Target: Denmark Police Chief Jens Henrik Højbjerg
Goal: Drop misconduct charges against officer Lars Bo Lomholt for saving dog from euthanasia
When Danish police officer Lars Bo Lomholt decided that German shepherd Thor was going to be euthanized unfairly, he took matters into his own hands and stole the dog from the kennel where he was being held. Mr. Lomholt has since been terminated and faces misconduct charges for taking the dog. Tell Danish police that Mr. Lomholt should not be punished for his compassion.
Denmark has had an interesting month regarding its dog laws. Earlier this week, agricultural minister Mette Gjerskov was sent the ashes of a cremated dog in protest of the country’s dog muzzling laws. The dog’s owner claimed that after he muzzled his dog, his pet was never the same and he ultimately decided to put his American Staffordshire Terrier down. The strange protest came weeks after the dramatic story of officer Lars Bo Lomholt and Thor captured the attention of animal activists and Danish citizens.
It started when Jette, a Danish woman, was walking her German shepherd Thor, a dog she cared deeply for because of how he reminded her of her deceased husband. A small dog ran out of a nearby house and scared Thor. A fight ensued resulting in the small dog suffering a small bite. Jette paid a fine but was surprised when, a few weeks later, Danish police officers came to her house and informed her that Thor was an aggressive animal that needed to be euthanized. Despite attempts by the advocacy group Fair Dog to win an appeal for Thor, plans were made to euthanize him. That is when Mr. Lomholt decided it was his duty to rescue the dog and stole him from the kennel were he was being held.
Originally, police said that a man posing as a police officer had come in to steal the dog but they have since revealed that it was in fact 20-year-old Lomholt. They have terminated him from the force and he now faces misconduct charges. The public has rallied in support for Lomholt and Thor remains safe at an undisclosed location. Lomholt saw an unethical decision being made and decided to go above the law to do what was right. Thor’s story, combined with the ashes being delivered to the minister’s office, makes one wonder how much Danish citizens really agree with the laws in place. Whatever the case, Mr. Lomholt is a champion of animal welfare and deserves to go free of charge.
Dear Mr. Jens Henrik Højbjerg, Police Chief,
When Lars Bo Lomholt walked into the kennel in his officer’s uniform to save Thor from being euthanized, he was making a political statement. He decided that a dog’s life meant more than any arbitrary law could assign. And as the details of the case have come to light, he had good reason to. Despite the fact that Thor was deemed to be non-aggressive by a canine advocacy group, you callously went ahead with the decision to euthanize the dog. This was a pet that meant more to one Danish citizen than any of us could imagine, a living reminder of her deceased husband’s memory. Even though she paid the fine given to her, you went one step further and deemed the dog unfit to live.
Mr. Lomholt’s story and the support for him, along with the recent strange protest against Denmark’s dog muzzling laws, makes one wonder how arbitrary and humane these dog laws really are. Although that is a matter of legislature and you are appointed to protect the law, there comes a point when compassion must take precedent over what has been set forth by the government. Mr. Lomholt must have felt an intense call to do what he thought was ethical and right to walk into the kennel and steal the dog, knowing that he would likely be fired and charged. But his compassion for the animal and his owner is one that can be understood and appreciated by all of us. Please reconsider Mr. Lomholt’s termination and the charges against him.
[Your Name Here]
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