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November 29, 2011


Lee Anne Holdren

I think I'm going to be sick. No attempt even made to see if this was someone's pet? It sure seems as though something besides 'compassion' was motivating this police officer to commit this brutal and sadistic act. This is not the kind of person that Harrisonburg citizens should want anywhere near law enforcement.

Becci Harmon

I am not a resident of the city of Harrisonburg, but I did receive 2 responses to emails sent to city council members. The first: As I mentioned at our Council meeting on Tuesday, a) I have not communicated with anyone at any level who thinks this was acceptable, and b) as sad as this situation is, it appears some good should come of it. Our police officers are considerably better versed now on how to deal with these situations, including the availability of emergency veterinarian services. In short, everyone gets it that these events reflect poorly on the entire City, not just the officer directly involved. The second: The City takes this matter very seriously. As you probably know, the Commonwealth’s Attorney generally makes the decisions regarding bringing charges. That being said, it is unlikely in my mind that any criminal prosecution is legally viable under these circumstances. The police department, human resources, animal control and the city manager are handling this matter at this time
In other words...NOTHING will be done.

A. L. Mason

This kind of attitude and response (or lack of response) is commonplace in my county. The idea of AC taking an injured animal to a vet clinic is unheard of. Our shelter has only recently taken the step of providing vaccines (not including rabies as there is no veterinary service) to all incoming animals. As one who has spoken up to openly and pragmatically address the severe inadequacies in our county's animal management system, I have only been targeted and labeled as a trouble-maker and have found little support among community members. If there is any effective assistance available in Virginia that can facilitate the efforts of those seeking to address such grievances in their communities I would be grateful for the reference.

Elizabeth Ralston

I live about 30 minutes from Harrisonburg, grew up just outside of town. Even with tremendous response from the community they are working hard to sweep it under the rug and hope it goes away. What I find equally disturbing is the total lack of concern from the head of the Harrisonburg /Rockingham SPCA who was initially "outraged" yet immediately backed off after meeting with the police department and deemed the internal investigation satisfactory, investigation and discipline the public will not be privy to. Please help us keep up the push to have this officer fired and charged with animal cruelty.

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