Investigate Police Department Accused of Keeping Dogs Locked Up for Years


Target: Mike Penning, U.K. Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

Goal: Ensure police department that reportedly kept several dogs caged without exercise for years is investigated and reformed.

A police department under review for keeping seized animals caged without exercise is fighting the investigation into its practices. The police force came under fire after it emerged that it had kept a gentle pit bull named Stella locked up for two years without ever letting her out, apart from two behavioral assessments, over the entire period.

The innocent dog had been languishing in a three by nine foot cage ever since she was removed from her owner in 2014 despite never showing signs of aggression. Media reports revealed that 20 other dogs may have suffered similarly distressing conditions, including a Rottweiler named Vinnie who was also caged for two years without exercise before being destroyed.

Sign this petition urging authorities to ensure this police department is investigated for its treatment of seized dogs and that reforms are implemented countrywide to ensure animals seized by police are given adequate care.


Dear Mr. Penning,

The Devon and Cornwall Police has halted the investigation into its department that was undertaken after it was revealed that it had kept several seized dogs caged without exercise for two years. This investigation need to be carried out and reforms must be implemented in departments countrywide to guarantee proper care of animals seized by police.

Please ensure this investigation is allowed to carry on and strive for better policies to be applied in every department so that animals seized by police are always adequately and humanely treated.


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Photo credit: Laura Khanlarian

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  1. Anton Kupers says:

    Lock up that policescam and when they are fat enough, destroy them….

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