Target: Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, James Davis
Goal: Demand that police officers in Colorado stop committing senseless acts of violence against animals
A series of incidents involving police officers in Colorado has garnered the attention of animal rights groups. In less than three months an innocent elk and two dogs were shot by police in Boulder and the Denver area. This kind of police brutality and lack of respect for the lives of the animals in Colorado must be stopped immediately.
The problem started three months ago when an innocent dog was shot and killed by a Commerce City police officer. The situation appeared to be an isolated incident until a few weeks later when Boulder officer Sam Carter shot and killed an elk with his service gun while he was on duty. Local residents were familiar with the elk and believed he was tame. Carter then took time to pose for a photograph with the dead animal.
It didn’t stop there. Last week, police in Adams County entered local resident Jeff Fisher’s house by mistake and shot his border collie, Ziggy. Deputies were responding to business alarms but came to the wrong residence. Ziggy ran to the door to see who was there after officers forced their way in. Fisher called Ziggy back and as he turned and ran inside, one of the officers opened fire. To make matters worse, as Fisher was laying on the ground crying hysterically, the officer who shot Ziggy told him, “You need to calm down, you can get a new dog.”
These three incidents have received national attention and a great deal of pressure from animal rights organizations, and deservedly so. The primary purpose of the police department is to protect our homes and families, not use their time on duty to obnoxiously hunt elk or treat our pets as though they are simply property or an obstruction and not a part of those families. This has to stop now. Please sign the petition below to ensure that police officers in Colorado treat animals with the kindness and respect they deserve.
Dear James H. Davis,
During the last three months, Colorado police have been responsible for a series of acts of animal cruelty. First the shooting of a dog in Commerce City, then Boulder officer Sam Carter used his time on duty to shoot an innocent elk and pose arrogantly beside the body for a photo. Then just last week police mistakenly entered the wrong residence and shot a border collie who wasn’t a threat and whose back was turned when the officer opened fire. As Jeff Fisher lay crying on the floor over the body of his dog, the officer actually had the nerve to tell him he could just get another one.
It is almost impossible to comprehend that degree of callousness. These are not the people that should be protecting our families. They aren’t protecting them at all; they are killing them. Whether it’s counseling in animal rights, or enforcing severe punishments for animal abuse within the Department of Public Safety, please do something immediately to ensure this kind of police brutality stops.
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