The first nationwide database tracking police shootings of animals.
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Interactive Fusion Tables Maps of Canine-Related Violence in the United States
Fusion Tables are a quick and straight-forward way of creating simple visualizations and maps. All you need to create one is a spreadsheet or other organized dataset. To use the maps, one column of your dataset should be geographic locations. The locations can be as specific as GPS coordinates or as vague as names of cities (although I would include states with your cities at the very least to make sure Google marks the correct city). Upload your data at this website and in a few moments you will have a fully functionally Fusion Table. You can embed the resulting visualization using either an iframe or using the Google Maps API.Alternate Puppycide Database Map - 64 data points - A smaller example map using a different style of data presentation.
Want step-by-step instructions on how to embed our Puppycide Fusion Table map on your own website or social media platform? Take a look at the guide we have written on our blog, which contains code examples you can simply copy and paste to use immediately, or customize in order to display the map using your preferred look and feel.
Google Maps Engine
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Before Fusion Tables there was Google Maps Engine. And because Fusion Tables are still labelled "experimental" by Google, Maps Engine is still technically the Google-recommended way to organize data geographically. There is one big downside - Maps Engine divides its data points up by layers. Each time you upload a spread sheet, it goes into a layer. This can be helpful to separate data types. Unfortunately, there is a maximum of 100 data points per layer unless you pay Google money. This forces you to break up your source files into chunks. On the plus side, these can easily be exported to either CSV or KML files and imported or even merged anywhere else you might like (we will explore that soon).
Google Maps Engine Maps of Canine-Related Violence in the United StatesExample Puppycide Database Map - 136 data points The first (and at the moment, only) example of useful Maps Engine data comes to us by way of Matthew M. Turner from http://journocrash.com.
Freedom of Information Act, Police and Court Documents
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The FOIA process allows researchers to bring documents that have long been kept secret available to the general public. Records acquired from FOIA requests provides a substantial amount of PuppycideDB's data. Providing the public with easy access to this information is among the most important work done here. Arrest records, court rulings and motions, IA investigation documents, firearm discharge reports and other police documents confirming data contained in the database will be posted here. This information is essentially public and charging for it is antithetical to the rule of law.
NOTE: We currently have a backlog of documents. The items stored here are just a percentage of our total current library. Looking for more data? Check out the Puppycide Database Project Github Page which contains additional files. You can also contact us if you are interested in a specific project and would like to see if there is anything relevant in our library that can help you!
Seattle Police Department documents - Seattle Police Department documents and reports reviewing uses of lethal and less-lethal force
Officer Involved Shootings 1999-2001 | Published: November, 2001Fatal Officer Involved Shootings 1980-2001 | Published: November, 2001Use of Force Report 2010 | Published: December 15, 2011Use of Force Report 2006-2009 | Published: August 12, 2010Use of Force Special Report 2000 | Published: November, 2001Firearms Review Board Report 11-001 | Published: July 29, 2011Firearms Review Board Report 10-001 | Published: June 14, 2010Taser Use Report 2012-07 | Published: July, 2012Taser Use Report 2011-11 | Published: November, 2011Taser Use Report 2011-05 | Published: May, 2011Taser Use Report 2010-09 | Published: September, 2010Taser Use Report 2010-03 | Published: March, 2010Taser Use Report 2009-05 | Published: May, 2009Taser Use Report 2008-04 | Published: April, 2008Taser Use Report 2007-08 | Published: August, 2007Taser Use Report 2006-07 | Published: July, 2006Taser Use Report 2006-01 | Published: January, 2006Taser Use Report 2005-08 | Published: August, 2005
Denver Police Department & Denver Sheriff Department documents Documents listing and reviewing the use of force by the Denver Police Department, as published by the Denver Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) with input from the Denver Citizen Oversight Board (COB).Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2014
Author: Nicholas E. Mitchell | Published: March 11, 2015Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2013
Author: Nicholas E. Mitchell | Published: February 14, 2014Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2012
Author: Nicholas E. Mitchell | Published: March 15, 2013Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2012 (Appendix)
Author: Nicholas E. Mitchell | Published: March 15, 2013Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2011
Published: February 10, 2012Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2011 (Appendix)
Published: February 10, 2012Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2010
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 14, 2011Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2010 (Appendix)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 14, 2011Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2010 (Summary)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 14, 2011Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2009
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: 2010Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2009 (Appendix)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: 2010Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2009 (Summary)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: 2010Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2008
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 16, 2009Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2008 (Appendix)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 16, 2009Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2008 (Summary)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 16, 2009Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2007
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: February 29, 2008Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2006
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: March 15, 2007Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2006 (Summary)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: 2006Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2005
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: 2006Denver Office of the Independent Monitor Annual Report - 2005 (Summary)
Author: Richard Rosenthal | Published: 2006Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2010 - Q2 | Published: August 13, 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2010 - Q1 | Published: 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2009 - Q4 | Published: May 6, 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2009 - Q3 | Published: May 6, 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2009 - Q2 | Published: 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2009 - Q1 | Published: 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2008 - Q4 | Published: April 29, 2010Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2008 - Q3 | Published: 2009Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2008 - Q2 | Published: 2009Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2008 - Q1 | Published: 2009Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2007 - Q4 | Published: 2008Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2007 - Q3 | Published: 2008Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2007 - Q2 | Published: 2008Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2007 - Q1 | Published: 2008Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2006 - Q4 | Published: 2007Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2006 - Q3 | Published: 2007Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2006 - Q2 | Published: 2007Denver Sheriff Department Disciplinary Report 2006 - Q1 | Published: 2007Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2010 - Q2 | Published: August 20, 2010Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2010 - Q1 | Published: August 20, 2010Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2009 - Q4 | Published: 2010Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2009 - Q2 | Published: 2010Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2009 - Q1 | Published: 2010Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2008 - Q4 | Published: 2009Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2008 - Q3 | Published: 2009Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2008 - Q2 | Published: 2009Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2008 - Q1 | Published: 2009Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2007 - Q4 | Published: 2008Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2007 - Q3 | Published: 2008Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2007 - Q2 | Published: 2008Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2007 - Q1 | Published: 2008Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2006 - Q4 | Published: 2007Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2006 - Q3 | Published: 2007Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2006 - Q2 | Published: 2007Denver Police Department Statistical Report 2006 - Q1 | Published: 2007
