Protect Indiana Pets From ‘Euthanasia’ by Cops

Target: Officials of the Town of Rockville, Indiana

Goal: Ensure that stricter animal welfare protocols are established and enforced to prevent the unlawful killing of animals

Recently, a dog was struck by a vehicle in the Town of Rockville, Indiana. Instead of seeking veterinary assistance, the police officers who arrived at the scene decided to put the dog out of its “misery.” Ask the officials of this town to establish and enforce stricter animal welfare protocols to ensure that situations like this will not happen again.

The dog, Otis, was struck by a vehicle when he escaped from his home. He was thought to be a stray even though he was found wearing a harness; there were no attempts made to contact his owner. Otis’ wounds were assessed on the spot by police officers and he received no medical attention. A local veterinarian and a veterinary technician were called, but neither were able to personally see Otis’ injuries.

Police officers put Otis out of his “misery” with a single shot to the head. Otis did not have to die the way that he did. He might have been able to survive if he had received prompt and proper medical attention. While the police officers thought they were “helping” Otis, they were not authorized to euthanize him.

Sign the petition below to ask the officials of the Town of Rockville to establish and enforce stricter animal welfare protocols to ensure no other animal suffers the same fate as Otis.


Dear officials of the Town of Rockville,

Recently, a dog named Otis suffered a tragic ending. He was initially hit by a vehicle when he escaped from his home. After being hit by the vehicle, Otis did not receive a medical evaluation or medical care.

The police officers that were on-site made the decision to put Otis out of his “misery”; they killed him by shooting him in the head. While they might have thought they were helping Otis, they did not have the authority to kill him. Otis might have been able to recover from his injuries. We will never know because he was not given a chance to live.

Departments in your town need to communicate more efficiently to ensure this does not happen again. No action should be taken against an injured animal until they have been fully assessed and evaluated by a veterinarian. Please take the action to enforce these protocols.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Linda Sperring says:

    They are not god. Or veterinarians. They had no right to kill Otis

  2. J Davidson says:

    When humans are hit by cars we don’t shoot them.

  3. Michael Guest says:

    This was not supposed to happen. You must make stricter laws and protocols to protect animals from being put down untimely. That is unacceptable. Enforce the laws to make sure this never, ever occurs again.

  4. ops seem to get away with the abuse and murder of animals. This must stop.

  5. Oops, that should have been Cops. lol.

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