Police Officer Suspended Over Police Dog’s Death

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“This was a police officer, so he had some brains, if the car had an alarm to alert officers with dogs of high internal temperatures; chances are all the officers knew of it, what it was for & that it ONLY worked when engine running. What part of the above didn’t he understand?? Some may think I’m being a tad harsh on the guy, but it was his job to care for that life, in his car! What was more important to make him turn the engine off & leave it off, which killed the dog! Perhaps it was his lunch break. Unpaid suspension & no other dog, excuse me if I don’t jump for joy!”

A Des Moines police officer has been given a three-day unpaid suspension for the death of his police dog.

The Des Moines Register says an internal investigation laid out discipline recommendations for Officer Brian Mathis. Harley, a 7 year-old yellow lab died August 29 after Mathis left him in an unmarked car at the police station for over an hour.

In addition to the suspension, Mathis won’t be eligible for another dog.

“He’s taken full responsibility,” said Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradsaw. Mathis “recognizes the consequences, he’s living with them everyday. It was not his intent to ever leave the dog in the car.”

Mathis’ car had an alarm system to protect police dogs from the heat, but the system only works if the car is running.

The Des Moines Register reports that the department will buy a new system that can pop the doors or start the engine and alert officers if temperatures reach a dangerous level, even if the car isn’t running.

“These are dog people, they love animals,” Bradshaw said. “Anything I do to (Mathis), it won’t be as severe as what he’s doing to himself.”

News Link:-http://wqad.com/2012/10/09/police-officer-suspended-over-police-dogs-death/

Animal rights group contacts accused chicken killer

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SALISBURY — A national animal rights organization has sent a letter asking the Delmar man accused of killing almost 70,000 chickens to become a vegetarian as “penance” for his alleged actions.

The group, Mercy for Animals, also sent a Vegetarian Starter Kit with tips and recipes to Joshua D. Shelton, 21, using the Wicomico County Department of Corrections address. The letter is dated Aug. 30.

Shelton allegedly turned off the power to farmer Mark Shockley’s Delmar chickenhouses, which killed nearly 70,000 chickens that became deprived of food, water and cooling fans, according to charging documents. He faces burglary, malicious destruction of property, trespassing and animal cruelty charges.

Shockley, who estimated his total loss at about $25,000, said he doesn’t feel becoming a vegetarian is the solution for Shelton.

“I think, first of all, he should give his life to God, and I’m not a real religious person, but I do believe in God,” Shockley said.

He also said an incident like this shows how going too far with alcohol affects innocent people.

The boy should pay for this,” Shockley said. “He should have time to sit and think about what he did. And that’s what jail is for.

Mercy for Animals, which is headquartered in California, found out about the incident through the media, according to Matt Rice, its director of investigations.

Rice said the organization had read that Shelton did feel some remorse about the incident.

“This is the perfect opportunity for Mr. Shelton to prove he means what he says,” Rice said.

Much of the letter goes into what the lives of billions of factory-farmed chickens in the U.S. are like.

Mail sent to inmates is normally from family, friends or attorneys, said WCDC Director George Kaloroumakis.

“This is a first that I’m aware of,” Kaloroumakis said. “But I’m sure it’s not the first time someone who’s incarcerated has received a letter from an organization.”

Kaloroumakis described having a news release sent about the letter sent to an inmate as “something out of the norm.

As for the incident itself, Shockley said, “It’s been a very bizarre, hard-to-believe, devastating thing for us.”

News Link:-http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120917/WIC/309170012

To read the letter sent to Joshua Shelton by Mercy for Animals, visitwww.MercyForAnimals.org/MDChickenLetter.pdf

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