Police Dog Killed In Cop Car!!!

@Rozie37 (15499)
Turkmenistan
July 24, 2008 3:27pm CST
A police dog was left in his handler's car with the windows rolled up in 108 degreee heat in San Diego, California. Now while I am certain that the dog's handler did not do this on purpose, this five year old pooch suffered a stroke and die because of neglect. This is very sad, yet I can not help but wonder whether or not the handler will be prosecuted, even though he is himself a cop. What do you think should be done about this? I am anxious to hear your replies.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Where did you get this information? Do you have a link to an article online or something?
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
25 Jul 08
Sorry, I had the link I simply forgot to include, but here it is. http://www.knx1070.com/Police-Dog-Killed-in-Cop-Car-by-Heat/2650777
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Your slipping Rozie LOL :)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Most K-9 cop cars have an air conditioned compartment for the dog. So that police officers can keep the windows up and their doggie partners safe in the vehicle while they do other things. Is this not the case with this offciers vehicle??? Was the air conditioner not working??
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
4 Aug 08
I seem to recall someone mentioning something like that. But I would think that he would not have left him in the car like that with it being so hot and all, if the air conditioner is not working.
• United States
1 Aug 08
As a police officer he is trained to take care of that dog's life as though it were his own. He should be diciplined as though he were neglecting any other part of his official duties.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
1 Aug 08
I agree that something should be done to ensure that this does not happen again.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I think that is awful. That is cruelty to animals, it is abuse and neglect. The cop should be tried, it is common sense. You don't lock kids, dogs or senior citizens in your car on even a warm day much less a day where the temp is over 100. They should lock him in a car in heat like that and see how he feels.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
I know what you mean, it is pretty awful to think about a dog having to suffer and die that way.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
24 Jul 08
Everone who commits a crime or neglects an animal or person it is responsible for should be able to be prosecuted or stand trial; being a cop shouldn't make any difference. You might even turn the story around and say that he, being a cop, should know about what's legal and what's not. I don't think he did this on purpose, no one ever does, but these things happen more often and you would think that one would start and wonder about this and if it's such a good idea and not take children or dogs along in cars unless you really have to and never leave them alone and/or out of sight. Very sad story.. poor dog .
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
25 Jul 08
I have to say that I totally agree with you. Sometimes it is not even necessary to bring your child or dog along. People need to learn to plan ahead for things like that.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
25 Jul 08
That was totally irresponsible on the handler's part and he should be punished in some way. I can understand that a policeman might be drawn into a situation where his services were immediately necessary and he would not be able to return to his car - such as if a human life were in danger, but I would think that he could radio for assistance and have someone tend to the dog if he were unable to do so himself.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
If it were an emergency, he could have let the dog out immediately. After all, the dog was trained wasn't he?
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
26 Jul 08
You would think so.
• United States
25 Jul 08
It's a shame that our cities counties and states are hiring officers with no sense. Anyone with a lick of sense will not leave a dog or a child in a hot car like that. I doubt they prosecute the pig, because he's a pig. But I really, really hope they do.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
I get the feeling that he will be protected also. Maybe just a slap on this wrist or a fine at the most.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
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@Cley_CJ (105)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 08
I don't understand why people are so quick to judge him just because he's a cop. Even though cops should pay attention to details, he not perfect. He's still human after all. It was an accident. So what's with this talk about prosecution? Does civilians get prosecuted if the same thing happens to them?
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
Usually when something like this occurs it is an accident. But a person still has to take responsibility for their actions and sometimes there is a penalty to be paid.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
25 Jul 08
This ios really sad. it reminds me of when I worked at Dunkin Dounuts there was a police man that came there to get 3 dounuts for his police dog. The kind that had no frosting on them. I think if anything he will lose his job. Maybe be prosecuted. he was proberly in a really big hurry and without thinking left the poor dog in the car with the windows shut. That is really sad.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
I realize that mistakes happen all the time, but it just seems like this one could have easily been avoided. Although I do not have all the details.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
26 Jul 08
That is probely true. I mean he should have left a window down for the poor dog or took the dog with him sense that is what the dog was a police dog.
