Animal cruelty suspect files complaint against officer

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A woman who was cited for leaving her dog in a hot truck has filed a complaint against the police officer, claiming he crossed the line while trying to teach her a lesson about what her dog had to deal with.

Lapel video from Truth or Consequences Police Officer Vincent Kreischer a month ago shows Shelly Nicholas and her family walking to her truck after stopping at a grocery store around 2:00 p.m.

“This is your truck?” Kreischer asked as she approaches. “You’re not supposed to keep the dog in here like this. You know that, right? You’re kidding, right?”

Nicholas said she left her dog, Daisy, in the truck for no more than 10 minutes.

Nicholas said she had just turned off the air conditioning and the truck was still cool inside, but the officer, based on the outside temperature, estimated it was 114 degrees inside.

Officer Kreischer: It’s 93 degrees outside.

Nicholas: Feel the interior.

Officer Kreischer: Ma’am, you have to understand the law.

Nicholas: I understand.

Officer Kreischer: I don’t think so because you’re laughing. You think it’s funny.

Eventually, officer Kreischer tells Nicholas she can wait in the car and close the door since it’s not hot in there, as he tells another officer on scene.

Officer Kreischer: She gave me an attitude from word one, and I just… You know and then she doesn’t want to close the door. So I’m like, ‘Oh, but it’s OK if your dog does?’

Nicholas said, by that point, the truck doors had been open for a while, letting the hot air in.

“I felt it was inappropriate,” Nicholas said. “He committed the same crime I did. He placed the dog in a hot car. He also placed my minor child in the same hot car, and I felt that his conduct was over the top.”

Nicholas filed a complaint against Officer Kreischer last week.

He talked to KRQE News 13, saying Nicholas was treating the whole thing as a joke. He said he did comment about her sitting in the car if it wasn’t hot but said he didn’t order her or her family to do anything.

“I did not threaten her. I didn’t force her,” Kreischer said. “I didn’t make her do anything. It was her choice to sit in the vehicle.”

Officer Kreischer did cite Nicholas for animal cruelty.

She said she’ll go to court in a few weeks and plead not guilty. She was allowed to keep her dog.

Officer Kreischer said he’s been with the T or C Police Department for four months.

He said he was an officer in Texas for two years before that.

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