A former Buckhannon police officer has filed a lawsuit against the Buckhannon Police Chief, Matt Gregory, and the city of Buckhannon.
Loralie Hissam claims that she was not paid for overtime work while taking care of the police K-9 that she was assigned during her employment with the police department, according to court documents filed in United States District Court in Elkins.
Hissam alleges that she was required by the city of Buckhannon and Gregory to provide for the K-9 whether she was on-duty or not. The dog, owned by the city and the police department, required between one to three hours of care daily between Jan. 19, 2009 and Jan. 9, 2011, according to documents. Hissam said caring for the dog included training, grooming, feeding, bathing, and medical expenses.
Hissam was entitled to overtime compensation, according to the lawsuit.
Hissam was paid an hourly wage for 40 hours per week as an officer, but was not compensated for at-home care and duties as a K-9 police officer. The civil cover sheet states that Hissam requests damages in excess of $75,000.