|Rochester, NY Police officer
On Monday morning, Steven Jodoin Benus and his mom Denys went to Rochester, NY animal control hoping to finally retrieve their beloved dog Codi's remains.
Once again they Rochester animal control officials, stating that they are under direct orders from Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, refused to release the remains.
On Monday January 7th, Steven Jodoin-Nebus's dog Codi, whom he had rescued from a bad home when he was just 5 months old, wandered off after someone accidentally opened a home's door.
After spending countless hours looking for his beloved pet, including posting ads in the lost and found section of Craigslist, Steven learned that his best friend had been shot and killed by a Rochester, NY Police officer.
Perhaps more disturbing than the fact that Codi was executed by a trigger-happy Rochester, NY Police officer, is what the report says.
Codi was executed by Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom with a Remington shotgun.
But that's not all.
Officer Burgstrom executed Codi, shooting him in the head, after hitting the dog with his police cruiser.
Codi's owner 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, Tom Shannon, of Rochester animal control 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 .
And that's when the Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard instructed Rochester animal services not to release Codi's remains.
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.
"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 fir the Rochester, NY Police department.
So as it stands now, a man who rescued a dog from a bad home, and gave him a better life, only to have his dog executed by a trigger happy cop, now faces his dog being cremated all because the Rochester, NY Police department doesn't want Codi's remains released.
What are they hiding?
Perhaps that Codi was retreating when he was shot?
I will be updating this post.
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