Tennessee Firefighter Who Killed a Beloved Chow Is Charged With Cruelty

January 2001

Tennessee firefighters contacted us in February after one of their own shot and killed a dog who frequently made his home at their station. The chow belonged to a local landscaping company and was a regular presence at the firehouse, where he was known and loved. Apparently, the man lost patience with the dog when she refused to leave the building and gunned her down. PETA worked with complainants and authorities to ensure that justice would be served. The man was charged with animal abuse and unlawfully carrying and discharging a firearm.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind