Nikia AdamsHere we have Nikia Adams, one of New Orleans Finest.  She is a 10-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).   A police officer’s job is to ensure the protection of citizens, prevent and detect crimes, and enforce laws.  You know, to “Protect and Serve”.  Except this police officer has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after a dead dog and a malnourished one were found at her home.  So much for Protect and Serve.

On Tuesday, January 19, Nikia Adams contacted the St. John animal shelter Tuesday to say that her dog had died in her backyard and asked for assistance in removing the animal. When a member of the animal shelter got to the home, she found a dead Labrador retriever that was emaciated and apparently starved to death.  In addition, she found another dog (a boxer) on the premises also emaciated and starving.

Nikia Adams told the animal shelter employee that she fed the dogs several times a day.  But a post mortem examination seemed to indicate otherwise.  It was determined that the dog died from severe neglect, either through starvation or from non-treatment of a medical condition.

The animal shelter employee later returned to Adams’ home with deputies and seized the other dog for its protection.  This dog was also severely emaciated, weighing emaciated dogonly 38 pounds when it should be weighing about 55 to 60 pounds. The dog also tested positive for whipworms and heartworms. The gums were infected and the dog showed other signs of neglect.

Animal Cruelty is a crime.  Very often the police are responsible for the investigation of animal cruelty complaints.   And we trust them.   When we are victims of a crime or see any violence or abuse on others, we call the police.  Across the United States almost every single police officer conducts her/himself as a professional and deserves our respect.   Almost.

Nikia Adams was arrested and booked on charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal, a felony, and misdemeanor animal cruelty for the dog found alive. She is free after posting $4,500 bond.

It is a substantial breach of public trust for Officer Nikia Adams to violate the very laws we depend on police officers to enforce.

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