Target: Adams County Sheriff, Doug Darr
Goal: Charge Deputy Wilfred Europe III with animal cruelty after kicking, shooting and killing a man’s pet dog.
Deputy Wilfred Europe III responded to a burglary alarm at the wrong address in Brighton, Colorado where he kicked, shot and killed the business owner’s dog. Conflicting stories over the dog’s level of aggressiveness are under investigation, but there is no evidence that Europe questioned the owner, had cause to take action, or knew he was at the wrong address. Please sign this petition and demand that Adams County charge Deputy Wilfred Europe III with animal cruelty after kicking, then opening fire on a domestic animal without cause.
Attempting to respond to a burglary alarm in Adams County, Deputy Wilfred Europe III and his partner accidentally went to the wrong business address. The deputies arrived at Jeff Fisher’s business and entered the building without warning. Upon arriving, Ziggy, Fisher’s 35-pound blue heeler/border collie mix responded to the deputy’s unwarranted and uninvited entry. Europe says the dog was acting aggressively and he kicked Ziggy, but the 8-year old companion did not retreat. That is when Europe shot at the dog twice, hitting and killing Ziggy on the second shot. Fisher says Europe opened fire on Ziggy when he was 15 to 20 feet away from the deputies. Fisher also maintains that Ziggy was not aggressive and came to work with him everyday.
Fisher, obviously distraught, yelled at the deputies after the murder and was told by Europe that he needed to calm down and that he could get another dog. Europe’s insensitive comments have been confirmed by Adams County Sheriff, Doug Darr. This is not the first fatal shooting involving Deputy Europe. About a year ago, Europe shot and killed a 40-year old man during a traffic stop.
Please sign this petition and demand that Adams County charge Deputy Europe with animal cruelty after kicking, shooting and killing an 8-year old, 35 pound blue heeler/border collie mix without reason.
Dear Sheriff Darr,
Adams County Deputy Wilfred Europe III, recently kicked, shot and killed a citizen’s pet while responding to a burglary alarm at the wrong business address. Despite the incident being under investigation, it seems obvious that Deputy Europe lacked professional judgment when he hastily responded without gathering information. It was cruel to kick the dog, it was cruel to shoot at the dog, and it was certainly cruel to shoot the dog dead in front of his owner when the Deputy had no reason to be there in the first place. I am writing to demand that animal cruelty charges be brought against Deputy Europe for the slaughter of Ziggy the dog.
Jeff Fisher’s dog Ziggy was an 8-year-old, 35-pound blue heeler/border collie mix. He came to work with Fisher everyday and thus was familiar with the building and interacting with people. When Deputy Europe and his partner entered the facility without invite, warrant, or warning, Ziggy responded as most dogs would: he barked. While Fisher maintains that Ziggy was not aggressive, Deputy Europe felt threatened and kicked the dog. Shockingly, that cruel act did not quell Ziggy’s anxiety about the intruders and he did not retreat. Deputy Europe then took his authority to the next level by taking out his gun and shooting at the dog twice, ultimately killing him on the second shot.
Obviously in shock after watching his best friend shot without reason, Fisher yelled at the officers for what can only be imagined as a mind-boggling situation. Deputy Europe highlighted his lack of compassion by telling Fisher to calm down and that he could get another dog. Deputy Europe must face animal cruelty charges for kicking, shooting and killing 35 pound, 8-year-old Ziggy the dog.
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