County of Los Angeles Claims Board documents - County of Los Angeles Claims Board documents concerning settlements of excessive force lawsuits involving animals
County of Los Angeles Claims Board - Memorandum - May 30, 2006
| Published: May 30, 2006 |
Author: Dennis M. Gonzales, Principal Deputy County Counsel - Law Enforcement Services Division |
LA County's counsel Dennis Gonzales recommends that a settlement offer of $445,000 to resolve the lawsuit Brenda Gaines. et al v. County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC318934) is to be referred to the LA County Board of Supervisors for approval. The lawsuit arose from the controversial 2003 killing of Deandre Brunston by LA County Sheriff's deputies. A 9yo Belgian Malinois K9 Officer named Marco was also killed by police during the shooting.County of Los Angeles Claims Board - Settlement Request - August 21, 2006
| Published: August 21, 2006 |
Author: Maria M. Oms, Los Angeles County Claims Board - Auditor-Controller |
Author: Dennis M. Gonzales, Principal Deputy County Counsel - Law Enforcement Services Division |
Author: Rocky A. Armfield, Chief Administrative Office |
Author: John F. Krattli, Los Angeles County Counsel |
Author: Roger H. Granbo, Assistant County Counsel - Law Enforcement Services Division |
The attached document contains a formal request for a settlement offer to resolve the lawsuit Brenda Gaines. et al v. County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC318934). The request was filed by the Los Angeles County Claims Board for approval by the LA County Board of Supervisors.County of Los Angeles Claims Board - Minutes of Regular Meeting - August 21, 2006
| Published: August 21, 2006 |
Author: Georgene Salisbury, Los Angeles County Claims Board |
Author: Renee F. Mendoza, Los Angeles County Claims Board |
Regular meeting minutes for the County of Los Angeles Claims Board. On this date the Board authorized a settlement offer to resolve the lawsuit Brenda Gaines. et al v. County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC318934), as well as several other large scale settlements for cases involving police excessive force and medical negligence.County of Los Angeles Claims Board - Statement of Proceeding - August 21, 2006
| Published: August 21, 2006 |
Statement of proceeding for the August 21, 2006 regular meeting of the County of Los Angeles Claims Board. On this date the Board authorized a settlement offer to resolve the lawsuit Brenda Gaines. et al v. County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC318934), as well as several other large scale settlements for cases involving police excessive force and medical negligence. The vote for authorization of the Gaines settlement was recorded as "Unanimously carried".
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department documents Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department documents and reports reviewing uses of force by police against people and animals
Los Angeles Police Department documents Los Angeles Police Department documents and reports reviewing uses of force by police against people and animals
Office of Inspector General Los Angeles County reports Office of Inspector General Los Angeles County use of force reports
Wyckoff New Jersey Police Department Wyckoff New Jersey Police Department documents, statements and recordings related to the April, 2015 shooting death of Goran Vukobratovic's five year old German Shepherd Otto. Otto was killed by Wykoff PD officer Kyle Ferreira afterText transcript | A PDF document containing self-reported statements from witnesses of Kyle Ferreira's shooting of Otto. | Date: April 30, 2015Text transcript | A text-only version of the self-reported statements from witnesses of Kyle Ferreira's shooting of Otto. | Date: April 30, 2015Internal Affairs report | A copy of the internal affairs investigation report of Kyle Ferreira's shooting of Otto. Includes statements from Ferreira and several other responding officers. | Date: May 19, 2015Chief Benjamin Fox's statement | The statement of Wyckoff Police Department Chief to the media regarding the killing of Otto. | Date: May 19, 2015Dispatch Audio Copy | Audio copy of the dispatch Kyle Ferreira was responding to when he shot and killed Otto. | Date: April 29, 2015
Harrisburg Pennsylvania Memo advising police officers to kill stray dogs Harrisburg Police Department Starting in 2012, the City of Harrisburg Pennsylvania declined to pay an animal shelter to take in stray animals. Accordingly, the Harrisburg Police Department issued a memo advising officers to shoot dogs on sight if the officer deemed the animal to be "vicious", "sick" or "injured" and dropping their carcasses at a state Department of Agriculture loading dock. Alternatively, police were given the option to take lost animals in a prisoner van to a secluded part of town to be released. Police were ordered to deceive citizens who report stray dogs as to how the animals would be dealt with ("DO NOT inform the complainant of your intentions"). The memo was first published in this article by The Patriot-News December 5, 2011 Size: 22.3 KB
- Iowa Department of Public Safety - Materials related to the January 6th, 2015 shooting of 34 year old mother Autumn Mae Steele and the Steele family dog Sammy by Burlington Police Department cop Jesse Hill. Police claim that Hill was attempting to shoot Steele's dog when he murdered Steele. The killing occurred in front of Autumn Mae Steele's four year old son - Press Release 1-6-2015 | Press Release 1-7-2015
Letter from Des Moines County Prosecutor Amy Beavers to Iowa DCI agent Matthew George Office of the Des Moines County Attorney Des Moines County Prosecutor Amy Beavers provided this report to the Iowa DCI justifying her decision to not press criminal charges against Jesse Hill for the January 6th, 2015 shooting of mother Autumn Mae Steele and her dog Sammy - February 27, 2015 Size: 230.1 KB
- Law Offices of Adam J. Klein - Press releases from Adam J. Klen, the attorney for one of the Steele family children, responding to the mishandling of the Steele case by Des Moines County Prosecutor Amy Beavers - Press Release 2-6-2015 | Press Release 2-27-2015 | Press Release 3-8-2015
- The Hawk Eye - Local Burlington Iowa newspaper The Hawk Eye has published a series of articles relating to the killing of 34 year old Autumn Mae Steele and the shooting of her dog Sammy by police officer Jesse Hill - County Prosecutory Beavers blocks investigation by State Attorney General | Burlington Animal Board to Vote on returning Steele family dog
- Inkster Police Department records related to the shooting of Junior - 2015-08-30 - Case Report 150010795-001 Pg 1 | Case Report 150010795-001 Pg 2A | Case Report 150010795-001 Pg 2B | Case Report 150010795-001 Pg 2C | Case Report 150010795-001 Pg 3A | Case Report 150010795-001 Pg 3B
- Salt Lake City Police Department - Materials related to the June 18th, 2014 shooting of Sean Kendall's dog Geist by Salt Lake City Police Detective Brett Olson - Dispatch Log for Missing Child | Dispatch Log for Shooting of Geist | Salt Lake City Police Department Citizen Review Board Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Report | Disposition Letter to Geist's Owner Sean Kendall
- Salt Lake City Tribune - Photographs related to the June 18th, 2014 shooting of Sean Kendall's dog Geist by Salt Lake City Police Detective Brett Olson - Photograph of the shooter Brett Olsen | Photograph of the victim Geist | Photograph of the victim's owner Sean Kendall
- Salt Lake City Council - Minutes from Salt Lake City Council Meetings in which Sean Kendall and the shooting of his dog Geist were discussed. - September 30, 2014 | November 18, 2014
Letter from Salcido Law Firm to Ryan Peltekian Salcido Law Firm PLLC Salcido Law Firm partners Jerry Salcido & Benny Salcido provided an independent legal analysis of the Salt Lake City Police Department Civilian Review Board's investigation of the shooting of the dog Geist (owned by Sean Kendall) by Salt Lake City Detective Brett Olsen on June 18th, 2014. The Civilian Review Board had determined the shooting was legally justified, based primarly upon the Board's reading of the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. In the attached memo, the Salcido firm argues that the Civilian Review Board's determination was inaccurate, and that the shooting of Geist and the attendant search of Sean Kendall's property that precipitated said shooting was, in fact, illegal. August 8, 2014 Size:e 196.1 KB
- Tulsa Police Department - Materials related to the September 11th, 2014 shooting of Nicholas Blazek and Sarah Slane's dog Titus by Tulsa Police Department officer Adam Lovell - Ticket issued by Officer Adam Lovell ID Number 2400 and Officer C Chasteen ID Number C0495 to Sarah Slane for "Dog at Large". Teresa Holm is listed as a witness to the accusation.
