Skip to comments.Holyoke woman, sick with cancer, arrested on warrant issued after she failed to renew dog license
Posted on 03/26/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
Up until the time police put her in handcuffs and loaded her into a cruiser, Ann Musser was not expecting to be arrested.
I just wished that at least for my first time getting arrested, I had something interesting to say about what I had done wrong, said Musser, a Holyoke resident.
Musser was arrested at her home Friday night on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Holyoke District Court for failing to appear in court. The court appearance was scheduled last September because Musser had failed to comply with repeated requests from the city of Holyoke in June for her to renew the license for Pumpkin, her 14-year-old family dog.
Musser, 41, admits failing to pay the $5 renewal fee was an oversight on her part, but she had a lot on her mind at the time. The main thing was the diagnosis for advanced ovarian cancer and having to undergo major surgery.
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Sometimes, you can not just make this stuff up.
Good thing Holyoke doesn’t have any robbers, rapists, burglars, murderers or other serious criminals to arrest.....
At least they didn’t shoot the dog this time. /s
“Holyoke City Clerk Brenna McGee said Tuesday that, strictly speaking, Musser was not arrested for failing to renew her dog license. The warrant was issued because Musser was ordered to appear before a judge but never showed, McGee said.”
If I lived near Holyoke, Brenna’s house would be getting the bag of dog doddie on fire on the doorstep.
Not yet anyway.
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957
for an expired DOG LICENSE.?
sorry this sort of treatment of civil citizens is way over the edge.
Another dangerous felon apprehended by the Boys in Blue.
I feel so much safer.
This arrest is going to get her put on the TSA no-fly list.
They do, but it can be more dangerous to arrest them, than to arrest a woman over a dog license. Remember, as long as they all go home safely, they are happy. /s
With her in custody the city is now responsible for her health, right?
Treatment for advanced ovarian cancer might run into the millions.
Failing to treat her makes the city liable for her wrongful death, civil lawsuits in the millions...
Us and Them ...
The judge ordered her to court for a $5.00 dog license. Even if she didn’t get one for the whole 14 years for the dog at $70.00 they want to bring you in to court?
the scary thing is that there are loads of comments under the article from people who support the arrest! saying, “she should have paid her bill... etc., etc... “ omgosh—i know there are liberals... but heck... these people—in Massachusetts no less—have no understanding... no concept of the founding of the United States of America! it is like they are begging to be enslaved!
ccommunities are short of funds and they pi** away money on something like this???
Kind of ridiculous to have to pay a dog license in the first place. The council members that voted for that should be run out of town.
I’m speechless - I assumed this would be a Florida story...
So what if she were about to go to the hospital for her critical surgery? I mean, within a few days? And she was arrested? She doesn’t go to the hospital, doesn’t get surgery, and suffers unfortunate consequences.
Unfortunately the legal system makes no exceptions (except for the ruling elite and their families, and prominent leftists)
I’ve never really understood the whole dog license thing. Somebody with deep pockets needs to test case it and get it killed, there’s no real justification for it.
” sorry this sort of treatment of civil citizens is way over the edge.”
I got a cat from the pound. The list of rights this gave them was insane. They could, according to the papers I had to sign, come in and inspect at any time. I was required to keep current on shots and licenses. They could take back the cat at any time for any cause. I was required to have it neutered. I was not allowed under any circumstances to give the cat away. I was required to return it to the shelter. And, then I had to wait a week because Halloween was coming up and they don’t let people adopt cats for two weeks before.
I honestly expected to just go in, pick out a cat and take it home. I had no idea it was such a huge deal. Now, none of this inspection or follow-up happened. But it could have and still can.
I think this situation is assinine, and they went a little above and beyond in the enforcement. Love the fact that government agencies are incapable of communication with each other. So, after you pay the fee and late fees, if the warrant has already been issued, it can’t be rescinded? That’s ridiculous.
OTOH, how about a little personal responsibility for the family? Did somebody nail her husband’s foot to the floor and keep him from taking care of this? Apparently, they got several notices before the warrant was issued. I know if I were sick, Hubby would be doing everything in his power to not only take care of me, but to make sure the things I normally handle got taken care of, as well.
Her husband let her down. Yes, he did. If he knew enough to tell the arresting cops why his wife should not be in jail, then, okay, what was preventing him from seeing this issue through for her? When my mom was dying from diabetes, my dad assumed some of her duties, or made sure things were done by giving us children little jobs to do. Her spouse seems loving enough, sitting there on the couch grinning. Too bad her did not step up and take charge. This is all separate from the fact that the arrest was both cruel and stupid. Those pet licenses should be every three or four years, not every 12 months.
‘didnt shoot the dog ‘
I am surprised by this development as it was an, ‘illegal’, dog.
Another day closer to that sweet, sweet retirement check.
Is this a great country, or what?
GD outlaw dog. SHOOT HIM!!
He looked pretty dangerous to me. The officers were obviously exercising a lot of self-control or else their trigger finger was ringed by a doughnut. Either way that dog’s name has got to be Lucky.
Those pet licenses should be every three or four years, not every 12 months.....Oh, horsepoop. The city/county whatever would miss out on $55.00 worth of revenue. Are you an Anti Communist or sump’n.?
Parking ticket? Tow your car, pay impound fee, towing fee, and so on - $500, easy.
Never register an animal.. it’s nothing more than a revenue scheme anyway.
Don't blame the LEOs in this instances. If they instructed to serve an arrest warrant, that is what they have to do. They can't ignore the law, like 0bama and Holder.
The people to blame are the ones who created this inane law and its punishment.
You see this the way I do. The system is out of control. That aside, her husband could have, and arguably should have, done more to help her out before it ever reached the point it did.
She would not license her dog, so she is a cat burglar.
“Don’t blame the LEOs in this instances. If they instructed to serve an arrest warrant, that is what they have to do. They can’t ignore the law, like 0bama and Holder.”
Maybe they need to start taking an interest in the background of the tasks they’re given, considering how up-gunned everyone is these days.
It’s noble to go after murderers, rapists and thieves, but to get waxed over a dog license...
a ritual beheading would seem to be in line with the PTB’s attitude, given that they appear to be the Holyoke Taliban.
That’s a pretty picayune list...indeed.
Enjoy the kitty!
I just wonder what Yakov Smirnoff would say about it?
In this day and age Id almost be proud to be on that list.
This is the country Michelle Obama is proud of?
They could come in to your house and inspect at any time? I would have handed the cat back to them, sadly. They have no business in your house.
The Commissars of Marxachusetts want to see your papers, Comrade. Illness, and even Death, are no excuse.
To mess with the bureaucrats’ revenue stream.
So long as the valiant officers got home to their families safe; that’s all that matters /s
“I would have handed the cat back to them, sadly. “
It was love at first sight. This was her last day before the gas chamber. They tried to talk me out of taking her because she was ill. Nope. When I took her in my hands she extended her paws and hugged me to her and purred.