An online petition over the killing of a dog by a Collingwood OPP officer earlier this month has collected more than 18,000 names.

The petition launched by the Collingwood Animal Rights Advocate Group calls for the officer involved to be charged and suspended.

Last week’s incident, caught on camera, happened after police were called about reports of a coyote neighbourhood.

The video shows the officer running over the animal and then shooting it. It turned out the animal was actually someone’s family dog.

Members of the petition group me with Colllingwood’s mayor and the Collingwood Detachment Commander on Wednesday to discuss the incident, including ways of avoiding similar incidents in the future.

The officer involved is still on duty while the OPP’s Professional Standards Bureau investigates.

Learn more about the petition here.