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PETA DEMANDS JOB REASSIGNMENT FOR ACCUSED DOG-KILLING ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

PETA DEMANDS JOB REASSIGNMENT FOR ACCUSED DOG-KILLING ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

By Sophia Charchuk - Media Coordinator - PETA

 

 

 

StamfordAnimal Control Officer Still on the Job After Admission of Inflicting InjuriesThat Killed Tiny Dog   Stamford, Texas — After learning that Stamfordanimal control officer Christopher Cerda is still on the job despite hisreported admission that he “spanked” and “back hand[ed]”his then-girlfriend’s 8-pound Yorkshire terrier in a fit of rage before leavingthe dog outside without water in temperatures above 100 degrees, PETA has posted an action alert onits website asking visitors to contact Stamford officials and demand that Cerdabe reassigned to non-animal duties. The 2-year-old dog, Alyssa, who had sustained traumaticinjuries and was suffering from heat stressand dehydration, died as a result of herinjuries, which were allegedly inflicted by Cerda on August 3, 2012. {{more}} “Animal control officers are trusted totreat animals with compassion and enforce animal protection laws—not violatethem,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations DaphnaNachminovitch. “The fact that an admitted animal abuser is still workingwith animals every day is as unfathomable as hiring a child abuser to teach akindergarten class.” Alyssa was found drooling, bleeding from therectum, lethargic, and disoriented and was rushed to an animal hospital. Shedied within hours. After Cerda’s girlfriend, Alyssa’s guardian and the onlywitness, backed out of testifying against him, the prosecutor’s office wrote inan official document that the “[s]ubject probably did it but evidence isinsufficient.” PETA has also learned that Cerda failed apolygraph test conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety CriminalInvestigations Division. For more information, pleasevisit PETA.org.