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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Gillian Palacios