Tennessee Police Dog not Dead; Insurance Fraud Alleged

September 8, 2008

A West Tennessee prosecutor will not say whether he intends to press charges in the case of an Oakland police dog whose death may have been faked to collect a $5,000 insurance benefit.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Aug. 1 that it was investigating the city’s police department when a spokeswoman said police dog Kit had been found alive.

The police department reported the animal killed four years ago during training in Hardeman County.

Former Oakland Police Chief Bob Tisdale resigned the same week the allegations came to light, but cited health concerns and denied doing anything wrong.

The Commercial Appeal reported District Attorney General Mike Dunavant said the appropriate time to make charges, if he decides to, would be at next meeting of the Fayette County grand jury during the last week of November.

Oakland is about 30 miles northeast of Memphis.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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