Remington, a nine-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever from Wisconsin, was not one to cause trouble. One day, he left the house to greet a police officer who was outside, in his typical friendly demeanor. But instead of some pets as to be expected from the police officer, he got something completely different – and difficult to believe. For no reason whatsoever, the dog was shot in the head.
Fortunately, Remington survived, although it was surely a close call, the gun having been fired in the dog’s head. The bullet, however, is still stuck in the dog’s body. The very least that the Marinette Police Department could do in the situation is pay for the dog’s medical bills, including the removal of the bullet, which the guardians cannot afford – but they refuse to do so.
According to a neighbor, the police officer was called by another household in the area and just happened to be outside of Remington’s family’s home when he shot the dog in their the driveway. The animal was not displaying any signs of aggression and was not even barking at the stranger. The police department, however, claims that the dog “attacked” the officer, despite lack of any evidence for that scenario.
This is not the first time and not an isolated incident of a police officer shooting an innocent dog without any reason. Only last month, two Staffordshire Terriers from Minneapolis were shot by a police officer Michael Mays in their family’s own backyard. Just like in this and many other cases, the officer responsible for the deed was not met with any kind of adequate consequences for shooting the animals.
It is a miracle that the dog’s life did not end then and there – but the cop who decided to shoot the animal is not suffering any consequences at all. A Care2 petition to the Marinette Police Department has been launched in hopes of giving the issue more publicity and convincing the police to pay for Remington’s full medical bills – click here to sign it and stand with the dog’s guardians against the officer’s mindless act of aggression.
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