A Durham Regional Police officer accused of discreditable conduct for removing a kitten in distress from a house during an investigation received an outpouring of support at a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.
Posters of support and calls of “We love you Beth!” greeted 18-year veteran Const. Beth Richardson when she arrived at a Whitby office for the hearing.
Richardson is accused of “discreditable conduct,” which stems from an incident last January when Richardson “removed a kitten from a residence without the owners’ knowledge or consent,” according to the hearing notice filed against her.
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Richardson’s lawyer said he is baffled as to why the police service is seeking to discipline her.
“I remain surprised, bewildered,” Joe Markson said. “This kitten was in distress and she helped it, and that is something we should support.”
Both sides agreed Richardson was responding to a call to check …