WE the below signed people, do petition the City Of Des Moines Iowa, Polk County, Mayor Franklin Crownie and other aformentioned officials demanding that criminal charges against Officer B. Mathis. Police Officer Mathis is guilty of neglect resulting in the death of a police dog — a police officer to many —which is at least a serious misdemeanor as codified in chapter 717B, section 3 of the Iowa Code: "A person who impounds or confines, in any place, an animal is guilty of animal neglect, if the person ... Kills an animal by any means which causes unjustified pain, distress or suffering."
A dog cooking inside a 150-degree car certainly qualifies as unjustified pain and suffering, and certainly this deserves more than the proverbial hand slap of a three-day suspension without pay. Had any average citizen killed his own dog in this way, let alone a police dog, he certainly would face harsher legal consequences than a few days off work. The negligent death of a police dog is not only socially and ethically reprehensible, and illegal, but it also represents the loss of an investment of tens of thousands of the taxpayers' dollars, and a legal remedy must be sought to make them whole.
The community, and likely Mathis' hurting heart, would be well served by convicting Mathis of the misdemeanor and sentencing him to community service in the local animal shelter. Everyone involved in this case — Brian Mathis, the Des Moines Police Department and the decent citizens of Des Moines — deserve better.
Because, after all, Harley deserved better.
The Labrador retriever, named Harley, was a 7-year veteran of the Des Moines Police Department, NBC station WHO reported.
The Des Moines Register reported that the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon, according to CBS station KCCI.
Des Moines' recorded high temperature Wednesday was 95 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.
Pastor Randy Edgar
This petition closed over 3 years ago
I really am hoping that you all will sign this petition to get justice for "HARLEY". PLEASE help me put pressure on the city of Des Moines to seriously look into this and bring forth any criminal...
I really am hoping that you all will sign this petition to get justice for "HARLEY". PLEASE help me put pressure on the city of Des Moines to seriously look into this and bring forth any criminal or civil charges, as well as change the laws for future animals.
Harley legally was a POLICE officer. Should we allow our Police to set this type of precedent? NO OF COURSE NOT.
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