When Funny Faces Aren’t Funny

Baby Picture of DefendantYou ever notice the annoying voices that owners use to speak to us? I can live with that but here’s a trend I’m happy they stopped dead in its tracks.

Jayna Hutchinson, a 33-year-old Vermont woman, was charged with cruelty to animals and resisting arrest after a police officer caught her staring at his dog in a “taunting/harassing manner.”

Dogs on the scene have reported to me she was taunting the canine with calls of “Nanana Boo Boo”.

Here’s how the Associated Press describes the sequence of events during the July 31 incident: police were called to a market to investigate a report of a brawl. They were approached by Hutchinson, who told one officer she had been assaulted the day before by one of the men involved.She asked Vermont State Police Sgt. Todd Protzman to take her statement but he refused, telling her she smelled like alcohol and was drunk but that he would take her statement at another time.

After a heated exchange, she approached Protzman’s cruiser, where his dog Max was waiting, putting her face within inches of the window and “staring at him in a taunting/harassing manner,” Protzman wrote in an affidavit.

“While the defendant taunted my canine, Max was focused on the defendant and the perceived threat she presented to him,” the affidavit said. “He was no longer focused on me and the other officers at the scene.”

In Max’s year end evaluation, he received a ‘Needs Improvement’ in the area of staying focused on the task at hand.

The Times Argus says prosecutors dropped the charge after reviewing a videotape that showed the alleged crime.

Alas, the world still awaits a true Hall of Justice.


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