Criminal charges must be brought against the handler in this case. Otherwise, the negligent homicide of police dogs by human police officers will continue.
MADISON COUNTY (KFSM) – A K-9 officer with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office is dead after being left unattended in a hot car, according to Sheriff Phillip Morgan.
The K-9’s name is Lina and she was about three years old, Morgan said.
Lina was acquired from donations from businesses and citizens of the county, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office website.
She came from K-9 Working Dogs International, LLC and is a Belgian Malinos. Lina was trained to track and detect narcotics.
Lina died Friday (Sept. 9), according to Sheriff Morgan.
The website states a Deputy Cornelison was trained to handle Lina. It has not been said who left Lina inside the hot car.
The incident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to the arrest of the negligent officer, new procedures to protect the lives of brave K9 officers must be instituted. Car alarms, ventilation, whatever it takes to save canine lives must be purchased. How the hell can anybody forget a big dog in a car anyway!
The death toll this summer has been high. Even one is one too many.
Officer Lina deserves a full police funeral and proper burial, along with inclusion on the nationwide list of fallen officers.