"Melissa Peacock" : A Miami-Dade Police Department Officer, She finds and rescues dogs. She has the animals stay with her and determines what the animal wants, in this case she rescued "Sasha" who was a Dutch Sheppard, was a trained Narcotic Detection Dog, Her only problem is that she was afraid of Thunder and Lightening Melissa recovered the dog and kept her at home for several months, The Dog appeared happy and playful, but Melissa noticed that "Sasha" became real excited when she would start putting on her Uniform to go to work. One day on a hunch she allowed Sasha to ride with her. Melissa noticed that Sasha LOVED working more than staying at home. So it became Melissa's journey to find "Sasha" a good home and working conditions:
This is SASHA's STORY as written by Melissa
I am at a loss for words and just totally disgusted by the actions of the Warwick, Georgia, Police Department. In all my... years of rescue work, I have gone to painstaking lengths to make sure the animal ended up in a ideal situation, with no chance of ever ending up in a bad situation, and could live out the remainder of their life happy and worry free.
Today, I feel like a total failure. Sasha, a Dutch Shepard, came to me from a police department. She had been boarded for over six months because the department washed her out because of her fear of storms. Sasha was a trained narcotics officer who excelled at her job. I tried to retire her as a house dog doing the occasional obedience trial, but she just wasn't happy. I wished for an ideal situation for Sasha where she could do what made her the happiest, which was to work. It was a heartbreaking decision, but if the right placement came up, I decided to think of her instead of myself. That's when Warwick PD expressed an interest in her as a narcotics officer. Many phone calls and questions followed, and I thought this would be the best thing for her. She excelled completing her certification with a perfect score in just 4 weeks. Her first night on duty she made a seizure, and by all accounts, I was thrilled for her success and her happiness but still missed her dearly. Despite my sorrow, I thought I had made a great placement in her best interest. That was until I got the call tonight...... The most disgusting thing, short of the inhumanity and gross stupidity, is that Warwick PD tried to hide the fact their handler went away for 3 DAYS, making no provisions for his partner. She was locked inside the police vehicle for 3 DAYS, where I'm sure she died a HORRIBLE, CRUEL DEATH. Not only did they try to hide Sasha's horrible death for over 2 weeks, but they are actually believing the handler when he said she opened the door to the Tahoe and got in herself?!! Really??!!
How disgusting is it that this department could allow one of their own, a dedicated law enforcement officer, to die in such a horrible, cruel manner and then ignore it!!! I'm begging everyone who loves and is an advocate of animals...please, please to call, write, and visit the Warwick Georgia Police Department and demand justice for Sasha. I let her down and it cost her her life.
Please help me find justice for her. EOW 09/03/2012