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.
[Your Name Here]
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