An animal control officer in Parma, Ohio, unleashed an angry tirade on a woman who left her dog to die inside of a vehicle parked outside of her home. As reported by Fox 8 News, the incident happened at the Kenmore Avenue home of 31-year-old Kasey Wise.
Wise had called the police to report that her dog, a husky, was locked inside of her car – she noted that the dog was “motionless.” The police officer called for assistance from the Parma Animal Control and officer Julie Kocik responded.
Officer Kocik was livid after finding the dog dead in the backseat of the car. She can be heard on the body camera yelling:
“He’s dead, I want her f****** arrested.”
As Wise was being led back to the patrol car, Kocik screamed, “Get out of here before f****** kill you.”
Wise claims that she left her dog in the car, with the air-conditioning running, and that she was just trying to cool the dog off. But a neighbor told the authorities that the woman frequently left her dog for extended periods inside of the car.
Wise is facing a charge of cruelty against a companion animal – she may face a felony charge under Goddard’s Law if a grand jury determines that it is warranted.
The police department released a statement to Fox 8:
Our animal control officer is passionate about her job and animals. She regrets allowing her emotions to get the best of her and, in this matter, was counseled by the safety director about her reaction. It is important to note the defendant has current charges pending under State of Ohio Goddard’s Law and a significant court history of 20 citations since September 2020 for animal-related violations, including:
1. Animal Running at Large
2. Failure to Comply with Requirements for a Dangerous Dog
3. Failure to Comply with Rabies Vaccination Requirements
4. Failure to Comply with Animal Registration
5. Failure to Comply with Quarantine
Ohio law deems animals as property and limits an animal control officer’s authority. Parma’s animal control officer was not legally permitted to take possession of the dog based on the defendant’s prior offenses.
(Body cam footage)
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