Fire Officer Accused of Shooting Family Dog in the Head

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Target: Pedro W. Taylor, Chief of Police for Florida City Police Department

Goal: Fire officer for allegedly shooting and killing an innocent dog.

Gillian Palacios is an avid animal shelter volunteer and foster parent for dogs in need. After falling in love with her rescue dog Duchess, she made her a permanent part of the family. That all changed when the family was paid a visit by an officer from the Florida City Police Department. The officer knocked on the family’s door to inform them their car door was left open, and the moments that followed left the family devastated.

Duchess curiously walked outside and up to the officer, and in an immediate response of fear, the officer reportedly pulled out his gun and shot the dog three times, right in the head. The dog seized up and fell to the floor, dying immediately. The dog had no ill intent; she was not growling, barking, or approaching to bite. The officer ended the life of this innocent, two-year-old dog simply out of fear.

According to recent studies by animal advocates, an animal is killed by police officers every 98 minutes. Most of these animals are reported as not showing signs of aggression, some killed while lying down or running away. Yet, these cases are ignored due to lack of repercussion from the police departments, leaving the officers unpunished for ending the life of an innocent dog. Sign this petition and ensure this officer does not go unpunished for his alleged actions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Taylor,

I am writing you today because I am deeply distraught over the alleged actions of one of your officers, who reportedly knocked on the door of a family’s home to alert them their car door was unlocked. The simple visit turned to devastation almost immediately.

Gillian Palacios allegedly opened the door to the officer and her rescue dog Duchess walked outside out of curiosity. The officer reacted to the dog in fear and proceeded to pull out his gun and shoot the dog three times in the head. The dog was killed immediately. Duchess, only two years old, showed no aggression towards the officer. Duchess was not growling, barking nor bearing her teeth at the officer. With no reason to be threatened, the officer allegedly simply killed the dog because he was scared of an innocent animal.

I urge you to fire this officer if found guilty. Too many cases of police brutality against animals go unpunished, please ensure this one ends in justice for innocent Duchess. The poor dog did not deserve death simply for being curious about who was at her house.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gillian Palacios

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15 Comments

  1. why the animals kill ????? Every animal is an angel
    so why angels kill ??????? Stop the killing – we need angels

  2. THIS COP NEEDS TO BE STRIPPED OF HIS JOB FOREVER NOW, HE IS A KILLER NOW.JUSTICE FOR DUCHESS NOW.

  3. Maybe when I see a man come on my property with a gun such as a soulless man who sold his soul for money willing to kill for his pay, same breed of man that killed Christ being paid gold from the king, I should blast apon them out of fear.

    These police officers sold their soul to the corrupt sinning men trying to control and force my people to do what they want, creating zombie sinners, people that don’t know or understand our Mother Earth and our father the sun and how precious the gasses from earth are to our sun.

    Find Jesus, see what men will do to another being for money and power and how the coward men and women stay and watch never to help. When you find your brother Jesus Christ and understand him you will become him! But understand the good die young as the bad have an advantage and they will kill you for little to know reason as they are soulless sinners.

  4. Fire this Criminal Idiot now

  5. The dog did not “curiously walk” to the officer. The pit bull charged the officer, you can clearly see it in the video.

    • Even if the dog was attacking (though that’s arbitrary), there’s many ways to diffuse the matter without lethal action. Deadly force is supposed to be the last resort – not the first.

      Does the mere possibility of being bitten justify the loss of life? The dog was shot three times in the head, twice while already down. Does the dog’s life (and the rescue family’s grief) matter less than the cost of bandages and anesthetics? Should every dog die for the mere possibility of being bitten? Are police not equipped with methods other than lethal force for handling everything?

      Would if be okay if humans were shot dead simply on the possibility of hitting an officer?

      Police are killing the mentally ill in this same chronic fashion routinely. Lack of proper restraint. Police are supposed to be more composed than the citizenry, not less. Serving and protecting requires true composure.

      The dog, like most dogs, got excited and got around the owner. Dogs often do that. Usually, they just want to greet. This shouldn’t cost them their lives.

      The problem is that officers are too indiscriminately authorized with guns to shoot, which ethically should come with greater restraint, not less.

    • Service calls aren’t legal shooting galleries for officers simply because (somehow) the department deemed them suitable to carry firearms.

      I once delivered packages for 11 years and encountered many big guard dogs running loose on rural, lakefront estate homes without the owners immediately present. (Leash laws were often waived in these cases.) I was never bitten. Armed with nothing more than doggy biscuits, all matters were handled with composure. I had no special training.

      Had this been sanctioned gunmen (officers), a trail of dead dogs would have resulted with gruesome images like this one with lasting effects. The department would justify the shootings simply on the mere possibility of being bitten. Potential bites to officers evidently matter more than dog’s lives.

      Finally, in many cases, the dogs are not charging. Officers have been filmed entering enclosures and calling dogs over, even petting them, only to execute them as “aggressive.”

      It’s an opportunity for a kill-thrill pardoned in advance. It’s irresistible and costs 25-30 dogs a day their lives at the guns of police. 

