A family has been torn apart after a police K9 was taken from the only family that he has ever known. The fractured family took place after Steve Patterson’s November 6 resignation from his position as the chief of police for the village of Camp Point in Illinois.
Patterson intended to pay for his K9 partner, Poseidon, but that option was pulled from the table. Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn stated that the dog was city property and told Herald-Whig’s news-gathering partners at WGEM, “at some point we had to take control. You don’t just give away village property.”
After Poseidon was taken from his family, Patterson wrote a post to Facebook:
“POSEIDON HAS BEEN RIPPED FROM HIS FAMILY. Our family’s hearts have been forever broken, my kids are crying so hard right now. They had the Quincy Police Department come pick up Poseidon. Some things are completely UNFORGIVABLE. I have offered to pay full price for Poseidon AND pay for a new dog but they have elected to come take him away from his family. Poseidon has never spent a night outside or in a kennel while with me. I cant imagine what is going through Poseidon’s mind. Please share so everyone can see what these people have done.”
Since that time, a petition has been created asking for the city to allow Poseidon to be purchased by the Patterson family – according to the petition, not only is the value of the dog intended to be paid, but also, training for a new police K9 (click here to read more and sign).
A fundraiser to help cover expenses for K9 Poseidon can be found at this link.
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