When Our Heros Become Villains…

Bound Angels Blog

Please read the following story from the LA times. As a person who understands dogs, I can honestly tell you that if a dog “grabs” your hand and has not severed a finger, it is being “mouthy.” Misha, the dog I recently rescued did this. She was a young German Shepherd under a year old. Being mouthy is not being aggressive. This man is a firefighter, a person to protect, the man that goes up the tree to get your cat down, not the thug that breaks the jaw of your dog and bashes the dogs brains out with a rock.

This is disturbing and disgusting. I am angered by this and can only hope that justice will be served. I don’t feel that justice is a “paid leave.”

Read for yourself. This man is a thug and should be treated as a criminal. Demand the same justice as if it were any other thug.

Reprinted from the LA TIMES

November 8, 2008

A Riverside teenager who left home to run an errand came home 20 minutes later to find paramedics, police and a firetruck outside his home. A neighbor took him to see the family dog, beaten and bleeding under a bush.

The female dog, a 6-month-old shepherd mix named Karley, allegedly was beaten by a neighbor, Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson, who was placed on administrative leave Friday while the incident is investigated.

Johnson reportedly told investigators that he had acted in self-defense.

Karley was euthanized a few hours after the incident, which occurred about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Karley apparently had run across Johnson’s yard and into the next yard.

Travis Staggs said he started walking the dog home from his yard when Johnson offered to take Karley home.

“Then something in his head snapped and he started beating the dog,” Staggs said.

Johnson allegedly punched Karley with a closed fist about a dozen times and then beat her with an 11-inch rock, Staggs said, adding that he tried to stop Johnson but was pushed away.

Authorities received two calls from the 17000 block of Armintrout Drive: one from a woman who said her husband was attacked by a dog, and another from a man who said his neighbor had beaten a dog, Riverside County Sheriff‘s Sgt. David Barton said in a statement.

After Brandon Toole, 19, saw the injured dog, his 17-year-old sister, Heather, rushed the animal to a veterinarian, and later an animal intensive care unit.

Karley was euthanized because she was so badly injured, said Jeff Toole, the teenagers’ father.

“I can’t describe the way [Karley] looked and the pain she was in,” Brandon Toole said.

Police said Johnson was taken to a hospital for wrist and thumb injuries.

Jeff Toole said the thumb puncture occurred when Johnson grabbed Karley’s mouth and broke her jaw.

Johnson told his bosses about the incident, which he described as self-defense, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.

“The Los Angeles County Fire Department is deeply concerned with allegations regarding Assistant Chief Glynn Johnson’s actions in the beating of his neighbor’s dog,” Freeman said in a statement.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Malicious and intentional injuring of an animal is a felony.

The Toole family said Karley was a well-behaved dog.

“We are going to have to find another place to live,” Jeff Toole said.

Wagner is a Times staff writer.

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