Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Chandler police dog left in car dies
East Valley Tribune (AZ) ^ | August 13, 2007 | Christian Richardson

Posted on 08/13/2007 10:41:08 PM PDT by yorkie

Sgt. Tom Lovejoy, who heads the six-dog K-9 unit, found the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois when he walked out to the vehicle parked at his home, police spokesman Sgt. Rick Griner said.

(Excerpt) Read more at eastvalleytribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: animalcruelty; animals; dogs; donutwatch; k9; k9unit; neglect; police; workingdogs
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-94 next last
I'm ill, just reading this. Poor Bandit. Temperatures have been over 110 in Phoenix all week - and this dog was left in a car for the weekend?
1 posted on 08/13/2007 10:41:09 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: yorkie

Will he be charged with killing a police officer, the way that someone else killing a police dog would be?


2 posted on 08/13/2007 10:46:18 PM PDT by ikka
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

I tried to post the AZ Republic article, but it is not allowed here.

I hope it is acceptable with administration if I post a link. It is a much more detailed article:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/0813cr-deaddog.html


3 posted on 08/13/2007 10:46:21 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

He should have just shot the dog. It would have been more humane. I know a few K-9 cops and their dog is almost family.


4 posted on 08/13/2007 10:47:16 PM PDT by umgud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ikka

Bandit was considered to be the partner of Sgt. Lovejoy. And it was reported tonight, that he was not put on leave.


5 posted on 08/13/2007 10:48:41 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ikka

Bandit was considered to be the partner of Sgt. Lovejoy. And it was reported tonight, that he was not put on leave.


6 posted on 08/13/2007 10:49:11 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

This happens quite a bit. A nearby small-town PD paid $10,000 for a “dope dog”, and the dumbass handler left him in the car on a hot day and killed him. Our local PD decided they needed a “dope dog” as well (it’s a big cop fad, apparently) and bought one for the same 10 grand. A nearby Sheriff’s department offered to GIVE them their dog, who they decided was useless, but NOOO, the cops had to burn 10K of taxpayer money. The dog was worthless, and when the “handler” went to another town, he took the frigging dog with him. No explanations were forthcoming, as is usual in small-town politics, where nobody with a life wants to get involved in the local govt.


7 posted on 08/13/2007 10:51:39 PM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

parked at his home,

He should be charged like any other citizen


8 posted on 08/13/2007 10:59:36 PM PDT by Dov in Houston (The word Amnesty invokes a passion in me. Illegal immigrants are criminals. Supporters Aid & Abet)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

I, too, am sick to see this story after having to put down my 13 year-old Lab on Friday.
I suspect Scoob and Bandit are getting acquainted at this very moment.


9 posted on 08/13/2007 11:00:46 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dov in Houston

>>He should be charged like any other citizen<<

Not only charged, but indicted, convicted and incarcerated.

I look at the picture of that dog, and I just cry!


10 posted on 08/13/2007 11:02:57 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Dick Bachert

>>Scoob and Bandit are getting acquainted at this very moment.<<

Yes, I am sure they are. At Rainbow Bridge.

http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html


11 posted on 08/13/2007 11:11:02 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Dov in Houston

when he walked out to the vehicle parked at his home

The implication in this phrase is more than misleading. How did the vehicle, parked at his home, get there? Did the dog drive it there? Did someone else park it there?


12 posted on 08/13/2007 11:21:10 PM PDT by Paisan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

I’m not in Arizona, I’m in California but if I did that to my dog I’d be in jail and criminal charges would be pressed. In California it would be felony animal neglect if your dog died that way. What are Arizona animal cruelty laws? Looking the subject up on line it certainly looks like this officer is guilty of violation of a number of Arizona laws: http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/dawson/cruelty/az_cruel.htm Section 12-2910 applies to police dogs since they are working animals. It looks like in Arizona it’s only a class 1 misdemeanor which as I understand it is the most serious level of misdemeanor since the behavior as described appears reckless. It looks to me like he violated section A1, A3, A4, A7 and probably A6 since the city is the owner of the working animal If he violated A7 it’s a felony and that’s similar what’s charged here in California if you leave a dog in a car in 100 degree weather and it dies. I’m not a lawyer but not charging him raises some interesting questions.

