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Calif. Police Dog Found Emaciated at Former Officer's Home

March 26, 2012  | 

A Watsonville (Calif.) Police officer will face misdemeanor charges after the SPCA of Monterey County rescued his emaciated former K-9 from his yard.

An anonymous tip led the SCPA to the severely emaciated and dehydrated German shepherd Ingo, who weighed 55 pounds or about 25 pounds less than a healthy dog, reports the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

Ingo was found at the home of former Officer Francisco Ibarra, who was fired in 2010 "for cause."

Tags: K-9 Units, California, Animal Cruelty

Comments (7)

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Capt Sam @ 3/26/2012 6:42 PM

Here is your problem: former Officer Francisco Ibarra, who was fired in 2010 "for cause." Question is how did he get control of the dog?

Lee @ 3/26/2012 6:59 PM

Why was a police dog in the possession of the former officer to begin with?

walkman1677 @ 3/26/2012 8:22 PM

He had purchased his own dog and then had leased to the city while assigned as a k9 handler. This is common with many smaller departments. So when he was fired, the dog still belonged to him, as it was his to begin with.

So the news headline should have been "Former Watsonville officer, who was at one point a K9 handler, was fired in 2010. Two years later he is being charged for misd. animal neglect after his dog (the same dog that was his K9 at WPD) was found emaciated in the backyard"

I am in no way minimizing the treatment of the animal by any means, but the way it is written you would think the department fired him, gave him the dog and let him starve the animal or had some knowledge. Just not the case.

Greg @ 3/27/2012 3:50 AM

My guess...he blames the dog for him being fired. Traffic stop, suspect got hinky, he called in the dog and the criminal was bitten (they found stolen property in his car). Ibarra is probably lucky he wasn't arrested since the Feds really go after K-9 officers if their dog bites the wrong criminal (there's a female K-9 officer in jail for 10 years due to a bite criminal suit by a thief).

Anyway, I'm guessing he's taking his anger out on what he feels caused his situation...namely, the poor dog. Nice guy.

JohnB @ 3/27/2012 10:54 AM

This story breaks my heart, but kudos to the anonymous informant, the Monterey County SPCA, and the DA who brought the charges. Should the charges be substantiated, he should at least lose the dog, and I would not be against the owner receiving any other reasonable penalties. As for Ingo, I know the SPCA will nurse him back to health and there are caring people out there who would be glad to provide him a "forever home."

michael @ 3/27/2012 5:43 PM

This guy is a AH and it makes me sounds like getting rid of him was the right decision on the departments part. If you are a good person you wouldn't do this to your animal, so I guess his true colors are showing.
There is no excuse........hammer this jerk.

carlo @ 3/31/2012 6:15 AM

Being a former K-9 handler, it breaks my heart to read an incident like this. I am grateful that we have citizens out there looking out for our pets.....

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