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N.J. Cop's Facebook Post About Drowned Dog Sparks Outrage

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A New Jersey police sergeant is under investigation for posting crass remarks on Facebook about a dog that drowned after his owner's truck fell into a river of ice.

Seaside Heights Police Sgt. Thomas Yannacone reportedly wrote on his Facebook page: "Why didn't the dog do the Doggie Paddle ... Was his favorite movie Dog Day Afternoon ... And was he listening to Van Halen's Diver Down just before going thru [sic] the ice? These are the questions I want answered!!!," reports the New York Daily News.

The dog, which is a boxer mix named Rolo, is still reportedly trapped in Toms River after his owner, Andrew Mayer, allegedly spun doughnuts on top of the frozen river. A portion of the ice reportedly collapsed and the vehicle sank into the river, taking Rolo down.

Mayer has reportedly been charged with criminal mischief and reckless driving. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is reportedly investigating the incident. 

Yannacone was reportedly off duty and not at the scene at the time of the incident. In another Facebook post, he reportedly wrote, "Truck plunging through ice with a dog inside brings a whole new meaning to FROZEN WEINER or DIRTY WATER DOG.

"What, to [sic] soon, calm down u [sic] animal loving freaks," the post continued. "Just be glad it wasn't a cat because that would have been one WET PU.....!!!!!"

The police department's Internal Affairs unit is reportedly investigating while Yannacone remains on duty.

Source: New York Daily News/Photo Credit: New York Daily News