Stop Police Brutality Against Dogs

Target: Nevada Senator David Parks

Goal: Make it illegal for Nevada police officers to use deadly force against pet dogs

Nevada police officers are legally allowed to use deadly force against people’s pet dogs. In the past three years alone, there have been 18 incidents ending in the deaths of seven dogs. If officers received proper training on how to deal with dogs, the use of deadly force would essentially never be needed. Support Senator David Parks’ work to pass the necessary legislation and make it illegal for police to kill beloved dogs.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, Bill Cassell, tried to claim only 18 incidents is “statistically minuscule.” While that number may seem low to the department, those 18 pets matter very much to their owners. In one incident, a family dog named Bubba was shot by a police officer; Bubba was in his own yard, but the police were investigating the house next door. In another, an officer rammed his car into a dog, claiming he was worried about the threat the dog posed to nearby children. As it turns out, the pet was named Freckles and belonged to a woman in the neighborhood.

Senator David Parks proposes that if animal control, the U.S. Postal Service, and private package carriers can deal with dogs without using deadly force, then surely police officers can as well. Gina Greisen, the leader of Nevada Voters for Animals, supports Senator Parks’ statements and adds that each of these 18 incidents could have been avoided if the officers simply had been provided with training to handle the situations.

Before anymore dogs are hurt or killed, legislation must be passed to make it illegal for Nevada police officers to use deadly force against these animals. If proper training is given, dogs can be treated much more humanely. Each of the 18 dogs involved in the past three years belongs to a family and thus deserves to be handled with care rather than death. Sign this petition and support Senator Parks in putting this law into action.


Dear Senator Parks,

I recently learned about your plans to make it illegal for police officers to use deadly force when dealing with privately owned dogs. After the 18 incidents that happened over the past three years, I am glad to hear something is being done.

As you have said, if the U.S. Postal Service, animal control, and private package carriers can avoid using deadly force with dogs, then clearly the Nevada police force can too. There is no need for these dogs to be injured or even worse, killed. By providing proper training to the police department concerning dogs, situations like these can be avoided permanently.

Please put this piece of legislation into action before any other dogs can be harmed or killed.


[Your Name Here]

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