Local police respond every day to heated and unusual situations. The following is one item pulled from the daily police blotter. SANDUSKY POLICE MONDAY, JAN. 9 11:35 a.m. - 600 block W. Washington St., caller said there might be an injured animal at house, when cops opened door dank smell wafted through, officers told residents to take care of the smell, cops said they'd check back to see if residents needed help. For the full daily police blotter from agencies across the area, pick up the Register or check out the e-paper.



OK. I have read this three times. The officers were willing to go to the address because they received a call, but were not willing to investigate because of the smell. Is this correct? If so, what's up with that?


I would imagine the smell was determined to be reason for the injured animal (see: dead) complaint. They're police officers, not house cleaners. If the smell was infact the reason they weren't willing to go into the residence then I would still believe they aren't obligated to enter. Once again, they're police officers, not veternarians. If there MIGHT be an injured animal, then perhaps the residents should handle that appropriately. Appropriately isn't by calling law enforcement.

Phil Packer




What if what the officers smelled could have been decomp of a human. Did you ever think of that? They said it was an animal, but there are many variables to consider. The key word is INVESTIGATE.


Wait, the officers didn't go IN?  This is BAD!  What if someone were dead?????  Those officers dropped the ball on this call. 


Anthony Sowell's house stank too



So, should the police investigate every thing that stinks in this city? I mean, it COULD be a dead body after all. Next time I'm behind a garbage truck, I'll call the police. Next time I'm in a public restroom, I'll call the police. Perhaps next time all the fish die down by Margaritaville, I'll call the police because it COULD be a dead body. Or maybe I'll use common sense.


007.... Do you really thing the Register is going to list all the details of an investigation, if one did occur, in the blotter? Maybe they did a walk through and didn't notice anything wrong. To pass judgement on the officer(s) based on a Register blotter item would be plain silly.

Captain Gutz

officers told residents to take care of the smell


So what happens if they don't


It will probably get worse.