Require All Police Officers Attend Animal Safety Training


Target: Mr. Benjamin Fox, Wyckoff Chief of Police

Goal: Require animal safety and response training for all officers.

Another tick has been added to the depressing tally of dogs slain by police officers who do not have the proper training. The tragedy occurred in Wyckoff, New Jersey as Officer Kyle Ferreira was responding to a burglary call. The dog’s death is entirely on the hands of Ferreira as in the course of responding to the call, he allegedly attempted to enter the wrong house. Sad situations like this will continue to pop up until police are required to receive animal response and safety training.

Officer Ferreira reportedly responded to the burglary call, drove his squad car to the address he was given, and then proceeded to go to the wrong house. This enormous oversight cost one family a loved pet and most likely meant the burglar who was in the correct house, across the street, got away.

While he was trying to enter the wrong house, a large German Shepard allegedly jumped through an open window and latched onto his boot with its jaws. The officer then reportedly fired four shots, two of which fatally wounded the dog. It is worth noting that the officer in question suffered no injuries at all.

Was it necessary to shoot the dog? Of course not. If Officer Ferreira had been given proper animal response training, he would have known how to calm the dog down or incapacitate it. This type of tragedy has become all too common and the time has come to put an end to it. Please sign here to demand that all officers of the Wyckoff Police Department attend animal response and safety training before they murder any more pets.


Dear Police Chief Fox,

One of your officers allegedly made an enormous oversight that cost one family their valuables and another the life of their dog. I understand that in the hustle and bustle of today’s world, oversights are bound to occur; that is not the issue here. The issue is that your officer allegedly felt the need to shoot at a dog four times because it was biting his boot. I understand that officers need to protect themselves from harm, but could there have maybe been a better way?

Perhaps the time has come for your officers to receive some animal response and safety training. I do not doubt that highly-trained police officers could learn how to interact with house pets in a safe way that does not require shooting them to death. To that dog Officer Kyle Ferreira was an intruder, just like the one he was sent to apprehend. Please take action on this issue before any more innocent animals are harmed.


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Photo Credit: West Midlands Police

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  1. nancy sloan says:

    Everyone should sign this

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