Police in Florida have arrested Moses Rogers, Jr., 28, with cruelty to animals charge for yelling at a police dog in a patrol vehicle. It appears that the dog was deeply offended or agitated by the encounter.
Moses, who is also charged with disorderly conduct, committed the offense at 2:24 a.m. when he yelled the obscene statement at the window of the patrol car causing, according to the police, the dog to “become overloaded, tormenting the dog.” It is not clear whether the dog is in therapy or has been placed on leave pending recovery.
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The question for the Stuart police department should be the training of its offices rather than its canines. Officers may be legitimately upset with the rude treatment of their dog, but officers are supposed to use a modicum of judgment in making criminal charges.
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