Smithfield officer tried to cover up death of impounded dog

A Smithfield police officer, who resigned earlier this month following the negligent death of an impounded dog, falsified official reports to cover up his involvement. Officer Brady Robbins was eating lunch at Subway in Smithfield Thursday, June 23, when he saw Lola, a yellow Labrador, just outside the restaurant. The dog didn’t have identification tags. Robbins picked her up and took her to an outdoor kennel at the Smithfield impound with the intention of taking her to the Cache Humane Society the next day. However, Lola was never taken to the animal shelter and after spending the weekend in the intense heat died of dehydration. Robbins filed a report June 23 stating he had picked up the dog, and then filed a false report June 27 that the dog had been adopted by the Cache Humane Society. On June 28, Robbins wrote another report, admitting he made a false report June 27 report because he “had not been in this situation before” and feared “repercussion from the city and public.” The report states Robbins was working on other cases Friday and forgot to take the dog to the animal shelter. He found the animal dead Monday and disposed of its body. Lola’s owner, Paula Purser of Hyde Park, told the Associated Press she received a letter of apology from Robbins but she still wants criminal charges to be filed against the officer. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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