Written by Michelle Kretzer
It shouldn't happen to any dog, let
alone those who are serving and protecting their communities as K9 officers. Numerous
police dogs lost their lives this summer not at the hands of criminals but at
the hands of the very officers who were supposed to protect them—and instead left them to suffer from heatstroke inside hot patrol cars. PETA is aiming to make those brave K9 victims the last ones, with urgent pleas
to police departments across the country asking them to install heat-alert systems in all K9 patrol cars.
Heat-alert systems monitor the
temperature inside the vehicle and can sound an alarm, page an officer, start
an engine, roll down a window and turn on a fan, or even open a door when the
car gets too hot. A simple device such as this would have saved the lives of Sasha, a police dog in Warwick,
Georgia; Harley from Des Moines,
Iowa; Vegas and Hades of San
Antonio, Texas; and the many other K9 officers who lost their lives just this past summer.
Many K9 officers now wear bulletproof
vests to protect them from gunshots, but heatstroke may be an even more
agonizing way to die. As the dogs' internal temperature rises, they often begin
to salivate heavily and lose control of their bladder and bowels, and shock may
set in. They become terrified and often struggle to escape the vehicle, clawing the car windows and seats so violently that their paws become bloodied.
No dog should ever be left alone in a car on a
warm day. But if a police officer decides to leave a K9 officer in the car to
protect the dog from a potentially deadly situation, he or she needs to make
sure that the car doesn't become one, too.
Written by PETA
A lot of people were pretty shocked to see this video of a North Carolina state trooper hanging his dog from a railing and repeatedly kicking the animal, who had refused to let go of a toy. Well now Sgt. Charles Jones, who was fired last September after his partner released the cell phone video of this incident, is fighting to get his job back.
In the meantime, PETA is fighting to ensure that the District Attorney in the county where this incident occurred files charges against the sergeant. We're reminding the DA that animal abuse is an indicator of deep mental disturbance and often leads to further violent acts. You can watch the video and judge for yourself who’s got the right end of the stick here.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.