- Filer Idaho Police Department - 2014-02-26 - Materials related to the February 8th, 2014 shooting of Rick Clubb's dog Hooch by Filer Police Department officer Tarek Hassani. Hassani killed the dog in front of Rick Clubb's house. Inside the home, Clubb was holding a birthday party for his 9 year old son. - Internal Investigation 14-08 Report Filed by Sgt Tim Randall
- Woodville Ohio Police Department - Documents concerning the shooting of a Labrador in front of a two year old girl by Steve Gilkerson - 2014-11-03 - Police Report filed by shooter Steve Gilkerson | Voluntary Statement of shooter Steve Gilkerson
- San Diego County Grand Jury - 2015-05-18 - The 2014/2015 San Diego County Grand Jury conducted an investigation to determine if the shooting of dogs by law enforcement officers was a common occurrence or an "isolated circumstance". The Grand Jury determined that this was more than an isolated incident and thus sought to find out what was being done by police departments to minimize the harm to dogs while at the same time insuring the safety of their officers. The Grand Jury conducted a County-wide survey of police killings of dogs, interviewed senior staff from area police departments and researched training options to compile the information contained in their report. Grand Jury Report
- US District Court Northern District of Indiana 2000-11-06 - (Nitz et al v. Lee et al 2:13-CV-379-RL-PRC) Bradley R Nitz and Lindsay A Schild v Daniel Lee, Michael Brazil, Steve Meece, Stanko Gligic and City of Crown Point, Indiana - Lawsuit filed following the 2013 killing of two family dogs, Kenai and Atka, by Crown Point Indiana police officers. A settlement agreement was filed with the court on 2/4/2016 - Motion 45 denying Motion to Intervene
- US District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania 2000-11-06 - C. Bryan Hartman & Michele Reneee Hartman v. State of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State Police; Trooper Jeremiah R. Mistick & Trooper Shawn Panchik - Lawsuit filed following the 2013 killing of a family dog named Lucy by Pennsylvania State Police Jeremiah R. Mistick & Shawn Panchik - Initial Filing
- US District Court Western District of Kentucky at Louisville 2000-11-06 - James Bell, et al v. City of Louisville, et al Case No. 3:00CV-311-S - Lawsuit filed against the City of Louisville and multiple police officers following several shootings of family pets by police. - Motion to Sever Denied | Opinion Dismissing Suit
Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia, Stone Mountain Judician Circuit
Grand Jury report for the session of September-October 2015, in which the Grand Jury declined to recommend pressing charges against officers responsible for a total of five officer involved shootings. The defendants reviewed by the Grand Jury included JR Pitts, who shot Kevin Davis & his dog Tooter after Davis called police for help when a roommate stabbed Davis' girlfriend. The breakdown of the cases are as follows:
- Shooting of Anthony Hill by DeKalb County Police Officer R. Olsen | Docket #D0249852
- Shooting of Eddie Ball Jr & Ivy Shumake by DeKalb County Police Officers T.J. Luong, D.J. Perry, J.L. Lewis, N.C. Colliver & E. Espinoza | Docket #D0250152
- Shooting of Kevin Davis by DeKalb County Police Officer J.R. Pitts | Docket #D0248503
- Shooting of Royce Flournoy by DeKalb County Police Officer L.A. Davis | Docket #0244974
- Shooting of Austin Leake by DeKalb County Police Officers J. White & J. Spruill | Docket #0249242
- DeKalb County Georgia Police Department 2014-12-29 - Documents obtained from the DeKalb County Police Department - Initial police report concerning the shooting of Kevin Davis & his dog Tooter
- US District Court Western District of Louisiana Lake Charles Division - 2014-08-04 - Brandon Paul Carpenter and Logan Page Laliberte v. City of Sulphur and Brian L. Thierbach Case No. 2:14-cv-02424-PM-KK - Lawsuit filed following the killing of dog Arzy Kensington by Louisiana State Trooper Brian Thierbach. Lawsuit Claim
- State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Public Safety Services The attached files contain the continuous service and disciplinary records for Brian L. Thierbach, as adjudicated by the Louisiana State Police Commission. Lawsuit Claim
- Miami-Dade FL Board of County Commissioners - 2011-01-20 - Miami Dade police K-9 unit trainer Allen Cockfield kicked his K-9 partner Duke to death during a training excercise in Doral, FL in front of a dozen other police trainers in June 2006. Cockfield was charged with felony animal abuse and went to trial. At trial, the felony charge was first dropped to a misdemeanor before a jury acquitted Cockfield completely. Following the trial, Cockfield threatened to sue the County of Miami-Dade unless they agreed to pay the legal fees he had accrued during the trial. The County folded, agreeing to pay Cockfield a $75,000 "settlement" negotiated by his lawyer Douglas Hartman. BOCC memo authorizing $75,000 payment for Allen Cockfield's legal costs
- US District Court for the District of Nebraska - 2014-01-15 - United States of America v. Maurice L. Coleman, Sr. - Case No. 8:07CR211 - While serving a warrant against the Maurice Coleman, Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Thomas Flynn admitted in criminal deposition that he and several other unknown police shot at and chased an un-named dog prior to the raiding Coleman's house. | Criminal Case Proceeding
- US District Court for the District of Nebraska - Carroll v. City of Omaha et al - Case No. 8:08-cv-00377-FG3 - Order granting Amended Complaint | Order granting Continuance | Motion to Dismiss Party Constance Garro | Consent to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge | Order of Dismissal
- US District Court for the District of Maryland - Nakia McCourry, et al v. Town of Elkton, et al - Civil Action No. WMN-12-1839 - This lawsuit concerns the killing of 3 year old dog Shiloh by Elkton police Corporal Jason Hoffman and Officer Sean Murphy. The two police reportedly shot the dog multiple times while Shiloh was held in the arms of one of his owners. In addition to the shooters, the police department and the town, the lawsuit implicates the Cecil County SPCA and the Commissioners of the Town of Elkton for creating a policy in which Elkton police were encouraged to shoot pit bulls in a variety of inappropriate and illegal circumstances, including with civilians in the immediate line of fire. Motion to Dismiss SPCA Defendants | Motion to Dismiss police who killed dog
- Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, Department 403 - 2013-07-18 - Deborah S. Ireland et al v. City of Coalinga et al - Case No. 12CECG00171 - The lawsuit was brought by Donnelle Newman and Deborah S. Ireland, who accused police officers Earl O'Neal, Scott Fort, Juan Cisneros of killing their dogs in retaliation for a prior event in which Newman and Ireland's dogs injured a dog owned by one of the police officers. The lawsuit elaborates that the police tortured the dogs before killing them. The lawsuit was dismissed after both parties agreed on an out of court settlement reached through mediation. - Tentative Judgement | Docket Report (XPF)
- City of Coalinga - 2012-02-16 - Coalinga City Council Minutes concerning lawsuit Deborah S. Ireland et al v. City of Coalinga et al - The files below are records of Coalinga City Council discussions discussing the Ireland v. City of Coalinga lawsuit. - Feb 16, 2012 Agenda | Feb 16, 2012 Minutes
- Office of the District Attorney - Colorado 17th Judicial District - Adams & Bloomfield Counties - 2013-03-01 - Case Number 13-746 - Letter from Adams County District Attorney Dave Young to Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr, explaining why charges would not be brought against Sheriffs Deputy Wilfred Europe III for the January 14th 2013 shooting of Jeff Fisher's dog Ziggy. Letter
- Colorado Court of Appeals - Division III - 1990-04-26 - People v. Garcia, 799 P.2d 413 - Case No 89CA0365 - Two dogs were shot during a botched Jefferson County Sheriffs Department SWAT team raid. The raid lead to the arrest of the Garcia brothers, and two police shot (one of them by his fellow police). Members of the SWAT team proceeded to perjure themselves in deposition and forge case files in an unsuccessful attempt to frame Pete Garcia for attempted murder and drug trafficking. The attached file includes Pete Garcia's criminal case appeal, seeking to withdraw a guilty plea for a charge of assault. | Criminal Case Proceeding
- Supreme Court of Colorado - 1991-07-15 - People v. Garcia, 815 P.2d 937 - Case No 90SC416 - Two dogs were shot during a botched Jefferson County Sheriffs Department SWAT team raid. The raid lead to the arrest of the Garcia brothers, and two police shot (one of them by his fellow police). Members of the SWAT team proceeded to perjure themselves in deposition and forge case files in an unsuccessful attempt to frame Pete Garcia for attempted murder and drug trafficking. The attached file includes the Colorado Supreme Court decision regarding Pete Garcia's criminal case appeal. | Supreme Court Decision
- United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit - 1995-08-18 - Garcia v Johnson et al, 64 F3d 669 - Case Number 94-1360 (DC Number 93-N-2110) - Two dogs were shot during a botched Jefferson County Sheriffs Department SWAT team raid. The raid lead to the arrest of the Garcia brothers, and two police shot (one of them by his fellow police). Members of the SWAT team proceeded to perjure themselves in deposition and forge case files in an unsuccessful attempt to frame Pete Garcia for attempted murder and drug trafficking. The attached file includes Pete Garcia's successful Federal Lawsuit against the SWAT team that killed his dogs and attempted to frame him. | Lawsuit Decision
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington - Nicholas Criscuolo v. Grant County, et al - Case No. 12-35335 - Summary Judgment Motions | Initial Judgement | Partion Granting of Summary Judgement Motions | Judgement | Denial of Defense Motion to Amend Judgement
- United States Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit - Nicholas Criscuolo v. Grant County, et al - DC No. S:10-cv-00470-LRS - 2014-08-08 - Appeal Judgment in Favor of Plaintiff | Audio Transcript
- United States Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit - United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids - Mark Brown, Cheryl Brown v. Battle Creek Police Department, Jeffrey Case, City of Battle Creek, Christof Klein, Damon Young - DC No. 1:15-cv-00283 - 2016-12-19 - Appeal Judgment in Favor of Defendants
- United States Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit - 2003-05-20 - Ann Altman et al v. City of High Point North Carolina et al, 330 F.3d 194 - This case arises out of several shooting incidents in the City of High Point, North Carolina. In each incident, a High Point animal control officer shot and killed one or more dogs that were running at large in the city. The owners of the animals, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the officers' actions violated their Fourth Amendment rights. Because United States Courts view dogs as chattel, from the point of view of the courts the dogs, as the "property" of the owners, was irreparably "seized" through the killing of the dogs. Appeals Court Decision
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit - Glen Harris, individually, and PPA as guardian for K.H., a minor child v. John Michael O'Hare, Anthony Pia and City of Hartford - 2014-10-30 - Appeal Judgement in Favor of Plaintiff | Amended Judgement
United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division -
Brittany Preston v. City of St Clair Shores Michigan, David Jacquemain, Jeremy Moskwa & Tom Massey -
Police killed Lexie, the dog of Brittany Preston. Lexie was shot 15 times. |
2016-01-14 - NIKITA SMITH AND KEVIN THOMAS Plaintiffs, v. CITY OF DETROIT, AND POLICE OFFICER JOHN GAINES, POLICE OFFICER JOHN MORRISON, POLICE OFFICER JOHN PAUL, POLICE OFFICER JOHN DOE NO. 1, POLICE OFFICER JANE DOE NO. 1 - Case No. 2:16-cv-11882-GCS-EAS - Police raided Nikita Smith's home and shot her three dogs, who were restrained. One of the dogs was pregnant. Ms Smith was charged with possession of marijuana and arrested. The charges were immediately dropped after the arresting officers failed to appear in court. | Lawsuit complaint
