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Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by Godiva, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva AmeriKan Citizen

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    Like she never heard of microchips? Surveillance cameras? Her dumb luck her license plate number was taken. Dumber still she went back to remove the collar.

    "A San Diego County corrections deputy who stole a neighbor's dog and abandoned it 20 miles from her Hemet home was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail, Riverside County court records show."

    I don't see why she isn't fired. If *I* commit any kind of a crime I lose my teaching credential. I can't teach without it so I also lose my job. Why is a criminal employed by county Sheriff?
     
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    That woman is about as sharp as a marble. At least the dog was ok.
     
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    patsparks An Aussie perspective

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    Stupid but I suspect the dog had driven her to the end of her tether.
     
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    People involved in public professions such as health care and law enforcement should be held to high standards. I have zero tolerance for someone deliberately violating the ethics of this type of profession, let alone committing a crime. It's time for this woman to find another line of work.

    A similar, but much worse episode occurred a few years ago and involved a pharmacist who diluted chemotherapy drugs to increase his profit margin. He was eventually caught and went to prison, and rightly so. He was in a position of public trust, and violated that for simple personal gain. To me that was a much worse offense than armed bank robbery.

    On a personal note, I can sympathize with the notion of wanting to kill your neighbors dog. We may need to revisit animal ownership laws if people can't be responsible owners.

    Tom
     
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    It says she was a corrections deputy. I think "corrections" is official-speak for jail. The woman is a jail or prison guard. Prison guards are often well below average intelligence, because nobody else will take the job, and often mentally imbalanced, as the result of years in such a demeaning and miserable and inhumane job as keeping people in cages. (Very few of the people in jail are the kind of criminals that any rational person would believe need to be put in a cage.)

    So we have a below-average-intelligence, mentally-disturbed person driven over the edge by a dog that probably yapped non-stop for hours on end. Dogs that yap constantly should be required to be kept inside a soundproof building.

    During the first 6 months I lived in Spain, the only window in my apartment was about 3 feet from a balcony of another apartment. Every time I opened my window, the neighbor's small dog started yapping, and did not stop yapping the entire time my window was open. That dog could, and did, yap, non-stop, for hours on end. Had I not been afraid of the legal consequences, I'd have poisoned that dog. In the end, I paid a one-month penalty to terminate my lease and I moved out.

    I think the CO in the article showed admirable restraint in merely kidnapping the dog and transporting it, rather than strangling it.
     
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    daniel Cat Lovers Against the Bomb

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    If you tried to hold prison guards to any kind of standards, you wouldn't have any prison guards. We're not talking "serve and protect" here. We're talking "cuff-em and stuff-em."
     
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    Good point. I missed the subtle wording that implied jail guard, as opposed to police officer. That said, many police officers wouldn't pass my test either.

    Tom
     
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    Not all are bad, just have to say that. I was on the SD County Sheriff's Hiring list last year from January-August. I was dropped because I was too young and lacked life experience. I was trying to become a Corrections Officer and use that as a stepping stone to getting out on patrol duty. Now looking back at it, I'm kind of happy I decided to go a different direction.

    I took a 3 week EMT-B class through the community college here, M-F 8-5, passed that with a 958/1000 pts and the practical skills exam. I am heading out in 30 minutes to take my cognitive computer based exam which will solidify my EMT National Registry and I can start working. A lot of the questions on the class final were relating to Legal and Ethical Issues in Prehospital Care. I was surprised in reading some of the articles posted in the class such as "Paramedics with patient en route to hospital stop by house to drop off groceries" Stupid stuff like that is what gets people fired and ruins it for the "good guys"
     
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    Tough one. I have a next door neighbor with a dog that barks non-stop. After a while I actually considered feeding the dog a large amount of chocolate so she'd go out with a smile. Until you've lived next to a non-stop barker you really can't appreciate the impact. She even chewed a whole through the privacy fence and stuck her snarling yapping jaws through.

    What saved her is that I'm like the prison guard and couldn't actually hurt a dog. Eventually I met the dog despite the red neck hostile neighbors, who beat the dog to try to quiet it, and fell in love with her. She's a neurotic little thing from a shelter who actually loves people.

    She did try the legal route first so 60 days does seem excessive. I think she should have had to serve time working at a rescue shelter.
     
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    I've been on both sides of the fence, so to speak. A few years ago, our neighbors dog would bark for hours at a time. My GF got so fed up one night that she opened the neighbors gate, hoping the dog would run off. The dog didn't run off, but did stop barking. We realized that the dog was just very bored and lonely as our neighbors were rarely home during the week. That dog finally died as a result of cancer, just a couple of months before we had to put our dog Penny down, also as a result of cancer.

    Our dog Digby is a barker and he also tends to get Dingo barking too. We make an effort to discourage the barking, but our neighbors (the same ones) have a spa next to the fence and are sometimes noisy when they have a group of visitors, so the dogs like to go out and bark at them. They have only complained once about it, about a year ago. I continue to discourage the barking, and the dogs are getting better about ignoring the noises from the other side of the fence.
     
