An online petition calls on Attorney General Marty Jackley to investigate Springfield police officer Douglas Magee for shooting a dog.
In a two-page statement filed October 6, 2014, Officer Magee said that on July 19, 2014, around 3:30 p.m, he picked up an untagged and unhealthy looking dog running at large on Main Street.
(Note that Magee’s date appears to be an error; the subsequent discussion places the incident on September 21, 2014.)
Officer Magee tried unsuccessfully through the afternoon and evening to identify the owners. He observed fleas on the dog, and he knew that the private kennel to which the police usually take stray dogs would not accept an animal with fleas. That night, ten hours after picking up the dog, Officer Magee shot the dog twice and left the body in a cedar grove out in the country. In his statement, Officer Magee cites city ordinances on dangerous and diseased animals to justify his euthanizing the dog.
Mike Juhnke was Duke’s owner. Juhnke found out about the shooting and asked state’s attorney Lisa Rothschadl to look into the matter. Juhnke filed this statement:
Deputy Mark Maggs also filed a statement, mostly corroborating what Officer Magee said about the incident.
The states attorney handed the matter to the DCI, which apparently saw no need to take action against Officer Magee. Unsatisfied with that inaction, the Juhnkes have created a Facebook page and a GoFundMe page in addition to their Change.org petition to raise awareness of what they perceive as the unjustified killing of their dog by Springfield police.