Crime scene photos retrieved from FOIA (GRAPHIC) - 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
- US District Court of Washington - 2003-05-12 - Brace et al v. City of Seattle, et al - Seattle Police Chris Hairston and Mike Waters entered the Brace family home without a warrant and killed their dog Princess. | Lawsuit complaint
- US District Court Western District of Washington - 2012-11-07 - Deirdre Wright and Charles Wright v. City of Des Moines, Michael Graddon, Doe Graddon, Steven Wieland and Doe Wieland - Under color of law, Michael Graddon and Steven Wieland killed Rosie, the dog of Deirdre and Charles Wright. The parties to this lawsuit reached a settlement that included a payment of $51,000. | Lawsuit Complaint
- Washington DC Police Department Records on the shooting of a dog named Parrot, owned by Aaron Block Police Report | Complaint form filed
- Coeur d'Alene Police Department Records on the Shooting of Arfee the Dog and Owner Craig Jones - July through September, 2014 - Animal Control Policy | Body Camera Policy | Deadly Force Review 2014 | External Review of Force | Officer Incident Reports | Press Release 2014-7-10 | Press Release 2014-7-9 | Records Claimed by Police as Exempt from Disclosure | Use of Force Policy | Use of Force Administrative Report
- Charleston Gazette - 2014-07-05 - FOIA Request West Virginia State Police Animal Killings 2010 through 2014
- Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory - 2014-07-05 - - Lynchburg, Virginia - Necropsy Report for Party, an 8 year old Golden Retriever killed by a deputy with the Edward County Sheriffs Office
- Durant Police Department - 2012-06-06 - Wes Crank Shooting Press Release
- Escambia County Sheriffs Association - 2013-08-06 - Pensacola Shooting Press Release
- Department of Justice - 2011-08 - The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters
- Delaware Department of Justice - 2010-06-11 - In 2009, Eric Weit and police K-9 Diablo were shot. The police claimed that Weit shot Diablo, at which time they shot Weit. A DOJ investigation found that Weit had in fact never fired his weapon, and the police were responsible for shooting Diablo. | Results of the investigation
- Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission - 2010-08-17 - 2009 Analysis of Use of Force Incidents Against a Canine in the Milwaukee Police Department
- Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Use of Force Reports - 2009 Annual Report | 2010 Mid-Year Report | 2010 Annual Report | 2011 Mid-Year Report | 2011 Annual Report | 2012 Mid-Year Report | 2012 Annual Report | 2012 Analysis | 2013 Mid-Year Report | 2013 Annual Report
- Phenix City, Alabama Police Department - 2014-07-09 - Robert Westhall, Phenix City Police Department, US Marshalls - Police report filed for a dog shooting involving the Phenix City Police Department and US Marshalls.
- Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission - 2012-12 - Independent Audit of Milwaukee Police Crime Statistics and Reporting Procedure
- Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation - Annual Reports 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
- New York City Police Department Civilian Complaint Review Board - Annual Reports 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | Statistical Appendix 2009 | 2010 | Statistical Appendix 2010 | 2011 | Statistical Appendix 2011 | 2012 | Statistical Appendix 2012 | 2013 | Statistical Appendix 2013
- US District Court Eastern District of New York - 2013-04-29 - Patricia Ratz v. The City of New York and NYPD Police Officer Julie Moschella - Civil Action No. CV 13-2362 - This lawsuit is brought after NYPD cop Julie Moschella shot Patricia Ratz's dog Baby Girl in Staten Island Lawsuit complaint
- RAND Corporation - 2008 - Evaluation of the New York City Police Department Firearm Training and Firearm-Discharge Review Process - Bernard D. Rostker ... [et. al.] - From RAND Corporation's summary of this document: "In January 2007, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly wanted to make sure that his department was doing everything necessary to minimize the unnecessary discharge of firearms. He asked the RAND Corporation to examine the quality and completeness of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) firearm-training program and identify potential improvements in the design and delivery of the curriculum, the technology used, the frequency and duration of training sessions, the tactics and procedures on which the training is based, and the police department's firearm-discharge review process. This monograph reports the observations, findings, and recommendations of that study." | Monograph
Ohio Court of Appeals - Eighth Appelate District County of Cuyahoga -
This document contains the appeals court decision arising from the Civil Appeal from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CV-14-822384 Lisa Maclin et al v. City of Cleveland et al. Lisa and Michael Maclin sued the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Police Department, Mayor Frank G. Jackson; the Director of Public Safety, Michael McGrath; Cleveland Police Officer Michael Butler; and John Does I–X. The Maclins would later amend their suit to replace Michael Butler with Paul Baeppler. The cause of action was the 2012 shooting of Lisa Baeppler and one of the Baeppler family dogs by Paul Baeppler with a 12 gauge shotgun. The dog, Dirt, died on the scene. Lisa Baeppler survived after surgeons were able to remove a shotgun pellet the size of a .32 caliber handgun round from her brain.
Maclin v. Cleveland, 2015-Ohio-2956, appeals court decision. Journal entry and decision No. 102417
- Ohio Court of Appeals - 2011-06 - The court declares a five pound Chihuahua, shot dead by police, a "Vicious Dog"
- Phoenix Police Department - 2010-10-07 - Police Report of Richard Chrisman's shooting of Danny Frank Rodriquez and his dog Junior
- Court of Special Appeals in Maryland - 2012-09 - Timothy Brooks, Et al. v. Roger Jenkins, et ux. - Roger Jenkins is awarded roughly a quarter million dollars following the murder of his golnder retriever, Brandi, at the hands of Frederick County Sheriff deputies Timothy Brooks and Nathan Rector.
