LETTER: Misplaced Justice

I just read the article on Justice, the K9 dog, being taken from his handler, and "reassigned" to another officer. This ma
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I just read the article on Justice, the K9 dog, being taken from his handler, and "reassigned" to another officer. This makes no sense to me. If the new "direction" Chief Sams wants to take the K9 program is narcotics, why not reassign Officer DeSalle to the narcotics unit? That would make more sense, especially because Officer DeSalle has 10-plus years with the department, and Officer Ritterbach has one.

Officer DeSalle has worked with Justice for over a year. Many hours of training have already been done.

Chief Sams, when asked how long the training would take, said, "it depends on the relationship between the handler and the dog". Officer DeSalle and Justice already have that "relationship." Justice has "bonded" with DeSalle, and anyone who has seen them work together, can see there is a "trust" between them, that can only come from many hours spent together.

Officer DeSalle had no disciplinary issues. Justice had no behavioral problems. This makes no sense, and anyone who made donations should be outraged!

In fact, every citizen in Sandusky should be outraged! In these economic times, with all the lay-offs, and "money" issues the city of Sandusky has, how can they justify wasting money, even if it doesn't come out of the general fund, to "train" a K9 officer, when they already have one trained, to "re-train" a K9 dog, when he is already trained? What administrators made this decision?

Justice has been a part of the DeSalle family for over a year. How sad for Jaimie, his wife, and children to have their beloved pet of a year, taken from their home. Mostly, though, how sad for Justice, I'm sure he is in a kennel somewhere, waiting for his "familly" to return.

Jodi S. Gilliam

Castalia