Gloucester County, New Jersey officials find National Dog Day post insensitive after fire K9’s death

WOODBURY, NJ (WPVI) — Several Gloucester County officials say a post on the county’s Facebook page celebrating National Dog Day on Friday was insensitive.

That’s because about two weeks ago, Gloucester County Fire Marshals K9 Ember, a chestnut lab, died.

But since then, Gloucester County Commissioner Chris Konawel said little was revealed to him or anyone about the circumstances surrounding Ember’s death.

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“We as district commissioners deserve the right to know what’s going on and the public deserve the right to know what’s going on. But 14 days later, we still haven’t even heard a peep from K-9 Ember,” Konawel said.

Konawel says all he wants in a situation like this is transparency and compliance with the law.

So far, that hasn’t happened, he says.

Through an anonymous tip, he learned for the first time that Ember had died.

“We want the county to recognize the death of K-9 Ember. We lost one of our own and there’s still nothing,” Konawel said.

Gloucester County Republican Party leader Jacci Vigilante said County Friday’s post was inappropriate.

“I think it’s important that the county is reminded that the social media post saying it’s National Dog Day, with a very pink animated image of a couple of dogs, is insensitive and offensive. I don’t think they acknowledged the way Ember died,” Vigilante said.

Action News reached out to the director of the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners, but received no response.

The lead detective for the Gloucester County Attorney’s Office said an investigation is ongoing.

He added it will be a factual investigation but not rushed.

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