(CMR) Police officer Timothy Alexander Monroe pleaded not guilty to a single count of animal cruelty in relation to police K-9 Baron, who died last year. Munroe appeared in Summary Court last week.
Allegations are that on 9 July 2022, Munroe failed to feed, water, and shelter K-9 Baron, which caused the animal unnecessary suffering. CMR learned that K-9 Baron died after being left in a cage for the day without food and water as the department head Sgt. Keron Davis was off-island.
The Office of the Ombudsman opened an investigation into the death of the police dog last year following public outrage that the dog was neglected. The findings of the investigation were submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution, and a decision was taken to charge the officer.
He is expected to return to court on 16 March, when a trial date will be set.
As part of their review, the Office of the Ombudsman conducted an early inspection of the kennels along with the DOA and identified several areas needing immediate attention. The inspection found there was a need for a permanent roof outside the kennels, which are located outside in the back of the police station property.
It also revealed there was a need for a welfare and observation log for each RCIPS dog handler and also identified the need to clean debris from unused kennels for use as a quarantine area in the event another animal became unwell.