A woman was charged with cruelty to a police animal and resisting arrest after an incident last year.
How was she cruel to a police animal? After a heated conversation with the police officers, she approached one of the police officer’s vehicles and stared at the police dog inside, and she was described by the officers as “staring at him in a taunting/harassing manner.” The police officers said the woman was taunting the dog and that the dog felt the threat from the woman. The officers then arrested the woman (she also registered 0.21 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Vermont).
After looking at a video of the incident, the state’s attorney decided to drop the charges saying that: “I think it was going to be difficult to prove her conduct changed the dog’s behavior.” The woman’s lawyer stated that: “people are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It’s constitutional expression.”