"Demario did take a dog away from a deputy it was already assigned to in order to give it to a friend of the family. Those are facts".
I still find this outrageous. If true, Demario never owned a dog. Or, is heartless and likely both.
It may have been something personal against the original K9 DS.
Even if the wanton's and intent is there, a good leader wants to at least appear to be fair, as to not to start up a conversation like this, or to diminish the respect he needs to lead the ranks who know about this.
I would have advised DeMario not to take such action because its simply not prudent for long term leadership.