WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — An investigation into the death of a future Rhode Island search and rescue dog revealed that he was poisoned – and his owner is now working to track down the person who did it.
Siren, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, was just one year into his training when he died.
“He could have saved someone’s life, that’s what’s very difficult right now,” said Westport Police Det. Jeff Majewski. “That dog had a future where he could have helped somebody, and someone took that away.”
“That MRI showed he was hemorrhaging in his back, and it was pressing on his spinal cord,” Majewski explained. “My girlfriend and I looked in his eyes one last time and said goodbye.”
The necropsy results stunned him – revealing that the dog was poisoned. Majewski is certain someone – possibly a criminal seeking revenge – fed Siren rat poison on purpose, considering he’s a detective.
“It was a cowardly act, and I do feel the dog was targeted as a result of something I did at work,” he said.
Majewski wrote an editorial in a local newspaper in order to raise awareness, and numerous people have sent him letters of support.
Anyone who’d like to donate to the “Justice for Siren Fund” should contact the Westport Federal Credit Union at (508) 679-0197.