Although it’s heartbreaking to post the stories of dogs left to die in hot cars, I do so to remind everyone to be alert for the presence of dogs inside cars until the weather cools off this fall.
A sheriff’s deputy in Utah has been charged with recklessly causing the death of his patrol dog after he left the K-9 in his patrol car in soaring heat.
Cache County sheriff’s deputy Jason Whittier, 36, accidentally left his K-9, Endy, in his vehicle when he got home from work around noon on July 3.
When Whittier returned home at 11.30pm, he realized that Endy was not in his outside kennel and found him instead in his vehicle, dead.
Some people are too stupid to be trusted with a dog!
Whittier has been charged in First District Court with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class B misdemeanor that could lead to a $1,000 and up to six months in jail if convicted.
‘Deputy Whittier then left his residence to participate in family activities, inexplicably leaving Endy in his patrol truck,’ charges from the Cache County Attorney’s Office state, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
Endy died of a heat stroke on July 3, when temperatures reached 95 degrees.
Sheriff Chad Jensen said on Tuesday that Whittier was distracted when he went inside his home.
The pooch, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, had already died by the time Whitter found him.
Jensen said Whittier immediately contacted his division commander and was placed on administrative leave as an internal investigation took place.
The investigation found the officer violated the department’s policies and procedures.
Whittier was placed on leave without pay and will be reassigned away from the K-9 unit.
Comments at the Daily Mail suggest locking Whittier up in a hot car to die. If that were the punishment, all of the dead police dog stories that I see would come to a screeching halt. Severe punishment is a deterrent.