone.  Yet killing isn’t necessarily the only option. After all, just like police officers, postal workers regularly encounter both vicious and gregarious dogs on their daily rounds. But letter carriers don’t kill dogs, even though they are bitten by the thousands every year. Instead, the Postal Service offers its employees training on how to avoid bites. [1]

A justice Department official speculated in a 2012 with Police Magazine that the number could be as high as 10,000 dogs killed a year, calling it "an epidemic".  [1]
While seeking justice we would like something good to come from this tragedy and ask Governor Brown to honor the upcoming Bill AB-1199, the police-canine encounters protection act that would protect dogs confronted by police.

We the petitioners feel the eye witness statements, photos and videos describing the reckless and inhumane gunning down of the St. Bernard dogs is not acceptable, responsible or professional behavior from a Police Officer and respectfully request the Attorney General prompt a thorough investigation including a "discharge of firearm investigation" and relieve the officer from his duties.
We request the release of the body cam footage of the officer involved that proves the dogs were acting viciously and aggressively, putting his life or another in danger.


We the petitioners respectfully request the officer be charged with animal cruelty due to the way these animals were brutally gunned down, causing fear, shock and suffering while one dog was allegedly stated to be denied Vet care for well over one hour after being shot repeatedly and later died.

Despite the news states there is an ongoing investigation, the family members (who have taken responsibility for the accident of their dogs being loose) are devastated while trying to find justice for the wrongful death of their beloved gentle dogs Alegra and Annie and the eyewitnesses are traumatized from the brutal disturbing incident they witnessed.  
 
Out of respect for all involved, we implore that only respectful letters, emails or phone calls be made along with signing this petition.  We do not condone threats, cussing or violent behavior.

Contacts
Attorney General Xavier Becerra
California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Ph: (800) 952-5225 - Fax: (916) 323-5341

https://oag.ca.gov/opinions/contact

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841 - Fax: (916) 558-3160
https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/

References
Under the Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act Whoever willfully and maliciously harms any police animal, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not more than 1 year.  However, there is no protection for dogs that are considered property and pets to the public that are unjustly shot and killed.

The Red Bluff Police Department said they will not release body cam footage of the officer-involved shooting that left two dogs dead two weeks ago.

Second Dog Dies From Injuries

Update:  Police, witness accounts clash in shooting of 2 dogs

What Dog Shootings Reveal About American Policing [1]

California bill would protect dogs confronted by police [2]

Police DA Investigating

Half of Police Shots Fired Are Aimed At Dogs, Study Says

Does wearing a Police Badge give a Free Pass on committing unjustified Animal Cruelty?
Unacceptable practices.



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