Train Colorado Police to Handle Lost Animals Nonviolently

Target: Chuck Saunier, Interim Chief of Police in Commerce City, Colorado

Goal: Educate police on how to handle animals without resorting to deadly force

A scared and threatened pit bull/lab mix was brutally murdered by local policemen in Commerce City, Colorado. The pit bull mix was wandering around a neighborhood when a local resident, Kenny Collins, called the police for help. Since Collins did not recognize the dog, he called the police to help return the dog to her home. When the police showed up, however, the dog had no chance of survival.

A recent video recording of the incident has forced the local police to reevaluate the situation to decide whether or not the police acted out of brutality or fear. Chloe, the pit bull mix, appeared to be calm when she was roaming around the neighborhood. The police immediately tased her twice, forcing Chloe to retreat into a corner of the garage. When she attempted to run further away from the police, they interpreted her action as hostile and proceeded to shoot Chloe a total of five times. The amount of violence exercised by the police is unacceptable. It also shows how little the policemen know about animal control and behavior which indirectly forced them to kill an innocent dog.

The video also reveals that when the shooting started, Chloe was already subdued by a catch pole that animal control had used to calm the dog. The innocent dog was already caught by the officer and would have been easily subdued without having to be cruelly murdered.  Collins was the one who videotaped the incident because he had no idea that the cops would escalate the situation. Collins never thought that his call would have killed Chloe, who turned out to be his neighbor’s dog. Chloe was being watched by a relative but managed to get out when the garage door was opened.

The Commerce City police clearly need better training when it comes to handling animals. The chief of police must better educate its policemen about animal control.


Dear Chuck Saunier, Interim Chief of Police in Commerce City, Colorado,

The video that revealed how rashly and violent local policemen dealt with a loose family dog further stresses the need to better educate the police about animal control. The pit bull mix did not directly attack the policemen, and thus, she was not a huge threat to their lives. However, she was tased twice and shot five times by the policemen.

The policemen’s actions were impulsive and cruel. They murdered a dog that posed no threat and was trying to cower in the corner of the garage. Furthermore, the dog was also subdued by animal control right before the shooting happened. The murder of the dog is unexcusable and you must find a way to better educate the police in regards to animal control so that dogs in the future will not be brutally murdered.


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  1. Andrew > Matheson says:

    Petition Signed & Noted – Thanks.

  2. Cynthia Merriam says:

    This is simply not a strong enough response, in my opinion, to get equitable justice for Chloe. The unpredictable, violent, dangerous officer that murdered Chloe MUST BE FIRED and PROSECUTED FOR ANIMAL ABUSE RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF THE ANIMAL.

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