When the driver arrived at the Dollar General Store, a woman yelled to alert him of the dog behind his truck. The driver, showed no shock or remorse, went back into the store to get his bread! One police officer arrived without getting out of the cruiser to talk to witnesses, promised another officer would be by. Witnesses waited a reported hour and twenty minutes; no sign from the second officer. A police incident report was made but with missing pertinent details.
A rescue organization drove to the owner’s house offering free vet care for Bear, but was turned down. The Bartow Sheriff enlisted an investigation. The next day, Bartow Sheriff closed the investigation citing it a “horrible accident”. PETA called, asking the Sheriff to re-open the case, Sheriff refused.
Witnesses were angry and offered their written accounts. A petition with over 22,000 signatures asking for this driver to be held accountable was made. A meeting with the DA (via an attorney) got squelched, deeming this case “not prosecutable”. Many differ on this. Bear’s justice could have taught the Bartow and Kingston Police to better handle an animal cruelty situation.
People failed Bear. We must not ever forget him.