August 3, 2010
Anne Arundel County police, facing public criticism, announced in August that there would be a full investigation into the killing of a Siberian husky in a Severn dog park by an off-duty federal police officer.
When news of Bear-Bear's death first became public, a police spokesperson said that the matter was closed and that investigators found no evidence of criminal activity. But later, the county's top cop called the matter "a priority," and County Executive John R. Leopold said he was "outraged" and "deeply troubled" to learn about the shooting. Leopold said he contacted Chief of Police James Teare and demanded an investigation.
"This investigation is far from complete," Teare said. "The Police Department takes this very seriously and will continue to investigate all aspects of the case."
After news of the shooting broke, people from across the country, many with dogs of their own, flooded online forums and showered officials with complaints. Television stations all but camped outside the home of Bear-Bear's owners, Ryan and Rachel Rettaliata.