After his best friend Codi was stalked by Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom, who then hit the dog with his patrol car before hunting down the scared, injured pit bull terrier on a pier and executing him with a shotgun blast to his head, Steven Jodoin Benus can finally get his best friend's remains.
Steven has asked for his remains several times.
He has received nothing but a run-around.
Several animal services employees have stated to Steven that a "decision" has not been made yet.
Monday morning, Steve his mother and I went down to Rochester animal control on Verona St. near downtown Rochester.
Tom Shannon, of Rochester animal control refused to release Codi's remains.
Shannon would only say that he has been ordered not to release Codi's remains.
Codi's owner, Steven said that he would have a necropsy done on Codi to determine the manner in which Codi was shot .
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Perhaps worried about what a necropsy would show, when it comes to how Codi was shot, Chief Sheppard seems to have found a loophole which would help his department and animal services not have to release the remains of a dog executed by Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom.
Codi was just 5 months old when Steven rescued him from a home near his job on Rochester's northeast side.
"I actually saw Codi being born, then as he grew I realized he wasn't being taken care of. His collar was gouging his skin, he was dirty, he had fleas and worms when I got him." said Steven.
Unfortunately, in the year since Steven has had Codi, he never registered him.
And that's what RPD Chief James Sheppard is using against Codi's owner in order to avoid having to release his remains.
The fact that they say Steven can't prove that he is Codi's owner.
How convenient for the Rochester, NY Police department.
What are they hiding?
Perhaps that Codi was retreating when he was shot?
Finally, Monday evening, Rochester animal control services director Chris Fitzgerald called Steven and told him he could come get his dog first thing in the morning.
Fitzgerald told Steven that he was the first, and only person to inquire about Codi and even identified the collar Codi had on.
So, exactly one week after an innocent family pet is executed by trigger-happy Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom, his owner will finally be able to put him to rest.
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