Welcome! If you have made it to this very first blog post, there is a good chance that you are already at least a little familiar with the Puppycide Database Project. Maybe you have already found your way to the Puppycide Database Project Website or our Twitter Feed. Whether you are a seasoned volunteer of this is your first time hearing about the Project, read on!
Earlier this year, a small group of journalists and software engineers decided to start the Puppycide Database Project. We knew that thousands of pets were being killed each year by police, and although there was occasionally great reporting being done on these killings, what was missing was the big picture: was Puppycide becoming more or less frequent? Which cities killed the most pets, and why? Was there a connection between Puppycide and other acts of violence by police? Just how dangerous are dogs, anyway?
We had resources available to us through our friends in the news papers and technology industry, and so we knew that we could begin to answer these questions and provide the public with the means to access that information. If we were to solve the problem of Puppycide, the first step is making sure that people know the truth about Puppycide!
With help from volunteers like you, we have investigated and published thousands of records of police violence toward animals. In a few short months, our database became the largest publically accessible set of records of police violence toward animals in the United States. The Project has even begun analyzing and publishing our findings, supporting our own research with un-biased objective sources, so that we can begin answering the questions related to Puppycide that drove us to start our research. Most amazingly, all of this has been done without the need to raise funds of any kind. Our work has demonstrated that hard work and creativity can replace the need for money with our project.
Breakthroughs in our research have been continuous - we are adding new records to our Database on a daily basis, and gathering new volunteers almost as quickly. Over time, its become apparent that we need new ways to communicate with our team and others interested in what we are up to.
The Project Website is a place that people can submit new records, find existing Puppycide records by searching our Database, review our trove of court and police documents and find a way to contact us. With so much of interest happening so quickly, a blog seems like a natural way to go. The Puppycide Twitter Feed is more popular than ever, but our Project is focused on complex, thought-provoking issues that can't easily be discussed in blocks of 140 characters.
Just like every other part of the PuppycideDB Project, this new blog will need your help! We would love to have our volunteers write guest posts about Puppycide-related topics, as well as publish results of research conducted by our partner organizations. If you care about Puppycide this is your blog too!