According to its Kickstarter donation page, the film is a feature-length documentary that follows the victims of puppycide, the murder of dogs. The documentary looks at the struggles for justice by the dogs’ guardians, while also examining police culture, education and the legal system. It is not a film meant to demonize all law enforcement but to expose a problem that needs to be fixed.
The producers have already completed some interviews for the film, but to get their message out they need more support. They hope to receive funding in order to:
- Travel to incidents as they occur.
- Step-up inquires through Freedom of Information Act requests of police records.
- Continue shooting interviews with guardians, advocates, public figures and police.
- Attain and research footage of puppycides caught on tape.
- Interview experts on dog behavior.
- Participate in police-ride-alongs and trainings.
The funding period on Kickstarter is from Oct. 21 to Nov. 15. With 15 days to go, they have collected just under $15,000 but their goal is $100,000.
In a Huffington Post article, author Radley Balko discusses some of the theories and reasoning behind why puppycide is occurring. These theories touch upon the lack of training given to police officers on how to deal with dogs and even the cultural impacts of the war on drugs.
Norm Stamper, the former police chief of Seattle, said, “I think all of this drug-war imagery has produced a mentality that didn’t used to exist. It’s ‘I’m part of a war, I have a mission, and nothing is going to get in the way of me completing that mission’ … when animals do what animals do, they become collateral damage. Too many officers have gotten rather callous about it, I’m afraid.”
Balko also discusses how the lack of police training as well as the lack of investigation into dog shootings has allowed this epidemic to get worse, stating when “dog shootings are justified based only on officer’s subjective statement that he feared for his safety (regardless of whether or not that fear was rational), the inevitable result is that any incident of any cop shooting any dog will always be considered justified.”
If you would like to help tell the stories of puppycide victims, visit the Puppycide Kickstarter page to make a donation. Also follow them on Facebook, and Twitter @PUPPYCIDE and check out the trailer below!