• United States
31 Aug 08
First and foremost, just because he is a cop doesn't excuse him from charges. Once he gets in front of a judge and explains "what was he thinking" the judge will have to decide on the punishment. At the very least he needs to be ban for life from owning or handling pets. That dog was "his partner" and I am sure he would not have been so careless had it been a human.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
2 Sep 08
While I agree that he deserves some kind of punishment, I am quite sure he feels pretty bad about the whole thing.
@planejane (188)
4 Aug 08
This is gross negligence. I've seen k9 cop cars leave the motors running to keep the animals cool.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
4 Aug 08
Yes, this is a pretty sad situation.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I would have expected something like that from a regular person. But to hear that an officer left their dog in the car sounds strange. They can take their dogs were every they go. Who is actually going to tell an officer that you can't bring your dog in the building. I feel bad for the officer, cause I know that he or she didn't mean it but. I guess they weren't thinking at the moment and lost their dog. I know that the officer feels real bad about it. I know if they give him another one he will not leave that one in the car.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jul 08
I would hope that he would never allow it to happen again.
26 Jul 08
That is so sad but it is not the first time. When will people learn? Police dog-handlers should know better. Why should the police always think they must be immune. If an ordinary citizen was prosecuted for this so should the policeman and be banned from having another in my opinion.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jul 08
I agree that he should receieve the same punishment as anyone else. But they may feel that the cops duty is too important to be postponed for the life of a dog.
• United States
25 Jul 08
Police are not immune to the law and unless he was on a call and got caught up in some emergency and couldn't get the dog out I think he's responsible for what he did and that is animal cruelty.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
Yes, it is pretty cruel.
@livintx49 (245)
• United States
25 Jul 08
He should be held to a higher standard.He trained this dog probably took him home with him everyday too. I don't understand how you leave a living creature in your car to begin with.Kids-dogs it doesn't matter.My kids are grown and I have my granddaughter for a month.Not having anyone to watch for the past 20 yrs I could easily forget but I don't.If you do the same thing over and over everyday you can't forget.You can't explain it to make me understand-there are no excuses.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
You are right, it certainly seems that it would be impossible to justify this.
• Australia
25 Jul 08
you cant police the law and be an exception to it. it just does not work. he needs to be as responsible as the next person. its so sad and im sure that he is wracked with guilt already (who wouldn't be) but it was still a very silly thing to have done. poor dog.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
I totally agree with you.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
25 Jul 08
This post seems to be almost identical to one the other day. Although that one involved a baby, but the question of prosecution was the same. So, I'll answer the same. Accidents happen. Prosecution of someone who caused harm unintentionally solves no purpose. If you've ever known a K9 team you'd know that his partner is already suffering enough for the loss of his doggie partner.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
I do believe that this is a matter for the courts to decide. I simply wanted to know what the public thought of this.
@jstaubin (423)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I think that he should be treated like any other person. Who ever is in charge of prosecution in that county should stopand thin. If he would charge a normal person with any because of this then he should charge the cop.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
If anyone should know better, it is a cop. Their duty is to protect and serve.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jul 08
rozie being a cop makes this that much worse. he of all people 'should have known the heat would kill his dog. he is guilty as all sin and should be prosecuted the same way as any other person not a cop. this is outrageous and unbelieveable as the police should be trained on dogs left in cars and the terrible heat that kills them.. negligence in this instance is criminal.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
26 Jul 08
I agree that it is really terrible, I hope that he has a good explanation for allowing that to happen. Though I can not imagine what it could be.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
24 Jul 08
That's sad. He should be charged like anyone else would regardless if he is a cop or not. I know it's an accident but still, he's a dog handler and that dog was his responsibility.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
25 Jul 08
You will get no argument from me. I totally agree with you. I forgot to include the link earlier, so here it is. http://www.knx1070.com/Police-Dog-Killed-in-Cop-Car-by-Heat/2650777
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