Demand Investigation of Dog’s Shooting by Police

Target: Gregory Baker, Village of South Holland Chief of Police

Goal: Investigate unwarranted shooting of dog by officers

Recently, a resident of Chicago’s South Holland suburb filed suit in federal court accusing officers of shooting his dog without cause. Randy Green claims that last year, Officer Chad Barden and an unnamed fellow policeman allegedly shot his Cane Corso, Grady, after responding to a complaint filed by another resident about an unleashed dog in the neighborhood.

According to Alternet in a recent article, Green has stated that video footage recorded from his home showed that there was no aggressive action taken by Grady towards the officers. Green also claimed that no effort was made by police to use poles to catch the dog.

This incident is significant because it shows an ongoing lack of consideration for dogs and other animals by police across the nation. Real Clear Politics recently noted “both state laws and departmental policies seem to let police officers use deadly force as a first resort against family pets that present little or no threat.” The lack of a true established and enforced protocol towards dealing with animals considered by owners to be a part of the family is a situation that should be remedied.

The South Holland police department can help ensure such an incident does not happen again both by conducting an internal review of the events and administering discipline if necessary, as well as taking steps to ensure adequate department-level training of officers in matters involving pets. Please help press for change through signing this petition.

PETITION LETTER:

To South Holland Chief of Police Gregory Baker,

It was recently reported that a resident of South Holland is suing department officers due to a claimed unprovoked shooting of his dog. Randy Green alleged that Officer Chad Barden and another policeman shot his Cane Corso, Grady, after coming to the house in response to a call of a dog running around without a leash and then standing at the house for about twenty minutes while observing no aggressive behavior from the pet.

If true, this is concerning because it is part of a nationwide trend of police officers shooting family pets as a first option. The need to adequately respond to complaints while also ensuring the safety of animals that may be seen by their owners as a member of the family must be a top priority for your department as well as others.

The South Holland Police Department can contribute to a solution both by internally investigating the alleged claims and administering discipline if necessary, as well as ensuring adequate protocols for responding to incidents involving pets.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. CHARLENE ROWLAND says:

    Signed. Did they kill that beautiful creature?

  2. shame on these uncaring callous so called cops who think that they are above the law,are there not certain requirements to become an officer,or can any cold callous power hungry unsympathetic person become a police officer as in the case of these cops.

  3. Sheila Dillon GGma Sheila says:

    Anyone with a gun seems to think it’s all right to shoot first then think up an excuse why after.

  4. This is pathetic. I think one component of this is all these pitbull fighting ghetto trash breeding aggression into their dogs make cops (especially in this area) automatically assume the dog is going to be aggressive. Of course this madness is happening everywhere, but gang-bangers are not helping the situation. Cops need to stop getting away with this crap.

  5. ALEXANDERN KOVESY says:

    WORDS FAIL, SHOOTING DOGS, CATS, TASEING YOUNG AUTISTIC GIRLS. THESE OFFICERS ARE A BLIGHT ON THE NATION. THERE IS A SINISTER CULTURE OPERATING IN THE POLICE FORCE. SHOOT FIRST AND DEFEND THE ACTION LATER. EVERYONE IS GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. AND DOGS ARE JUST AUTOMATICALLY VICIOUS AND DEEMED NECCESSARY OF KILLING. AND WE PAY FOR THIS??? THEY ARE BEHAVING MORE AND MORE LIKE THE KILLERS THEY ARE EMPLOYED TO CATCH. IN ORDER TO EFFECT CHANGE THOUGH, IT MUST HAPPEN AT THE TOP. INCLUDING THE JUDICIARY WHO TEND TO LET THESE THINGS SLIDE.

  6. Randy Green says:

    To those who reached out in concern for animal protection,
    My name is Randy Green. My dog Grady was shot on July 22, 2012 by a South Holland police
    officer. My family would like to thank Jack Bouboushian for his concern for animal cruelty and for
    writing the story seen in Courthouse News Service (published June 28, 2013). I would also like to
    add that the Circuit Court of Cook County overturned the Village of South Holland’s findings and
    ruled that Grady is not a dangerous dog under the Village Ordinance. After the story was
    circulated, the Roller family – another concerned advocate for animals – from Quail Valley, CA sent
    Anna Morrison-Ricordati of AMR Law Group a thank you card and a check for the Green family to
    use as they wish. Such an act of generosity is very rare and virtually unknown these days. I would
    like to thank the Roller family for their generosity. They inspired me to give. I am passing on the
    check from the Roller family and adding a donation to an animal shelter to help fight against
    animal cruelty. We would like to ask you to pass on this letter and a donation to help stop and to
    raise awareness of animal cruelty. Please tell your story, comment or just spread the word to
    better protect animals.
    Thank you,
    Grady’s family

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