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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dog Petition in Collingwood Grows

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

More than 17,000 sign petition complaining about police officer's actions in dog death.

An online petition calling for action following the police shooting of a dog in Collingwood is growing.

The petition on has well over 17,000 signatures now.

The page set up by a group calling itself the Collingwood Animal Rights Advocate Group is also asking for people to call town hall and ask for a council review of the wildlife policy and for residents to contact OPP Inspector John Trude to call for wildlife training for officers.

Citizens are also being encouraged to file a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

Spokesperson for the OIPRD, Rosemary Parker, tells us the organization oversees complaints about police in Ontario and they have received about 65 complaints about the Collingwood officer, whose name hasn't been released.

Parker says each complaint is screened to see if it is valid and if it is deemed valid it would move to an investigation. She adds the screening process usually takes a couple of weeks from the time the complaint is received.

She says the OIPRD can't comment on individual complaints. 

Collingwood's clerk and communications officer are meeting with a concerned citizen to talk about the municipality's role in dealing with wildlife.

A video surfaced showing a police officer running over an elderly dog before shooting it to death on October 19th because the animal was thought to be a rabid coyote.

And OPP have confirmed it was a dog and not a coyote that was killed.



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