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Abuse Dog, Lose Badge

<i> Associated Press</i>

A police sergeant was stripped of his gun and badge after being implicated in the death of Fred the beagle, a department mascot who apparently forgot his manners in the stationhouse.

Sgt. Hector Collazo, 36, was put on desk duty while the department considers disciplinary action for animal abuse, spokesman Lt. Ray Ferrari said Friday. Another officer, Gil Ilefonso, 30, remains under investigation, Ferrari said.

After finding Fred’s droppings in the station weight room, officers allegedly beat him, dumped him in the trunk of a patrol car and took him to an animal shelter as a stray. The shelter put Fred to death three days later.


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