Puppycide is the tragically necessary neologism that refers to the ubiquitous phenomenon of police killing household pets that everyone else seems to be able to deal with in a non-violent manner. “But I was trained that way” was the excuse of the cop who was intent on killing Tiffanie Hupp’s obviously playful, happy canine, until she put herself in between the gun and her pet. The cop had a badge-induced meltdown, and arrested her. But just think about that: he appeared more than willing to gun down a family pet, in front of the family, with no hesitation. What type of person is able to perform such an act? Would you be comfortable you or your family interacting with someone who is capable of such a thing?