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    nonstop barking dogs are annoying as all hell. One of my moms dog's loves to bark at the TV, especially when other animals are on it. It can be very annoying, but controllable as we can just move her away from the TV and distract her. My sister's dog, on the other hand, barks for food. All the time. I've definitely considered punting her over the invisible fence before, but never gave in to that darker desire. I did lock her outside once when i was trying to take a nap though. It was a pleasant fall day though, so she wasn't in any danger. My sister was ticked off though :p
     
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    Dogs bark because they have been trained to.
    If your dog is barking, and you get upset, irate, yell at it, then the dog 'thinks' that barking is appropriate... obviously, YOU are upset, and 'barking' too!
    Dogs are territorial and protective. If your dog barks at someone walking past your yard, the best way to train that behavior "off" is to speak soothingly to the dog, tell it what a good dog it is, and stay very calm. Soon, the dog will realize that YOU aren't getting upset and 'barking' about the 'intruder', and therefore the dog doesn't have to alert you to the 'danger'.

    This doesn't help with bored dogs, at all. For a bored dog, you might consider more dog park trips, doggy day care, or a companion for your dog.
     
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    Seems some have missed a small point, if you call your cities Animal Control, make three complaints, and if they are valid complaints, the owner gets cited and the dog gets removed from the owner, at least thats how it works where I live. You either keep your animal under control, or it gets taken away.

    Dogs, like little children, should be seen and not heard!!!

    Woof Woof, de Pat KK6PD
     
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    That's not how it works here. Complaints have to come from multiple households and our other neighbors are all dog owners who wouldn't file a complaint because they were afraid they'd suffer retaliation for thier dogs very ocassional woof.
     
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    I know how to get a dog not to bark but unfortunately the neighbors aren't that bright. They reinforce the behavior by yelling at the dog.

    If she weren't such a loveable little neurotic I'd have found a way to help her 'pass' to the other side.
     
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    This reminds me of an incident when I lived in Queretaro, Mexico. There was a dog in a tiny nearby yard who barked ferociously and jumped at the fence every time I walked by. Then one day after I'd been living in the neighborhood for a year or so the dog was out. The dog calmly ambled over to me and sniffed me, and didn't so much as woof. The dog was not ferocious at all. It just desperately wanted to get out of that tiny fenced-in yard (just a little larger than a parking space.)

    I won't dispute this because I don't know anything about dog training. But I have noticed that big dogs usually either bark occasionally or (when angry) growl. All of the small dogs I have known yap constantly. The difference here is persistence. I have had friends with big dogs. I ring the doorbell, the dog barks. I come in, the dog jumps on me, sniffs, and then demands to be petted for a while. Someone walks by, the dog barks. The person passes, the dog stops.

    But small dogs yap from the time I ring the door bell until after I leave. I do not know if they yap when I am not there. Tree in the woods, and all that.

    I like big dogs when they're friendly, as most seem to be. I have never met a friendly small dog.
     
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    If the neighbor's dog only barked at noises it would be a relief. She's an anxiety barker from her time in a puppy mill. You wouldn't believe how long a dog can bark at a rate of 1 per second. It can go on for hours.

    Although she chewed a hole in the fence and stuck her head through snarling she's actually about the most affectionate dog I've ever met. I ran into her one day while the kids were walking her, something they should do regularly but don't, and she ran up and started licking my hand then sat down leaning against my leg. What a sweet heart. As she's gotten older the barking has gotten a little better, if I ever replace the fence I'll put in a doggie door so she can come over and sit rather than bark but if she were any less adorable she'd have been a doggie corpse by now. It can be an unbelievable intrusion.
     
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    Try coming home from a hard night shift at the end of a week of night shifts where a stupid dog owner has allowed there dog to yap uncontrolled all day, all week and see what you would do about the dog.

    I wouldn't judge unless I had walked a mile in her shoes.
    My opinion, lock up the dog owner and ban them from owning any pets for life.
     
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    start a write in campaign to get the girl fired. i lived in Riverside for 7 years off and on. the Sheriff's department will cave in to public pressure. when i was there, a deputy who was also a corrections officer was arrested for molesting female prisoners. he was tried, convicted and put on probation, but not fired. it was only after he was busted smuggling drugs into a minimum security facility (he was banned from working anywhere else) did he finally get fired. the thing that killed me was that he took full advantage of the snail's pace which is the legal system and worked nearly 19 months before finally getting convicted and subsequently fired.
     
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    After doing CA administrative law (representing CA employees, after their unions give up on them) for a while I can tell you that often, administrative leave is just the first step to getting rid of the employee ... if that's any comfort here.
    The real turd, is often the person who hired/recommended/promoted the bad egg(s). Those who put the bad eggs in their position seem to skate for free. My personal peeve is/was Jerry Brown ... CA ex-governer / current attorney General. He puts Rose Bird on the CA Supreme Court (decades ago) ... only to have CA voters toss her out. Why? The likes of Charlie Manson. Sentenced to death, she reversed his and other dreg's death sentences ... circumventing the CA voter's will. Jerry Brown KNEW her views were contrary to CA voters, yet he does his own thing anyway, to achieve his will (no death penalty). CA (like most humans) citizen's short memory kicks in, and vote him back into the A.G. position recently. Incredible. We get the bad civil servants we deserve, when no one minds the store.
     
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