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No charges in police dog death case

Submitted by on 1, June 1, 2009 – 10:01 am2 Comments

The district attorney’s office has opted not to press charges against an Alameda police officer whose police dog died after being left in the officer’s car for more than three hours.

Here’s the statement from the Senior Deputy DA Charlette Green:

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the potential criminal case involving the death of the Alameda Police Department’s Police Service dog and will not be filing criminal charges against the officer involved. 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.

The internal investigation into the case continues. Neither the officer nor the dog, a 6 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois, have been named.

The dog died at a local veterinary hospital on May 5 after being left in the car while the officer engaged in a training exercise.


  • SpankyM says:

    I don’t see how could the D.A. could state “insufficient evidence to prove that the officer acted unreasonably based upon all the evidence” if the basic facts are known that the dog was left in the vehicle for 3 hrs. during a training exercise.

    I could understand if the officer was on an urgent call perhaps, but this?

    It sounds like insiders protecting their own to me. I hope someone can uncover more about this as I have to hope it is not legal to keep the name of the officer and dog from the public..

  • Federale says:

    I hope he reimburses the city for the cost of replacement and faces administrative charges for destruction of city property.

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