Julie Sims, guardian of a rescued pit bull who was shot and killed by her wheelchair-bound neighbor in Taylor, Michigan, is taking action after police refused to prosecute Joseph Rye, who shot her dog in alleged self-defense. Sims has collected over 2000 signatures on Change.org in the form of a petition, asking Taylor Police to “reconsider this case, and pursue this dangerous man who is on our streets with a loaded gun.”
Rye told local reporters that the dog was “very friendly” and admitted that when he felt threatened by the dog, he went inside his house to retrieve his gun instead of calling animal control.
Sims was outraged after Rye shot and killed the dog on a residential street in front of children and wonders if the dog’s breed played a role in his death.
“If the dog was a different breed, I am sure the Taylor PD would have maybe questioned this man a little more,” said Sims. “It is obvious that they as well have a bias against the breed, and that is illegal.”
If you’re interested in signing the petition, visit Change.org.
Our heart goes out to Julie Sims.