Flagstaff officer resigns in injured dog killing incident

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A Flagstaff police officer who used his baton, boot and a cable to kill an injured dog in August has resigned.

Officials with the Flagstaff Police Dept. were close to completing their final investigation of the incident involving Corporal John Tewes that occurred on Aug. 19, 2012. The Department was in the process of determining final action when Cpl. Tewes resigned on Friday.
It was previously reported that officials with the Navajo County Attorney's Office said there was insufficient evidence to pursue prosecution in the case of the Corporal John Tewes.
Tewes was called after another officer hit a loose dog with his car. Tewes decided the dog needed to be euthanized. That's when the now former police supervisor is accused of beating the animal with a baton and stomping on its head.

A woman who claims to have witnessed the entire incident said she and her husband were home at around 2:30 a.m. on August 19 when they heard their dogs howling and saw flashing lights outside.

Following incident, Police Chief Kevin Treadway said that the Flagstaff Police Department took quick action, to improve policy and training for officers in regards to dealing with injured domesticated animals.

"This very unfortunate incident was a one time occurrence, and we have implemented stronger, more detailed policy and training to better prepare our officers in similar situations to provide compassionate and appropriate assistance to the community," said Treadway.

The existing policy directed officers to contact the owner of an injured domesticated animal, if at all possible. As part of the new policy, officers are directed to seek 24 hour emergency assistance from the Coconino Humane Association or Flagstaff Animal Control when confronted with similar situations.

All officers received immediate training on this revised policy.