Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Made Faces At Police Dog

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.”

(Thanks Monika)

10 Responses to “Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Made Faces At Police Dog”

  1. Gary says:

    Seriously, the next thing coming is staring at certain ethnic groups to be considered a hate crime. I already saw it in print somewhere but forgot where.

  2. Lynne says:

    After reading about REAL animal abuse, I’d just like to pop someone in this story.

  3. Lisa Clay says:

    Could you imagine what would have happened if the dog had become agressive and hurt the woman? There would have been lawsuits to end all lawsuits.

  4. Sylvia says:

    You are defending a drunk taking out her problems on an animal? There is NEVER an excuse for that! I know someone who cares for retired police dogs. They put their lives willingly on the line for us every day. The cops did the right thing. This charge will stay on her record and be known if she has a pattern of animal abuse. Can you imagine what she might do to an animal or child when the cops are NOT watching her?

  5. Benjamin says:

    Sylvia, you’re right! This woman might stare at them! OH NO!

  6. Sylvia says:

    I don’t understand your sarcasm and I maintain that teasing a dog and trying to get it into trouble is cruel. (Whether you are .21 or not.) People do get away with being cruel to animals and children. Not all cruelty is against the law.

  7. CathyA says:

    Sylvia, - teasing dogs is done all the time………then if the dog reacts the COPS come and get the DOG, not arrest the person for teasing the dog. So who’s the abuser there huh?

  8. Sylvia says:

    Listen, a dog is a dog and a cop is a cop. Even if I don’t like cops, in this case I have to side with the dog. Yes, this dog has powerful friends and yes, there was not evidence to prosecute a cruelty charge here, but because people tease dogs a lot, it still is not right. This woman sounds nasty and she’d probably scorn those who spend time defending her. (Except for what sounds like a well-paid lawyer.)
    Since some communities are enacting very strict dangerous dog ordinances, I think we have to be equally strict about people teasing dogs. Just as you said, if somebody sets up your dog and reports it as being “aggressive”, the cops would have to at least investigate the incident. Unless you had the whole event on camera, I think your dog would be at a disadvantage. That is why I think we should be clear that teasing animals is a form of cruelty. (Even if you don’t like their owners.)

  9. Stephanie says:

    I don’t think teasing is considered cruelty. Why don’t the cops go after the real abusers who don’t take care of their animals or beat them. Instead of wasting everyones time because someone made a stupid face. Give me a break. If this were a serious offense all children would be in jail.

  10. Sylvia says:

    Maybe someone does need to give you a break, Stephanie. I am sorry if you were teased a lot or taught that teasing was not cruel. What is sad is that people with money can get away with just about anything, including far more serious charges than this one. And it is not because they are not arrested; they happen to have the greatest influence over prosecutors and judges. Some of these people are prosecutors and judges.


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