WHEN IS ENOUGH,ENOUGH? WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE "THIN BLUE LINE" END AND THE LAW BEGIN? animal cruelty, is animal cruelty. whether intentional or not, its still animal cruelty. murder is murder, whether intentional or not, it is still murder. if a citizen leaves thier pet in a car, in the heat, with the windows up and an officer sees it, that citizen is charged with animal cruelty. if a suspect/perpetrator/citizen injures or kills a police K9, it is the same as injuring or killing a police officer. with that being said, what happens in a case where a K9 officers negligence costs his/her K9 partner its life?
on june 19th,2013 Spartacus, a 3 year old belgian malinois with the woodstock police department k9 unit, was left in the squad car AT THE OFFICERS HOME for several hours( in the sweltering heat) and was found dead aprox. 9pm that evening of heat stroke. according to the pickens county,ga sherrifs office, spartacus had possibly been in the back of the officers patrol car since 3 p.m.. that means he was there for 6 HOURS before officer chad berry even noticed. how do you NOT notice that your k9 partner, that lives and works with you 24/7, isnt there for 6 hours? as cops and courts say all the time "ignorance is no excuse". people are charged and convicted all the time because they broke a law. it may have been an accident, and may not have, but as the courts and law say all the time, "an accident isnt an excuse, you still broke the law". Georgia State Law 16-11-107 Destroying or causing serious or debilitating physical injury to police dog or police horse (b)Any person who knowingly and intentionally destroys or causes serious or debilitating physical injury to a police dog or police horse, knowing said dog to be a police dog or said horse to be a police horse, shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or a fine not to exceed $10,000.00, or both. OFFICER BERRY BROKE THE LAW! HE LEFT HIS PATNER TO SUFFER TO DEATH!
kevin hanrahan via themobilityrecource.com wrote this next part and i couldnt have said it better "Berry is on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation. The first thought that raced to my mind was that Officer Berry had just killed his partner! I cringe at the thought of Spartacus watching Berry disappear into his home. I imagine Spartacus beginning to pant as the hot sticky air steadily replaced the cool air inside the vehicle turned cage. I wonder if the car was in the shade or directly in the hot sun? Would it have even mattered, probably not? Then I imagine Spartacus looked longingly at the front door, confident that his partner will come back shortly with some cool water and perhaps a treat. How long was it before Spartacus began to panic, barking and pawing at the door? One hour? Two? I wonder if desperate scratch marks adorn the door close to the window. Smudges of Spartacus’ nose on the window. Eventually Spartacus became too tired from the fight and must have lied helplessly on the seat as the heat began to attack his brain. I wonder what affected him more, the heat or the feeling of despair that his partner had abandoned him? Either way Spartacus, a Police K9 trained in detection, tracking and apprehension died of heat stroke, betrayed by his master and partner. I simply don’t understand how something like this happens. I’ve seen many passionate outcries when a criminal kills a police dog. People want that perpetrator prosecuted as cop killers and personally, I agree with this. I’m a huge supporter of reclassifying these heroes as fellow officers and service members. But what happens then when that cop killer is a fellow officer? According to the Cherokee Tribune, Stancil said there could be charges made against the officer for animal cruelty if investigators determine there was intentional neglect or cruelty involved, but said it’s too early in the investigation to know. I know I’m not in Woodstock, Georgia and am not involved in the investigation, but the animal cruelty seems crushingly obvious. Spartacus’s brain fried as he died of heat stroke. Intentional or unintentional, Officer Berry, a nine year K9 handler veteran, was negligent and should face criminal charges." HE MURDERED HIS PARTNER! WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR NOT, HIS NEGLIGENCE COST SPARTACUS HIS LIFE. CHAD BERRY SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH HIS MUDER JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE WHO INJURES/KILLS A POLICE K9.
spartacus would have laid down his life for officer berry and done everything he(spartacus) could to protect him. spartacus looked up to berry for guidance as a loyaol partner, and friend. CHAD BERRY BETRAYED HIS PARTNERS TRUST! HIS NEGLIGENCE COST SPARTACUS HIS LIFE! CHAD BERRY MURDERED HIS PARTNER! ANIMAL CRUELTY IS TOO GOOD FOR HIM. SO LET ME REINTERATE ((((Georgia State Law 16-11-107 Destroying or causing serious or debilitating physical injury to police dog or police horse (b)Any person who knowingly and intentionally destroys or causes serious or debilitating physical injury to a police dog or police horse, knowing said dog to be a police dog or said horse to be a police horse, shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or a fine not to exceed $10,000.00, or both.)))). CHARGE OFFICER CHAD BERRY WITH SPARTACUS'S MURDER!!!!