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I had started a thread a while ago about the death of my pit, due to interbreeding of police officers.... I cant believe they give these guys guns. But I cant seem to find it now? Well a friend of mine is a huge animal person. She contact PETA. Here is the first e-mail that PETA has sent to the Hillsboro Govenor and others.

September 15, 2006

The Honorable Tom Hughes

City of Hillsboro
123 W Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

3 pages sent via e-mail and fax: [email protected]; 503-681-6232

Dear Mayor Hughes:

We hope this finds you well. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an international nonprofit agency with 1.1 million members and supporters dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Our office recently received police reports detailing the torment and killing by city police officers of a pit bull dog whose name was later revealed to be Pixie. We are deeply distressed by the reports and hope that we can work with you to institute humane policies and programs for handling animal-related emergencies in the future.

The police reports illustrate a dangerous lack of training in animal handling and a complete lack of even basic knowledge of animal behavior on the part of all officers involved. According to the reports, the officers involved first terrorized and enraged the animal by chasing her onto a porch and approaching her with a choke pole, an X-26 taser (designed to be used on human subjects only), and a shotgun. The dog reportedly scared the officers back and then went back to what she felt was the relative safety of this neighbor's porch. Officer Russell then reports that he snuck up on Pixie and deployed the X-26 taser. Officer Hubbenette states that at this time, "[t]he Pit-Bull was incapacitated for designated programmed 5 second delivery of 50,000 volts. Officer LaDick and I could not get to the Pit-Bull in time. The Dog sprung up, angled himself towards us and growled. I shot him in the nose with a 12 Gauge less-lethal Impact round. This caused his nose to bleed and he turned and ran away from us. He ran and broke the Taser probe contact that had been stuck in his side." The dog, who was now even more frightened and injured, ran off down the street.

Another neighbor, a Mr. Heck, reportedly called the officers to his home where Pixie was again trying to find safety on the porch. The dog's behaviors as described in the officers' reports indicate clearly that she was, at this point, only trying to escape danger and protect herself. Mr. Heck's children were inside the residence unattended and these concerned children opened the door and let Pixie inside. According to police reports, she did not attack or bite anyone, but apparently only wanted to stay out of harm's way. Officer Russell's report describes a terrified dog being charged and attacked by at least three armed officers: "The dog was first encountered by Mr. Heck, who had run in just before me and the dog moved into the living room. The children were in the living room also, and when I had a clear line of sight, I redeployed my X-26 taser and hit the dog again. At the same time, I heard Officer Hubbenette behind me firing 'less lethal' shotgun rounds at the animal." The reports do not indicate that Mr. Heck was harmed or even threatened by Pixie. Officer Hubbenette reports that he shot Pixie "between the eyes with 12-Guage less-lethal Impact Round," Officer Russell then deployed the taser and Officer LaDick put a choke pole around Pixie's neck. According to Hubbenette, "[w]e removed the dog by pulling [her] with the animal control noose …"

After all of the above-described abusive treatment and handling, Officer Morse describes what sounds like the extremely cruel strangling death of the dog in the back of a patrol car: "[w]hen I arrived, Officers had already used less lethal taser and bean bag rounds to subdue the animal. They had the pitbull restrained with a dog catchers pole. Their vehicles were around the corner and were too far away to use to transport the dog. We moved the dog to my patrol vehicle and left the dog catcher's pole attached to the dog. The pole was left partially hanging out of the rear window of the car. The dog was trying to escape the pole and was hitting [her] head on the seat belt receptacles in the back of my car. I shined my light on the dog and could see that [she] had cut [her] nose on the seat belt receptacles. The dog was thrashing about and completely flipped over in the back of the car. I drove immediately to Bonnie L. Hates Animal Shelter. On arrival I noticed that the dog had stopped moving. I shook the pole to see if the dog would respond. There was no response. I shined my light in the back of the vehicle and noted that the dog was limp and not breathing."

Mr. Mayor, please know that I have been working with animals in animal control and sheltering environments for nearly two decades. I have responded to countless dangerous dog calls and have never myself been harmed, placed innocent bystanders at risk, or caused harm or injury to an animal while resolving such cases. Professional training and common sense allows animal control officers across the country to humanely handle even the most aggressive animals humanely and without weaponry.

It is imperative that all Hillsboro employees understand that high-voltage stun guns should never be used on animals, as they often lead to unintentional fatalities, cause immense suffering, and rarely secure the desired outcome. One animal control officer whose local police department has used these dangerous weapons on dogs states that "I've had 3 dogs zapped by PD with human Tazers... and picked up all [three] DOA." The National Animal Control Association (NACA) condemns the use of tasers on animals and states that, "NACA recognizes the use of certain weapons originally designed for human restraint may cause serious injury or death to animals in situations of normal use. There is no current data to support the use of any EMDD [electro muscular disruption device] on animals for capture or restraint. NACA does not support the use of these instruments in normal animal control activities. The use of such equipment may lead to serious liability."

The attached Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS') informational sheet titled, "How to use a control pole," should help officers understand the correct use of this often abused piece of equipment. It warns to, "[n]ever drag, yank, pull, or lift a dog with a control pole" (emphasis added).

