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Officer accused of dumping 'stray' dog, owner wants answers

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The dog that was found by Terry Roland. The dog that was found by Terry Roland.
This is where in Shelby County that Terry Roland saw the dog being dumped. This is where in Shelby County that Terry Roland saw the dog being dumped.
The dog being reunited with her owner. The dog being reunited with her owner.
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(WMC-TV) - A Shelby County commissioner said he witnessed a Millington police officer dump a stray dog in Shelby County Saturday morning.

The dog was reunited with its owner, but commissioner Terry Roland wants answers as to why the officer dumped the dog in the first place.

"I'm gonna get some answers to this, this is wrong. This is wrong, and as you can see that's a beautiful animal," said Roland. "As I drove by I seen a dog being let out of a car."

He said he saw the vehicle, which was actually a Millington Police SUV, parked in Shelby County.

"This is not in Millington's jurisdiction, not in the city limits of Millington," said Rolland.

Roland took the dog home, filed a report with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and started making calls.

they had a stray dog call at Sid's Frame Shop Roland said.

That call came in about seven miles from where he saw the dog being let out.

Millington Police told him they chased the dog to the smoke stacks on Shakerag Road.

"I don't buy that. I don't know why they would do this," said Roland.

While he waited for answers, Roland tracked down the dog's owner Elizabeth Penrose.

She said the dog dug her way out of the cage in her front yard.

"And I've been looking for her ever since this morning, since 8 o'clock," said Penrose. "I know that she doesn't have a tag or anything, but that really upsets me that they would just dump her out somewhere."

She, too, is asking questions and wanting answers.

Roland wrote a letter to the Millington Mayor demanding answers to a long list of questions, including how the administration could allow this to happen. The Millington police chief said she did not hear from Roland, but she is investigating.

"I would love to get this resolved I would like for you all to know that we do have a lot of officers here, and the majority of our officers are animal lovers. So I cannot see that happening," said Millington police chief Rita Stanback.

Stanback admits stray animals are a problem. Millington does not have an animal shelter.

Strays are kept in a handful of kennels at public works, and then transferred to the Memphis Animal Shelter. They have one animal control officer who only works weekdays which leaves officers to deal with strays during weekends.

"If they feel that they can handle the dog they will take the dog to public works themselves and put them in the kennel," said Stanback.

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