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Police Officers Threaten to Jail and Fine Man For Posting Lost Dog Flyers

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A Washington man posted flyers in his Marysville neighborhood after his service dog, Nanna, went missing. When police called him, instead of giving him good news, they told him if he put up any more flyers, they would fine him $250 and he would recieve a day in jail for each one.

Shawn Slater, 34, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He suffered seizures and took a great deal of anxiety medication before he got Nanna. Nanna is a certified medical alert and therapy dog.

"With Nanna, I didn't take any medication at all,” Slater said. “I was two years clean off all those drugs. I didn't have problems. I didn't even have to take her everywhere I went. I'm finally employed again.”

On July 4, the fireworks in the neighborhood frightened the dog. Nanna forced her way through a hole in the fence and ripped off her dog tags as she escaped.   

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After Slater and friends put up signs looking for Nanna, he received a phone call from police. Posting the signs to utility poles and other city property is apparently illegal.

"If I were to put another sign up, I will be getting a $250 fine and a day in jail per sign,” Slater said the caller told him.

Marysville Police told KING 5 News that it was a “courtesy call” from senior volunteers.

“This affords them the opportunity to place signs that are in compliance with the law rather than a police officer issuing a citation,” said Commander Robb Lamoureux in a written statement. “That said, we are reviewing with our volunteers the precise message we want to provide to our community members to be certain that we accomplish our goal of educating.”

Slater said Nanna is more than just a pet.

"It’s my family and it's my sanity, I just want back,” he said.

Sources: KING 5 News, MSN Now