Georgia ACO Lets Friendly Dog Suffer and Die in Vehicle

Brad Pitt, as shown on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website.

Brad Pitt, as shown on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website.

When a 17 month old dog called Brad Pitt got lost in Georgia last month, owner Holly Roth and her family began looking for him.  They searched for him physically, put up fliers around the neighborhood, and reported him missing to Cobb Co AC.  The family kept checking in with AC to see if their pet had been picked up but they were repeatedly told no.  Then a neighbor called the Roths and said he had seen a Cobb Co ACO pick up Brad Pitt.

Oh, THAT dog.  Well, ok.  He was picked up but he was dead after having been hit by a car. It says so right here in the ACO’s notes.

Really?  Because the neighbor said:

“He (was) just a friendly dog. (The animal control officer) just put a leash on it (and) put him in the side of the truck and then drove away,” [David] Spontak said.

Oh, THAT that dog.  Well, ok.  He was perfectly fine when he was loaded onto the truck by the ACO but he was left in the metal box all day to suffer a horrible death from heat stroke.  So, still dead.

Gee, I’m afraid we’ll have to charge someone for that.  But don’t worry, just misdemeanor animal cruelty and misdemeanor obstruction for the attempted cover up.

The ACO, Matthew Cory Dodson, quit his job, was arrested and spent an hour in jail before being released on his own recognizance.

“Cobb County authorities want to reassure our citizens that this type of behavior will never be condoned and that the safety of any animal while in our custody (or otherwise) is paramount. We have met with the owner of the dog, advised them of the results of our investigation and are working with them regarding this tragic situation,” Cobb police said in a news release Monday.

I, for one, am so totally reassured.  It’s vewy sewious.

(Thanks Clarice for the links.)

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10 Comments

  1. Alice L. Fishbaugh

     /  August 25, 2015

    😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

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  2. Robert Berke

     /  August 25, 2015

    That ACO should be thrown in a metal box in the sun to die! Ignorance is no excuse! You abuse? You dhould be dead. Period!

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  3. BS. This can’t be undone and was careless! An hour in jail is not sufficient! He needs a severe jail term!

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  4. Maria Antonini

     /  August 25, 2015

    he needs to be thrown in a metal box to die in the hot sun, anything less is not just.

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  5. I do hope they are contemplating legal action.

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  6. Mikken

     /  August 25, 2015

    What a nightmare for the family! I hope they sue for the terrible emotional damage- that’s the only way these jerks notice enough to make changes.

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  7. Alice

     /  August 25, 2015

    There had to be more than one person involved in the cover up. You do not have to be a vet to tell the difference between a dog who died from heat stroke vs one that had been hit by a car. You only need eyes and a functioning brain. Then again, that might be beyond these bastards.

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  8. Karen F

     /  August 25, 2015

    Imagine how different the official statement would sound if the correct term were used. Not the euphemism “tragic situation,” but the correct term, “crime.”

    “Cobb County authorities want to reassure our citizens that this type of behavior will never be condoned and that the safety of any animal while in our custody (or otherwise) is paramount. We have met with the owner of the dog, advised them of the results of our investigation and are working with them regarding this crime,” Cobb police said in a news release Monday.

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  9. SMW

     /  August 26, 2015

    This can NOT be tolerated! Cobb County is as much at fault as the killer!

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