A man who put up lost dog fliers in order to track down his runaway service dog still hasn’t found his pet, but instead found his local police department acting like animals when they threatened him with a citation, fines and jail time.
Jail time for putting up a flier about a lost dog? Can’t we go after the real problem: creepy guys giving guitar lessons and independent moving services?
King5.com reported that dog owner Shawn Slater of Marysville, Washington, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder but hasn’t needed medication since he’s owned his service dog, Nanna. The three-year-old Rottweiler is a certified medical alert and therapy dog.
Nanna escaped through a hole in Slater’s fence just before the Fourth of July after being scared by fireworks. She ripped off her tags in the process.
“Friends helped put up fliers through the city, but made the mistake of attaching them to utility poles and city property, which is illegal,” according to King5.com.
The police must have been very protective of those utility poles because when members of the department called Slater, they threatened him with a day of jail and a $250 fine for each additional sign he put up.
A statement from the Marysville Police said that while the calls afforded Slater the opportunity to post fliers in accordance with the law, the department is reviewing its precise message. Apparently, “we’d like to add insult to your injury by throwing you in jail after losing your dog” isn’t working.