I appreciate Lori Brown's commentary ("Lessons from Nala," July 1) as she makes a very valid point that there is a strong correlation between violence toward people and animals. Police definitely need better training on handling domestic violence, mental illness and animal situations.

For a 22-year veteran police officer to slit the throat of a dog being held down and not threatening him or anyone else is very disturbing to say the least. Yes, it could be your drunk college student or a mentally ill homeless person. We need to have more confidence in our police. Changes need to be made immediately, and we need accountability from top to bottom of our public servants.

Pat Ranney, Millersville

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