Deputies Go Above And Beyond Call of Duty
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // October 11, 2014
several animals were saved by deputy
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Recently, Deputy Kayla Durr responded to a residence in Cocoa regarding several animals that were reportedly confined inside an abandoned house.
Once on scene, Deputy Durr learned the house was not habitable, was in total disarray and infested with bugs. Deputy Durr subsequently located inside the house seven Siberian Huskies with five of them being puppies.
Also inside the house were two reptiles. Deputy Durr documented that there was no food, water, or air flow in the residence and that all of the animals were under weight, dehydrated, and in poor health.
Investigation revealed that the pets had been left alone for more than a week by the owners who later voluntarily signed permanent custody of the animals over to Brevard County Animal Control Officers.
Deputy Durr’s report documents that they initially found 4 of the puppies and then learned that there should be 5 puppies in the home. Deputy Durr, her zone partner, and Animal Control Officers searched the residence for nearly 2 hours before finding the 5th puppy among the rubble and debris inside the house.
Both owners of the animals were arrested for a combined total of 36 charges of animal cruelty.
Following the recovery of the animals, Deputy Durr went above and beyond the call of duty to assure that all of the animals were placed into permanent homes with a new family who will care for them as they deserve.
In fact, Deputy Durr personally waited at the North Animal Shelter before the doors even opened the next morning to be the first to adopt one of the 5 puppies.
“We weren’t giving up until we found that 5th puppy who is exactly the one I chose to adopt. I named her ‘Ferrah’ which means lovely and pleasant.” Deputy Durr stated
“Only by the Grace of God we were able to find her or she wouldn’t have made it another night.”
I could not be more proud of the actions of Deputy Durr and our entire team that were involved in this case. Everyday our team members go above and beyond the call of duty by serving our citizens with passion and commitment to doing the right thing. Deputy Durr’s actions are just another great example of our team’s dedication to serving the citizens of Brevard County.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.