Murder is a legal term that only applies to humans, much like the term “genocide.” Pit bull advocates and No-Kill fanatics, however, use the term (spelled in all capitals), “You are a dog MURDERER!” in attempts to equate a canine life to a human life. They typically use the phrase to lynch a dog bite victim (or animal control personnel) after he or she requests a dangerous Pit Bull be euthanized or declared dangerous:

“If we don’t comply with the ‘Dangerous Dog Law’ she will be taken from us and put down by strangers, after suffering in a cage, waiting her turn to die. We are her family and don’t want her to go that way! Vanessa Carlton in our eyes is a MURDERER and we pray to the good lord for justice!” – Ben Teichberg