Rugar, a beloved and devoted family dog, was shot on Sunday, July 8th and left to suffer by a St. Louis County, Minnesota Sheriff's Deputy...Officer Chris Cazin. The bullet went through the top of his muzzle, out his throat and through his paw. The only reason that the officer drove down the quarter-mile driveway was to deliver civil papers...a summons for an old medical bill in the amount of $1300. According to the deputy, this amount was worth leaving a pet suffering in his own front yard for his guardians to find. Rugar's owner drove up a short time later to find his faithful friend gurgling on his own blood in the driveway. The magnitude of this situation is astounding, the cruelty that the officer showed is truly horrifying. Needless to say, Rugar had to be put down, there was no saving him...the only option was to humanely end his suffering. We have to put a stop to this kind of senseless violence. If we can't even trust officers to place proper judgement on the use of deadly force when it comes to our pets, how can we trust them with our children or ourselves? Please stand up for Rugar and the many other pets who have lost their lives in similar circumstances.
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- Sheriff Ross Litman
- Deputy Chris Cazin and St Louis County Sheriffs Office
Justice For Rugar
As an elected official, one must be continually aware of the opinions and attitudes of the residents of St. Louis County, as I am sure you are well aware. I write this letter with full confidence that you are a man of good judgment, being the Sheriff of the largest land mass county in the great state of Minnesota.
It has recently come to my attention that an incident took place on the morning of July 8, 2012 involving the serving of certain legal paperwork that was not necessarily time-sensitive. I am referring to the paperwork served by deputy Cazin on this day.
As you probably know there is a growing concern among the residents that this incident involving the killing of a domestic animal could have quite easily been avoided. Common sense dictates all of the ways that the shooting of this animal could have been avoided. If the deputy indeed had the phone number of the defendant, couldn't the deputy have left the scene after seeing the dogs and phoned the defendant to tell them he/she was coming there and to restrain the dogs?
What surprises me the most is that you apparently made statements to the ABC news affiliate out of Duluth condoning this deputy's actions almost immediately after this incident took place without calling for further investigation and based solely on deputy Cazin's police report.
I write this letter to ask you to further investigate this shooting and do whatever is necessary to make this right with the people involved and help to quell the public outcry that is growing. I trust that you will do the right thing and re-open this case as there are just too many areas that do not make sense, according to all of the statements made by the news media, the deputy and yourself.
I ask now, on behalf of a growing public concern that deputy Cazin be placed on suspension pending further investigation and that this investigation begins immediately.
I trust you will do the right thing as re-canting earlier statements in favor of the truth would be looked upon as favorable in this atmosphere.
Please get back to me at your earliest convenience with your thoughts on this matter. Please remember that a good police force employs human beings from all walks of life as this helps them to better understand their job and embrace communication skills.
Since this deputy is human he is therefore subject to error. It is my belief that you might make the mistake in thinking that because a person is representing you and in uniform, he or she cannot make mistakes. This is a dangerous thought pattern and one that I am sure you will agree with.
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