Target: Sheriff Reece, Jones County, Georgia
Goal: Launch an investigation into the officer that shot 2 dogs on separate occasions
Recently, a police officer in Jones County, Georgia shot a resident’s dog in the head after being called to investigate a stolen vehicle. The puppy miraculously survived, but this was the second instance of the same officer discharging his firearm on a family pet. In the previous case, the dog was not so lucky, and died.
Anna Music-Peed had gone to the police station to report a stolen vehicle found on her property. She told the officers that she would follow them to her house, where a roommate and her two dogs were living. She assured the officers that the dogs were excitable but friendly, and urged the officers not to harm them. The ten month old pit bull/mastiff puppy was still in training, and some excitable behavior could not be helped.
When she returned to her house not five minutes behind the officers, she found her roommate on the ground holding the dog in his lap. Ammo, the puppy, had been shot in the head. She was able to rush the dog to a veterinary surgeon who was able to save him.
The officer claims that he felt threatened because the dog “charged” him. This conflicts with the roommate’s eyewitness account that said the dog posed no threat. Whether in danger or not, non-lethal methods such as pepper spray should have been attempted before gunfire.
The officer in question, Sergeant Little, was responsible for a similar shooting earlier this year. This dog, Eden, was an English bulldog and died a short time after being shot.
Such recklessness by an officer of the law is frightening and dangerous to the very public that they are sworn to protect. Your signature will demand that Jones County police are retrained in firearm safety and that Sergeant Little be subject to a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency to serve as a police officer.
Dear Sheriff Reece,
Sergeant Little, an officer within your department, recently discharged a firearm at a pet after being called to investigate a stolen vehicle. He was informed before entering that a young dog inside the house was excitable and not yet well trained, but friendly and harmless. Not five minutes after entering the home, the dog was shot in the head.
The use of such force on a ten month old dog was uncalled for and unsettling, considering alternatives. The officer did not attempt pepper spray or any other deescalation method before resorting to a firearm. The officer in question has been involved in similar cases, including a shooting resulting in the death of an American Bulldog, Eden.
I demand that all officers are retrained in firearm safety and non-lethal alternatives. Furthermore, I demand that Sergeant Little be evaluated by psychiatrists in order to determine his mental capability and suitability for his current position.
[Your Name Here]
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