For future reference, please know that pepper spray is also not suggested for use in animal control situations. Aggressive dogs can become more aggressive when sprayed with pepper spray, and for an injured animal, such a spray is pure torture. Studies have shown pepper spray to be an extremely dangerous substance. Its active ingredient --oleoresin capsicum-- has been reported to stop the heart for up to two minutes, cause oxygen levels and arterial pressure in the body to drop, and the lungs to fill with mucus. Extreme cases have even resulted in death. According to its Policy Statement, NACA states that "Pepper Spray or Citronella should never be used on cats." The Statement continues, "NACA recommends that no Animal Control Officer be permitted to carry or use Pepper Spray or Citronella Spray without proper animal related training."

NACA offers formal training that includes workshops in animal behavior and capture and a Level 1 Training Academy is scheduled February 5-9, 2007, in Portland, OR. I am enclosing details and registration information. PETA is poised to assist by providing training free of charge and you will also find a great resource in the Oregon Animal Control Council (OACC, Lee Bartholomew, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg, OR 97470, 541-440-4328, e-mail: [email protected], www.oacc.net). OACC has an upcoming training conference scheduled for September 21, 22, and 23, 2006 but the registration deadline has passed. I'm copying Lee Bartholomew on this letter in hope that the two of you will start working together right away.

The citizens of Hillsboro have a right to expect that city safety personnel are properly trained to effectively and legally address animal-related emergencies. We implore you to provide proper training and equipment to ensure the humane treatment and care of all animals in the city's custody and to ensure that innocent bystanders, like the Heck family, are not again placed at risk by the uninformed actions of the city's police force.

Meanwhile, we need written assurance that appropriate measures are being taken to protect animals from cruel and rough handling at the hands of city workers. May we please hear from you soon?

Thank you for your time and hard work for the citizens of Hillsboro.

Respectfully,

Teresa Lynn Chagrin, Animal Care & Control Specialist
Domestic Animal and Wildlife Rescue & Information Department

cc: Lee Bartholomew, OACC
The Oregonian
 

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Normally, I'm not a big fan of PETA, but I'll be damned if I don't respect what they did in this case.

I think it's wonderful that they stepped in, keep us posted if you hear anything from the police or mayor about this.
 

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I'm not a fan of PETA either but I must give thenm there props:clap:. They wrote a damn good letter and i hope that someone will take responsiblity for what they did to your Pixie and be reprimanded harshly!
 

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both peta and 99.9% of animal control and "THE GENERAL PUBLIC" are really uninformed when it comes to the apbt,very sad story i must say,although the pit would of been in equaly bad hands had peta got a hold of it, or they may of used it as a media ploy to push there own agenda and gain support by pulling at the hearts of the public.One things for sure we live in a brutal world were suffering and pain are every day realitys
 

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I did not realize a weapon was discharged in someones house , If its taken seriously by the mayor , the officers will probably loose there jobs. good ridance to a wart on the butt of society. theyre actions are totally unexceptable. spineless chicken sh**s
 

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That is a good letter. I'm quite suprised it came from them, considering their stance on pit bulls.
 

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I also am not a fan of PETA. I never intended to get them involved, it was a friend who contacted them.

But I am very appreciative of their efforts. I am also writing the mayor and others that she contacted, requesting a response.

I had no intention of taking legal action previously, but I am now considering it more and more. Not for the money, but like others say, these officers have no business being on the streets wearing a badge.

Thanks again for all of the support here. I only wish I would have found this forum before, and all the wealth of information you all have here.

Keep of the great efforts to keep THE American dog alive and well.
 

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cane76 said:
both peta and 99.9% of animal control and "THE GENERAL PUBLIC" are really uninformed when it comes to the apbt,very sad story i must say,although the pit would of been in equaly bad hands had peta got a hold of it
I agree with that.
I am very surprised seeing PETA write a letter like this, aspecially after reading letters from PETA stating that APBTs should be banned. I'm sure everybody knows what it means when you call someone "two faced", thats exactly what i call PETA, A two faced organization.
When ever a pitbull attack happens PETA is right there saying that pitbulls should be banned, but when a report comes out about a pitbull saving someones life or passing a CGC test or something good PETA is writing letters like this or saying that pitbulls are a miss understood breed.


This is still my favorite statement.....


Let us know how thing go with Pixie. I wish you the best.....
 

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IT is very surprising that the letter came from PETA I sincerely hope that you find the justice that you deserve for Pixie. Please keep us informed on how everything is going and if there is anything we can do to help you. I hope that someday you are blessed with another APBT. I really do think that the Barney Fifes of the world should not be allowed to have dangerous weapons.
 

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LOL That is awesome!!!!! I hate PETA!!! I dont believe that they are for the treatment of animals!!! They are for wiping the Pitbull out, Why, Tigers kill people?? Sharkes do, and so do sting rays (RIP steve irwin) But to me, They are no different then a pitbull, So why are pitbulls so bad?? But they will cry and whine about a cow that has feelings?? Hmmmm.. I think the people of PETA are sick in the head!!! :hammer:
 
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