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Highway Patrol wants dog back

Posted October 31, 2008
Updated December 19, 2008

— A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper used poor judgment in asking a former colleague to care for his dog, Capt. Everett Clendenin said Friday.

Trooper Charles Jones and Ricoh became infamous when video surfaced of Jones kicking the K-9 during training.

Jones lost his job for his harsh discipline methods, and Ricoh got early retirement.

Trooper Robert Reaves, a former member of the Highway Patrol's K-9 unit, agreed to give Ricoh a home. He signed a contract agreeing not to neglect or abuse the dog.

When Reaves went on vacation in September, however, he asked Jones to care for Ricoh. The situation came to the attention of the Highway Patrol when neighbors reported seeing Ricoh in Jones' yard.

The Highway Patrol asked Reaves to return Ricoh on Friday, Clendenin said. He pointed out, however, that the contract means the dog legally belongs to Reaves.

Clendenin said the the contract stipulated that Ricoh would never be exposed to neglect or mistreatment. The Highway Patrol believes Reaves violated that tenet of the contract when he left the dog with Jones.

"The fact that he turned the dog back over to Charles Jones, whom the patrol dismissed for his actions toward the dog, is just upsetting to the patrol," Clendenin said.

Jones was fired in September 2007 after another trooper turned over two 15-second video clips of Jones suspending Ricoh from a railing and kicking him repeatedly to make him release a training toy.

In recent weeks, the Office of State Personnel ordered that Jones be reinstated.

The commission found that the Highway Patrol did not have "just cause to dismiss for unacceptable personal conduct;" however, it did find "sufficient cause for discipline for unsatisfactory job performance," Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty said.

The Highway Patrol is appealing that order.


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  • ddddddsmith Nov 3, 2008

    Who does this Colonel and his side kick Clendenin think they are? It is somewhat understandable that troopers are monitored while on duty and when they are doing NCSHP work but how can they control private life????? So if someone buys a used patrol car from surplus are they subject to Wilson coming back and checking to see if they are taking proper care of it?

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 3, 2008

    For the protection of the dogs and the public,children as well as adults, dogs had to be trained to obey release commands immediately---otherwise serious injury could result to humans, and dogs could die from swallowing illegaldrugs. These dogs were not treated as household pets and public petting was forbidden.---Transcript of Jones Case


    People, please read before making stupid comments. These animals are NOT pets. They are trained and need to be in the care of someone who knows how to handle him.
    Jones' neighbors should be ashamed. Also Trooper Jones might want to invest in a TALL privcy fence to keep his nosy neighbors out of his business.

  • exwife1956 Oct 31, 2008

    I hope he don't get that dog back, that dog don't wanna get kicked again. Once a kicker, always a kicker. Didn't he get fired for abusing that dog in the first place? What kind of abuse will that dog get when nobody is around to video the abuse?

  • ncvoter2 Oct 31, 2008

    I have no idea who you are but you are "dead" on the state was going to put the dog down "KILL" him had Reaves not taken him! That is FACT people - that is the FACT -

  • ncvoter2 Oct 31, 2008

    Let's see the Wake County District Attorney was quoted as saying the dog is best in the home of Jones...and has ruled that there WAS NO ABUSE -

    Clendenin, are you now an attorney in addition to the Patrol's resident canine expert.....

    Clendenin here is your next question, Would the highway patrol have been so quick to want to regain control of this canine if Trooper Reaves had hired someone to take care of the dog during his absence and the dog would have maimed this hired person and there was a lawsuit pending??? Huh, Clendenin?? NOT -

    Read the transcripts - they are public record - Captain Castelloe testified that the video was acceptable canine training - Jones was not fired for the video he was fired for brining disrupt to the highway Patrol

  • cabswife Oct 31, 2008

    Poor dog. I hope he finally finds a home to retire in...far, far away from jones.

  • chfdcpt Oct 31, 2008

    Freedomrings, you hit it right on!!! The media does not want to show the part where the other troopers testified about the training methods. People can't seem to see that as soon as the story became public, the SHP suspended it's K9 program pending review of the training methods. That alone should speak volumes.

    Of course, we also have a law enformcement agency that is refusing to follow the ruling of an administrative judge, but that does not seem to bother most folks here.

    It scares the bejeeves out of me that the state has a long and distinguished history of not following the rulings of administrative judges when it comes to unjust firings of personnel etc.

  • geosol Oct 31, 2008

    Barney Fife????? You have a perpetual job with the NC Highway Patrol!


  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Oct 31, 2008

    It's incredible that the HP gave this guy the dog he was fired for abusing... just CRAZY.

    One has to wonder whether they have a cupful of common sense in the whole management structure there!!

  • Scrofula Oct 31, 2008

    "the dog LEGALLY belongs to Reaves. Therefore, no violation of the contract."

    You need to read the contract more closely. It contains stipulations that Reaves must meet in order to maintain ownership, or else he forfeits it.

    Why in the world are you so gung-ho for this animal (the human one, not the four legged one.)