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I Smoke Because Cops Kill Dogs

Why do I smoke?  I smoke because it helps me cope.  I smoke because cops kill dogs.   I smoke because I help the families of those dogs.  I smoke because I feel their grief and their rage.  I witness the horror and misery as they are often  handcuffed and beaten and forced to watch and listen as their dogs die shrieking in agony and thrashing around in a pool of blood. I watch as  neighbors and friends are prevented at gun point from helping the dog.  I watch as the families fall apart.  I watch them get divorces, I watch them turn to alcohol and drugs, I watch as they pull up stakes and move away from the horror that follows them.  I watch as they struggle to pay vet bills for the ones that do survive.

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I smoke because I feel their frustration and anger when nobody will help them.  I smoke because lawyers won’t take their cases; because city officials ignore them; because the cops are almost never held accountable.  I smoke because those we elected to speak for us refuse to help; because I feel the helplessness and despair of the victims.  I smoke because it helps me control my rage as I watch cops lie in the face of incontrovertible video proof; as I watch their supervisors support them in their lies.  I watch as they collapse in grief, cradling the body of their slaughtered pet.

I smoke because I feel their pain when  they have to watch their little girl’s leg get shattered by a bullet from a cop trying to shoot a dog; because they are struck in the head by an errant bullet and get permanent brain damage.  I smoke because I feel the pain of the man and child who watched their wife and mother die from being shot by a hysterical terrified cop trying to shoot their dog.

I watch.  I feel.  I grieve.  I rage.  I smoke.

 

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Cop Shoots and Kills Dog That Is Tied Up In Its Own Yard

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The Muzzi family from Cleveland, Mississippi is looking for answers after a cop shot their one and a half year old yellow lab, Miller, on June 12.

Tyler Muzzi and his family are in mourning.  Tyler was trying to be a good Samaritan when he called his neighbor to inform him that a suspicious character was sneaking around his place.  Muzzi was getting ready to go to work at around 1:15 pm on Friday, when he saw the man.  “We live on a dead-end road, so we all know who should be in the neighborhood and who shouldn’t,” he added.

His neighbor called the police, who arrived while Muzzi was still keeping an eye on the lurker.  They searched the area and apprehended the suspect.  Muzzi’s yellow lab, Miller, was on a run in his yard.  The run was a wire that stretched between two trees and Miller was on a tie down that moved along the wire.  He was able to access a large area of Muzzi’s yard and about a foot onto the neighbor’s property.

After watching the man being taken away and seeing a plains clothes investigator, Greg Perkins, arrive, Muzzi resumed getting ready for work.  All of a sudden he heard three shots ring out.  Thinking the cops had shot the suspect, and knowing that he was in custody, he ran to the door to see what was going on, only to see Miller lying on the ground in a pool of blood screaming in pain.

Investigator Greg Perkins of the Cleveland Police had deemed it necessary to walk back into Muzzi’s back yard and shoot the dog.  All the other officers had been around the dog the entire time they were searching for the intruder.  The line was clearly visible, and none of them had any problem with the friendly dog.  “We do not have a fenced in backyard, so we keep Miller on a line when we are home and he needs to go out.  They saw him, knew he was there, and never asked me to put him up,” Muzzi said.

He ran back into his house and called his vet and grabbed some towels to wrap his dog in.  The cops stood around and didn’t help him until Animal Control pulled up and helped him get Miller to his car.  They made it to the vet, but Miller’s injuries were too severe for him to pull through and he had to be euthanized.

Muzzi said at that point he didn’t know who had shot his dog until Greg Perkins came up to his car and apologized.  “He said my dog tried to attack him on the line and was vicious,” Muzzi said. “I repeated over and over that I didn’t understand. He was attached to a line. He said he didn’t see the line when he saw Miller, he said Miller was rushing towards him.”

The officer was given a paid vacation while the city investigates the incident.

Folks, this is an amazing family.  I have been in contact with them since the day after it happened, and they are handling this awful situation with grace and dignity.  Their world has been turned upside down and they are grieving deeply.  They have set up a Facebook page, Justice 4 Miller Muzzi and a petition to ask for justice.  Their page has taken off like wildfire, they are receiving thousands of messages of support and love.  Within two days it had 4,000 likes.  Please visit the page and like and share to show your support for them.  They are determined to see that this does not happen to any other families.  They are advocating for change.  Cops kill a family pet at an estimated rate of one every hour.  These are not isolated incidents.  It is an epidemic and it HAS to stop!

The Muzzi family has now filed a Notice of Claim with the city threatening litigation as a result of this incident. The Cleveland Current says, “Because of the threatened litigation, the city is limited in the comments it can now make regarding the matter. However, the City does wish to express its sincerest condolences for the loss of Miller Muzzi. Additionally, the City has determined that it will schedule, as soon as possible, animal behavior/sensitivity training for all employees who may come into contact with animals as a part of the City duties.”

