2011-05-21 / Editorials & Letters

‘Watchdog’ takes a look at Newark Police

Editor:

A few incidents involving Newark Police happened last year, but I hadn’t planned to make them public as long as the police department did not make them a common practice. But it seems, even though I (and others) have offered to help injured animals, some police officers, IN MY OPINION, have absolutely no compassion for a defenseless, injured animal and the public should be aware of what may happen to their animal if found injured by some Newark Police officers.

According to public records, an injured cat was placed in a cage outside the Newark Police station around 6 p.m. on the evening of May 1, 2011. The cat had a huge hole in its side. When the Animal Control Officer (ACO) came in the next day, he found a dead cat. The officer was asked if the cat was alive when he placed it in the cage. The officer said, “It was alive when I put it in there. I figured it wouldn’t make it through the night.” The cat was there for about 14 hours!

On several occasions, animals have been placed in the outside cages (that are not sheltered from the weather) during storms, rain and cold. I complained about Newark officers doing this last year behind the dog pound. They haven’t stopped it; they have just relocated the cages to the Newark Police station.

On April 15, 2011, a Newark Police officer noted on an incident report that he found an injured cat in front of a home on Channel Street. The officer notes that he had to “dispatch” the cat and “FIRED TWO SHOTS FROM MY DUTY WEAPON.” Not only did he SHOOT THE CAT, he shot it TWO times and left its dead body laying in front of this residence! Is this an officer who needs target practice or just likes killing something? I don’t think even Barney Fife would have to shoot an INJURED cat twice!

Last year, police officer(s) loaded an injured dog in the cruiser and took the dog to the “humane society” where they shot and killed the dog. Several other incidents had occurred prior to this and the report on this dog was upsetting to me and prompted me to contact the police department to let them know they could contact me, day or night, to take in injured animals (I would even come and get them). The ACO had offered to come in and humanely euthanize (at no extra cost to the city) injured animals. His offer was turned down by the police.

I have recently taken on 18 cats (from hoarding situations) for the City of Newark and with no financial help from the City of Newark.

How much effort would it have taken for the Newark Police to dial 740-404- 7880 and say, “Come and get this injured animal?!”

Bonnie Mansfield
Buckeye Lake

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