Target: North Zealand Police
Goal: Drop charges against a Danish Police officer who saved a German Shepherd from being euthanized
Danish Police officer Lars Bo Lomholt is facing charges and a possible termination from the police force because he prevented the euthanization of German Shepard, Thor. Please sign this petition if you believe Officer Lomholt should be rewarded for his good deed, not punished.
Thor is a 7-year-old German Shepard. While on a walk with his owner, Jette, a small dog startled him, spurring him to nip the small dog in retaliation. The owner of the small dog and Jette exchanged apologies, then they went on their way. Some time later, Jette received a fine and she payed it, thinking the issue was resolved.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Ten weeks later, the dog was seized by three police officers, taken to a kennel, and scheduled to be euthanized. Lars, a twenty year veteran of the police force, decided that the police had made a grievous mistake.
By deciding Thor had exhibited “unnatural” behavior, police not only made a bad call, as it is natural for dogs to bite when startled, but they then overstepped their bounds by stripping that dog away from its owner and condemning that dog to death despite the fact the smaller dog only suffered superficial wounds and will undoubtedly recover.
Lars was off duty when he rescued Thor from the kennel the night before his scheduled euthanasion. He has been sentence by a judge to a sixty day suspension and a two year probation for fraud, posing as an on duty police officer, and misconduct, and he is likely to be dismissed by the North Zealand Police.
In response to his conviction, Lars had stated that will “never regret” what he did. Please sign the petition if you believe the charges should be dropped and that Lars should not lose his position in the North Zealand police force.
Dear North Zealand Police,
Lars Bo Lomholt saw an injustice and sought to correct it. His actions spared an innocent life, and it is those same actions that dictate that he is exactly the sort of man the Danish police force should want to consist of. He risked his career and possibly even his reputation for the sake of a dog he felt was wrongfully being put to death.
The police force is called upon to decide whether or not a dog is behaving naturally. It is not called upon to sentence a family pet to death. In this case, the police force crossed the line. Please understand that righting an injustice, even if that means going against fellow comrades in the police force, and doing so at no benefit to himself, is exactly what Lars did. There shouldn’t be a punishment for that.
Thank your for your time.
[Your Name Here]
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