Letters to editor

Serve and protect? Certainly not

By From page A11 | August 20, 2014

Feeling helpless is a truly awful feeling. There is not much like it in this world. This goes for all creatures, great and small. On a recent weekend, not only did I feel helpless, but I felt deep sorrow for helpless animals that the Fairfield Police Department did not feel as if they needed to waste their time bothering to check on.

On that Sunday afternoon, at the Starbucks by the intersection of Interstate 80 and Oliver Road, I overheard labored barking from the bed of a run-down Chevy pickup in the front of the parking lot. Encased in a camper shell were three to four puppies, barking and crying, unable to move because the rest of the camper shell was filled with trash, bottles and who knows what else.

When I walked around to the front of the truck, I was bewildered to find six more puppies laying in the front seat with the windows barely cracked, panting, also unable to move from being crammed in with so many other animals. The owners of the vehicle, and apparently the dogs as well, were two vagrant-looking individuals who had been inside of the Starbucks for quite some time.

I made a call to the local non-emergency line, telling the dispatcher about the situation at hand, and was told that an officer would take care of it. About 20 minutes later, a cop car entered the parking lot, made a quick loop and then exited the parking lot, not stopping to look at the truck whatsoever. I called back on the non-emergency line, bewildered by the officer’s action, and was told, quite rudely, that “the officer did what he saw fit,” and was hung up on.

Apparently, the officer didn’t care enough about the situation to be bothered with even checking on the poor animals, not to mention the dispatcher talking down to me.

Is this really who we want serving and protecting us?

Jeremy Froncek


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  • clarificationAugust 19, 2014 - 4:18 am

    protect and serve is los angeles pd's motto, its not the motto of all police departments

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  • CD BrooksAugust 19, 2014 - 6:11 am

    I would hope there is another side to this story. Not that I don't believe it happened, I just would like to know why?

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  • JazzAzzAugust 19, 2014 - 7:02 am

    PATHETIC, Great job FPD>>>>>>>NOT!!!!!!! Must have been too busy needing to get to the DONUT SHOP.

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  • PornacAugust 19, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Cops need to be shooting and arresting, not dealing with animals that will die anyway.

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  • SKAugust 19, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Those animals need not have to suffer in a hot vehicle if the windows were just cracked a little. That cop at the very least should have gotten animal control out there ASAP, who should have smashed in the wind shield taking those animals away!!!!!!

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  • CD BrooksAugust 19, 2014 - 7:25 am

    SK, animal control is very slow to respond, even if PD summons them. Dude should have been standing at the vehicle so the officer would approach. It might have been dangerous to release the animals by himself with "two vagrant-looking individuals" lurking about?

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  • SKAugust 19, 2014 - 7:36 am

    I know CD. Several years ago, I had this neighbor who was a horrible pet (Dog) owner and I complained to him several times, for whatever reason I can no longer recall. But one very hot hot day (He had built a dog run on the opposite side of his house out of my view), one of his dogs, jumped over the gate and was near hanging there by the neck (Had a chain on despite being in a dog run), trying to stand on it's toes. It was very hot and no water nearby. This was a pit, and no way would I have gone back there, plus I would have been trespassing, so I called animal control trying to convey the urgency. Well they finally got there, but by that time the dog appeared to be down, dead, and the control officer did force his way into the yard, saying it appeared to have been dead for a long time. I said, "IT WAS ALIVE 20 minutes ago when I CALLED YOU GUYS." The owner was cited As far as I know. They finally sold that house, and is now some other persons problem. I hope that he was ordered to NEVER AGAIN OWN A PET in Solano County. They moved to American Canyon. I hate bad pet owners. Ours have always been a 100% part of the family.

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  • SKAugust 19, 2014 - 7:17 am

    P.S. Arresting???? Why, so that the court system can just let them revolve back out onto the streets, no matter how many crimes they've already committed???!!!

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  • GroupadminAugust 19, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Next time call the right department. Animal Control. Its easy. you don't call MacDonald's if you want Pizza right? call the right number next time Jeremy.

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  • SKAugust 19, 2014 - 8:35 am

    I personally have it in my contact list on my cell phone, because of these people that used to live on one of my walking routes, where these irresponsible people let their aggressive pit bull out in their front yard that had this very low, maybe 3>4' foot useless fence, and it nearly attacked my little buddy on one walk, and nearly got its' head crushed by by baseball bat I carry for just such purposes. Thank goodness they moved, after being cited by animal control more that once, as far as I know. Well OFFLINE, chores time. have a great day y'all>>>Bye

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  • JagAugust 19, 2014 - 9:30 am

    First thing I am surprised you even got an officer in 20 minutes and second thing I am surprised you drove thru a Starbucks parking lot and did not stop for coffee, He must on been a Pete`s guy.

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  • JagAugust 19, 2014 - 9:31 am

    not (you) he

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  • JimboAugust 19, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    Sounds like pushing a brake pedal and actually getting out of the patrol car was too much for that officer.

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  • JimboAugust 19, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Actually in reality, California receives .81 for every dollar it pays. With California producing 1/5 of the entire GDP for the United States, many red states would DIE without the welfare money being sucked from California for them.

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  • JimboAugust 19, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    This is a reply to Arnold. I clicked reply and this site put it here.

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  • JimboAugust 19, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Fix your website. I can not even 'reply' to my own posts without it listing it as a new topic.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Jimbo: Me too. A workaround is to exit and then return for each comment.

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  • HuckleberryAugust 19, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    In California, it is actually breaking the law to leave animals in a hot vehicle. So the officer should be dealing with this. Solano Sheriffs Department is now over Animal Control. I cannot imagine a situation that would prevent me from helping a dog from hanging himself while I am waiting for Animal Control. Animal Abuse is a slap on the wrist in Solano County. Anytime you have government employees, you get poor service in my opinion. I was speaking to a retired police officer that is getting $8000 per month in retirement benefits.

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  • PornacAugust 19, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    God says all the animals and plants are for us to do with as we please.

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  • JazzAzzAugust 19, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    And so says THE MAN, that authored that part of the Bible. Sure, I am sure that much of it is God inspired, but HOW MUCH???!!! I surely do not take the bible literally, for example, I will never believe that any HUMAN man lived to be as old as 800 yrs. But that is a subject for a whole 'nother thread :-)

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  • JagAugust 19, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Pornac, That could be taken in so many different directions, I am surprised 2Real did not walk all over that one, he must be on vacation,

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  • JimboAugust 20, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Pornac, so that explains all the people caught having sex with dogs in the media. Its bible sanctioned.

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  • Annie TylerAugust 20, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Maybe if you had called 911 and left a box of donuts on the hood they would've actually done something. Cops round here don't lift a finger until someone actually gets hurt, or worse.

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