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Charges being considered in police dog death

Submitted by on 1, May 27, 2009 – 2:57 pm3 Comments

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is considering charges against an Alameda police officer whose department dog died after being left in the car during a training exercise.

The 6 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois, whose name is not being released by police, was apparently left in the officer’s personal vehicle for three hours on the afternoon of May 5 while the officer attended a training at Alameda Police headquarters.

The dog was brought to the Bay Area Veterinary Emergency Clinic in San Leandro after his handler’s attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful. The dog arrived at the clinic not breathing and without a heartbeat.

Police investigators sent a possible criminal case to the district attorney’s office this morning and could know by Monday whether it will be pursued. The department is also conducting an internal investigation.

Police did not name the officer or say how long he had been a K9 handler.


  • Jill says:

    This is beyond sad, but isn't it a good thing the dog's family can't sue the city?

  • Vickie Hurley says:

    The dog is just as defenseless as a baby when left in a car without ventilation. This police officer needs to be punished for gross negligence for this criminal act.

  • Mango Man says:

    YOU DECIDE: A police dog is every bit an officer as is a human police officer. If you or I kill a police officer, dog or human, WE GO DIRECTLY TO PRISON. No discussion on the matter – Prison. However, if a police officer kills a canine officer nothing happens to him except a slap on the wrist at best. Is the law applied differently for different people? This has happened in the City of Alameda twice in 2009 with the same results! Who knows what else they are getting away with? And this is supposed to be “Alameda’s Finest”. Please wake up every body!

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