Punish Men Who Allegedly Poisoned Retired Police Dog

Target: Stephanie A. Bridgett, District Attorney for Shasta County, California

Goal: Demand that the two men who allegedly poisoned a retired police dog during a burglary receive the maximum penalty by law.

A retired police dog became seriously ill after he was allegedly poisoned. The suspects reportedly broke into a police officer’s home and fed the dog marijuana and sedatives. Demand justice for this poor dog.

A police officer rushed his dog, Tarro, to VCA Asher Animal Hospital after he suddenly became ill. Tests showed that Tarro consumed two life-threatening substances, marijuana and a sedative. Redding police traced the poisoning to a burglary that had reportedly occurred at the police officer’s home. Police stated that Joshua David Norton, a suspect, told his girlfriend that he gave Tarro marijuana brownies during the burglary. Several firearms and police patches were also stolen, police stated, and the suspects are in custody.

Tarro was treated and returned to his owner. Norton and a second suspect, Cal Joseph Demercurio Jr., were each charged with animal cruelty in addition to other related charges. Sign below and demand that Norton and Demercurio receive the maximum penalty by law, if convicted.


Dear District Attorney Bridgett,

A retired police dog was allegedly poisoned in a shocking case of animal cruelty. The dog reportedly ingested a life-threatening combination of drugs during the burglary of a police officer’s home. We demand justice for this innocent dog.

The Redding Police Department charged Joshua David Norton and Cal Joseph Demercurio Jr. with animal cruelty after they allegedly broke into a police officer’s home and poisoned a retired police dog. Tarro, the dog, became ill after he was reportedly fed a combination of marijuana and a sedative. Norton told his girlfriend that he had fed Tarro marijuana brownies, police stated, while committing the burglary. Several firearms were also reportedly stolen from the home. Tarro was successfully treated and returned to her owner. Norton and Demercurio are awaiting trial.

This abuse cannot go unpunished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Redding Police Department

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  1. May Karma catch up with these felons, and find them behind bars for a long time.

  2. lynn woods says:

    let them alone in a room with this beautiful dogs owner for 5 min. and see what happens the cowardly bastards I hope they get fried good

  3. Beth Marie says:

    The People demand they STAY INCARCERATED. These people are a threat to us all. Prosecute to full extent of law, none of this plea bargain rubbish! No excuses.

  4. michelle mitchell says:

    These bastard animal abusers/attempted murderers require implementation of the death penalty and nothing less.Animal abuse will NOT be tolerated!

  5. It is proven that animal abuse leads to abuse of kids and adults. These guys need to shot or jailed. I pray that that hero dog is not harmed for life. This is a retited6 law enforcement canine.Maximum punishment.

  6. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  7. These felons need to be put away for a VERY long time. What a bunch of cowards. May THEY reap what they sow.

  8. gabriela torres says:

    Hope that when he is found he is given some of his ‘own medicine’ and that he spends many years in jail!

  9. Amanda Young says:

    Those men need to be poisoned

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