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8/23/2014 3:55 am  #1

Dog deaths more important than children?

What does this say about our society and us as a nation?

Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog
Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,
August 23, 2014

MILLS, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.

According to an investigator's statement filed in Natrona County Circuit Court, Mills police officer Zachary Miller left the dog, a 10-year-old female black lab named Nyx, in his patrol car for over six hours July 9. "It's a tragedy," Mills Mayor Marrolyce Wilson said.

Miller, a four-year veteran of the Mills Police Department, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Friday.
The affidavit states that Miller left the dog inside his car, went into the police department about 6 a.m. and did not return to the car until about 12:20 p.m. Police dogs are allowed inside the station, Mills police Chief Bryon Preciado said.
During the time Miller was inside, he was training another officer on patrol-duty procedures. Miller is no longer a training officer, Preciado said. The officer who was with Miller that day will not be disciplined, Preciado said.

Miller remains employed by the police department but is currently not on active duty, Preciado said. He was suspended for a week with pay starting the day the dog died.
"It was a mistake he's going to have to pay for," Preciado said. "He's going to be disciplined through our department."
Miller had never faced disciplinary action by the department before this incident, Preciado said. He was named "Officer of the Year" in 2013.

The dog's body was buried on Miller's property, Preciado said. "Everyone was hurt by her loss." Nyx was the department's first and only police dog. The department has suspended its K9 program and is reviewing its policies, Preciado said. Alarms will be installed in the K9 patrol car before the department acquires a new police dog, Preciado said. The alarm will come with a key fob that dog handlers will carry that will alert them when the car gets too hot or too cold.


Okay, let's review.

• So important and tragic, the mayor comments to the media. There must have been a press conference?

• The officer was charged. Relieved of duty. Suspended. Disciplined. Training officer position taken away. He was "Officer of the Year" but "this is a mistake he's going to have to pay for."

• Lots of action taken. The force's K9 program was suspended and policies are under review.

• Preventative action, as well. Alarms in cars and special key fobs. Public money allocated, no doubt.

• Immediate response and rapid action. This happened July 9th.



9/06/2014 1:37 pm  #2

Re: Dog deaths more important than children?

Well, maybe she was praying about it. She could have been waiting for God's Will to take care of the puppies. Perhaps her religious beliefs forbid veterinarian care? Maybe the puppies were being taught to fast and learn to "be calm" during prayer time. Maybe she's not against feeding and routine puppy care and taking them to the vet, but just against 'putting those things supremely over Christ'.

Why should we judge her? We don't know. She probably doesn't have veterinarian insurance. Maybe she just doesn't know how to care for puppies and didn't realize they needed anything. She has the right to take care of her puppies any way she pleases and to make those choices.

Oh wait. No, she doesn't. There are laws. Puppies must be provided with basic necessities - food, water and shelter - and be treated humanely, unless it is "necessary" or "justifiable" to deny them. Felony anticruelty laws in all 50 states impose up to $125,000 in fines and 10 years in prison.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 27-year-old woman is accused of abusing and neglecting two puppies that were left in her care. Investigators have located the owner, who is an active-duty member of military serving overseas.
"If you would have seen what they were in, it would have turned your stomach," said Richard Byrd, operations manager at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Shelter. "It's deplorable that this woman left her dogs in the care of someone and this is what happened to them." "The puppies were discovered roughly one week ago by the EBR Constable's Office." "The puppies are under medical attention because of their condition. It's a wonder they survived."

With the two puppies safe, investigators with Animal Control turned attention to locating the person responsible for leaving the puppies in that condition."We were able to locate the owner of the puppies. She is deployed overseas," Byrd said. "We're still investigating to find out why they were left, how they were there, and the condition they were left in."
"We had two different addresses for her, but we were eventually able to find her," Byrd said about Sheppard. "She was located last night and booked into the Parish Prison."
Sheppard is charged with aggravated animal cruelty. She is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

The puppies will remain in the care of the shelter until the owner is able to reclaim them. "They're doing much better," Byrd noted. "I think they're turning that corner and will do okay."

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