Where there is a bad situation endangering the helpless, there will always be a protector. This is the mercy God bestows on us. For those who cannot defend themselves, there is a guardian with a voice so strong that it brings the delinquent to justice. Even the voiceless have protectors who come to unshackle them from the crutches of negligence and abuse. Here is one such rescue story of a helpless animal and a good cop who got accused for doing the right thing.
July is one of the hottest months in New Mexico. Hot car incidents are common but people still choose to ignore the implications of leaving pets and children behind. Even when the air is turned on inside the parked car, the temperature still rises to an uncomfortable degree. On such a sunny day, police officer Vincent Kreischer received a distress call from a concerned passerby about a small pet locked in a hot car. Upon reaching the scene, the police officer noticed that there wasn’t as much as a crack in the window to maintain air circulation. Neither was the air turned on. Trapped inside was small dog which evidently looked troubled.
Officer Kriescher started speaking to lady who stepped out of the grocery store, the pet owner. On seeing many police cars surrounding her vehicle, the woman rushed to the spot. Instead of showing concern about the plight of her pet, she set off with a confrontation. Showing no concerns about her pet’s safety or discomfort, the blasé attitude of the women irked the police officer.
Shelly Nicholas, the woman in question did not show a hint of concern for her pet. It became obvious that she did not care about her dog or the gravity of the entire situation. From this, it started to become clear that the animal was no stranger to neglected treatment. Using a chart he had with him, the officer estimated that the temperature outside the car was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit which meant that the atmosphere inside was a boiling 114- a steep rise in temperature within 10 minutes.
Any decent person would have checked on the trapped pet’s health, but Shelly rebuked the accusation saying that she knows what is best for her pet and 10 minutes inside the car would not be critical for the little pooch’s health. Not the one to stand when there is injustice, Officer Keirscher got into a heated but professional argument to make his point clear.
While the citation was being issued by the officer, the woman refused to sit inside the car claiming it was too hot: the same temperature which she earlier said was comfortable. A triggered officer gave a piece of his mind to this insensitive woman, with an order, “You can wait in the truck and close the door you know, since it’s not that hot.”
According to this nasty woman’s logic the temperature within wasn’t unbearable and was safe enough for her pet to be locked in for 10 minutes but too hot for her. The story doesn’t end here. She later lodged a harassment case on the officer saying that he pushed to sit inside a hot car causing her distress. It is unbelievable how some people disregard the safety of other while they accuse someone else of doing them wrong when they are corrected. Officer Kreischer’s lapel camera has another story to tell- the real report of the incident which is far from Shelly’s alleged harassment from the law officer. When the story went viral, there are many who are appalled by Shell’s reaction and treatment of her pet. Accolades for the officer’s effort to save the dog are pouring in too.
The video starts off with the officer questioning Shelly about her decision to leaving a small dog in an unventilated car when it is 90 degrees outside. Shelly later called the news channel to add that the story being circulated was heavily edited to defame her. The news channel, on a mission to uncover the truth, got in touch with the policer officer in question. She claims that the police officer made her suffer the same hot punishment as the dog.
From the footage of the lapel camera, the officer is seen explaining to Shelly that she has to understand the law when Shelly asks him to feel the interior temperature. She is seen laughing when the officer is trying to explain the law to her. Maintaining his cool, Officer Kreischer’s rebukes Kelly saying, I don’t think so, cause you’re laughing.” Before writing her a ticket the officer asks her to wait inside the car. He is seen discussing the situation commenting, “She gives me an attitude from word one and then she doesn’t want to close the door. So, I’m like, “Oh, but it’s OK if your dog does.”
In the complaint that Shelly filed, she claims, “Officer Kreischer approached me and ordered that we entered the vehicle, close all doors, roll up all widows and sit there while he finished his paperwork without turning on the engine or AC.” She also calls him “abusive.” Vincent Kreischer tells that his lapel tells the real story. Kreischer explains that all pet owners must consider the safety of their pets when they are left behind in the car even it seems like a few moments. On asked to defend her claims, Shelly said that she was busy because she was taking a test at school. A video like this sends an important message. Pet owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their animal friends. They shouldn’t subject helpless creatures in harm’s way intentionally.
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Dear Sister and Brother,
1. God IS in control
2. Life is not always fair, it rains on the just and the unjust…we should not compare our lives to others but focus on the plan God has for us.
3. Bad things will happen in this world, but God promised us a home in heaven if we believe in Jesus. One without sorrow, pain or death…where we never will grow old.
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God bless you and your family,
Aaron Tabor, MD