Mary Kate Hallock of Oakland, California returned home one afternoon to find a note on her door saying that police responded to investigate a burglar alarm and her dog "advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed."
The "threatening" dog was an 11-year-old yellow Labrador with hip displaysia and arthritis. She was shot three times.
This is not the first time Oakland police have unnecessarily shot an animal. Just a few months earlier, an officer fired six or seven shots to kill a young deer in a residential neighborhood.
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts called for a review of the department's procedures after the deer incident. It has not happened yet; if it had, maybe the Hallock family's dog would still be alive.
Tell Chief Batts that the officer who killed the Hallocks' dog needs to be held accountable and he needs to take immediate steps to change his department's procedures and training for animal-related incidents.