Target: Colonel Bill Bryant of the Arkansas State Police
Goal: Justice for police dog who died after being left in a hot car.
A police dog in Arkansas died when she was reportedly left in a hot car by her handler. Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan called it a “bad accident,” and just recently it was reported that the dog’s handler will not face any charges or punishment for his actions.
The dog’s handler, a police deputy, may not have intended to leave the dog to die, but he still committed an act of animal abuse, even if accidentally. For decades, owners and handlers have been warned not to leave their pets in hot cars; in at least 16 states this is a criminal offense. Keeping an animal locked in a hot car is one of the quickest ways to kill them. Even if it is an accident, it is still an act of criminal neglect.
The deputy reportedly made a mistake, but it was a mistake that cost an innocent dog her life. This cannot stand. The deputy needs to be properly punished for the alleged recklessness, not only to ensure that they will never repeat this mistake but to provide an example for other officers and dog owners. Sign this petition to demand this reckless deputy face justice.
Dear Colonel Bryant,
A deputy under your employ allegedly cost a dog her life when he left her in a hot car, and will reportedly walk away without facing any charges of animal cruelty. Even if this was an accident, it was an accident that led to the death of an innocent animal. Accidental animal neglect is still neglect.
Please do not let the dog’s handler walk away from this with no recourse. Please charge the officer with neglect and accidental cruelty and enforce stronger rules about the proper care of future police dogs. Animals have as much right to live as humans–they should not simply be left behind to their death just because their handler got too busy. This dog’s death need not be in vain.
[Your Name Here]
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