Wednesday, June 3, 2009

No charges for K-9 officer whose dog died

ALAMEDA, Calif., June 2 (UPI) -- Officials have declined to charge a San Francisco-area K-9 officer whose dog died of heat stroke after being left in a car for several hours.

The officer, whose name has not been released, could still face internal discipline in Alameda for the death of the Belgian malinois, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The officer was at a training session on the use of force for more than three hours while the dog sat in his personal sport utility vehicle.

Lt. Bill Scott of the Alameda police said the officer left a window rolled down and the high temperature that day was only 70 degrees at Oakland International Airport.

Charlotte Green, senior deputy district attorney for Alameda County, said there was not enough evidence to justify a criminal charge.

"It is very tragic when an animal dies under these circumstances, but there is insufficient evidence to prove that the officer acted unreasonably," Green said.

Considering that the Alameda Police had been withholding this from the press it’s not surprising that the officer is getting off scott-free.  This incident took place a month ago.

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