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They Arrested My Puppy Instead Of Me

Updated on January 3, 2012

do animals really have rights? we don't

His name is Reyley, and he is a Shepard/boxer mix who has lived in this world for a mere 4 months. In the morning, three days ago, the local law enforcement showed up in front of his new home, a tent, looking for a couple of humans who had done something wrong, but not very wrong, let's say it was technical difficulties with the establishment. Certainly the pup had nothing to do with it, but he has clearly been the one to pay the price.

The officers, two of them, did not find the two humans they were looking for, but regardless of knowing Reyley's mom was not either of them, they asked her to come out of the tent and stand over there, indicating a place beside the tent. She listened to them and stood there. They then began talking to the other resident of the tent, Reyley's dad. It was he, his dad that had possession of the pup, who was leashed and sitting beside him on the bed. At no time was the pup allowed to be loose, or without a person to be responsible for him.

It was then that the officers saw one of the humans they had been looking for in the beginning, and took off chasing them again, leaving Reyley's camp entirely. It was then that Reyleys mom thought that they did not need to speak with her anymore, and left. She left the pup with his dad, who was watching him for the day.

It was at this time that Officer Knacksted, of the Ventura County Police Dept. came back and it was obvious that he was extremely angry. It so happened that the men he was chasing had gotten away from him, and his temper was getting the best of him; He then asked who the pup belonged to, and his dad said "He belongs to me and to his mom.

"Where is she?" he asked, to see that she was not around any more. Officer Knacksted then indicated that because she had left, he was taking the dog, screaming obscenities, and so obviously mad, that he grabbed the sleeping puppy and drug him out of the tent, by his leash that he had cut off, the tree, and turned to tell his dad that if he said just one word that he would go to jail too.

It is on the word of three witnesses that he was seen dragging Reyley up the rocks, and through the brush, up the hill to his car which was parked a good distance on the freeway. Poor Reyley could be heard yelping and struggling and crying the whole way, but there was nothing anyone could do to help him.

It was mostly due to the fact that his poor policework had allowed two or three humans who he had been looking for to just walk out of his sight, allowing them to get away, and he then only had the pup to take his rage out on. Nobody except the pup went to jail that day. This officer spent all morning trying to arrest suspects, but only successfully arrested a four month old puppy who had not done anything at all.

That same day Reyleys dad went to the animal control office to be told that he had to contact the police dept. because he had been impounded.. The police dept told them that they had to have a bill of sale, proving ownership, and that the arresting officer had to be contacted. It turns out that the dog had been impounded, just as they impound cars in these circumstances. Officer Knacksted was unable to be contacted until Tuesday, therefore poor Reyley stays in jail for at least five days, and the bill, getting higher and higher, making it harder to get him out at all. The paperwork that they were given when the dog was taken stated that Reyley's mom had abandoned the dog, and that is why the officer took him, but this was not true. Reyleys dad was there and able to care for him. He was taken anyway.

Witnesses heard officer Knacksted stating that "I don't care if they ever get their f*****g dog back."

In my opinion this officer acted in an unprofessional manner, and is just fine with his end result of taking his temper out on this poor little dog.

If anybody would like to voice their concern, or ask any questions about this story, they can contact Jim Monahan at 805-340-1356, or the officer himself, Officer Knacksted at 805-339-4480, ex.1280.


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  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    6 years ago from Oxnard

    This city has been at the mercy of an unsupervised and out of control as far as I am concerned, police dept. for there are no watchdog groups to keep them in check when they step over the line, with incidents like this one and worse. I am hoping to draw attention to this situation so that we can get some group to keep a watchful eye so that the citizens are not railroaded and that officers cannot just do what they please, regardless of the laws.

  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    6 years ago from Oxnard

    This story has not been told in any newspaper, it happened to friends of mine that are homeless, and in past articles, I have followed the local homeless situation here in ventura, ca. There is a place here called the riverbottom where the homeless camp, as it is very brushy, and remote, ahd difficult for the local police to find folks. This happened last thursday or friday, and today they were to find out what the outcome was to be for their dog.

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    American View 

    6 years ago from Plano, Texas

    I was trying to find this story on the internet to get more information. Do you have a link for this story?

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    American View 

    6 years ago from Plano, Texas

    I have checked the internet and cannot find this story anywhere. Do you have a link to it?

  • Cagsil profile image


    6 years ago from USA or America

    Hey ddsurfsca, apparently this officer has bigger issues. He apparently isn't physically fit to do his job. Secondly, he is apparently isn't mentally capable of it either. Thirdly, if I was to advise the family of the dog, I would suggest that they sue the Police dept for their actions. To have something this occur is completely ridiculous. I hope the family gets their dog back and compensation for the trouble that this officer has put them through.

  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    6 years ago from Oxnard

    ;the officers were not thinking, but were simply reacting to their frustration. It should not have happened. I only hope that they are able to get their dog back.

  • tlpoague profile image


    6 years ago from USA

    That is terrible to see someone taking their anger out on an animal. What where they thinking?


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