Charges being considered in police dog death
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.