Stop Police Violence Against Dogs


Target: Daniel H. Heyns, Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections

Goal: Stop police officers from murdering innocent pets while on duty

Unfortunately, the murder of innocent pets by police officers is becoming all too common. Recently, a police raid in Michigan resulted in the wrong house being pursued, and the home owner’s dog being shot in the face. The dog survived, though it is permanently maimed. The guilty officers were never threatened by the dog, nor were they in any danger. The brutal murder of pets is wrong and must be stopped.

More often than not, the dog victim’s only wrongdoing is being in a confined area with a police officer. The dog, a 15-year-old, calm, 58-pound mix breed named Clohe was sauntering into her backyard, from the house, when a team of police officers were entering the yard. The police were investigating reports of a harbored fugitive, however, the residence mentioned in the reports was next door. An eye witness claims that the officers shot the dog in the face when she was coming down the stairs. Clohe’s family rushed her to an emergency vet where a bullet and fragments were extracted from her head.

After three surgeries, a lost tooth and deformed tongue, Clohe is doing well. The officers responsible for the animal violence will be facing lawsuits from Clohe’s owners, who allegedly claim that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated. Demand that the Michigan Department of Corrections publicly apologize for this heinous crime, as well as vow to speak out against the growing issue of police-on-pet violence.


Dear Mr. Heyns,

A 15-year-old dog named Clohe has fallen victim to the police force of the Michigan Department of Corrections. A misled raid in Clohe’s backyard ended with a bullet to the face, resulting in the loss of a tooth and part of her tongue. Clohe was not aggressive towards the officers in her backyard, and she posed no threat whatsoever. However, that did not stop the raid officers from falsely detecting that she was a threat and shooting her. Police violence against pets must stop.

The end of police-on-pet violence could start with your police department. The violence is undeserved, yet brutal and seemingly endless. I urge you to speak out against police-on-pet, and ensure that this horrific mistake never happens again.


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  1. Between the killing of pets & leaving police K9’s in hot cars to die, this seems to be a war on animals. 🙁

  2. I am too disgusted for words. There is a proverb that the fish smells from the head! If the so called police who are supposed to keep us safe from harm kill innocent pets it is because they have been given a card blanche to do so by their superiors and those above their superiors. It goes all the way to the top. The sociopaths and psychopaths that are running our country do not understand compassion or have love in their hearts for animals. I am devastated each time I read how these sickos treat their canine ‘partners.’ Yet, the police dogs are so devoted to these brainless psychopaths that they will give their lives to save the sorry hides of their abusers. I wonder who is the real animal? The dog or the cop??????

  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  4. Bonjour
    pourquoi tues des animaux pour rien laisse vivre et quand il y un animal qui mort et bien lui faire une piqure pour qui puise dormir et arrêter de tues car il ont un cœur comme vous et moi
    je vous laisse mon site petitiondesanimauxdumonde

  5. caryl sawyer says:

    Just cancelled family vacation to Michigan. Don’t want to run the risk of encountering one of their psycho cops. There are sane places for a family reunion.

  6. I recall an instance earlier this year: the offending officer was a self-identified Muslim, and he shot the dog because it was barking. The video may be on YouTube. What fruits we get from affirmative action!

  7. I carry that famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi inside my spirit as it so very much speaks it to the utmost truth. In acting it act in America, we fail every day. Whats wrong with us? We have been given so much to live on planet earth and in our country. We Must clear our streets of these evil, sick cowards first, put them away for a most long time, afterwards the animals may be more safe with them gone, only then once the animals are safer, then work on the mental issues of the abusive persons if they even want to be helped. They get treatment Last, though, the animals are taken care of 100% FIRST.

  8. THIS KEEPS HAPPENING – do not shoot innocent animals we are supposed to be protected from hardened gun /knife carrying criminals not wagging tails

  9. This is happening far too often in the USA. These excuses for cops are not fit to have the job, let alone be in charge of a gun. I hope this family gets one, big fat settlement. Just because it is a dog, they shoot to kill even though there is no real threat. Enough!

  10. Sick, sick, sick!

  11. Patricia Dumais says:

    What? Again? I’m signing far too many petitions against police brutality towards animals! Police you are here to protect us — not harm our best friends!

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