A Mississippi Police K-9 from Jackson who was retired after nearly 10 years of service was handed to an animal shelter by his handler- and the chief of police has now demoted the officer for his callous action.
When Jackson PD had to retire K-9 Ringo after nearly a decade on the job, his handler, Detective Carl Ellis, was supposed to take him home to live out a quiet life.
Instead, Ellis dumped the Labrador Retriever off at the local animal shelter.
According to the Clarion Ledger, when the Jackson PD Chief James Davis found out, he was so angry that he demoted Ellis to patrol duty.
“The Jackson Police Department respects and holds our canines with high regard just as we do any other officer within our department,” a statement from Jackson PD read. “They are family, and we do not feel they deserve anything less than a loving home in retirement.”
However, the story does have a happy ending- at least for Ringo. When Ringo’s former trainer, Randy Hare, found Ringo in a shelter, he immediately adopted him, ensuring a happy retirement for the loyal police dog.
“The treatment of dogs who are involved in law-enforcement is sometimes really really good and sometimes it’s not so good. A lot of times they’re treated like equipment and when they’re treated like equipment, sometimes they’re disposed of like equipment,” Hare told WAPT.
In response to the incident, Davis has “immediately implemented protocol which requires quarterly welfare checks for all canines, both active duty and retired.”
In addition, new policies are being drafted to ensure K-9s get the best possible care after retirement.
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