  6. If he fired his gun out of fear of a dog who was NOT showing any aggression, what will he do, if someone (a person) comes toward him WITH aggression? He should, at least, given the property owner a chance to secure the dog. He could have tased the dog instead of killing it outright. He needs to be punished NOW!

  7. Amanda Goodman says:

    How about shooting a bullet in the air if so scared of this dog? Or in any of these situations? This is beyond “trigger happy”, this is murder.

  8. I think the officer should lose his job, fined and sentenced to prison, animal abuse, cruelty, or murder should not be tolerated in our society

  9. I KNOW THAT COPS HAVE A REALLY TOUGH JOB (WITH THAT SAID) I AM APPALLED,DISGUSTED,SICKENED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY WITH COPS SHOOTING BELOVED FAMILY PETS. I HAVE WATCHED (AND GOTTEN SICK OVER ) THE VIDEOS AND I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE ARE SO OUTRAGED AND APPALLED AT THEIR ACTIONS. THERE WAS NO REASON WHY THIS COP SHOT THIS DOG. HE COULD HAVE KILLED THE YOUNG GIRL BEHIND THE DOG AND THE DOG WAS ………NO THREAT. IT ‘S TAIL WAGGED EVEN THO ITS BRAINS AND BLOOD WERE RUNNING ALL OVER THE SIDEWALK. MY HEART BREAKS FOR THE DOG AND FAMILY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN THEY THINK OF THEIR POOR DUCHESS. THE KIDS WILL PROBABLY ALWAYS BE AFRAID OF COPS AND WHY??? DID THIS COP NOT GET TRAINED ON HOW TO HANDEL PETS?? DO THEY NOT KNOW HOW TO USE A TASER OR WAIT ONE SECOND TO SEE WHAT THE DOG IS GOING TO DO??? NOT ALL DOGS BITE. IN FACT NOT MANY DO. THEN THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF THE COPS ADMINISTRATION IS THEY WERE THREATENED OR THE DOG WAS AGGRESSIVE AND GUESS WHAT THE VIDEO SHOWS THE TRUTH………AND THAT IS NOT THE CASE.

    THE REALLY BAD THING IS THE PUBLIC IS HAVING A TOUGH TIME WITH ALL THE STUFF GOING ON WITH COPS AND THIS MAKES IT EVEN WORSE.

    PLEASE TRAIN ALL COPS TO USE THEIR BRAINS FIRST(QUICKLY ANALYZE THE SITUATION) THEN DECIDE THE LEAST FORCE THAT WOULD STOP WHATEVER BEFORE TAKING OUT THEIR GUN AND BLASTING AWAY.THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED AND WE MUST TRY TO CHANGE THINGS SO IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN TO ANOTHER BELOVED PET AND THEIR FAMILY.

    THIS COP DID THE UNTHINKABLE AND HE MUST BE TRAINED TO REACT IN A BETTER WAY. I HOPE THAT HIS SUSPENSION GIVES HIM A CHANCE TO RETHINK WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE AND NOT ……..WHAT HE DID. I DON’T KNOW IF HE SHOULD BE FIRED BUT DEPENDING ON WHY HE THOUGHT HE HAD TO SHOOT A PUPPY (AT ALL…….. THE DOG WAS FRIENDLY) IN THE HEAD NOT ONE TIME NOT TWO TIMES BUT THREE TIMES THIS WAS DEFINITELY OVER KILL. SO SAD BECAUSE THE DOG WAS RESCUED AND FINALLY HAD FOUND A LOVING HOME AND TO DIE IN SUCH A FASHION IS HORRIFIC!!

    I HOPE THAT THE FAMILY GETS A TOP NOTCH ATTORNEY AND IT IS MANDATORY FOR COPS TO DEAL WITH ANIMALS IN A DIFFERENT WAY THAN THEY DO NOW…. WHICH IS TO SHOOT TO KILL!!!

  10. michael kennedy says:

    What is this, cops can’t find any more black men to shoot ?

  11. Hope, this son of a b…can get the same treatment. A bull eye in his f…face! An evil bastard, he is! He has to be punished with the maximum penalty, for his sick act of cruelty done towards this poor beautiful animal, that it was!
    And fired from his job,mentally, not that stable!!! R.I.P.Duchess, you were also, truly a beautiful dog!;((

  12. Too many incidents of cops killing family pets have gone on, and it needs to stop. Whenever a senseless killing, a crime, is commited like this by a cop, they need to be dismissed from the police force, incarcerated, fined, listed on an animal killer registry, and they should be forbidden by the courts to ever have a firearm or an animal in their possession for the rest of their sorry lives. This is just too much, and they are getting away with it. IT IS A CRIME!!! THEY ARE CRIMINALS!! THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT, NOT HURT OR KILL FOR GOD’S SAKE!!! PUT A STOP TO THIS KILLING AND TO THE KILLERS & SEE THAT THEY ARE MONITORED CLOSELY.

  13. You expect more from the police — a higher standard — needlessly killing a dog due to poor judgment is irrational, not to mention immoral & merciless AND this cop should be held accountable — this Officer is NOT thinking clearly == we do NOT want repeats of such crimes against our animals. === Officer had NO RIGHT to shoot unnecessarily! === He had no right to callously kill & take the life of Duchess — if not for this Police Officer, Duchess would be alive today.

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