UPDATE 5/15/15: Animal rights activists lobby for Roxie the dog at Irondequoit Town Board meeting. Read more: http://www.irondequoitpost.com/features/x1986332374/Irondequoit-Town-Board-meets-tonight
UPDATE: Below is a copy of an email sent by 13 Wham News, one of the targets on the petition:
“We have been working on this for 5 days. The video appears to be authentic but it also appears to be carefully edited to show peak moments in what was a long night of back and forth fighting between this officer and the woman taking the video who is now his ex-girlfriend. She apparently either wants custody of the dog, wants to get back at him with a smear campaign, or both.
Animal welfare investigators from Lollypop farm have looked into it. The investigation was started because of numerous complaints of the video, not because of any perceived abuse. They have interviewed the girlfriend who made the video, the officer, their vet and have taken x-rays of the dog. They have concluded there is no abuse here.
What is shown here is an acceptable way under the law to train a dog. If youve ever watched the dog whisperer (Cesear Milan) he uses these same techniques. I personally dont agree with them and judging by e-mails many others are appalled.
We do not want to legitimize or publicize this video for the reasons set forth above.
Jane Flasch 13 Wham News”
Officer Rob Lewis of the Irondequoit, NY Police Department abuses the dog that he adopted and “rescued.” In a youtube video, we see him pinning Roxie in a very violent manner. He tries to “dominate” her and screams at her repeditly. He even threats to “blow her brains out.” A man that has a gun and has serious anger issues is a ticking bomb that one day he will let all his anger out and “blow the brains out” of poor Roxie or anyone that crosses his path. Please take a look at the youtube video and come to your own conclusion. Anyone that has common sense will see that this is not a healthy environment for Roxie the dog. Roxie needs your voice! No dog deserves to be abused! No policeman should feel above the law of society and think he has the power to abuse the defenseless. His cowardly behavior shows his lack of empathy for sentient beings! Stand up for Roxie and give her your voice! BE LOUD!!
Please take the time to share the following petition : http://www.change.org/petitions/save-roxie-from-any-more-abuse-and-neglect#
Please make a polite call to (585) 336-6000 ext 2306 and ask for the police to take action and enforce the animal cruelty laws. The police is supposed to serve and protect us all.