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Napo, a 3 year-old police dog, was found dead in his handler's car after being left overnight.
His handler, Deputy Steve Verret, has been reassigned, but has not been terminated or charged with animal cruelty/neglect.
We demand a necropsy of the deceased K9 officer to determine the cause of death. The dog's handler should be dismissed immediately and animal cruelty/neglect charges should be pressed to the fullest extent of the law.
Though this tragedy happened over three weeks ago, the Sheriff's Department attempted to keep it under wraps. An anonymous tip to local news agencies helped bring the story to light this week.
View the local news story here
Hundreds react to "accidental" death of Perry County K-9
Update: the Perry County Sheriff's Office has deleted their Facebook page. Please continue to contact Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith on his cell phone: 601-788-4696. Urge him to terminate the responsible officer and to press animal cruelty charges.
Call the Perry County Sheriff's Office: 601-964-8461
Perry County District Attorney Patricia Burchell's office: 601-545-1551
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Napo the police dog died due to the neglegence of his handler, Deputy Steve Verret.
State animal cruelty laws, as well as the Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act, are in place to protect police dogs like Napo.
The public demands that Steve Verret be dismissed from duty and charged to the fullest extent of the law.