Target: Michael Radzilowski, Bradenton, Florida Chief of Police
Goal: Properly train officer to help service animals and people with disabilities if it is found that he did not allow the dog’s owner to get it treatment after seeing the animal suffer and bleed.
A blind man’s dog was viciously attacked by two pit bulls, yet the officer who responded to the call reportedly reacted callously when dealing with the issue. It is important that he be retrained in how to deal with such situations in order to better ensure that he is capable of properly handling similar issues in the future if this is found to be the case.
Richard Draper has greatly relied on his service dog Andie to help him get around for the past two years. However, after being attacked by pit bulls, the animal may no longer be able to help Richard, due to a possible fear of performing trained services around other dogs. Although a good Samaritan stepped in to help, Andie was lying on the ground profusely bleeding with severe bite marks on her neck when the officer arrived.
Instead of allowing Draper to get the dog proper medical treatment, the officer allegedly made him stay where he was while he finished writing his report. According to Draper, the officer also laughed when he explained how costly it is to train service dogs.
Demand this police officer be reprimanded and go through training that will help him to better deal with any similar future situations if it is found that he mishandled the situation. Blind people and service dogs deserve better treatment than to be laughed at by officers who should be doing everything in their power to provide help when it is truly needed.
Dear Chief Radzilowski,
One of your police officers apparently did not handle a call appropriately after a blind man’s service dog was brutally attacked by two pit bulls. It is important that this officer be retrained so that he knows how to handle such situations in the future if this is found to be the case.
Andie the dog has helped Richard Draper get around for the last couple of years. Unfortunately, Andie may no longer be able to act as a service dog after being attacked because she may be too scared to do what she was trained to do around other dogs. In addition, the dog also has several wounds on its body and a large wound on its neck as a result of the attack.
Although an officer responded to the call, he reportedly did not allow Draper to take his dog to the vet immediately after the incident occurred. Instead, he allegedly made Draper stay where he was until he was finished writing up the report and laughed while doing so.
It is for these reasons that I encourage you to retrain this officer on how to handle such situations if this is found to be the case. No service dog deserves to lie on the ground bleeding while an officer does their paperwork.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Antonio Cruz