Friday, August 10, 2012
Flack over TDCJ's tracking dogs used to hunt illegal aliens coming to a head
By Max Rodriguez, Backgate Website
A story and photo posted in the Victoria Advocate newspaper this week of a TDCJ Officer on horseback assisting DPS in a search for suspected illegal aliens just south of Goliad has risen some eyebrows. The Advocate reports that TDCJ was called in by the DPS to assist in the search by using it's scent dogs to track the group who bailed out of a vehicle that was later found to have stolen plates. Some bloggers out there, along with some Texas tax payers take issue with that. They say it's not the place of TDCJ to assist in gathering up illegals.
TDCJ policy allows local jurisdictions and state law enforcement to solicit assistance where necessary from the TDCJ. It just takes a phone call for approval from the closest Regional Director's office. That being Region IV Director Eileen Kennedy in this particular case. The Advocate story provided an area where public comments were allowed. Below is a comment taken from that area;
"I am one of the landowners that the prison guards with horses and dogs rode on. When I got home today, I noticed our horses not coming to feed. We searched and found our new fence cut. All five strands cut. I didnt mind them on my land looking, I am mad that No One told me they cut my fence. Between all deputies and other law officials and with Goliad being a town where everyone knows you, no note,no phone call...nothing. My husband even talked to a deputy who was sitting on the side of the road. I called sherrif dept and deputies on call were eating and they took my number. I never recieved a phone call back. So here I had lost horses, mosquitos attacking while mending fence and a phone that didnt ring! I find this just pathetic."
What are your thoughts ? Is this moral ? Is it ethical on the agencies part ?
Click Here! for the Advocate Story and photos !