Chief who shot dog ordered to turn in gun
The police chief of the small California town of Maricopa has apparently been ordered to turn in his gun after shooting and killing a family’s dog in September.
A temporary restraining order delivered to him Friday by the Kern County Superior Court commissioner also requires Chief Gene Fretheim to stay away from the four people whose dog he shot.
Lutie Thompson, a Bakersfield attorney who requested the restraining order, described the a 63-year-old officer with more than 27 years experience at the Los Angeles Police Department as “a loose cannon,” according to the newspaper report.
Th0mpson requested the order on behalf of Lisa Chavez, who claimed that her 8-year-old pit bull mix, Matty, had been snared by a dog catcher and then shot by Fretheim. She said the chief wants to get rid of all pit bulls in town, and told her he shot her dog because it was a pit bull.
The chief said the dog had bitten a city employee, and that as he and ”a volunteer dog catcher” tried to capture it, the dog lunged at him. He shot the dog, and then it was snared, he said.
The court order says Fretheim has to stay100 yards away from Chavez, 38, Milne, 35, and their two children aged, 7 and 13. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 15 on whether the order will be extended.
City officials say the restrianing order may have been delivered prematurely – and that the court merely approved scheduling a hearing on the request for a restraining order, as opposed to the order itself.
Until it’s all figured out, the chief will perform only administrative duties.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 6th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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