Fredericton — It goes from bad to worse for Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch. Today she announced that the force’s police dog Enzo has been suspended from duty, pending the result of a criminal investigation and Police Act investigation.
Five human officers are already suspended from duty while under investigation for allegations ranging from impaired driving and shoplifting, to assault and firearms issues.
Photo by Fredericton Police Force Facebook page
The Manatee has learned that the German Shepherd is being investigated for alleged involvement in a series of dog-poisoning incidents in the city this year. To avoid any conflict of interest, the Miramichi Police Force dog Michel will be taking charge of the criminal investigation.
Downtown residents have recently reported finding chicken breasts on sidewalks, laced with bleach, rat poison and metal shavings. One of the alleged victims is also a German Shepherd called Deuce. It is understood that Enzo and Deuce were competing for the affections of a bitch, known locally as Celia.
The province’s most prominent police dog lawyer TJ Bark refused to comment on the specifics of this case, as no charges have yet been laid. Bark is also a dog, which made communication difficult.
Under the New Brunswick Police Act, Enzo still receives his full quota of treats and toys while suspended. Enzo’s arrest brings the total number of suspended legs on the force to 14.