November 14, 2013 10:58AM

Puppycide Documentary Moves Forward

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Thousands of family dogs are shot by law enforcement each year. A documentary now being assembled tries to find out why. You can watch the trailer above.

Some readers may be familiar with Cheye Calvo, the mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland. Police raided his home when they discovered that a large package of marijuana in transit was addressed to Calvo’s wife. The package, meant for someone else, led police to execute a SWAT raid during which they shot the family’s dogs, Payton and Chase. Puppycide is a feature‐​length documentary that attempts to capture both the impact on traumatized families and the rationales offered by police.

When police arrived, the package was unopened. No one was arrested. To my knowledge, the police never issued an apology.

The filmmakers at Ozymandias Media are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to get the film completed.