Palm Beach Sheriff REOPEN BIG MAC'S CASE
Dear Sherriff Bradshaw, We the undersigned respectfully request that Case No. 13074601 be reopened for further investigation for the following reasons. 1. Tyler Hart found the Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich’s dog, Big Mac on or about May 11, 2013 brought him to the house of his mother Jeri Ann Hart in Boynton Beach instead of complying with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Ordinance 98-22 Sec. 4-8. Keeping/adopting stray animals and maintaining feral cats. Which clearly states that It shall be unlawful for any person in the county to harbor, feed and/or keep any stray animal unless he/she has notified the division within twenty-four (24) hours from the time such animal came into his/her possession. No notification was ever made. 2. Mrs. Aldrich was advised that Deborah Carr was given the dog. Mrs. Aldrich request the return of her dog and such request was refused. Mrs. Aldrich filed a police report for the theft of her pet. The Detective in charge interviewed Ms. Carr and took her word at face value. She took no measures to confirm that what Ms. Carr said was true. The Detective did not speak to Mrs. Hart, the neighbor or the neighbor’s friend that Ms. Carr stated she gave the dog to. The Detective did not contact the neighbor’s friend and at no time requested the return of Mrs. Aldrich’s property (ie Big Mac). 3. As you know, in Florida, dogs are considered personal property. The Detective, in direct conflict with Control Ordinance 98-22 Sec. 4-8 and Florida Statute 705.102. (which clearly states that lost or abandoned property must report to a law enforcement officer and that “Any person who unlawfully appropriates such lost or abandoned property to his or her own use or refuses to deliver such property when required commits theft as defined in s. 812.014, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084) concluded that no crime had occurred. 4. Ms. Carr refused and still refuses to voluntarily comply with effectuating the return of Big Mac. The Aldrich family is heartbroken over the loss of a member of their family. Not only is it illegal to deprive the family of their dog but it is morally and ethically wrong.