Arizona Cruelty to Animals Statutes

ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES
TITLE 13. CRIMINAL CODE
CHAPTER 29. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER

§ 13-2910. Cruelty to animals; interference with working or service animal; classification; definitions

A. A person commits cruelty to animals if the person does any of the following:
1. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly subjects any animal under the person’s custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment.
2. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly fails to provide medical attention necessary to prevent protracted suffering to any animal under the person’s custody or control.
3. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly inflicts unnecessary physical injury to any animal.
4. Recklessly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment.
5. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly kills any animal under the custody or control of another person without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.
6. Recklessly interferes with, kills or harms a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.
7. Intentionally or knowingly subjects any animal under the person’s custody or control to cruel neglect or abandonment that results in serious physical injury to the animal.
8. Intentionally or knowingly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment.
9. Intentionally or knowingly interferes with, kills or harms a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner.

B. It is a defense to subsection A of this section if:
1. Any person exposes poison to be taken by a dog which has killed or wounded livestock or poison to be taken by predatory animals on premises owned, leased or controlled by the person for the purpose of protecting the person or the person’s livestock or poultry, and the treated property is kept posted by the person who authorized or performed the treatment until the poison has been removed, and the poison is removed by the person exposing the poison after the threat to the person, or the person’s livestock or poultry has ceased to exist. The posting required shall provide adequate warning to persons who enter the property by the point or points of normal entry. The warning notice which is posted shall be readable at a distance of fifty feet, shall contain a poison statement and symbol and shall state the word “danger” or “warning”.
2. Any person uses poisons in and immediately around buildings owned, leased or controlled by the person for the purpose of controlling wild and domestic rodents as otherwise allowed by the laws of the state, excluding any fur- bearing animals as defined in § 17-101.


13 posted on 08/13/2007 11:21:55 PM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie
Sad stuff happens. Sounds like the officer worked an extra shift, was too tired to remember the presence of the dog (who was probably sleeping in the back seat after his extra shift), and fell into bed.
14 posted on 08/13/2007 11:31:55 PM PDT by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AZLiberty
No excuse. I was a K-9 officer for 3 years, my dogs were my partners, my friends and part of my family. They are not like pets. I know that there are people out there that are closer to their pets than their own children, but with a K-9 partner the relationship is even closer than that. I have never known a K-9 handler that didn't feel the same way.

I am completely beside myself, I do not understand how this could happen, I would put it in the same category as a cop falling asleep and letting his partner get shot.

15 posted on 08/13/2007 11:38:41 PM PDT by txroadkill ( http://iraqstar.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: AZLiberty

Sorry, AZ. I don’t buy it. Didn’t he *think* of walking the dog? *Feeding* the dog? Putting the dog in it’s *bed*? For an entire weekend - this dog - who I believe was in his charge, was left to come to a boiling point (or above) in a car in his driveway.

As an earlier poster suggested - that dog was an officer. It was his *partner*. How can that be forgotten?


16 posted on 08/13/2007 11:42:08 PM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

I never forget my dogs. Ever. I don’t go on vacations because I’d rather be home with my dogs. I take them everywhere I can.


17 posted on 08/13/2007 11:43:44 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: airedale

Those laws are for the serfs, not the masters.


18 posted on 08/13/2007 11:49:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Saudi Arabia is the grown-up version of an imaginary friend." --Dennis Miller)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: yorkie
Very sad...German Shepards are some of the greatest dogs on this planet...Best of friends, and loyal to the bone. What a shame.


19 posted on 08/13/2007 11:52:49 PM PDT by dragnet2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2

Not to be picky, but since I have one....

