Search and rescue dog killed by a coward


To the editor:

I am writing this letter to the editor not to explain police accomplishments in Westport but to express my role as a crime victim.  Three months ago on April 2,  my girlfriend and I had to euthanize our 5-year-old German Shepherd named Siren. Siren had become ill basically overnight and he didn’t want to walk.  Within a few hours he couldn’t walk.  After an initial visit to Acoaxet Animal Hospital and follow-up visit to Tufts University (Cummings School of Veterinary medicine), tests revealed bleeding which had pressed against his spinal cord.  The wonderful doctors from both hospitals  were caring and kind professionals.

After an MRI we made the difficult decision (one that most of you who read this have probably been forced to do yourselves as pet owners) to euthanize him to stop his pain.  It was a selfless decision as we wanted to keep this dog alive.  Siren was a family member, a trusted companion, a guardian and a friend — the kind of friend who listened without judgment, shared life experiences and helped you get through tough days at work.

But above all this dog had a higher purpose.  He had been training for one year as a Search and Rescue dog.  One day that dog might have found a missing child or helped to locate an elderly person who wandered off from home.

A few days ago we learned that Siren’s necropsy revealed poison in samples of his liver.  He had been killed.

I have been a Westport police officer since 1989.  In the last 25 years I have arrested many people and sent an assortment of them to jail and prison.  I have done all this and put myself in harm’s way for a greater purpose.  I have done my job at a sacrifice often to my family’s needs and wants.

I have treated crime victims and even some deserving suspects with empathy.  It is a word that is many times discarded in today’s world.  As I wrote this letter I tried to think of what caliber of person would hide in the shadows with the intent to target an animal in a fenced-in yard.  Part of my job is to profile people’s behavior and try to figure out what drives them to do the things they do so I can solve crime.  In the past 25 years I am sure I have made people angry, happy, sad and frustrated.  Unfortunately I have also had victims unhappy with an overburdened criminal justice system that doesn’t always function flawlessly.  I have even had people I arrested thank me and sometimes threaten or assault me.

I always viewed it as part of what comes with the job as long as someone doesn’t cross that sacred line in the sand.  What type of degenerate would enact personal revenge on a family’s pet.  Siren at 100 pounds was an imposing figure who had a beautiful amber coat and bold European German Shepherd looks.  This was a cowardly act that happened at my home in my fenced in yard.  I have reflected on that time when he got sick to see who may be responsible.  I have criminally charged suspects with this felony crime for causing much less pain to an animal.  Too many times I have had to endure the sight of people who starve and mistreat animals who need care and safe place to live.

A friend and mentor (when I was a rookie police officer) always mentioned a quote by Theodore Roosevelt during his “dare greatly” speech.  It is a mantra for one’s life.  In part that speech talked about how the credit (in life) belongs to the person who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by sweat and dust and blood, who spends himself in a worthy cause … so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Only a coward of the lowest sort would abuse or neglect an animal. To that person and their friends, family and acquaintances, Karma is one day coming your way.  To the rest of the animal loving world I am offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to criminal charges against this timid soul.

I did not write this letter so that people would feel badly (some hardened souls might not).  I wrote this letter to the neighbors, friends, relatives and family of the person who may have done this despicable deed.  I realize that people commit crimes for a number of reasons, from substance abuse problems to a desire to prey on weaker victims for money or just the thrill of it.  To the culprit who poisoned this dog, you either told someone already, you will tell someone in the future, or you can take this secret to your maker.

I am not on a witch hunt but a specific mission to be sure that I attribute responsibility to the right person who killed this dog.  There is a place for you somewhere and I am not going anywhere anytime soon.

Jeff Majewski






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I am so sorry. Losing a family member like Siren is awful. I hope that the coward gets whatever is coming to him or her.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Report this

Jeff I am sorry to hear about your loss. Whoever did this is a coward. This person or persons I hope is caught and pays for causing so much pain.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Report this

I am so sorry for the loss of your family member. What a cowardly thing to do - aim one's poison at an innocent creature. As you said, karma does come around - given what this person did, I don't want to be around when they face their judgment. Peace be with you and your family - and prayers for a peaceful transition for your beautiful loved one.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Report this
Don Corleone

As an animal lover myself, all I can say is that I hope you end up chalking him on a sidewalk.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Report this
Don Corleone

He better hope your people find him before mine do

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Report this

So sorry for your loss. I hope this sorry excuse for a human being is found. Prayer's for you and your family.

Friday, July 25, 2014 | Report this
David Buck

I'm so sorry for your loss. I am disgusted by those who harm animals. I pray that the one(s) responsible for this horrible act are caught and brought to justice.

Friday, July 25, 2014 | Report this

Dear Sir, I am deeply saddened by what has happened to your pet Siren and the loss your family feels. I am a huge pet lover and have a few ( ;-) ) of my own. Only a sick person would do such a thing. To harm an innocent animal is disgusting, let alone the fact that they did it your own private yard. I do believe in Karma and what goes around surely does come around. It will.

I hope your family can find peace and warmth in the memories you have of Siren. God Bless you and your family. Thank you for all you do for this town.

Friday, July 25, 2014 | Report this

Jeff, I am very sorry for your loss.

There is one thing that you may want to consider.

I have a friend whose dog ate a mouse that had been killed by mouse poison. She began to bleed, but they saw her eat the mouse and they were able to give an antidote on time. The poison causes bleeding; that's how the rodents die.

If that is a possibility, it may ease your mind to know Siren may not have been murdered.

Friday, July 25, 2014 | Report this

I am sorry for the loss of your beloved family member,Siren. What a significant loss to your family but also to the search and rescue teams that would have benefited.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 | Report this

I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing can make you feel better especially since someone actually murdered Siren. I hope this despicable person is caught and punished and that this is made public. This dog should be lawfully avenged.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 | Report this

Isn't there any chance that the dog was accidentally poisoned by someone trying to kill rats or something? Perhaps the dog got out of the yard without Majewski's knowledge. I wonder if Majewski isn't jumping to conclusions.

Monday, July 28, 2014 | Report this

I realy hope to who ever did this is caught no reward money needed if i ever caught wind of who did this i hope when caught can be charged in the death of a service dog as well i am very sorry foe your loss i have an australian sheppard i dont know what i would do without him

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Report this
loretta tassoni

I am writing from Bristol which is irrelevant but wanted you to know that I am saddened by your loss. Your family truly never knows, each and every day, if you will come home safely. Part of your day was to enjoy your time with Siren, both at work and at play. Know you made the right decision to end Siren's suffering. I believe it is the most difficult thing to do in life, make a decision to end the suffering of your pet, your four legged child.

On another note, if in fact someone did poison Siren, may they rot in hell. The people who harm animals, any type of animal, intentionally are the scum of the earth. if it was a revenge act, that person is pond scum. Anyone who causes harm to an animal, who cannot defend itself against such criminal behavior, doesn't belong on our streets. Try not to dwell on it but I'm with you. One day that person will have to look you in the eye and explain their acts.

Siren has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is waiting for you on the other side. He is playing with all the animals already there. My wonderful yellow lab, Billie, is probably playing with him right now. God bless.....

Sunday, August 3, 2014 | Report this

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