A teacher at an Oregon middle school has been cited for animal neglect after his rescued dog died in the parking lot of Stoller Middle School in Beaverton. The dog, a Labrador retriever/border collie mix, died on Wednesday after he jumped out of John Wickham’s truck; the leash that the dog was tethered with was too short and the dog was strangled to death.
According to KOIN News, a witness stated that before the dog jumped, she saw him, “barking and acting frantic.” It was a hot day, in the 80s, when the dog apparently became desperate enough to jump out of the truck.
According to the police report, Wickham made a rather callous remark to witnesses after coming out to pick up his deceased dog and put him back in the bed of the truck – he is reported to have stated, “these things happen.”
Wickham was cited, but not arrested. The authorities want to remind people to call 9-1-1 if they observe an animal in distress, noting that this situation was “completely avoidable.”
(Screenshot via KOIN News)
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