Justice for Police Dog Allegedly Punched by Handler

Target: Spencer Cox, Governor of Utah

Goal: Ensure justice for Rolf, the police K-9, for alleged brutal treatment.

Corporal Timothy Robinson of Davis County Sheriff’s Office reportedly engaged in a reprehensible act. Allegations claim he punched Rolf, his police dog, multiple times. This shocking incident, reportedly witnessed by two fellow K-9 handlers, demands urgent legal action.

One handler described witnessing “5-10 strikes,” while the other apparently observed Rolf cowering instead of retaliating. Such detailed accounts of the incident paint a disturbing picture. The alleged onslaught commenced when Robinson noticed Rolf peeing on the floor. Professional trainers like Gregg Tawney and Robert Barlow, with decades of experience, unequivocally condemn such behavior, stressing that this is not a standard training protocol. Their input casts a shadow on Robinson’s alleged actions, marking them as unacceptable and potentially criminal.

The necessity of this petition stems from a broader context of occasional animal cruelty within police departments. Instances like Russell B. Whittle’s and Jason Whittier’s cases in Utah highlight the need for stringent oversight and accountability. Demand decisive legal action against Corporal Timothy Robinson for his alleged misconduct.


Dear Governor Spencer Cox,

The actions of Corporal Timothy Robinson, involving the allegedly brutal treatment of his police K-9, Rolf, have stirred public outrage and demand your immediate attention. Detailed accounts from fellow K-9 handlers describe Robinson allegedly punching Rolf multiple times, with Rolf responding not with aggression but cowering. This behavior, if proven true, not only betrays a trust inherent in the handler-K-9 bond but also flouts the ethical standards expected in law enforcement.

Expert opinions from seasoned K-9 trainers emphasize that such conduct is neither a norm nor an acceptable form of correction in police dog training. The alleged incident, therefore, raises severe questions about Corporal Robinson’s adherence to standard practices and his moral judgment. Furthermore, the contextual history of animal cruelty cases within Utah’s law enforcement underscores the urgency for strict action in such matters. It is imperative that this case not be dismissed as an isolated or minor incident but seen as part of a significant concern that needs addressing at the systemic level.

Given these considerations, we urge you to pursue the highest possible charges against Corporal Timothy Robinson. The charge of “interfering with a police service animal or handler,” while the most severe available, seems insufficient in capturing the gravity of the alleged actions. This prosecution is not just about one individual or one dog; it’s a stand for justice, ethical conduct, and the welfare of animals serving in law enforcement. We trust in your commitment to justice and await your decisive action in this matter.


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Photo credit: Tim Felce

One Comment

  1. Dawn Richardson says:

    Why do police departments hire so many psychopaths? Why not subject their prospective hires to psychological testing?

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