- Circuit Court of Maryland - 2013-08 - Ed Augustine and Stacy Fields v. Baltimore, et al - Baltimore Police shooting of puppy Kincaid
- Circuit Court of Maryland - Criminal Division - 2014-12-09 - In June of 2014, Baltimore Police Office Jeffrey George Bolger slashed the throat of a dog who Bolger claimed had bitten the hand of a pregnant woman. Bolger and fellow police officer Thomas Schmidt currently await trial on multiple felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and malfeseance in office. You can see the most current version of the trial record by clicking here for the Bolger case or you can view the most recent record of the Schmidt case by clicking here. Alternatively we have made screenshots of those casefiles and provide them through our servers below should the links above become inactive. - Court filings for Jeffrey Bolger | Court filings for Jeffrey Bolger, Continued | Court filings for Thomas Schmidt
- Newport News Police Department - 2014-03-06 - Professional Standards Division’s Annual Report Prepared by Captain F. L. Hileman, Professional Standards Division Commander Presented to Richard W. Myers, Chief of Police. | 2013 Annual Report
- United States District Court of Wisconsin - 2008-02-12 - Virginia A. Viilo v. City of Milwaukeee et al, 552 F. Supp.2d 826 - In this suit, Virginia Viilo sought redress from the City of Milwaukee and police officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, asserting unlawful seizures of her and her personal property, violation of her due process rights, and failure on the part of the City to properly train its officers. (Pet. for Removal, Ex. Compl. Jury Demand at 6-11.) The facts underlying the complaint concern the shooting of Viilo's dog by police officer and defendant Montell D. Carter. The City of Milwaukee and defendant officers Carter and Kevin Eyre move for summary judgment. Lawsuit Decision
- Supreme Court of Wisconsin - 2001-06-12 - Julie L. Rabideau v. City of Racine - Case No. 99-3263 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to allow a woman whose dog had been shot and killed by police to sue for negligent infliction of emotional distress. | Lawsuit complaint
- US District Court of Minnesota - 2012-08 - Robert Franco, et al v. State of Minnesota, et al - SWAT raid shoots family dog in front of children. | Lawsuit complaint
- US District Court of Minnesota - 2013-03-08 - James Keten, et al v Sergeant Steven Mosey, et al - Keten family lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis and the SWAT team that raided their home. During the raid police killed both of the family's dogs, one of whom was so close to the Ketens' daughter that his blood splashed on her pajamas. | Lawsuit complaint
- Colton CA Police Department - 2013-04-23 - Press Release detailing police shooting of unarmed, 21-year-old Trevor Taylor and his dog
- California Central District Court - 2014-01-21 - Federal excessive force lawsuit brought by Trevor Taylor's Parents
- California Central District Court - 2013-01-15 - Federal excessive force lawsuit brought by the estate of Martin Ruiz (Dismissal Order following private settlement)
- California Northern District Court - 2006-05-06 - Federal excessive force lawsuit brought by Cynthia Peters and Mark Parr, following police entering their yard without a warrant, killing their dog Blu, and arresting Parr when he protested. Rounds that police fired hit an innocent bystander, Genevia Walker, in the neck. | Lawsuit complaint
- Bexar County Texas 144th Criminal District Court - Cause Numbers 2014CR0954 & 455385 - Steven John Benoy, a police K9 officer, put two police dogs in his car and then left town. It was the middle of July in Texas. The dogs were dead upon his return. Benoy was suspended and indicted by a grand jury for misdemeanor animal cruelty. The case was dismissed for "insufficient evidence" - 2014CR0954 Docket Summary | 455385 Docket Summary
- Harris County Texas 351st Criminal District Court - Cause Number 125725201010 - In 2010, Galena Park Texas Animal Control officer Juan Enrique Hernandez shot and killed a 2 month old puppy and threw it away in the trash, rather than taking it to the pound. When the puppy's family learned that their small dog had been taken by Animal Control, they went to the Animal Control kennel where Hernandez lied directly to the family, telling them he had not taken the dog. Hernandez did not confess to the killing until he was interviewed by police several days later. Hernandez was indicted for felony animal cruelty, and in an extremely rare turn of events he agreed to a deal with prosecutors that included a guilty plea, jail time, probation and an order not to work with animals for a minimum of 3 years - Case Docket Summary | Felony Grand Jury Indictment | Order of Deferred Adjudication | Order Affecting Community Supervision
- Texas Department of Public Safety - Administrative Investigation OIG2014-0177 - Complaint filed by Cole Middleton against Texas State Trooper Gary Hayes for his involvement in the April 18, 2014 shooting of the Middleton family dog Candy on the Middleton farm in Rains County, Texas - Complaint
- Missouri Eastern District Court Eastern Division - Angela Zorich v. Corey Zavorka, Robert M. Rinck and St Louis County Case No. 4:15-cv-00871 - 2015-06-02 - Angela Zorich filed a Federal lawsuit after St Louis County SWAT officers killed the Zorich family dog, Ziya, while searching the home for violations of the housing code - Lawsuit
- Missouri Eastern District Court Northern Division - 2012-01-19 - Excessive force lawsuit filed after LaGrange, Missouri police officer Doug Howell killed Cammie, an American Bulldog belonging to Marcus Mays - Lawsuit
- Missouri Western District Court Central Division - 2011-11-21 - Excessive Force lawsuit filed by Brittany Whitworth, Jonathan Whitworth and their six year old daughter following a SWAT raid on their home that resulted in the killing of the family dog. The lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Nanette Laughrey. Police claimed that Jonathan faked his injuries despite a widely circulated videotape of the attack on the family's home. | Lawsuit complaint | Click here to view an excerpt of the video. | SWAT team incident report
- Columbia Missouri Citizens Police Review Board - Annual Reports 2010 | Report Supplement 2010 & Special Report 2011 | 2011 | Report Supplement 2011 | Special Report 2011 | 2012 | Report Supplement 2012 | 2013
- Illinois Central District Court - 2014-03-04 - Saathoff et al v. City of Champaign Illinois et al - Judge denies city's motion to dismiss lawsuit brought by family after Officer Andre Davis shot family dog in front of their teenage daughter
- Illinois Northern District Court - 2014-07-14 - Karnischa Miller et al v. City of Harvey et al - Judge grants City's motion to dismiss excessive force claims after police kill Miller's 14 week old puppy in front of her two children after she witnesses the same police shooting an unarmed man in the back
- Eleventh District Court of Appeals - 2007-11 - City of Eastlake v. Jodie Kirkpatrick - The court decides 2-1 that Jodie Kirkpatrick cursing at the police who had just killed her dog constitutes a crime
- Ninth District Court of Appeals - 2005-04-04 - San Jose Charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club et al v. City of San Jose et al - This seminal case reviewed the unlawful search and detention of a group of bikers, during which San Jose police killed three dogs without provocation. The court ordered San Jose to pay the Hells Angels $990K and provided precedent for future lawsuits involving dogs killed by police. | Appeals court decision
- Detroit Board of Police Commissioners - 2004-02-26 - Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting - Gerald Wheeler informed the Board of Police Commissioners that police had fired multiple gunshot into his home and the houses of his neighbors in an attempt to murder the dog, Bugsy, of his neighbor Timothy Johnson. One of the homes contained a two year old girl. The police also hit a plastic container filled with gasoline. In total at least 20 shots were fired. | Transcript
- Phenix City, Alabama Police Department - 2014-10-22 - First Draft of LC 2717, "Mick's Law" presented by State Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) - Offenders who kill an on-duty law enforcement dog would face stiffer penalties under this proposed law that wasdrafted for Oregon’s 2015 legislative session. The proposal is dubbed “Mick’s Law,” in memory of Portland police dog Mick, who died in April from fatal gunshot wounds sustained while trying to stop a suspect wanted in connection with a Southwest Portland burglary. The proposal would make killing an animal who is working in an official law enforcement capacity at the time of the animal’s death a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. It would also prohibit someone convicted of the offense from receiving probation or a reduction in sentence.