....this is a Belgian Malinois. They’re very different than a German shepherd.

This dog looks like my dog. Breaks my heart.


20 posted on 08/14/2007 12:02:40 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Dick Bachert

My sincerest condolences.


21 posted on 08/14/2007 12:04:48 AM PDT by SIDENET (Is it too early for flapjacks?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Fishtalk
Well, it is a "Sheperd"...

Funny, I have a German Sheperd, and this dog appears to be her twin.

Thanks for that.

22 posted on 08/14/2007 12:09:43 AM PDT by dragnet2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Slings and Arrows
Those laws are for the serfs, not the masters.

You're probably right. The officer will be let off with a slap on the wrist. The chief will say he has "suffered" enough with the loss of his dog. Anyone else would be brought up on felony animal cruelty charges, but the Good Old Boys Club protects its own.

23 posted on 08/14/2007 12:35:22 AM PDT by vox humana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Dick Bachert

I’m so sorry for your loss. I have been through the same thing with beloved animal buddies. It’s so painful,yet the memory of that love is sustaining. It always hurts but the joy shared remains a treasure. I’m sure that Scoob and Bandit are having a glorious time. I believe in God and I’m sure that God gives these innocents special attention.

In fact,this might might not be a popular opinion,but I think that with the amazing grace bestowed on these wonderful creations,that Bandit forgives. I hope so.


24 posted on 08/14/2007 12:49:06 AM PDT by spike1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Fishtalk

I have two Malinois females , sisters ....
I think I love these dogs more than my own life .
I would just die if anything like this were to ever happen to either of them .
But there is also NO WAY I could forget where they were , as in: inside a car in the heat , or anywhere else .Plus, they’d never let me leave them like that , they’d break out a window or something . They are strong as an ox and smart as a human being (smarter than many!) and so attached to me . Like 4 legged glue!

very sad story ...I have saved the photo of this gallant dog.


25 posted on 08/14/2007 1:02:12 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

I have seen dogs left in patrol cars here in LA with the engine running.

This officer should be given a letter of reprimand at a mininum.


26 posted on 08/14/2007 1:02:33 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: ikka

good point...


27 posted on 08/14/2007 1:04:07 AM PDT by wardaddy (My randy adult male doberman has more sexual morals than your ex-president you miss so much.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: LeoWindhorse
I think I love these dogs more than my own life

dang Leo....I've had dogs I loved too but I'm not sure I'd go that far

I'd die for my wife or kids yes....but my red Dobie Rocky.....i woulda expected him to die for me

call me selfish

28 posted on 08/14/2007 1:07:25 AM PDT by wardaddy (My randy adult male doberman has more sexual morals than your ex-president you miss so much.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: wardaddy
I wrote “I think” ....
I guess I would find out if some ahole with a gun
ever tried to mess with my girls...

I’ve owned alot of breeds over the years , and I got to say
there is something extra special about Malinois.
Owners know of what I speak . They are....different .

I really pity this poor officer.

29 posted on 08/14/2007 1:15:43 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: LeoWindhorse

The linked article said that his son was in an accident.

That could have been a factor. It doesn’t seem logical to me that he was so negligent if he was the head of the K-9 unit.


30 posted on 08/14/2007 1:28:31 AM PDT by spike1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: BurbankKarl

The air conditioning is also running. The temperature in the car is probably 72


31 posted on 08/14/2007 1:40:06 AM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: txroadkill

“They are not like pets. I know that there are people out there that are closer to their pets than their own children, but with a K-9 partner the relationship is even closer than that. “

I take offense to that. You cannot judge the closeness of the relationships between my animals amd me. You have no way of knowing the relationships we shared or the depths of our love and loyalty.


32 posted on 08/14/2007 2:39:16 AM PDT by spike1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

My daughter handles these types of cases.
Just last Thurs. she ticketed a man for leaving his dog in his car while the man went for a cooling therapeutic swim.
The temp. Thurs here in the Raleigh area was 100+.
Temp in the car was 118.
The man is a retired policeman.


