Dogs Apparently Killed by Police Officer and Buried at Training Facility Deserve Justice

Target: Maureen T. Platt, State’s Attorney for Waterbury, CT

Goal: Punish police officer accused of abusing and fatally injuring dogs during training exercises to fullest extent if found guilty.

A man who took an oath to enforce the law was allegedly busy violating it instead. Worse yet, this man also swore to protect the victims of his reported crimes. David Rivera, Jr., an officer in a Connecticut K-9 police unit, is charged with cruelty that apparently led to the deaths of at least ten canines under his care.

The suspect operated a dog training facility as a side business, which is where the allegations of cruelty originated. He came to the attention of authorities when several clients reported having their dogs returned in unhealthy and unstable condition following stays at the facility. Many clients noted that the dogs appeared afraid of humans. When a search warrant was obtained, among the items seized were explosives seemingly used in an illegal and unsafe manner to “train” dogs as sniffers. An even more horrifying discovery arose when searchers reportedly found the bodies of ten deceased canines buried on business grounds. Because of these disturbing findings, over 30 dogs were seized from the property and Rivera was prohibited from contact with animals until the case concludes.

Due to the egregious nature of these multiple charges of animal cruelty and Rivera’s standing as an officer, punishment must be stringent. Sign the petition below to urge prosecutors to seek the maximum penalty in the event of a guilty verdict.


Dear Ms. Platt,

Dog caretakers often feel that their furry friends are family. When they entrust their family member to another person, and a seeming professional, a breach of this trust is a violation. Multiple clients of David Rivera, Jr.’s dog training business believe this violation occurred. Evidence suggests that the animals under Rivera’s care may have been abused, traumatized, and, in the worst cases, killed.

This man worked with dogs for a living as a police officer, making his alleged crimes and breaches of trust all the more horrendous. Please seek full justice for every possible victim impacted in this case by pursuing the strongest charges and potential sentences.


[Your Name Here]

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    Animals shall NOT be VICTIMS of vile and mentally-deranged humans.
    Animal abuse shall be treated as any human abuse. These dogs deserve justice – just like YOU and ME.
    MAX JAIL, and he must also be forbidden from ever coming near animals again!

  2. Shirley Lemieux says:

    This is a story that you would expect to hear about how some nut case killer killed and buried dog victims in his yard. But when you hear that the killer is a Police Officer then everything changes. A man who is supposed to be a trusted representative of the Law responsible for abusing and killing canines. Worse yet, employed as a K-9 Trainer for Connecticut. This is an example of why the general public loses trust with Law enforcement. I certainly hope there is no leniency with any of the charges that David Rivera Jr is facing. No dog deserves abusive and violent training practices and they certainly do not deserve to be killed for possibly not being good performers of whatever this evil Police Officer was trying to accomplish.

  3. Fire the abuser, maximum time, throw him in jail with a bunch of animals … dickless coward!

    • Joann Louise Reif says:

      I totally agree with you but make sure that the dogs they stick in with him attact the sob

  4. Cheryl+Miller says:

    I’m afraid of a person like this, he carry’s a gun for a living?! OMG, take his gun away from him, fire him, fine him, throw him in jail, make him do community service work AND NEVER EVER let him own or watch over animals again!! What a SICKO!!!


    • Agree totally with you Wendy. Eye for an eye. Taste your own medicine. How many sickos like him work in the police? Protection and feeling of security for the population? I understand people’s distrust of law enforcement. Shame on them.

  6. Rhonda Machel Hodgman says:

    This waste of oxygen is NO COP … he is a PIG and deserves STREET JUSTICE!

    • American Girl says:

      Couldnt agree with you more Rhonda. You took the words right out of my mouth! This is the piece of shit who gives every other good cop a bad name. Hes an Oxygen Thief!

    • Josh Eisner says:

      I sure would like to find out this POS cop’s name & address. I was thinking a good ole fashioned curb check.

  7. This is heart breaking.Godam son of a bitch.He should be in jail a long time In the general pop.

  8. This vile,mentally deranged,animal hating oinker pig cop, must have the death permantly implemented and nothing less! A slow,agonising death is essential for this evil cretin!!

  9. Jaime Perez says:

    Throw that creep in prison for the rest of his worthless, stinking life! He’s sworn to protect lives and he’s been abusing that trust. This is why people don’t trust the police, look what they’re doing to the innocent. It’s sickening to hear this.

  10. Who hired this psychopath in the first place, huh? Shows you how well you can “trust” this entire police FORCE. Think about what that organizational name means for a minute…

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