Police Dog Dies Of Heat Stroke After Officer Leaves Him Inside Police Car
A police dog in Cleveland died last week after an officer left him inside a cruiser. The dog, Beny, died from an apparent heat stroke. In a statement on Tuesday, Chief Terry Grice said Sgt. Brett Harrison was suspended for two weeks without pay for violating department policy and procedures.
Forty vacation hours were also taken from the officer.
[su_center_ad]According to Cleveland.com, the K-9 was found dead inside a police cruiser at 3:13 p.m. on Sept. 28th, police said. The cruiser was parked outside the police department at the time.
“This is a loss that words cannot describe, and it is very difficult for everyone involved,” Grice said. “There is no doubt that this loss will have a lasting impact on Sgt. Harrison and our entire department. Sgt. Harrison cared deeply about Beny. He worked with him 40-plus hours a week and Beny lived with Sgt. Harrison and his family when the two were off duty. Sgt. Harrison is overwhelmed with grief, and is taking this loss very hard.”
Beny’s lifeless body was found in his kennel as a result of injuries consistent with heat stroke, police said.
Harrison admitted to not leaving the windows open while the cruiser was turned off.
At the time Harrison arrived at the police department it was 69 degrees, and it was 79 degrees when the dog was discovered.
Cleveland.com reports, “Harrison has never been disciplined since being hired Sept. 11, 2007, Grice said. He previously served 10 years in the Air National Guard, where he was deployed to Qatar during Operation Enduring Freedom.”
“While we work through this tragedy, the Montville Police Department remains committed to continuing our K-9 program,” Grice said. “We are committed to protecting our community through the use of police K-9s. We are also committed to reviewing training and equipment options that are available to improve the safety conditions for the K-9.”
Rest in peace, Beny. [su_csky_ad]