Durham Regional Police Const. Beth Richardson, a 17-year police veteran, has been charged with discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act, in connection with the incident, which occurred on Jan. 12.
According to a hearing notice obtained by CTV News, Richardson removed the kitten after being dispatched to an Oshawa, Ont. rooming house to check on the “wellbeing of a female who had been using drugs for several days.”
The notice states that Richardson spotted the kitten “cowering under a table” while in the drug user’s home.
In an interview with CTV Toronto Friday, Richardson’ lawyer Joseph Markson said the kitten was “looking just ragged,” when his client came upon the pet. “Really thin, very small, smelled like smoke, running eyes, and scared out of its wits.”
Markson said there was “no one around” the kitten in a position to take care of it.
According to the notice, Richardson removed the kitten without the owner’s consent or knowledge.
Richardson allegedly took the kitten to a veterinarian for a checkup where it was “medically cleared.”
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DO NOT PENALIZE CONSTABLE BETH RICHARDSON
Amazing isn't it?
There are bad cops in this world, we have criticized and pointed to that fact...
But we also have to recognize that there are many more good one who try to do what they believe is the right thing, and when they do, they have to go through this crap...
When things like this happens, it prevent them from making on the spot decisions for the good of the moment, whether it's for a scared animal or a human being, because they have to check in.
Sure there are some who would and do take advantage of their position, whatever that may be, it's human nature, but it is also human nature to care for life and the well being of others, and if their hands are tied even for something so small like this, imagine the cost for a person, the price could be someones life.
That said, maybe this is why good cops don't want to make helpful on the spot decisions anymore, they're afraid to unnecessarily go though this kind of B.S. or in some case to be called something that ends with ist or phobia...