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Justice for Baby Girl: NYPD: Stop killing our dogs!
  • Petitioned Mayor Bloomberg

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Mayor of New York
Mayor Bloomberg
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly

Justice for Baby Girl: NYPD: Stop killing our dogs!

    1. Trisha Ratz
    2. Petition by

      Trisha Ratz

      staten island, NY

On April 6th, my sweet rescued dog was gunned down by NYPD for no reason.

My sister and I were walking our three dogs in a public park when two of them started to scuffle with each other. We easily separated them and everyone was calmed down when an NYPD officer came onto the scene. She opened fire on Baby Girl, who wasn't even involved in the fight. Baby Girl was running away from the officer when she was hit.

 NYPD killed my dog. No one was in danger until the officer started shooting. She also could have hit me or my sister, the residents who live near the park, or the kids who were playing basketball just a few feet away. My sister, a retired NYPD cop, identified herself and told the officer it was under control. I pleaded with the officer to stop shooting, but she just kept yelling at us to stay away from our own dogs.

When it was over, my sister and I weren't allowed to leave, even though we didn't know where Baby Girl was since she'd run away from the gunfire. The cops told us that they didn't know her whereabouts, but when we asked some neighborhood kids to help us find her, they found my dog lying in puddles of her own blood in a cage in the back of a police vehicle.

My brother arrived to rush her to a vet. The police offered to escort him and led him to a facility where there wasn't even a vet on duty. He had to carry Baby Girl to a different vet's office where she finally received care more than an hour after she'd been shot. She was unable to recover from her injuries and died five days later.

NYPD has not reached out to me. They've only told reporters that this is under investigation. That's not good enough. The officer who open fired in a park needs to be fired from the police force. I do not feel safe with her on the streets. In addition, NYPD needs to take immediate action to make sure this never happens again. They need to adopt a policy that says officers are not allowed to use deadly force on companion animals and they need to train their officers on how to handle dog-related incidents without putting people or pets in danger.

Police departments across the country are strengthening their policies and training to stop officers from shooting dogs and putting pet owners at risk. Colorado and Texas are even considering legislation that would require training on dog encounters for officers across the state. How many more pets need to die before NYPD starts protecting us and stops shooting our companions?

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Legal complaint against NYPD

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, Trisha Ratz filed a complaint against the City of New York, the NYPD, and the officer who shot Baby Girl. Part of the complaint is demanding a new training program for officers. http://kubylaw.com/newsPDF/RatzComplaint.pdf

    3. For updates on the Justice for Baby Girl campaign, "like" her Facebook page

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Trisha created a Facebook page for sharing and staying up-to-date on Baby Girl's story:

      Justice for BABY GIRL

      My name is Baby Girl. I am a Pit Bull that loved everyone and was shot and killed by an NYPD cop...

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. Facebook page for Baby Girl

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      For more photos and updates on Baby Girl, check out: https://www.facebook.com/pitbullmom.ratz

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    @allisonkilkenny

    Apr 16, 2013

    The NYPD is super awesome at killing dogs https://t.co/NTvp23WvZk

    allisonkilkenny
    26.7k followers

    @jamiekilstein

    Apr 16, 2013

    NYPD kills a girls dog for doing nothing. Fuck this. Warning graphic image. Sign and hold them accountable. ... http://t.co/gKehjVDc4j

    Jamie Kilstein
    24.8k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Della La Pre LIVERMORE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      The shooting of Baby Girl was heinous & unnecessary. There was no threat. Police officers are so quick to shoot. Please give better training & stop the killing of innocent animals

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    • Amber Huey INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • 3 months ago

      Seriously

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    • ann palka CARROLLTOWN, PA
      • 3 months ago

      hurting any animal is just evil

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    • Dixie Obermire PEIRCE, NE
      • 3 months ago

      Animal lover!!!

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    • Laura Seeley DANA POINT, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I despise people who hurt our precious critters.

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