An internal investigation is now being conducted after a Parker, Colorado Police officer took dogs who had escaped from a fenced yard to a shelter, where they were adopted out, KDVR reported August 18. The family claims police withheld information not only on picking up the dogs, but also where the dogs were taken.
This sad case involving Jim and Jill Boyce began while the family was on vacation, leaving a pet sitter to care for their two dogs, a six-year-old English Bulldog named Bruiser, and a three-year-old Boarder Collie named Sadie.
The pet sitter was out when the two dogs escaped from under the back yard fence. The Boyce family had recently moved to the area and didn't realize the fence had an area where the dogs could escape.
The sitter allegedly reported the missing dogs to the Parker Police Department after searching several hours for the dogs, and was told no dogs fitting their description had been picked up in the area.
An email from the police department a few days ago tell a different story. A police sergeant told the Boyce family their dogs had been picked up the day they went missing, and had been taken to Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, which is more that 20 miles away from the Parker Police Department.
Why did police claim no knowledge of the dogs? Would it have been so difficult for them to have told where dogs in that area were taken once the pick up was made?
Unfortunately, since the sitter nor the family knew to check for the dogs so far from their home, the two dogs were adopted out.
The dogs didn't have a collar, but the family believes the police should have told the truth about picking up Bruiser and Sadie and taking them to a shelter.
Jim Boyce released the following statement to Fox31 News
“The Parker Police is aware of the incident involving Mr. Boyce and is conducting an internal review process to look at the situation in its entirety. The department has met with Mr. Boyce on a frequent basis and will continue to work with the family.”
Now they've learned both dogs have been adopted out, and their new owners won't give them back to the Boyce family. Jill is very upset over this, and describes losing their dogs
“They are apart of our family. Our children miss them, we miss them. We just want them home with us, so would you please return our puppies back home to us."
The family tried to contact the Humane Society of South Platte Valley on August 18, but their calls weren't returned. There's a town ordinance that states stray dogs must be impounded for six days before the shelter can either adopt them out or euthanize them.
The Facebook page for South Platte Valley is active with people begging the Humane Society to reunite the dogs with their family.
How do the readers feel this case should be handled? There's no mention on how many days Bruiser and Sadie were held before being put up for adoption. If the police department had furnished accurate information when the sitter called, Bruiser and Sadie would be home now. Who do you feel should take the blame for this?