DC police kill grandmother’s dog while serving drug warrant

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator June 18, 2010

    Please take a moment to sign the petition at http://CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com/animals to protest the cruelty of the unnecessary killing of pet dogs by police during encounters with citizens.

    Today’s story of police canicide comes to us by way of the Associated Press (click to watch the video). A 62-year-old grandmother in Washington, DC tells AP that police came to her home serving a drug warrant for her 28-year-old grandson. The grandma asks to put her dog in the back yard or the bathroom. The cops tell her the bathroom would be fine. Later, the cops open the bathroom door, claim this 13-year-old dog named “Wrinkles” attacked them, and they shoot it multiple times. By the way, the grandson hasn’t lived in the home for a dozen years and the only drugs cops found were what they claimed was “drug residue” on some baggies, which the grandma contends is the residue of fortune cookies.

    There was another heartbreaking dog killing by police in Lagrange, Missouri, caught on video that you can view on our NORML Stash Blog. This incident did not involve a drug warrant, however. Instead it was a report of an aggressive dog, who on video appeared to be quite calm and friendly, shot to death by an officer after the officer had it fully restrained by chain, noose, and pole.

    If we can get the signatures on the signatures on the LEAP petition over 1,000, supermodel Joanna Krupa has agreed to deliver the petition to both PETA and the Humane Society to increase the exposure of this all-too-common police procedure of killing family pets unnecessarily. (For more coverage of police dog killings in drug raids, check our Dog Shooting category at the NORML Stash Blog.)

    64 responses to “DC police kill grandmother’s dog while serving drug warrant”

    1. scott says:

      I signed the petition…its too bad that PETA kills (euthanize) over 60% of animals they “rescue”

    2. Monica says:

      Please I am a proud supporter of both NORML and animal welfare, PETA and the HSUS are not for animal welfare they are for animal rights and those companies just take money and don’t really help the animals…I have links that can back my statements up with factual financial and news reports. Please contact ASPCA and NAIA to assist in fighting the injustice of these dog killings.. I have signed the petition and am getting others to sign but please get the right animal welfare groups behind you.. (animals rights groups think people shouldn’t have anything to do with animals let alone have pets, animal welfare seeks to protect those pets and other animals. )

      [Russ responds: This is not a matter of questioning the legitimacy of PETA or HSUS. If you feel better pressuring ASPCA and NAIA, please, do it. Pressure everybody and anybody.

      But if I have the chance to engage a celebrity in the fight to end these brutal police tactics, and that celebrity will engage PETA in the fight, and possibly PETA brings a boatload of mainstream media coverage and perhaps a few other celebrities (*cough* Bill Maher *cough* Pam Anderson *cough* how many other animal rights supporters can you name who you know have smoked herb?) into the fight, and maybe that extra mainstream exposure gets people to question why we serve violent warrants on non-violent cannabis consumers in the first place… well, I can get past MaryBeth Sweetland using animal products to control her diabetes while condemning my leather jacket.

      Besides, it is a petition to get PETA and HSUS to focus on this issue, which is something they should be doing if they wish to protect animal welfare, don’t you think?]

    3. JJ says:

      sooner than later we the people will take back our freedom. and then these cop bastards will pay

    4. cvega says:

      Are all of our cops really this retarded? It’s if they are roided up evil 12 year olds that just got their first pellet gun for Christmas. This just shows how the human beings we use to call police men and police women have be replaced with unthinking, inhuman tools called police officers. And they wonder why we humans do not trust them or respect them.

    5. MrGrinch says:

      stupid cops… you cannot win a war on a plant that grows on every continent besides antarctica… such senseless violence…

    6. Carl says:

      Too many officers of the law are under educated, under funded and under the repression of low IQs – it is proven fact that those with lower levels of higher brain function often turn to order based proffessions. In that they follow orders well, but lack critical thinking skill required to engage other people in a civil manner once issued the power of badge and gun.

    7. Angela says:

      I suggest everyone who is as disgusted by this as I am go to this site: http://forums.officer.com/forums/ And sign up and start posting your disgust. I did a search there on “dog killing” and read that the cops think its just quite alright to shoot and kill your family pet, but when someone else shoots and kills their K9’s they get sacked with a FELONY and PRISON TIME! How can this be fair? Please, go there and start posting!

    8. c. says:

      This has gone too far! Dogs are the embodyment of innocence! If inoocence is a crime in the eyes of the state, then we might as well be all executed if we want or have the desire to be happy as human beings. the time for passive indifference is over people! when you hear about this in your neighborhood (which no doubt may very well happen), DO NOT JUST SIT AROUND. STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR FELLOWS.

    9. This is very disturbing…What has become of “The home of the free?”

    10. Henery Lionsword says:

      looks like the petition has gone well over 1000. very nice.