No criminal charges will be filed against Cincinnati District 4 police after dog died in their custody
On Friday, July 6 it was reported that a dog died while tied up to a pole outside Cincinnati Police station.
After attempts to contact multiple Cincinnati media stations, WKRC released an update yesterday afteroon regarding the stray Pit Bull mix who was brought to Cincinnati District 4 police headquarters on Friday and died while tied to a pole outside. The dog was brought to Cincinnati police by Twon Johnson, a Good Samaritan who saw the dog running loose and was unable to take him to the SPCA.
Upon his arrival- Cincinnati police instructed him to tie the dog up outside to a pole while they called SPCA Cincinnati saying that ‘bringing the dog inside the station might have posed a threat to citizens’ but a short time later, the dog was found dead, tied to a pole. Friday’s official reported temperature was 104 degrees, which felt like anywhere from 105-110 degrees according to the weather channel. Cincinnati had also been seeing extreme and record breaking high temperatures for over a week.
Yesterday afternoon it was reported that the Hamilton County Prosecutor will not press criminal charges in the incident, but Cincinnati Police have launched an internal investigation; the investigation is not yet complete but police have already conferred with the prosecutor who has determined there was no criminal intent and so, no criminal charges will be filed.
There was ‘no criminal intent’ reported in this case..but according to the Ohio Revised Code, Title IX Agriculture- Animals-Fences- Chapter 959.131- Offenses relating to domestic animals:
(C) No person who confines or who is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal shall negligently do any of the following:
(1) Torture, torment, needlessly mutilate or maim, cruelly beat, poison, needlessly kill, or commit an act of cruelty against the companion animal;
(2) Deprive the companion animal of necessary sustenance, confine the companion animal without supplying it during the confinement with sufficient quantities of good, wholesome food and water, or impound or confine the companion animal without affording it, during the impoundment or confinement, with access to shelter from heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight, if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the deprivation, confinement, or impoundment or confinement in any of those specified manners.
Cincinnati police accepted responsibility for the dog when he was brought to them and they agreed to call the SPCA; they also knowingly left it without access to shelter from the heat and sunlight while he was in their care (AKA- confining a companion animal.)
As you can see in the picture above, the dog’s body is under the white poster where it died after being turned into police.
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