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April 13, 2013

Police discipline officer over dog

NEW CASTLE — A city police officer has been disciplined over the case of a dog that had gone missing.

New Castle Police Chief Robert Salem Friday confirmed the discipline. However, he declined to identify the officer or describe the punishment, calling it an internal personnel matter.

But Salem did note that department policies had been violated by the officer.

The issue with the dog, a Yorkshire-Maltese mix, was reported last week. At the time, a North Hill resident reported finding the dog on Sumner Avenue. The animal later was turned over to the officer, with the understanding he was taking it to the Lawrence County Humane Society.

Afterward, the owner of the dog contacted the person who had found it, after seeing information on Facebook. But when the humane society was contacted, it had no record of the dog being taken there.

New Castle police were contacted about the matter, which led to the internal investigation.

The dog was later found, apparently unharmed, in the vicinity of Flaherty Field and returned to the owner.

Salem said Friday the department’s investigation determined the officer involved had dropped off the dog in the Papermill Bridge area of the city.

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