(Read the previous post for background.)
A source tells me the 5 dogs had been surrendered to the Selma shelter for “euthanasia” due to aggression. If that is accurate, it raises a number of other issues. Was it dog aggression, human aggression, or something else? There was apparently just one owner for all 5 dogs. I don’t know what steps, if any, were taken by the shelter to determine if the dogs were truly dangerous with no reasonable hope of rehabilitation, friendly, or somewhere in between.
The same source states the dogs were housed in 2 kennels: 3 dogs in one cage and 2 dogs in the other. If accurate, this further undermines the claim that the officer feared for his life due to the potential threat of 5 dogs mauling him.
I think the chief should supply more information to the public. He says he wants the shelter’s record to speak for itself. I want the chief to speak for the 5 dogs who were in his department’s care and ended up dying violently and unnecessarily at the hands of one of his officers. He needs to order a full investigation of these killings by an independent agency. The officer who killed the dogs should be prohibited from working with animals in future and charged with whatever statutes he is found to have violated with regard to these dogs.
Chief of Police: Myron Dyck, (559) 891-2228 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Contact Person: Sgt. Terry Reid, (559) 891-2281 or (559) 896-2525 or e-mail email@example.com
Selma Police Department: Mailing address is 1935 E. Front Street, Selma CA, 93662, Fax 559-896-8839