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Case ID: 18603
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Kevin Allen


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Monday, Jun 27, 2011

County: Cache

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Brady Robbins

Case Updates: 3 update(s) available

An internal investigation revealed that a Smithfield animal control officer tried to cover up information about a dog who died after being left in the sun for three days.

The report, released Friday, shows that officer Brady Robbins made an official log entry on June 23, saying that he picked up the dog and left her at a Smithfield City operations property.

In another entry logged on Monday June 27, Robbins said that he took the dog to the Cache Humane Society for adoption.

The next day, on Tuesday June 28, Robbins logged that he had forgotten about the dog when he left it in an unshaded outdoor kennel on Thursday, then found the dog deceased. Robbins further stated that he entered the June 27 log as an attempt to cover up his negligence.

Robbins stated that he made the false entry and disposed of the dog's carcass because he feared "...repercussion from the City and public."

According to Smithfield Police Sergeant Travis Allen, the Labrador retriever named Lola went missing on Thursday June 27 from the home of Paula Purser in Hyde Park.

The dog was picked up by Robbins only a few hours later, after Robbins saw the dog near a Smithfield Subway sandwich shop.

Robbins then took Lola to the Smithfield impound area and left her in an open cage.

Allen said that Lola most likely died from dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Allen said that Robbins told his superiors about the incident after the discovery of Lola's death, but according to the report, Robbins did so the day after filing a false report about Lola being adopted by the Cache Humane Society.

Allen said the police chief called the local Humane Society about Lola's fate, and the Humane Society representative contacted Purser to tell her the bad news.

Allen said that Purser had tried to locate Lola through local media postings and the Humane Society since Lola went missing.

Allen said the police chief spoke with Purser about Lola's death and conveyed how sorry the animal control officer was that Lola had been forgotten.

Purser wanted to retrieve Lola's remains, but the dog had been disposed at the Logan City landfill.

Allen said that Robbins later delivered a letter of resignation to Smithfield Police, along with a letter of apology to Purser. His resignation was accepted.


Case Updates

Robbins faces up to one year in jail on the class A misdemeanor evidence tampering count and up to 90 days in jail on the class C misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. His sentencing is set for March 19 before Judge Kevin Allen in 1st District Court.
Source: sltrib.com - Feb 23, 2012
Update posted on Feb 23, 2012 - 9:22PM 
How harsh should 1st District Court be on a former Smithfield animal-control officer who pleaded guilty to neglecting a dog in his care and attempting to cover up the animal's death?

The former officer, Brady Robbins, has already lost his job over the incident - as well as any chance he might have had of pursuing a law enforcement career. We hope the judge in this case considers these consequences in arriving at a sentence for Robbins.

Robbins' firing came swiftly last June after it was learned that a loose Labrador retriever he'd picked up was left in an outdoor city kennel without water over a hot weekend. Robbins reportedly put the dog named Lola in the kennel, then got preoccupied with other activities and forgot about the dog.

His forgetting about the dog was tragic, to be sure, but a mistake of this sort is only human. The attempt to cover up his fatal oversight by reporting he'd turned the dog over to the animal shelter is much more serious, it seems to us. Police officers are sworn to uphold the law, and when they can't be trusted to tell the truth, our entire system of justice is put at risk.

When asked what she hoped would be the outcome of the case, Lola's owner told The Herald Journal last week she wasn't sure, but she had been very disappointed the officer never apologized to her for the treatment of her beloved pet.

A front page story in today's Herald Journal looks at some of the "creative" sentences local judges have devised lately to deal with offenders. Maybe a creative sentence is in order here, starting with a personal visit by Robbins, hat in hand, to Lola's former residence.
Source: hjnews.com - Feb 12, 2012
Update posted on Feb 12, 2012 - 10:37PM 
Cache County prosecutors have charged a former Smithfield animal control officer with cruelty to an animal and tampering with evidence in connection with the June death of an impounded dog from heat exposure.

1st District Court documents obtained Thursday show that Brady Robbins, 24, of Logan, was charged with one class C misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal, through reckless or negligent action, and one class A misdemeanor count of tampering with evidence.

Smithfield police said that Robbins stated he had taken Lola, a 4-year-old golden Labrador retriever, to the Cache County Humane Society. Actually, he had forgotten having put the dog in an unshaded temporary holding kennel in west Smithfield on June 23, a Thursday, until he returned to find the animal dead on Monday, June 27.

Robbins eventually acknowledged to investigators that he panicked and tried to cover up the incident by supplementing his initial report with the claim that the dog had been taken to the county animal shelter. Meanwhile, Lola's remains had been disposed of in a section of the Logan landfill set aside for animal carcasses.

Robbins' story fell apart when witnesses told his superiors they had seen him find the dead dog in the kennel. Robbins resigned shortly thereafter.

Smithfield police turned over results of their investigation to the Cache County Attorney's Office and the charges were filed against Robbins on Aug. 10. First District Judge Kevin Allen subsequently ordered Robbins to appear for booking into the Cache County Jail on the first Monday following service of the court's summons.

Efforts Thursday to reach Robbins, whose telephone is not listed, were unsuccessful. However, The Herald Journal reported the summons had not yet been served.
Source: sltrib.com - Sep 22, 2011
Update posted on Sep 22, 2011 - 12:15PM 

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