K-9 officer will face no charges in dog’s death
No charges will be filed against the Alameda K-9 officer whose dog died after he left it unattended for more than three hours in his vehicle, the Alameda County district attorney’s office says.
“It is very tragic when an animal dies under these circumstances, but there is insufficient evidence to prove that the officer acted unreasonably based upon all the evidence presented in the case,” Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Green said in a written statement on Monday.
An internal police investigation into the actions of the unnamed police officer is still pending, according to the San Jose Mercury-News.
(Apparently the dog’s name isn’t being released either. Not a single newspaper report seems to mention it.)
The officer was attending a training exercise May 5 when he left the animal in his personal vehicle for about three hours and 15 minutes, police said. Temperatures that day were around 70 degrees in the Bay area, and police say the officer did leave his windows cracked.
Nevertheless, when he returned, the 6 1/2-year Belgian Malinois was in distress. The dog was taken to the Bay Area Veterinary Emergency Clinic in San Leandro, where it died.
The officer remains on duty.