Johnsonburg Police Dept / Animal Cruelty & obnoxioous behavior
I am disabled along with my son. He has some pet dogs that he keeps inside mostly but they are never loose and chained when outside. Yesterday he was going out of town so he took the 2 smallest ones that normally are chained in the yard during the day[our town has a leash law & we havent a fence yet] since rain was forecast, he set them up in the laundry room with food water & newspaper in a corner of the cement pad, that if I couldnt get them out in time [ I have difficulty walking on stairs] that he would clean up after he came home.
Not the problem.
He was late for his appt in Detroit, so he and his brother left for over night and were in a hurry.
Normally when the dogs are in the basement, I call them up stairs in my hallway and take them outside via my front door. Inadvertently my son failed to lock the basement door with its latch and one of the dogs, wanting to go out, pawed at it til it opened and he slipped outside into t he yard. He pulled open a small bag of trash, only a few pieces as it was just a shopping bag with some containers in it.
A police car drove passed and noticed he was loose so he stopped. When he got out of his car, the dog, wagging his tail a mile a minute and totally unagressive as he is an attention starved love bug of a dog, ran towards the cop.
I hear a loud knock at the door and there stood the cop with the dog loose but now on my porch, so I let him in immediately and told the cop how shocked I was as the basement door must have gotten open somehow and I never heard a sound. I asked if he could look over to the side to see if the door was open as I couldnt imagine my son leaving the dog out when he left.
Although it would have only been one side step for the cop to peaK around the steps of my porch, he blatantly refused to look and tell me if the door was indeed open, so I being barefoot, began coming down one step at a time without my cane and looked around and pulled the door shut.
Not enough, this cop, unlike the other cops I have met in town that are nice, was beligerant and began saying he was going to serve me a citation for the dog being loose as they have problems in town with dogs running loose. I assured him this was accidental and that t he dog was on my property. He asked if I was responsible for the dog and I told him I was home with them but that the dog belongs to my son and he tends to it and had given it everything it needed before leaving, so that it would be ok til next day when he returns. All I had to do was give him water if he drank all of his.
The cop then began demanding the dog's license papers and I said my son had them and I had no idea where they were but that as soon as he returns he could show him as we had all the dogs licensed when we moved here last May.
Then after having put the dog into the bathroom as the cop came in my house, he began demanding the nature of my son going out of town and wanted his birthdate and other personal information and said my son was going to be cited. i asked him not to do so since this was only accidental that the dog got out and that it had stayed on my property.
It was then the cop told me that as soon as he began walking to the house that the dog went off the steps and ran towards him and that whenever he sees any dog, 'even if it is a chihuahua' he pepper sprays them!! While I can understand a person defending themself against an aggressive dog, I think it is inhumane and uncalled for to do such a thing to a friendly animal, on their own property, He claimed the dog had come down from the wall/steps[we have a retaining wall as we live on a hill] and that he sprayed the dog out of the yard, but I never saw the dog or him out of the yard. I believe he lied and just was being cruel and inhumane~!
Then with his belligerant and intimidating treatment of me, with threats of a citation coming today, that he was trying to cover his tracks for what he did.There was no reason to pepper spray this dog. Even injured from the spray, he was still friendly and listened to commands.
This cop saw and took an opportunity to abuse his position of authority and took advantage of this dog, under the excuse of what other people in town do with their dogs~ We live at the end of town and there are no neighbors on either side of us and I also own the lot across the street, so even IF the dog had crossed over he would have gone onto my other property [but he hadnt crossed over! he was in the yard]
The cop never identified himself, only he had a uniform on . My eyesight isnt that good, but I didnt notice his name badge if he had one on.
Now we are waiting to see if he comes back and if he files any papers against us as we want to file animal cruelty charges against him for using excessive force when it was not warranted.
Once I find out his name I want to file a complaint with the Police Chief and the Town Magistrate as well.