Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Justice for Bear-Bear

Everypup, kitty, hamsterrier... I have something very serious that I want all of you to do.

On Monday, 2 August 2010, in my community, a wonderful husky named Bear-Bear was shot and killed in a local community dog park.

Bear-Bear was adopted from Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue, which is where Sam the Spineless Bionic Hip/Knee pup, and Loki came from.

On Monday, while Bear was playing in the fenced in dog park, like he did most nights at the same time, an off duty DoD officer arrived with his wife, and his German Shepherd, Asia, on leash. According to Bear's caretaker, the dogs were playing, when the Officer felt they were playing too rough, demanded the caretaker get Bear, then stepped back, pulled a 9mm handgun and shot Bear.

Anne Arundel County Police and Animal Control arrived and proceeded to stand outside the fenced area questioning the officer and Bear's guardian, while Bear lay on the dirt dying. Witness accounts say that they treated the officer like an old friend, while they held a taser on the guardian and wouldn't let him enter the pen and help Bear. Eventually he was allowed in, Bear was loaded on a stretcher and taken to the Annapolis Emergency Vet. Nothing could be done to save Bear, as the bullet (a hollow point) had pierced several of Bear's internal organs. He was put to sleep.

The Officer stated that Bear had jumped on his dog and bit him, then when the Officer tried to get Bear off his dog, Bear lunged and tried to bite him then bit his dog a second time. Witnesses, who the police did not interview say otherwise. Animal Control did not file a report because they found no bite marks or injuries to either dog, except for Bear's lethal gunshot wound.

County police closed the case and stated that there was no criminal charges.

We need your help! A massive social network movement is underway to get justice for Bear-Bear! We have succeeded in informing the County Executive to re-open this case. We want you to keep the pressure on the county, the county police, and the Federal Officer's workplace. His employer currently states that no charges will be filed and he will be returning to work tomorrow (5 August 2010).

It doesn't matter if you live in Anne Arundel County Maryland, please call and demand justice for Bear:

John Leopold, Anne Arundel County Executive
(410) 222-1821

Anne Arundel County Police Western District
(410) 222-6155

Fort Myer Public Relations (Officer's workplace)
(703) 696-0596
Director of Public Affairs
(703) 696-4979

John the facebook support page:
and the Justice for Bear-Bear support page on Facebook

If you would like to contribute to Bear-Bear's medical expenses go to paypal and send your donation to

Everyone has permission to cross post this blog posting to the world!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom blogged about Bear Bear last night -

Was up late going bakhk and forth with some SiberNetters about it -

Then she read and listened to lots of stuff today about it -

She's shared it with lots and lots of other furiends -

She's also khried a lot - and swore a lot too -

Thanks fur your post - and fur your sharing about it -

Bear Bear was failed by two UNhumans in his short life -

His Legacy will live on and he WILL make a difFURence -

Indy said...

Thank you Meeshka. I also blogged about this and linked to your blog post.

The Thundering Herd said...

Meeshka - We are shocked beyond words. We have posted a short bit on our blog, joined the facebook page, friended the owner - and emailed our own congressman, an Alaskan Malamute owner. Fortunately, we see that the outrage is building to a point that the county can not ignore this right now.

Misty said...

Odd, my dogs were just shot about a month ago by the Hillsboro PD in Texas. My youngest was chasing cats so they shot them both.
I used to call my oldest Bear-Bear. His name was actually Saint. I had him for 10 years. I am still pretty disturb by the whole thing.

Misty said...

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're linking to you and Khyra in tomorrow's post. Bear Bear's death was uncalled for!

Kira The BeaWootiful and Mom said...

I have been sick about this all day, then I read in your comments about the two in Texas also, it just breaks my heart.
-Kira The BeaWootiful and her Mom

Cyber-sibes said...

We've sent emails & Joined the Justice for Bear Bear page on FB, too. Bravo to everyone making the effort to get the publicity this deserves, it is so outrageously disturbing on so many levels. We are so sad for Bear's family.

jack & moo & mom

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Kyra sent me your way (thanks, Khyra!)I'll be linking up to your post tomorrow

I wrote a letter people can cut n paste to email or send snail mail to the appropriate places.

Date: August 5, 2010

Subject: Officer shoots dog

To Whom It May Concern:

Recently, it was brought to my attention that a federal officer fired his weapon, within city limits, in a public area and purposely killed a family pet.

I am not sure of all the illegal issues involved in this event. At the very least firing a gun within city limits is enough to warrant charges brought against the shooter.

A valid concern is the lack of control an armed civil servant showed in this situation. The officer in question fired his weapon in a very public area, where children would be present.

At the very least, this officer should be suspended, without pay, throughout the investigation and pending a full evaluation of his mental stability.

I for one, do not feel safer, knowing someone like this, who is being paid to protect is willing and able to fire a gun and shoot to kill in a situation such as this.

I am shocked that it took public pressure to open an investigation with regard to this matter. I am stunned that this man is out on the streets, today, carrying a loaded weapon to dispense at the slightest provocation.

Please, perform you sworn public duty, immediately! Remove this man from any place where he can do more harm.


Ms. Diva said...

I blogged and tweeted this!! Hope it helps!!!!

Debbie said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bear-Bear's family.
The Fed Officer/county/dog warden all need to be sued for such heartless actions. I have never heard of such people to allow a family pet to be shot, lay dying, and force the family members to stand there watching their pet die before their eyes!! This is the worst of the worst!! How DARE they!!!
All I can say is that it's a good thing it wasn't one of my dogs. They would have had to kill me next in order to keep me from my baby!!! Idiots.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Totally uncalled for and very tragic. We heard about this on Khyras blog also and are very upset. We will join in for Justice for Bear Bear. Debbie and Holly

Biloxi and Siber-sibs said...

Maw was crying so much about Bear-Bear and we is all outraged dat dis could happen!
Maw emailed alla her friends plus the links woo posted here.
She also emailed our local news station so we is hopin' dat dey put out da word. Maw left a message on FB also.
We trying to do what we can.
In Bear Bear's memory.


Huffle Mawson said...

It's just sickening.

Anonymous said...

My adoring Sibe is also named Meeshka which is why she and I follow Meeshka's World. This act done against Bear-Bear is not acceptable. I am contacting all parties mentioned in this post as a human who needs to speak up and out and AGAINST THE HUMAN that did this aplorable act. From California to the east coast I stand with you Meeshka and your humans! I am sending this blog to all my human friends, kitter catsters, and dog-dog crowd of which I have many associations of. We will NOT stand for this act going unpunished! Hugs to the Bear-Bear human family from another Sibe and our hearts are woo-wooing for your pain and loss. God Bless you and may the man that did this answer either here on earth or choose later in front of The Lord for HE see's everything and knows ALL.

Holly and Khady said...

I have been outraged and deeply saddened over this incident since I first read about Bear. I can't believe that such a thing happened, and that this man has been allowed to go back to work as if nothing happened! I certainly hope with all the media coverage and public outcry that Bear gets the justice he so deserves.