Police Incident Reports A Selection of Noteworthy Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2013-251155

Incident Type

Animal Complaint - Stray

Incident Date

08/14/2013 - 8:24 PM


W. Gilman St.


It would appear their lives were not all that great in the first place: confined to a cage which a responding officer said was "in deplorable condition, containing moldy, rotting food" and a urine-soaked orange blanket. And now they had been abandoned. At least that was the secondhand information the MPD received last week during the chaos that is downtown moving week.  Those changing residences typically get rid of lots of items, but placing pets with refuse and garbage would be an aberration. Yet, a concerned caller thought they had spotted just that: someone's former pets, on the loose, behind a residence near the intersection of W. Gilman Street and N. Henry Street. It was Wednesday evening, and that night the responding officer had with him a citizen participating in the department's ride-along program. Policing is an eclectic business as the ride-along volunteer was about to learn. The citizen and the officer spotted the cage among discarded items near a wall. It was open and close by sat a brown rat. Not far away was its cage-mate: a black and white rat. Both had been someone's less-than-loved pets. Now a police officer and citizen were charged with rounding them up, putting them in paper bags, and taking them to those who truly love all animals: the good people at the Dane County Humane Society.  

Released 08/20/2013 at 3:16 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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