Edwin Diaz & Monroe’s Most Dangerous Animal.
Those keeping track of Winston, the golden retriever getting attention for his plight in the Village of Monroe as a “dangerous animal”, might be wondering about other dangerous animals in Monroe. But we should also be concerned about Monroe’s Most Dangerous Dog Control Officer: Edwin Diaz.
Who is Edwin Diaz?
It’s probably good to first provide a background on Mr. Diaz, and for this we consulted LinkedIn where we quickly found his public profile. Mr. Diaz’ background is not in canine control, or in any animal control at all. As usual, he appears to be a “Friend of Harley Doles”. A quick review shows his background to be military and law enforcement in the NYPD. Edwin Diaz’ education appears to be “on the job” as an employee of the Town of Monroe. This agenda from March 16, 2015, shows the requests for education of Diaz and others associated with the Town of Monroe Dog Shelter. It also shows, alarmingly, a request for “peace officer” status. This would enable him to conduct his job with a fire-arm. We can only wonder about the safety of our pets with a gun-toting animal control officer.
Why on earth does a dog catcher need a gun? We’d rather not ask about the offense for lifting a leg on a fire hydrant.
We’ve been regaled since then on the dangers and hazards in his profession. This includes his involvement in an event that occurred outside his jurisdiction, and where his duties wouldn’t have permitted him to carry a weapon. Edwin Diaz has used this tactic to justify his need for a weapon. What our Town Board overlooks is that the event cited occurred in Harriman State Park, physically in the Town of Woodbury and also under the jurisdiction of the NY State Parks & Recreation Police and NY State Police. This wouldn’t be the first time that Diaz wouldn’t know his limits.
After an incident in the Village of Monroe, a village resident’s dog was taken into custody as a “dangerous animal” for biting a stray dog that had wandered onto its master’s property. The injuries to the stray dog resulted in its death. Although unfortunate, the incident would have been avoided had the other animal been under its owner’s control. Winston, meanwhile, was well within the boundaries of its property.
Through a series of court hearings, public outcry, and a grass-roots effort with petitions to free Winston from town custody, Village Justice Lezak ruled that Edwin Diaz had no jurisdiction to act in the Village of Monroe in his role as Town of Monroe Dog Control Officer. The animal was ordered released.
Edwin Diaz’ lack of knowledge of the law, lack of understanding of his jurisdiction, and his clear lack of understanding of both property rights and how to properly manage animals leads us to one conclusion.
Diaz is another Harley Doles crony, given a job because he’s a friend of someone in town government, utterly unqualified for his role. But it leads us to more sobering thoughts.
Parody Courtesy Scotty D. No animals were harmed in the making of this video.
Monroe. A pet friendly community.
At any time of the day, a trip around the Mill Ponds in the Village will yield at least a couple residents walking dogs. Residents walk their dogs around their neighborhoods, especially in the village. We are a “dog friendly town”. A large portion of the population — at least south of the Quickway — own and love pets.
Hiring an inexperienced canine control officer, and giving him the right to carry a gun, is already a mistake. Giving one to Edwin Diaz, given his prior acts, is simply asking for trouble. But it raises the question of whether Harley Doles’ personal agenda is to make Monroe suddenly unfriendly to animals. Perhaps forcing their elimination altogether. While not feasible or possible, Doles’ agenda might make it difficult to own a dog in Monroe.
And as we can see from his picture, Edwin Diaz already thinks that Winston is a “dangerous animal”. Dangerous? Hardly. The only thing dangerous is an unqualified enforcement officer. And one who wants to enforce outside his jurisdiction. With a fire-arm.
Anyone else think this is a bad idea? We sure do.
What else could be dangerous?
Golden retrievers are among the most loyal and docile breed of dog, and around people, Winston has proven to be very friendly. Perhaps overly so.
What other breeds might Edwin Diaz find to be a menace to Monroe?
These dogs have been described by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as “cocky, commanding, and animated as it gaits”. Cocky? There’s a sure threat.
Scottish Terrier (Scotty)
George W. Bush owned one. Busy attacked Iraq and began a war. Therefore, a Scotty could prove to be a fierce and feisty warrior who isn’t afraid to bomb something back to the Stone Age. ‘Nuff said?
AKC describes this breed as “powerful, proportionately tall figure, strong and muscular in every part, with powerful head and most intelligent expression.” Not to mention, it’ll probably drown you by licking you to death. I guess that could be scary. (Seriously. They’re used as rescue dogs, they might be more competent than a dog control officer.)
Bassett HoundThe AKC describes Bassett Hounds as “known for hunting and tracking.” Hunting? That’s trouble right there. They also “make wonderful watchdogs”. So there you have it — definitely a menace!
“It looks like a wolf! Better shoot it before it hurts someone!” Yeah. Sure. Well, they were developed in Siberia (“hey, aren’t we at war with Russia? Or were at one time?”) to haul cargo and sleds long distances over frozen tundra. They’re also an extremely friendly dog breed. Can’t have that now, can we?
The Collie sheds constantly, has a friendly demeanor and loyal personality. Think Lassie. But “loyalty”…it’s the Dan Burke of dog breeds!
“It’s the name, I’m telling you. The name! It’s a boxer. That could be really dangerous, I’m scared! Get my pistol.”
In reality, they’re cheerful, courageous, and friendly, in addition to being loyal breeds and good watchdogs. Plus, that face…you grow to love it.
If Monroe needs a dog control officer, it has other problems to consider.
First, it needs a well-funded dog shelter that acts as more than a pit-stop on the way to euthanasia. The town does very little to ensure that a dog is cared for in its kennel, or returned to its owner. The Monroe Dog Shelter has been woefully neglected for years. Want to do something positive? Make sure that dogs are returned to their owners, or at least not neglected until they are. If the town can create money to run a money-losing theater, the Dog Shelter could use a few bucks.
Second, get a qualified Dog Control Officer, not a political hack. Find someone who doesn’t fear dogs or wants to see them euthanized. And request and reward volunteers to help man the shelter. Let’s begin with Edwin Diaz: He needs to go. There are a multitude of reasons, only part of which are listed here. We’re aware of more unsavory details under consideration for a follow-up story. Suffice it for now that this is not a person who’s proven to be either stable, or someone we can trust as an animal control officer.
If you cannot do those things, just give up.
We foresee this becoming a revenue generating scheme for the town to pay Edwin Diaz’ salary in fines and fees, but any fines and fees should go directly to the welfare of animals. This is a dog-friendly community, and it plans to stay that way.
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