Allegations Arise: Springfield Cop Terminates Family’s Pet, Hides Body for 8 Months

“Family Seeks Justice for the Cover-Up and Slaying of their Beloved Labrador” 

7-12-15 Sioux Falls, SD By Devin Saxon. A GoFundMe page written by a distressed grandmother has recently been circulating around Facebook alleging that a police officer working for the Springfield Police Department in South Dakota unabashedly shot and killed her grandchildren’s beloved pet Labrador, then hid the body out in the woods for an 8-month period. For over ten years the family’s Labrador, Duke, had been one of the family’s best friends. As of today the family’s fundraising page has raised $400, and they plan on raising several hundred more with the hopes of being able to retain an attorney and file a lawsuit.

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According to the GoFundMe page, authored by Jan Juhnke, who claims to be the grandmother of the family involved, the police officer in question claimed that he was doing a humane deed because their old lab Duke appeared, “flea and tick infested.” He allegedly attested further that Duke was, “mangy looking,” continuing on to insist that Duke had, “missing hair on his lower back and butt.” Jan goes on to assert that this particular Springfield police officer concluded that her family’s pet Labrador was, “possibly diseased.” It is unclear whether or not this officer was referring to Duke being diseased while he was alive, or after Duke’s corpse was abandoned out in the woods for 8 months, but what is clear is that veterinarians generally determine whether or not an animal is diseased, and they do so professionally while the animal in question is still alive. Jan Juhnke goes on to make these comments on her GoFundMe page in regards to her family’s lost pet:

A couple weeks ago, my son drove 6 miles into the country and retrieved the decomposed remains of Duke. It was not a pretty site.

“What happened to Duke was wrong. Simply wrong. Duke was not a trouble making dog, he never had a run in with the law before. He was just an older gentle lab who made the mistake of going for a walk one Sunday afternoon last Sept. He didn’t bark at anyone, he didn’t growl at anyone, he didn’t get into anyone’s garbage, and he certainly wasn’t mangy looking. He was just a well behaved old dog who went for a walk and now he is dead.”

“A cop should not be lying to my grandkids. He made a terrible, terrible choice when he killed Duke. But you do not compound a wrong doing by committing more wrong doings.” 

A point of concern, towards the bottom of the Juhnke family’s GoFundMe Page, other residents have come forward with their own similar allegations against the same police officer. Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 6.17.06 PM

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UPDATE:  A petition drive has now been established wishing to re-open an investigation into Officer Douglas Magee of the Springfield Police Department. As of Thursday August 6th, the petition has amassed over 1700 signatures. The petition which can be found on change.org, claims that the officer involved with the slaying of Duke violated 2 state laws:

  •  SDCL   {40-1-2.3.   Neglect, abandonment, or mistreatment of animal–Misdemeanor. No person owning or responsible for the care of an animal may neglect, abandon, or mistreat the animal. A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Source: SL 1991, ch 331, § 3; SL 2014, ch 194, § 3.} {40-1-13.  
  • Euthanasia of fatally injured or diseased animal–Notice to euthanize–Violation as misdemeanor. Any animal injured or diseased past recovery shall be euthanized within twelve hours in a manner prescribed in rule by the board, by the owner or person in possession of the animal, after having been notified by any law enforcement officer, any agent or officer of any humane society, or any agent of the board to euthanize the animal. A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Source: SDC 1939, § 40.2206; SL 1991, ch 186, § 8; SL 1991, ch 331, §§ 25, 27; SL 2014, ch 194, § 13.}

DakotaZFreePress has obtained a copy of the official police report which can be found below: DUKE report DUKE Report 2DUKE REPORT 3 “Cops claimed he didn’t know who the dog belonged to even though the town is a dinky town and the police department is half a block from Duke’s home. The cop had also seen Duke a month prior when he stopped at my son’s house. He is a liar. The tan building behind the trees is the police department.” – Jan Juhnke Duke's Home next to Police Station

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5 thoughts on “Allegations Arise: Springfield Cop Terminates Family’s Pet, Hides Body for 8 Months

  1. Thanks for sharing Dukes story…Springfield residents need to remember..their family pet could be next and this behavior is unacceptable..

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  2. Thank you for sharing, this department needs to be investigated. Who runs down a street shooting a gun where families live?! They need JUSTICE FOR DUKE!!

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