Officer Demoted for Surrendering Retired Police Dog to an Animal Shelter

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Published: December 18, 2018
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Officer Carl Ellis was removed from the narcotics investigations team and assigned to patrol duty after quietly surrendering a retired police dog that had served nine years on the force.

When the department announced the retirement of Ringo, a yellow Labrador Retriever, it was said he would be going home with his handler, Ellis. Instead, Ellis took him to an animal shelter.

It wasn’t until weeks later that Randy Hare, Ringo’s dog trainer, received a picture message of Ringo at Webster Animal Shelter from a police officer.

“Why would he turn his back on the dog and surrender his dog like that?” Hare tells the New York Times. “I never dreamed in a thousand years that he would pull this. I thought he would at least call me first and let me help him.”

When the department’s chief officer, James E. Davis, got word about Ringo, “He wasn’t pleased,” the spokesman, Sgt. Roderick Holmes, tells the outlet. “We treat our canines like we do any other officer with our department.”

Ringo is currently under the care of Hare, who brings Ringo in to participate in some of his police dog training courses.

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