33 posted on 08/14/2007 3:11:44 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2

Oh, I’m so sorry that you lost your good friend. I know that nothing can be said to a ameliorate your current sadness so I will just say that I hope you have many happier days coming soon. God bless.


34 posted on 08/14/2007 3:36:40 AM PDT by Mila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Dick Bachert

I know how you feel, and you have all my sympathy. My girl died on June 18 and I still can’t talk about her. I would do serious damage to this Son of a B88ch if I could find him. But God knows what he did, and he will never get away from that. Never.


35 posted on 08/14/2007 6:57:17 AM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: AZLiberty

Spare me your explanations, please.


36 posted on 08/14/2007 6:58:36 AM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: All; HairOfTheDog; yorkie
This is 100% unacceptable. This is not a moron with a pet. This was an officer with government property.
37 posted on 08/14/2007 6:59:20 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ikka

bump

Agreed!


38 posted on 08/14/2007 6:59:40 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wardaddy

You got it: Selfish.


39 posted on 08/14/2007 7:00:10 AM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: yorkie; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; Abathar; ...
So sad.

Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

40 posted on 08/14/2007 7:10:39 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: twonie

yeah right.........I willing fall on my sword for my alpha male doberman just out of principle and leave a widowwoman and 5 children fatherless

with all due respect that sort of logic is nuts...

anyone who values dog life over human life has their priorities messed up.


41 posted on 08/14/2007 7:20:53 AM PDT by wardaddy (My randy adult male doberman has more sexual morals than your ex-president you miss so much.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: yorkie
Go to www.chandleraz.com and use the contact form to inform them of your opinion of this. I told them that I thought the dog's handler should be suspended and then charged with the death of a police officer, just as a private citizen would be.

Carolyn

42 posted on 08/14/2007 7:27:17 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

Yorkie,
Thank you for the link.

Had to watch this beautiful program 3 times. Couldn’t see the screen the first two.

Thanks. It helped a great deal to remember that all dogs go to heaven...


43 posted on 08/14/2007 7:29:01 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: wardaddy

NO, my priorities are perfect. My girl died June 18; I would have done anything to help her, but she was just too old, 13 1/2. And yes, I would have been one of those in New Orleans sitting on a roof top with her because I would not leave her and go in the helicopter. Besides: did you ever think that if you tried to rescue him, you might just do that and both of you would survive?


44 posted on 08/14/2007 7:42:12 AM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

Very sad. I am sure this officer is paying dearly in his heart.

I know the pain of loosing a dog.
Mine is the first on the video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrCvfj4g9MU


45 posted on 08/14/2007 8:12:44 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Part of the RIGHT-Wing Machine.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

“I’m ill, just reading this. Poor Bandit. Temperatures have been over 110 in Phoenix all week - and this dog was left in a car for the weekend?”

Me too. And it was the head of the K-9 unit who did it! Totally inexcusable in my book. Should be treated no different than other such cases.


46 posted on 08/14/2007 8:22:17 AM PDT by tob2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: twonie
And yes, I would have been one of those in New Orleans sitting on a roof top with her because I would not leave her and go in the helicopter

now that I understand......the hypothetical post I replied to was "die for my dog"

47 posted on 08/14/2007 8:38:52 AM PDT by wardaddy (My randy adult male doberman had more sexual morals than your ex-president you miss so much.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: HairOfTheDog; yorkie

Thanks HOTD. I read the whole story and didn’t see any explanation of how he could forget about the dog. Very sad story.


48 posted on 08/14/2007 8:46:02 AM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: sweetiepiezer

Sweetiepiezer, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your poochie and so many other wonderful furry kids.


49 posted on 08/14/2007 9:34:43 AM PDT by yorkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: yorkie

A complete and total idiot. There is simply no excuse.


50 posted on 08/14/2007 9:36:11 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-94 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson