Coeur D'Alene, Idaho Police shot and killed a family's beloved pet Labrador on Wednesday, July 9 in the parking lot of Java Coffee Shop located at 819 Sherman Ave in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
The pet was inside of the owners van with the windows rolled down only partially. Examiner articles covering the tragedy can be found under "suggested by the author" below.
Anonymous is a loosely associated hacktivist group which promotes anonymous social engagement by direct action. It originated in 2003, and in 2012, TIME named Anonymous as one of the most influential groups in the world.
A spokesman for Anonymous stated on the YouTube video posted July 12
"While investigating the van, reports say as the officer approached along the driver's side, a dog reportedly lunged from the open driver's side window toward the officer's face. Actually, the window was only down so much as to allow air flow inside the van for the dog due to the recent warm weather. The dog could not leap from the partially closed van window.
The officers who responded collectively stated to media that the dog was quote, a "vicious pit bull. That was a blatant lie. The dog, Arfee, was a blacklab, and hound mix.
The officer fired one round through the window glass, hitting the animal in the chest and killing it."
This department will not be excused for taking the life of an innocent dog. Not only does the Coeur d'Alene Police have dog lovers worldwide following this story, anyone who is aware of Anonymous knows this is one group you don't want to get on the bad side of.
The best move the Coeur d'Arlene Police Department could make to restore order would be to terminate the officer responsible for Arfee's murder.
Craig Jones, Arfee's owner, has already secured the services of an attorney. Since the only way to stop police from killing family dogs is to hit them in the wallet where it hurts, many owner's of slain dogs are resorting to lawsuits.
The central dispatch for the CDA Police can be reached at 208-769-2320. The Sheriff is the highest law enforcement agency. Call them (446-1300) and load up their voice mails. Demand that Ben investigate the officer and charge him with at least I.C. 18-7001, 18-7034, 18-2403 & 18-2603.
Anonymous spoke with Sgt. Case from the sheriff's department, and according to the post accompanying the Anonymous-Justice For Arfee YouTube video
"I called and talked to Sgt. Case from the Sheriff's department and demanded that the Sheriff investigate this incident and his response was no, we will not investigate or charge a CDA police officer with anything."
People can contact Barry McHugh, county prosecutor, or Wes Summerton, the city prosecutor, to demand the officer responsible for killing an innocent dog be investigated and charged.
Police officers aren't above the law when the act outside the scope of their job. Several former officers have learned this the hard way over the past few months, as several officers have been relieved of their duties and charged with animal cruelty resulting from their behavior.
Anonymous asks all animal lovers to stand their ground when it comes to cops behaving badly.
"We ask all of you, citizens of America. Pet owners. Lovers of animals. Become involved in activism against this absurd violence toward pets. All of us collectively are a force to be heard. Together our voices will indeed be heard."
Thank you, Anonymous, for joining our fight as we seek justice for Arfee and Craig.
For more of Elisa's articles on dogs shot by police, click here.