A VIGIL was held for two dogs, Marshall and Millions, who were "barbarically killed" by the police.

The vigil took place on Sunday, June 4 at the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke, with residents gathering to light candles and blow bubbles in remembrance of the two dogs who were killed by the police in East London last month.

The event was organised by Paula Campbell.

She told the Gazette: "We're here because of the injustice, Marshall and Millions were barbarically killed.

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"We're here to stand up and say that it's not right, it wasn't an isolated incident and it happens more often than people think, the only difference is it was recorded this time."

Footage of the incident involving police trying to take the dogs away then surfaced on social media in which officers were seen pursuing the dog's owner Louie Turnbull, who was holding Marshall and Millions on a short lead alongside a canal.

Basingstoke Gazette:

The peaceful vigil was attended by dozens, with a poem being read in memory of the two dogs.

Those who attended were then encouraged to light a candle or blow bubbles during a minute of silence to pay respects and remember Marshall and Millions.

Co-organisor of the vigil, Mylo told the Gazette: "Over the past three weeks, more than 100 vigils have been set up across the country as well as in other countries to highlight this and stand up for justice for animals who can't speak for themselves.

Basingstoke Gazette:

"There needs to be better training for both police and owners and better risk assessments in situations like this.

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"I think there should be more legislation in place, if you want to keep a dog then you should have to go on a dog handling course in order to understand their mentality and how to control them better.

"We've set up a foundation called The Dogs Foundation which will help provide training for people who own dogs, we think this will help make a difference and help to prevent an awful situation like what happened with Marshall and Millions.

"I know it didn't happen in Basingstoke but the locality doesn't matter, it's about the situation, we send aid to disasters in other countries when they need it, this is no different. We are highlighting an issue within our country."