This disturbing video appeared on YouTube last week. It appears to show an ACO dragging a compromised dog (drugged and/or injured?) from the truck on a chokepole to a cage, spraying him with a hose, then dragging him back out on to the wet floor. Another person comes out and interacts with the dog and the tape ends with the dog still lying on the wet concrete. It is very difficult to watch and I would not recommend it to sensitive readers.
I have been reaching out to various people, including Stark Co officials, trying to get additional information but haven’t received any responses. The description which accompanies the video on You Tube reads:
This is the beginning of security tape footage requested as a public record from the Stark County Dog Warden Department. Sad to say, after the abuse seen in the video, this dog who had been darted in an artery by Deputy Phil Sedlacko (the deputy in the video who turned the high-powered hose on him), bled to death on the cold cement floor of the isolation room at the department. Several department employees went in to look at the dog, but no one seemed to find it necessary to take the dog to the vet where it could have been humanely euthanized. The dog’s name was Garfield.
I held off posting because I was hoping to verify the claims above and get clarification on what appears to be abuse in the video. But since I have been unsuccessful in that endeavor and since the video does appear to show cruelty at the hands of a public employee paid to protect pets from harm, I’m posting the link to the video.
If anyone has any information to add regarding this video, please share.