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Smokey Kills The Bandit - How A Cop Let His Dog Die

By Michelle Duffy     Sep 7, 2007 in Crime
A court in Arizona has found a local police officer guilty of killing his own police dog by leaving it in a hot car outside his house for 12 hours. The heat of the day had been so intense that the dog died of heat exhaustion.
A dog should be, and nearly always has been, a man's best friend, however a police officer has been recently found guilty of letting his partner, a five year old Alsatian called Bandit, die in a hot car with no ventilation.
In Chandler, Arizona, the police officer, Thomas Lovejoy, left the dog in his car for 12 hours.
Judge who heard the case, said "people have to be accountable for abusing animals."
The wife of the convicted sergeant said that she believed that her husband did not intend to leave the dog in the car for so long. Disturbingly, the family home where the dog and the Lovejoy's lived has been showered with gifts and well wishers - in favour of the police officer.
The court Sheriff, Joe Apairo said of the case "I'm going my job, if people don't like it, they don't like it, and that's the way it's gonna be."
Chandler has another case of someone dying in a hot car. A local man left his three year old daughter in his car and forgot she was there. She died. Kyle Brown, the guilty father was never charged.
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