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December 12, 2023
Brittney Williams 202-483-7382
Shaker Heights, Ohio – Final evening, PETA despatched a letter to the Shaker Heights Police Division chief of police, Wayne D. Hudson, requesting that he instantly retire and switch everlasting custody of Ok-9 Igor to former officer Chad Hagan, the canine’s accomplice and fixed companion for greater than 5 years. Hagan’s request to maintain Igor—who has lived with Hagan and his household for many of his life—was denied on Thanksgiving, even after he supplied to pay town greater than $10,000 to cowl the price of changing Igor.
Within the letter, PETA slams the police division’s assertion that 6-year-old Igor might be stored on obligation for as much as two extra years, noting that the German shepherd—who has apparently been confined to a kennel facility since final month—is already approaching the age when large-breed Ok-9s must be retired.
Igor. Credit score: Shaker Heights Police Division Fb web page
“Igor is locked in a kennel, absolutely scared and confused, when he must be having fun with a peaceable retirement with the loving household he’s been aspect by aspect with for many of his life,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is urging the Shaker Heights Police Division to not be a grinch this Christmas and to let Igor go house to his household.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals should not ours to abuse in any approach”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org, hearken to The PETA Podcast, or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Hudson follows.
December 11, 2023
Wayne D. Hudson
Chief of Police
Shaker Heights Police Division
Pricey Chief Hudson:
I hope this message finds you properly. I’m writing on behalf of Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals (PETA) and our almost 191,000 members and supporters in Ohio to induce you to instantly retire and switch everlasting custody of Ok-9 Igor to former Shaker Heights police officer Chad Hagan, who was his handler for greater than 5 years, and has supplied to pay town $10,000 to assist offset the price of changing him.
In accordance with information reviews, Igor has been a part of Hagan’s household for the reason that two have been partnered collectively when the canine was solely a 12 months outdated. They’ve hardly spent any time aside over the past 5 years (greater than half the everyday life expectancy of a German shepherd), forging a strong bond that little doubt made them an environment friendly crew on obligation and inseparable companions off obligation. Sudden separation and kenneling would be sure to trigger important misery to Igor. Research have proven that the human-animal bond is essential to a working canine’s success and that prime ranges of stress and nervousness impair an animal’s skill to carry out as anticipated. Regardless of town’s assertion that Igor may maybe proceed working for at the very least two extra years, the canine is already approaching the age when large-breed Ok-9s must be retired. It’s in the very best pursuits of the group for Igor to be retired and stay with the Hagan household.
Moreover, though the official assertion launched by town cites Shaker Heights municipal code as stopping the company from promoting Igor to Hagan, town actually maintains discretion to switch authorized custody of the animal. Code part 141.07 is inapplicable to the sale of a canine who is just not retired, injured, disabled, or too outdated for obligation, and the exception in subsection (c) solely revokes the handler’s proper to buy the animal however doesn’t prohibit town from promoting him. Due to this fact, whether or not the police division chooses to retire Igor or claims that he’s “nonetheless match for obligation,” town maintains discretion to promote or in any other case launch the canine to Hagan.
Most information reviews about police canines spotlight the ugly aspect of the business, together with the cruelty of outdated coaching strategies and the struggling and deaths endured within the line of obligation, incidents that erode a group’s belief in regulation enforcement. We hope you’ll take this chance to do the best factor.
Thanks to your consideration.
Supervisor, Cruelty Investigations Division