- Washington County Animal Control - 2014-02-25 - Washington County Animal Control Officer Hoyt Stepp brutally beat Marlin Starr's dog Dojie, leaving the dog to fend for himself in Starr's yard without medical treatment. Stepp left behind the following note notifying Starr that Dojie "may have been injured". | Ticket Image
- Ocala Star-Banner - 1974-03-29 - Roy Whigham, Mamie Kovacs, Ocala Florida Police Department, Marion County Pound - An officer of the Ocala Police Department and an employee of the Marion County Pound killed two dogs that they mistakenly believed had attacked a young boy. The two dogs belonged to Roy Whigham and Mamie Kovacs. The cop and dog catcher entered Whigham's back yard without a warrant, where they shot one dog and injected the other dog with a lethal drug overdose.
- Beaver County Times - 1975-02-20 - In early 1975 the Aliquippa Police Department rounded up and killed all of the stray dogs in the city. The Humane Society was invited and attended the killings. Following is a letter to the editor from Human Society Executive Director Carl W Barley attempting to rationalize the Humane Society's role in the killings. - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
- Toledo Blade - 1974-03-29 - David Kimbrell, Oregon Ohio Police Department, Lucas County Dog Warden - The Oregon Ohio police department shot and killed a Boxer named Mason after it attacked its owner, David Kimbrell. The Lucas County Dog Warden took possession of the dog's corpse.
- State of Connecticut Claims Commissioner - 2009-11-03 - Charla Nash's claim against the State of Connecticut following a debilitating attack by a Chimpanzee granted a Dangerous Animal License by the state Department of Environment Protection
- University of Minnesota - 2012-04-03 - On May 30th, 2012 Minneapolis Police raided the home of Leah Anderson and shot her dog 10 times. The dog survived through the night but was euthanized the following day. Leah Anderson would go on to sue the police department and the city of Minneapolis. The following necropsy was performed by physicians with the University of Minnesota. | Necropsy
- Seattle University Law Review Volume 33, Number 3 - 2010 - Clarke v. Tri-Cities Animal Care & Control Shelter: How Did Private Businesses Become Government “Agencies” Under the Washington Public Records Act?
- Duke University School of Law - 2007 - Broad Exemptions in Animal Cruelty Statures Unconstitutionally Deny Equal Protection of the Law
- Duke University School of Law - 2013-05 - Punitive Damage Awards in Pet-Death Cases: How Do the Ratio Rules of 'State Farm V. Campbell' Apply?
- Municipal Journal and Engineer, Volume XXV, Number 1 - 1908-07-01 - This trade journal, published in New York in 1908, describes various types of then-current municipal initiatives. The links below allow you to download either the entire journal or an article titled "Shooting Unmuzzled Dogs", which explains how Chicago Illinois Chief of Police George Shippy shut down the Chicago dog pound, created a special team of ten police officers, armed them with special "rapid-fire" revolvers and assigned them to murder every dog they encountered without a muzzle and tag. - "Shooting Unmuzzled Dogs" Article | Entire Trade Journal as PDF
Research Related to Police Use of Force
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This section of our online library contains documents that are related to the study of police use of force. Many of the documents available here arecited by the Puppycide Database Project in our our publications. Some of the research here may not seem immediately relevant to thetopic, particularly to new readers - the subject matter here is thoroughly inter-disciplinary. Keep in mind that this field of study demands considerationson the lethality of both dog attacks and police gunshots, the social and psychological ramifications of violence as well as procedures for mining andanalyzing large sets of data.
If you have come across a publication that you think should be here, please let us know!
Pit Bulletin Legal News Network Pit Bulletin Legal News Network has released a series of recommendations for police officers to safely interact with canines.E.A.S.E - Effective Animal Safety Enforcement | Published: 2012
PetsAdviser.Com Non-partisan research organization PetsAdviser.Com released a special report on the issue of dogs shot by police officers.Gunned Down: Why are so many dogs being shot by police? | Published: May, 2013
Laws & Regulations
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The section of our online library called "Freedom of Information Act, Police & Court Documents" is devoted to internal law enforcement documentation, lawsuit depositions and court decisions and evidence related directly to the investigation of use of force incidents (or lack thereof). In this section, "Laws & Regulations", we have compiled ordinances and caselaw that forms the legal basis for those investigations and other issues related to puppycide. Here you will find laws related to animal care and abuse, police officer training, reckless use of firearms and even ordinances establishing animal control funding.
Mississippi Legislature Mississippi Legislature Representatives & (of Districts 104 and 28, respectively) attempted to introduce additional liability for owners of animals that the state deems "dangerous". The bill failed after encountering substantial, bipartisan and very public resistance.Ohio Senate Bill 310 | Published: 2015
Federal animal protection laws Congressional Research Service Vivian S. Chu From this paper's summary: "This report contains brief summaries of federal animal protection statutes, listed alphabetically. It includes statutes enacted to implement certain treaties, but it does not include treaties. Additionally, this report includes statutes that concern animals but that are not necessarily animal protection statutes. For example, it discusses a statute authorizing the eradication of predators, because one of the statute’s purposes is to protect domestic and “game” animals; and it includes statutes to conserve fish even though the ultimate purpose of such statutes may not be for the benefit of the fish. This report also includes statutes that allow the disabled to use service animals and statutes aimed at acts of animal rights advocates—i.e., the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992, and the Recreational Hunting Safety and Preservation Act of 1994.""Brief Summaries of Federal Animal Protection Statutes" | Published: February 1, 2010
Colorado General Assembly In 2013, the Colorado General Assembly passed the "Dog Protection Act", which requires police training in dog encounters as well as creates a "Dog Protection Task Force". The bill's signatories wereSB 13-226 "Dog Protection Act" | Published: May 13, 2013
Michigan Legislature This 100 year old legislation continues to form the legal basis for police interactions with dogs and other domestic pets in the state of Michigan."Michigan Dog Law of 1919" | Published: August 14, 1919
State of California animal protection laws A compilation of laws related to the care and abuse of animals in the State of California. Published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund"Animal Protection Laws of California" | Published: Date: November 30, 2012 | From: Animal Protection Laws of the USA & Canada, 8th Edition
Ohio State Senate New regulations introduced by the Ohio State Senateintroduce additional liability to owners of animals that the state deems "dangerous"Ohio Senate Bill 310 | Published: April 25, 2012
Chattanooga Tennessee City Council ordinances A brief summay of animal-related regulations and fines for the city of Chattanooga Tennessee, published by the McKamey Animal Center"City of Chattanooga Animal Ordinances Made Simple" | Published: November 30, 2012
Multnomah County Oregon County Board of Commissioners animal service ordinances Multnomah County has instituted an innovative series of Animal Services regulations that represent a complete departure from older breed-specific legislation. A complete copy of Multnomah County's Animal Service's Code, as well as an explanation of Multnomah's approach and its significance provided by the Animal Legal Defense Fund is available here."Multnomah County Code Volume 1: General Ordinances. Chapter 13: Animal Services" | Multnomah County Oregon County Board of Commissioners | Published: July 1, 2010"Dealing with Aggressive Dogs: Community Solutions That Consider Each Dog, Not Their Breed" | Animal Legal Defense Fund | Published: 2009
Cincinnati Ohio Municipal Code Chapter 701 Following the widely publicized dog attack on a young girl, the Cincinnati Ohio City Council updated Chapter 701 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code in order to increase civil and criminal penalties for pet owners in a variety of circumstances. The updates remove widely accepted exemptions to leash rules, compelling owners to leash their dogs inside of private homes and in dog shows.Cincinnati Ohio Municipal Code Chapter 701 (Updated) | Published: August 1, 2014Letter from City Solicitor | Author: Terry Nestor, Cincinatti City Solicitor Published: August 1, 2014City Council Minutes Introducing Ordinance Changes | Published: January 14, 2015
North Carolina North Carolina animal control & firearm lawsSenate Bill 34 / S.L. 2007-80 | Senate Bill 34 / S.L. 2007-80 introduced by Senator North Carolina State Senate | Published: June 14, 2007 (D-Nash) to make killing a police dog a felony that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Prior to this bill, shooting a K-9 officer was equated to damaging police property since departments spend thousands of dollars and months of training on each dog -Senate Bill 47 / S.L. 1997-95 | Exempts law enforcement officers from criminal culpability for the reckless use of firearms - North Carolina State Senate | Published: May 27, 1997North Carolina Firearms Laws | From the document's introduction: "This publication is designed to assemble and present the basic firearms and weapons laws of North Carolina in an effort to educate and emphasize for the public, the responsibilities and duties pertaining to the possession and use of firearms and related weapons in North Carolina. Most of the guidelines regarding the use, possession, and transfer of firearms in this publication are based upon statutory authority, case law, and Attorney General opinions." - North Carolina Department of Justice Law Enforcement Liaison Section - John J Aldridge, III Special Deputy State Attorney General (Retired) - Roy Cooper State Attorney General | Published: 2014-09
Tennessee General Assembly Public Acts, 2004 Chapter No. 940 Senate Bill No. 374 Also called the General Patton Act of 2003 and, briefly, the T-Bo Act, this legislation was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly following negative publicity and protests caused by the Tennessee Highway Patrol killing a family's dog during a routine traffic stop in front of the family's teenage son. The law finalized mandatory training for police who encounter canines and increased penalties for the killing of companion animals. Signatories of the Act included: Rob Briley, Janis Baird Sontany, Brenda Turner and Beverly Marrero in the Tennessee House of Representatives and Steve Cohen, Curtis S. Person, Jr., Bill Ketron, John Ford and Micheal R. Williams in the Tennessee Senate.Public Acts 2004, Chapter No. 940 - Final Legislation | Published: June 15, 2004§44-17-403 (2005) Annotation | Published: 2005
Texas animal control regulations Laws enacted by the Texas Legislature related to animal control by municipal employees, civilians and law enforcement"Health and Safety Code, Title 10 Health and Safety of Animals, Chapter 822 Regulation of Animals, Subchapter A General Provisions; Dogs that Attack Persons or are a Danger to Persons, Section 822.013 Dogs or Coyotes that Attack Animals" | Texas law provides a "vigilante" exemption for owners of animals who kill a dog that has attacked their animals. Such owners, or those who kill a dog on their behalf, are exempt from any legal culpability. This law was the basis for a Grand Jury no-file of Forth Worth Police Deputy Chief Kenneth Wayne Flynn, who hunted down and killed his neighbors dog in front of a witness after his wife claimed the dog had killed their cat. | Published: September 1, 1989Texas House Bill 593 | This bill, filed by Texas Representative Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth) and enacted into law in later 2015, requires animal encounter classes for police officers "with an emphasis on canine-related incidents and the use of nonlethal methods and tools in handling an encounter." | Published: April 1, 2015
Miscellaneous Data Visualizations
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Occasionally we come across examples of data visualizations that are relevant to our project but not directly related to information contained in our database. We include such visualiations here.
The first visualiation is of an online poll conducted by TV news stations NBC24. The poll asks readers for their opinion of Ohio police officer Brad Wilson's decision to shoot and kill a female Rottweiler named Lucy. Video of the shooting was released to the public along with the poll. The event is tracked in our database under ID #303.
Next we have a table from a review of New York Police Department officer firearm discharges between the years 1999 to 2006 created by the RAND Corporation. Note the "Dog" column in comparison to the "Total Incidents" column.
Here is an excellent graphic designed by PetsAdviser.Com based on data from the Officer Down Memorial Page. While police and news reports consistently describe dogs killed by police as "vicious" and highlight how officers are "forced" to shoot them, the numbers tell the story differently: the conflict between police and dogs is as one-sided as it gets.
This graphic was produced by New York NBC affiliate WGRZ for their Collateral Damage series, which revealed the Buffalo Police Department killed a total of 92 dogs between the years 2011 and 2014. The graffic shows the breeds of dogs shot by the Buffalo PD during that brief period, but be sure to keep in mind that the breed determination was made by the Buffalo Police Department and not by a licensed and independent veterinarian.
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