WND reports that data compiled by animal-abuse activists shows that a pet is killed by law enforcement officers every 98 minutes in the United States.
“It’s a travesty that’s going on all over the country, and the more it happens the more our police feel emboldened to pull their guns and shoot first,” said Lexus Project co-founder Richard Bruce Rosenthal.
Last month, a Maryland cop reportedly said “I’m going to f***ing gut this thing” before he killed a dog that was restrained by two other officers.
Just two weeks ago, a Salt Lake City cop entered a backyard without permission while searching for a child and shot the family’s dog in the head.
Earlier that month, cops responded to a home alarm system that had been accidentally triggered and shot a dog that was inside seven times.
In May, a Maine cop killed a 10-month-old puppy while pursuing a suspect through a young couple’s backyard.
In April, residents in Flier, Idaho were so irate that an officer who kicked and shot a disabled man’s dog on video was allowed to keep his job that they voted to recall the mayor and every member of city council.
That same month, a Louisiana cop reportedly fought back a smile as he shot a 14-month-old puppy that was tied to a fence.
“It is a growing problem and part of it is, post 9/11, our judicial system has basically trashed the Constitution under the mantle of security, and personal rights cease to exist,” Rosenthal told WND. “All over the country we have cops shooting dogs for no other reason than they can. And our courts and elected officials, rather than protecting the citizens and the Constitution, simply see it as a way to take more power and more money.”
“Whenever and wherever this happens, people are horrified at the reckless use of police power, but basically (police) ignore it in the name of security,” Rosenthal said. “The only way it’s going to be reformed is if more and more people get lawyers and litigate. And people need to petition their state legislature to make them responsible. If pet owners would band together and say ‘we’re going to vote them out of office unless they start protecting us,’ things would change.”