There are many differences between human and dogs(or other animals). A human being can formulate a devious plan to murder an enemy in order to exact their revenge. However, no matter how angry a dog gets, they can be brought back to happiness often with just the promise of a dog treat and some belly rubs. However, it turns out that not all dogs are immune to a life of crime and violence. If you don’t believe this could possibly be the case, then you need to read all about the story of Pep the dog, who was actually charged with murder.
In the 1920s Pennsylvania Governor, Gifford Pinchot received an unusual gift from the nephew of his wife, Cornelia Bryce Pinchot. The nephew who bred Labrador retrievers presented him with a pup. He was named Pep and became a beloved family member.
But after a while, the dog developed a nasty habit. He loved to chew the sofa cushions on the front porch of the Pinchot’s house.
Around this time, Pinchot traveled to Maine. He visited prisons where dogs served as therapy for inmates. That’s when he came up with an incredible idea.
Pinchot believed prisoners could be rehabilitated but he understood that isolation is not the right way to do that. He decided to “turn in” his four-legged friend in order to reform Pennsylvania jails.
On August 12, 1924, Pep was taken into custody at the eastern state Penitentiary. which was built in 1829, it was one of the worlds most expensive and largest prisons of its time.
Pinchot sentenced the canine after Pep killed his wife’s cat. Governor Pinchot used his executive powers to have Pep incarcerated for the murder and subjected to the same mugshot process as all the human inmates, even being given the prison number of C-2559.
Pep lived at Eastern State for the rest of his life. Prisoners liked him instantly and dubbed him “Pep the black”. The pet was allowed to wander about the grounds freely. He also became the guard's companion.
In 1929, the new Waterford prison was built. Pep used to move back and forth between jails with the crew and eventually was transferred there.
He died of natural causes in the early 1930s at ESP(Eastern state prison), where he was buried somewhere on the grounds.
Nowadays, there are numerous prison animal programs all over the USA. They help inmates experience empathy, patience, and responsibility. Convicts learn to love in order to blend into society upon release.
It is equally important that these programs save dogs in need. The pets are usually taken from shelters .some of them would have otherwise been euthanized. It's quite possible it was Pep the Dog who inspired this change in the system.