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Petitioning Police Chief Tamsen and 9 others
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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

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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.


Letter to
Police Chief Tamsen
Councilmember Rick Sollars
Councilmember Suszanne Weycker
and 7 others
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
I am writing to urge you to prosecute Joseph Rye for shooting a dog and killing it in front of children.

Mr. Rye not only shot and killed a dog, simply because of its breed, he recklessly endangered children who were playing in the street by discharging a handgun.

He claims he shot the dog in self-defense, but he went into his home to retrieve the gun. Instead of calling the police or animal control, he chose to go back outside to hunt down the dog. Neighbors commented that the dog was not a threat, and the shots being fired around their families were a much greater concern.

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.

Sincerely,