UPDATE POSTED JUNE 6TH, 2012:
The incident below and pending rally was brought to my attention from Davy V., a longtime Rochester, NY-based police accountability activist that’ll soon be blogging here on CopBlock.org. Text used in the post was taken Facebook updates on Davy’s profile and the related Change.org petition. As is clear from the long list of related posts below, this is not an isolated incident. Today, police are trained to shoot dogs first, then ask questions later, if ever. It’s got to stop. -Pete
From Erica Cortese:
On Friday night employees of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call that there was a house party on Whitney Road. When they arrived there was a car parked illegally in front of a house where a man was watching a movie inside and his dog was outside on the driveway without a leash because he had invisible fencing. The police officer(s) decided to walk up the man’s driveway and shoot his dog for no reason.
The officer said the dog was aggressive, but anyone who knew this dog painted a very different picture. Neighbors said this dog did not even bark that night and there was no reason for the officer to shoot him dead.
Let these overzealous police officers know that it is not okay for them to walk onto my property and kill my pet because they think they may pose a threat. Any dog owner or pet lover should sign this.
They had no right to murder this family member in cold blood and I am sick to think we pay our taxes so this ruthless practice can go on. If we do not do something about this, we all will not be able to leave our pets outdoors. Police have even been known to show up to the wrong house and shoot someones dog. This petition is simply saying that police officers are not above the law and should have to face what they have done in a court of law.
Please help me to get justice for Diablo.
Help get justice for Diablo – join the rally and/or sign the petition:
Already over 6,000 people had signed the petition when this post went live on Monday, June 4th at 8:00pm.
Davy V., who is spearheading the rally and who this morning appeared on Rochester-area media outlets to inform others of the incident, wrote:
Described by many people as a loving, friendly dog, Diablo did not deserve to die in this manner, on his own property.
Unfortunately, this is not the first case where local law enforcement has shot and killed innocent pets. In fact, in a D&C article a couple of years ago, Rochester, New York, per capita, leads the State with the most police shootings of dogs. In most cases, such as in Gary Brockler’s, people’s pets have been shot and killed on their own property!
As is typically the case with police, especially after shooting and killing unarmed, innocent people, in an attempt to put their “spin” on unjust incidents such as this, the Monroe County Sheriff’s department, under the leadership of Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, has already started to cover up this injustice committed by one of their own by saying that Diablo, was “aggressive”. It is their way of justifying their actions in their killing of an innocent dog, and a member of Mr. Brockler’s family.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s department wishes that this will just be swept under the rug and simply forgotten about, but it won’t be.
Which is why, I ask everyone who can attend this Rally for Diablo, to please come and let your voices be heard. Stand up to this injustice!
Melissa Cocola noted:
Out of the thousands of dogs that I have trained..this dog was my heart with his beautiful gentle spirit. I am sickened that the owner heard 2 shots fired and walked outside to find that his dog had been killed. This dog was not a threat to ANYONE! He was always ready to lick your face and give you his belly.