April 9th, 2014
Denver Cops Threaten Good Samaritan with Arrest
by Andrea Dantzer
Dani Juras and her family would soon find out the sad truth of current law enforcement mentality. Their family dog, Harley, slipped out of the yard and was hit by an oncoming car. Dani heard about it from a local website, hoped that it wasn’t her family pet and even prayed for the family of the dog. Turned out, it was Harley that was hit and if that wasn’t bad enough, details started emerging that would horrify all who heard them.
On scene, Harley did not die right away, he laid in the street gasping for air. Rather than allowing a concerned neighbor to take Harley in for treatment, the neighbor was threatened with violence and told he would be arrested if he came near the injured dog. What kind of society are we living in when a good Samaritan is threatened with arrest for simply doing what anyone would do in his situation?
Harley was subjected to the worst kind of cruelty by being left in the street for over ninety minutes suffering from his injuries. “It’s always about personal safety of that individual. It’s not trying to be cruel to the animal or the individual. It’s best if we get the Animal Control people in there, let them do what they do as experts and let them take the actions,” said Denver Police Dept spokesman Sonny Jackson. However, it should always be an individual’s decision whether there personal safety is in danger, or not. When a cop stops a person with threat of force from doing the right thing, there is a problem.
According to the official records, the police waited over fifteen minutes to call Animal Control. Animal Control finally made it to the scene over an hour later. Harley ultimately passed away from his injuries.
Many people may think that it is just a dog, and at least it’s not a person, but how much longer will this kind of overstep be limited to the domestic animal world? There is a frightening trend of increased police brutality, violence and coercion in this country. While Harley is just a dog, he was a member of the Juras family and they are heartbroken over what happened.
Now, friends, family and supporters from all over the world are speaking out against this latest outrage.
A Facebook page was started in support of Harley and to bring awareness to the situation. With over 700 supporters voicing their support of Juras and letting the Denver Police Department know how outraged they are over their blatant cruelty, Dani said she was touched and overwhelmed by all the support being shown to her family.
Some of the comments include:
Kristie Cooper: I am so sorry for your lost. I couldn’t imagine my dog lying in the street and the police just letting him die. This is the most inhumane and heartless thing a person could do. I don’t understand police dogs are treated with so much respect but these same officers cant have compassion of a person fur baby. I know this is heart breaking and i hope that you can find peace for your family and justice for Harley. My prayers go out to you and tour family.
Shiner Bock: People of Denver, and Colorado. This puppycide will not end, the sociopaths in the Police Departments will not see Justice, they will continue to kill and kill and kill again, dogs are inventory, property to these Officers and Officials. Nothing at all will be solved until the People of Denver and of Colorado tell their Police, their leaders and everyone they know ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. Fire them put every kind of pressure on them, don’t let them have a night’s sleep until they solve their issues and show the People that crimes by their LEO’s will be prosecuted, prison time. It’s our responsibility and our duty to make our Govt. responsible and ultimately accountable to We the People. Do something!
Marcia Lardin Siemsen: So I have a question – if your dog gets hit by a car and law enforcement is on the scene, will you be threatened with arrest for trying to help your own dog? Or does this just apply if you are trying to help a dog that is not yours? SMDH
Lizz Huie-Fulks: Harley’s last minutes on this earth were terrible. The officer who kept people from helping needs to lose his badge. The story about protecting people from an injury is shall I say it, “a cop-out”. There was no reason to threaten people with getting arrested because there were no grounds to arrest anyone, no grounds. The officer was in the wrong, plain and simple. There is NEVER an excuse to allow a dog to suffer.
Juras noted, “There has been a great support system here for me and reading all the positive comments from everyone is amazing! I can’t say it helps my pain, but I’m looking at this as Harley is the voice for future pets that could fall in this situation!”
There is also a petition through Change.org with over 10,000 signatures demanding a public apology to the Harley’s family. You can find the petition here if you would like to add your name and tell the Denver Police Department what you think of them.
You can watch the ABC News7 interview with Harley’s owner as well.
For now, Dani and her family has to live with the constant reminders that Harley is no longer with them, and hoping this will never happen to another family, or their pet.