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Cops Try To Kill Fifteen Year Old Dog, Claiming They Felt Threatened

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Yet another family pet has been ruthlessly brutalized by the cops.  In Odessa, Texas, U.S. Marshals shot Spot, a 15 year old dog, multiple times while attempting to serve an arrest warrant.

CBS 7 News says that the cops were swarming a neighborhood looking for Austin Dawson, who had violated his parole.  Homeowner Anthony McDowell allowed police to search his property.  “I said you can come in the house and look.  I’m giving you permission”, said McDowell.  The cops were warned that there was a dog in the back yard.

Despite the warning, they shot Spot multiple times, claiming that he “came towards them in an aggressive manner.”  Spot is fighting for his life at a vet clinic in Odessa.  Although the vet believes he will survive, he will never walk again.

“That’s the reason he said hey he ain’t here, why didn’t we just leave? But he made it his business to let us know that he’s serious come back here and kill our dog.  He put two slugs into my dog for no apparent reason and we asked him why and he couldn’t give us no justification. He didn’t run charging barking or nothing. My dog was scared of the police officers,” said a distraught McDowell.

This man tried to be a good citizen.  He gave the cops permission to search his place and they rewarded his honesty and cooperation by tearing his house apart and trying to kill his dog.  They knew there was a dog present, there was absolutely no excuse for such an action.  The homeowner was present; all they had to do was have him secure the dog.

As usual, the lame old “I felt threatened” excuse was trotted out.  It appears that by simply existing, dogs threaten law enforcement.  It is baffling why heavily armed and armored “brave” men are so incredibly terrified of dogs.  It is horrifying that so many cold-blooded killers are given guns and badges and allowed to slaughter dogs with impunity.  It is obvious that these cops kill because they like to kill.  It is crystal clear that they have declared war on us and our dogs.  Nothing has stopped them; they have no regard for life in any form.  We are under siege by an enemy we are not allowed to repel.  This is America, people, how long are we going to allow this to continue?

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Cops Shoot And Kill Woman’s Dog After She Calls Them For Help

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An Orange County, Florida woman’s dog is dead after being shot by the people she called to help her.  Deborah Jones, who lives in the Tymber Skan condominiums, called for help after an argument with her boyfriend.  She waited hours, but the cops never responded.  She and the other residents of the home eventually departed, leaving the dog, Itchygo, in the house alone.  When she returned she found deputies surrounding her home and her dead dog wrapped in a blanket and paperwork authorizing the county to pick up the dog’s body.

The cops had finally responded to her call.  As they attempted to gain entrance to the house three of the neighbors tried to tell them that no one was home.  They refused to listen, suddenly gaining a sense of urgency that apparently wasn’t there before.  They kicked in the door, and claiming that the dog attacked them, shot and killed him.  What exactly did they think was going to happen?  The department excuse maker public information officer said that because of the nature of the call they had to force their way in and the dog charged them.  They claim the call had not been canceled so they needed to act to protect the woman.

“That’s his house. This is his house. He’s got to protect this house,” said Jones’ daughter, Kita Williams.  “If three neighbors are telling the officers no one’s here, that don’t give you proper cause to continue coming in.”

Whether or not there was “just cause” to kick the door down is not the issue.  The issue is the continuing willingness on the part of police departments across the United States to gun down what seems like every dog they see.  A dog or other family pet is killed by police at a horrific rate one of every fifty six minutes.  That’s twenty-four dogs a day.  The cop apologists can call this an “isolated incident” or “rare happening” all they want.  The numbers are clear and they are horrifying.  This is nothing but slaughter.  It is not rare, it is not isolate and almost never justified.  Video after video shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that deadly violence is the first response the majority of the time.

No cops have been killed by dogs in the last fifty years.  This knee jerk response of utter terror is ludicrous.  If a grown man (or woman in some cases) is so terrified by a dog, they should NOT be in a position where they will encounter dogs on a regular basis.  It is inexcusable to kill, kill, kill as the first and only answer.  In some cases police have prevented bystanders from coming to the aid of wounded dogs at gunpoint.  That is just vicious.  I don’t care whether they want to “preserve the scene”.  Not allowing wounded dogs to be helped and forcing them to die terrified and screaming in agony is unacceptable.  This has to stop.

This continues to happen and the cops continue to fuss and whine about how nobody trusts them and they are scared to do their jobs.  Ya think?  Maybe if they stopped killing dogs, stopped lying about it, and actually took responsibility for their actions, and maybe if their superiors held them personally accountable, and maybe if they actually honored their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America there wouldn’t be such distrust and hatred surrounding them.

There is no room in a police force for cowards and psychopaths, but it appears that such is the case.  If they don’t like the perception of them, guess what, guys.  It’s up to you to change it.  You and nobody else.  Man up.  Take responsibility, admit you are wrong and do the right thing.  You are not killing dogs because you have to.  You are doing it because you can and you get away with it.  One of these days you will shoot the wrong dog and there will be hell to pay from an angry owner and then you’ll all feel sorry for yourselves again and laud the injury, or worse, death of a “hero”.  I suggest you don’t provoke that.  Stop killing our dogs!

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