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Friday, September 07, 2007

Please Take a Minute....

I'll have a "real" blog update soon - don't worry, I haven't abandoned my blog for Ravelry. :) Although I have been having fun over there... What a great way to fulfill my compulsive need for organization! (Too bad that need doesn't extend to housework or anything...)

Anyhow, I just read this post over at Diane's blog Britknitter and it disturbed me so much that I wanted to post it over here as well. This is the original story:

Officer Accused After K-9 Dies In Hot Car

PHOENIX -- Authorities arrested a Chandler police officer Wednesday in the death of a police dog that was left in a hot patrol car for more than 12 hours, KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported.

Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was booked into Maricopa County jail in Phoenix on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a two-week investigation into the death of 5-year-old Belgian Malinois "Bandit."

Lovejoy was released later Wednesday, said Capt. Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Lovejoy said because of pending legal action, he had no comment.

"I am certain Sgt. Lovejoy has suffered greatly from leaving his police dog in a sweltering car," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a news conference.

"I do not relish the idea of compounding his sadness. However, Lovejoy must be treated like anyone else in similar circumstances," Arpaio said.

The sheriff's investigation showed Bandit was in Lovejoy's patrol car from about 9 a.m. to a little after 10 p.m. on Aug. 11.

The high temperature in Phoenix that day was 109 degrees.

During that time, the investigation found that Lovejoy ran errands for his wife, napped for a short time and later ate out with his wife. Lovejoy later found the dead dog in the car.

"As a Department, we respect and support the criminal justice systems and processes in place," Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler said in a statement.

"We remain saddened by the loss of K-9 Bandit. At this time, our internal investigation is continuing, and further comment by our department would be inappropriate until the completion of this process," Kiyler said.

Lovejoy faces up to six months in jail or up to $2,500 in fines.

He remains on desk duty with the Chandler Police Department pending an internal investigation.

Now - I am a former resident of Arizona - so this story really has added outrage for me. Anyone who has spent any time in AZ knows that the desert sun is deadly. To leave an animal in a car in AZ is more than just neglect or stupidity.

I hope you guys will take a minute to go here and lodge a complaint against Officer Lovejoy. That poor dog died a horrible death and this man's culpability needs to be firmly acknowledged.



Blogger Elaine said...

thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. this is just Terrible. This guy should be locked up in his car in the hot AZ Sun and get a taste of what poor Bandit went thru.
i hesitate to leave my dog in my car with all the windows open on a breezy day--i just can't get over this story...

2:10 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Thanks for posting this on your blog, too. Is there no end to the cruelty some humans can inflict?

3:40 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

Hell isn't hot enough for a person like this.

4:40 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

OMG...that is just awful! It's like the stories of children left behind on school buses! I don't know how people can just forget or not notice.

8:42 PM  
Blogger mrspao said...

That is awful!

2:54 AM  

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