Police Shoot Innocent Pet Dog – Just Not Right!

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When a stranger comes to my door, our dog barks an alert.  She stands by my side and I feel safe.  But what would happen if police officers have the wrong house, and barge into our home, thinking they are coming in to find a bad guy, and have entered to serve and protect me.  Our pet dog would see these strangers as a threat and would try to protect us.  Sad to say her life would then be in danger.

A few days ago a local police officer shot and killed a dog, a beloved family member who had recently given birth to puppies. True, the dog was outside her apartment, but was running back to where she lived. The dog was shot in the back of the head. Read the story and judge for yourself. This sounds like an innocent dog to me.
Boise police officer shoots, kills dog

I have heard of too many cases of pet dogs being shot to death by police officers.  We need to do some educating, people.  Here is your chance.  I recently received this press release:

Puppycide Doc Seeks to End National Tragedy

Hollywood, CA—Every 98 minutes a dog is shot by law enforcement. A new documentary from Ozymandias Media seeks to end this tragedy by bringing national attention to the issue.

PUPPYCIDE is a feature length documentary that takes a journey with victims of puppycide, the dogs and their owners. From the moment they meet and seal their emotional bonds to the excruciating trauma of loss, we follow the dog owners’ battles for justice with police culture and the legal system, both of which treat puppycides as acceptable collateral damage.

“We all love our dogs. To us, they are family. But law enforcement is treating them as a threat and shooting them with startling, and increasing frequency,” said Michael Ozias, director of PUPPYCIDE. “If more people know about this they will demand solutions. That is the power of a documentary and the reason we feel this film is so important.”

The directors are turning to Kickstarter to fund the documentary and grow a grassroots movement to end puppycide. Kickstarter is the world’s largest crowdfunding website.

“We believe in the power of film to reveal emotional truths, to take an audience on a journey that delivers them to a new place where they see the world differently,” said Patrick Reasonover, producer. “By putting our production experience into PUPPYCIDE, we believe that we can make a difference for millions of people and animals.”

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Director Michael Ozias and Producer Patrick Reasonover are available for interviews. To schedule, please email patrick@ozymandiasmedia.com or call (404) 805-4793.

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Over the past three years, more than 5,000,000 people have viewed videos and web series produced by Ozymandias Media. These 80 works, be they documentary, animation, or narrative short, all have one thing in common: a mix of story and message.

Boise Police K9 Unit – True Blue in Our Eyes

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By: Julie K. Walton, Internet Success & DogBlog Owner
Boise, Idaho   May 7, 2010

BIG BLUE

Boise State University Blue Football Field

What do you think of when I say BIG BLUE? If you live in Boise Idaho, you think of Boise State University Broncos and their big blue football field.

MEN IN BLUE

What do you think of when I say MEN IN BLUE?

OK, some of the more creative theatrically adept among us might think of the BLUE MAN GROUP, a totally unique form of entertainment that combines theatrical performance of music, comedy and multimedia.

But most will agree the term “Men in Blue” represents those who put their lives on the line to serve and protect the fine citizens of our much-loved metropolis – our local Boise Police Department.

In Boise we have police officers serving the community in many specialties: Airport Police; School Resource Officers; Police Patrol Units; Officers who ride motorcycles; Uniformed Police Officers on bicycles, assisted by a few part-time Rangers and many volunteer patrols riding golf carts patrolling the Boise River Greenbelt. But, the DogBlog has chosen to focus on one Boise police program in particular.

TRUE BLUE

Many of the dog-friendly respectable citizens of the “City of Trees” truly appreciate, what our DogBlog considers the true blue officers of the Boise Police Department, the loyal and courageous Canine Officers in the Boise PD K9 Unit. According to the Boise PD the canine/handler teams began their service as an official Boise Canine Unit in 1996. These heroic dogs receive extensive training to fulfill their responsibilities as valuable members of our community. Because of their acute sense of smell, they are extremely proficient in detecting hidden drugs, tracking, locating and apprehending suspects, as well as sniffing out articles the bad guys have left behind.

Working as a police officer can be a stressful career. This is also true for canine officers, so it’s good to hear that the dogs are well taken care of. In fact, all of the canines reside in a residence with their handler and become a part of that officer’s family, socializing with others and recovering from the stress of serving and protecting in the line of duty.

A recent visit to the Boise PD Facebook Page reveals the newest additions to the pack.

Dated April 21, 2010:

Meet Bosco, KC and Kamo, Boise PD’s newest drug detection dogs!

Officer C. Stambaugh directs Bosco on a vehicle search. Bosco successfully found a small amount of meth hidden beneath the car's license plate.The Boise Police Canine Unit is proud to introduce it’s 3 newest members, Bosco, KC and Kamo. All 3 dogs were awarded their certification this past week from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy, achieving the required 100% accuracy on the patrol dog drug detection tests.

“When we take drugs off the streets we reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer. These dogs will be a big help toward that goal. We’re proud to have them on the team,” said Lt. Alan Cavener of the Boise Police Department Canine Unit. “All these dogs are skilled and highly trained, energetic and ready to go to work for the citizens of Boise.”

The Boise Police Canine Foundation is hoping to acquire the funds to purchase a dual-purpose drug detection – suspect apprehension dog likely sometime within the next year to replace a dog expected to retire. The cost of these incredibly specialized dogs is between $8,000 and $9,000. To contribute to the Boise Police Canine Foundation, log onto www.boisepolice.org. Donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated!

READ MORE about these valuable members of Boise PD K-9 Unit on their Facebook Page.

Boise PD YouTube Channel has an introduction demonstration to the K-9 Unit. You can see they really know their stuff!

BOISE POLICE CANINE FOUNDATION

The Boise Police Department is not allowed to accept donations. However, we now have the opportunity to support this very special team of dogs. The Boise Police Department, in partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation has formed the Boise Police Canine Foundation. By partnering with the Idaho Community Foundation, the Boise Police Department can accept contributions toward purchasing new police dogs and supporting its existing dogs.

Read More about this opportunity to get involved on their website:

K-9 Foundation – See their link to make an online donation, or donate via snail mail.

Boise PD K-9 Unit – See their link to sign up for the Boise PD K-9 Newsletter.

Find Boise PD on Facebook. Follow Boise PD on Twitter.