TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Officials, officer strike deal on care for K-9

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Penn Township commissioners approved a $5,000 settlement Wednesday with a police officer who sued the municipality for overtime pay for caring for a now-retired police dog outside of normal work hours.

Township Solicitor Leslie Mlakar said Officer Ross Piraino will receive $1,666 of the settlement for payment of back wages. The remainder will be for Piraino's attorney fees.

Piraino claimed in the suit that he should be compensated at an overtime rate for the time he spent providing food and water, grooming and veterinary care outside of normal working hours. The suit was filed in April in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

Court documents do not indicate an amount Piraino was seeking.

“His initial demands were ... very high,” Mlakar said during the township's regular meeting.

Piraino joined the force in November 2006 and began working with Charro, a German shepherd, in early 2009. The dog was retired in January after behavioral issues and township commissioners agreed the following month to sell Charro to Piraino for $1.

Piraino claimed in the suit that he is entitled to relief under the Fair Labor Standards Act, claiming that “off-the-clock” work included maintaining and cleaning the kennel and yard, ridding his house of dirt and hair, providing water and food, grooming, applying flea and tick treatments, and exercising and training the dog.

Mlakar said the settlement will help the township avoid ongoing legal costs.

“When you look at the costs of litigation, etc., it's not worth it,” he said.

In other business, commissioners approved the purchase of three police vehicles for $68,250. Also, the sale of four older model, “surplus” vehicles for $5,345 was approved.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient
  2. Fundraising under way for Indiana County newborn struck by stray bullet
  3. Attorney seeks dismissal of charge in Salem wreck that killed mother, unborn child
  4. Police: Jeannette woman tried to steal family’s safe
  5. Thousands attend Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival
  6. Hribal will be transferred to Allegheny County psychiatric facility
  7. No relief in sight for Westmoreland transit passengers
  8. Greensburg man charged with sharing child pornography
  9. 2 Latrobe men charged with robbing home, stealing Camaro
  10. Greensburg artist follows unusual path to creative career
  11. 3 face charges for drugs, weapons after arrest in North Huntingdon
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.