Don’t Let Cops Get Away with Murdering Dog


Target: Mayor Kip C. Walby of St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Goal: Criminally charge police officers who shot and killed a woman’s dog for “barking excessively”

In the early morning hours of November 22, 2013, three Michigan policemen shot and killed a woman’s dog in response to noise complaints from local neighbors. Though the woman’s grandfather was in the process of herding the rowdy dog back into the house, police officers began shooting anyways, eventually hauling the severely wounded canine away in an animal control truck. The veterinary autopsy showed more bullet holes in the dead dog than were fired at the scene, suggesting the officers savagely executed the woman’s pet once it was finally captured.

These barbaric and excessive measures violate both the Animal Welfare Act and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful searches and seizures. Removing a noisy but harmless animal from a citizen’s premises is illegal in and of itself, but shooting it fifteen times unflinchingly is simply heartless. Not only have these policemen not been charged; they have been returned to active duty for our “protection.” Disciplinary action took place within the precinct, with one officer being suspended for a month, another given mandatory counseling, and the other receiving a “letter of discipline” in his file, according to news publication Huffington Post. This form of discipline is not justice; it is an insult to the justice system and to American civil rights.

Police officers are not above the law, and serious matters involving the death of a living creature warrant more than suspensions and slaps on the wrist. Urge Michigan’s city council to file charges of animal cruelty against the officers responsible for this despicable incident. Stop allowing public servants to break the law and escape its repercussions.


Dear Mayor Walby,

The November 2013 execution of a woman’s pet dog by St. Clair Shores police officers has not been forgotten. Shooting this poor creature fifteen times in response to noise complaints is both excessive and heartless. Though the dog’s owner is demanding compensation for her tragic loss, no amount of money can overshadow the terrible crime committed by these men. In addition to being fined, the police officers should be charged with animal cruelty and tried before a judge.

Recordings from the policemen’s dashboard cameras indicate that the murder of this innocent animal was premeditated and unprovoked. Prior to the shooting, one officer can be heard saying, “The only thing I’m gonna do is shoot it, anyway. I do not like dogs.” The recordings further demonstrate an unwillingness to humanely restrain the rowdy canine, with suggestions ranging from using a shovel to kill the dog to choking it unconscious.

Entrusting such intolerant and violence-prone individuals with the public’s safety is extremely hazardous. Not only were civil rights violated, but a helpless animal died needlessly because of the shortcuts taken by those in charge. More troubling than this incident is the fact that the officers responsible have not been sentenced, charged, or stripped of their positions. All three received slaps on the wrists and have been returned to active duty.

Please, stop allowing our public servants to break the law and escape its consequences. Police officers are not above the law and should not receive special treatment by their colleagues. For this reason, I urge you to charge the men responsible with animal cruelty and judge them for their hideous crimes.


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Photo credit: Kim Hansen via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Sheryl Gallien says:

    Truly sad that they think t g e are above the law. Charges need to be filed and they need to go to jail. Period end of story

    • I agree 100%. It was wrong what they did and they need to pay for it. They are no diff then any other person thats committing a crime

  2. Why??? Doing something like this!

  3. lily cicilia says:


  4. DAWN BRIGMOND says:

    HORRIBLE! I don’t know which is worse..the event that happened or the fact that they are ALLOWING this to happen! No punishment would be ENOUGH if it was my pet and what right would anyone have to cause your property HARM???? Isn’t there a LAW against this?????
    The ONLY right these officers had was to check out WHAT was causing the PROBLEM.. TO SERVE AND PROTECT!!!! It must have been a rare occurance, If I was the neighbor who reported this I would have felt terrible and responsible for this!! The officers who did this should not be allowed to HAVE a weapon…if they can do this to a defenseless dog what can they do to humans??? A dog loves you unconditionally! Why can’t humans love the same way??? I just pray for the owner of her pet and hope she gets the strength to get through this!! I would loose all faith for our government and law when something like this happens!

  5. cynthia casiano says:

    Another looser hiding behind tbe shield

  6. Frances Mehan says:

    the police should be held accountable for unlawful killing of dog if neighbors were not antagonizing dog maybe he wouldn’t have been barking

  7. Police do not have the right to shoot a dog for just for barking that is agained the law they can not brake the law they are not above THE law they should be fired and never be police ever again.

  8. Nina Paccione says:

    We’re any comments recorded from the owner of the dog? I’d like to hear his version of what happened.



  10. Daniela Bress says:

    Tax-financed terrorists!

  11. Gabriela Baldaia says:

    No more cruelty to ANIMALS , please !!
    They have done nothing to deserve this …….. !!

  12. 松本里香 says:

    こんな警察いらない‼️ キチガイは死刑にして❗️

  13. 森田璃音 says:


  14. Beyond the facts that their actions were sadistic and cruel concerning this individual dog (which should be enough to have them fired and charged with cruelty) their actions indicate that they are psychopaths. What kind of psycho continues shooting a dying animal (the recordings prove that the killing was premeditated, even talking about killing the dog with a shovel or choking as well as shooting).
    From the sound of the account they started shooting while the woman’s grandfather was trying to get the dog. So they were firing while an elderly person was near the dog?
    They are violent psychopaths and should be fired and charged with cruelty to animals, as well as being charged for firing their weapons when the grandfather could have been hit.
    Is it any wonder people hate and distrust the police when they get away with things like this?

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