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11 Police Dogs Have Died of Heat Exhaustion This Summer; 9 Were Left in Hot Patrol Cars

Police dogs are dying of heat exhaustion at a horrific rate this summer, and a majority of those deaths have come when they were locked in hot squad cars for hours.

Since the last week of May, 11 K-9 unit dogs have died from the heat, and nine of those cases stemmed from dogs left in hot police cars. The latest tragedy struck last Wednesday in Kohler, Wisconsin, when a police dog named Wix died in a squad car as his handler worked at the PGA Championship. According to ABC News, the deputy left the air conditioner on in the squad car, but when the unit failed, Wix was trapped inside a vehicle that reached dangerously high temperatures. In fact, several of the incidents where police dogs died in hot cars this year have been blamed on faulty air conditioners.

Wix, a K-9 unit dog for the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, died last week after getting left in a sweltering police car. (Facebook/Brown County Sheriff’s Department)

When a dog is trapped inside a hot car, it’s a torturous death. They try to chew their way out, often destroying the interior of the car, before succumbing to the heat.

“Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse,” the ASPCA said on its website. “They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.”

Wix was the 30th K-9 dog to die from heat exhaustion since 2008, but there have already been 11 heat-related deaths this year. Using data from the Officer Down Memorial Page, this graph shows how many police dog deaths were related to the heat in each of the last eight years.

Below is a map of where the deaths have occurred this year. Two dogs died in the same incident in Hialeah, Florida, and the deaths in Fulton County, Kentucky, and Little Rock, Arkansas, were attributed to other heat-related causes; they did not suffocate in squad cars.

The police officers responsible for the canine deaths have received a wide range of punishments. Nelson Enriquez, the officer who found his two dogs dead in his squad car on May 27 in Hialeah, was suspended with pay from the Miami-Dade County Police Department, but faces up to five years in jail if convicted of killing a police dog. As the Broward-Palm Beach New Times notes, Enriquez’ punishment will likely be more lenient than that, even though it is a felony to kill a police dog.

In Jim Wells County, Texas, deputy Latham Roldan was fired from the department when he left a K-9 in his squad car, according to NBC News. The case remains under investigation.

Regardless of the punishment for each case, the spike in deaths has prompted an outcry from the public.

“When you have public officers who serve in the capacity of, basically, a trustee of the public, and they cause the death of an animal who had been charged with serving the same community, most people get really charged,” Scott Heiser, director of the Criminal Justice Program at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, told Buzzfeed. “These dogs are a voiceless class, much like kids, and they are at that complete mercy of their handlers.”

NYPD Cop Shoots Friendly Family Pet In Unprovoked Attack

Recently released CCTV footage shows the heart wrenching moment an NYPD officer fatally shot a family’s dog in an unprovoked attack. The devastated family are now seeking justice for their beloved pet and are calling for the officer to be held accountable for his actions.

On February 13, Yvonne Rosado had been dancing with her dog Spike—a cherished weekly ritual in which Spike stood on his hind legs so Rosado could hold his paws—when the dog became excited by activity outside of the front door of the apartment.

“He’s right there when the music’s about to start,” Rosado explained. “I dance around with him and I spin him with one paw.”

Outside the apartment, NYPD officers were speaking to 16-year-old neighbour, Serena Santiago. Earlier that night, a neighbour had called the police for an unrelated issue. When Roasado opened her door investigate, Spike slipped out of the apartment, his tail wagging, to greet the officers.

“When I realized that it was an officer in front of the door, I said, ‘He’s friendly! He’s friendly!’” Rosado said.

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In the surveillance footage that captured the horrific incident, Spike—who shows no signs of aggression—exits the apartment and approaches one of the officers, who has already drawn his gun. The officer then proceeds to back down the stairwell before opening fire on the happy pooch. The officers then left Spike, who had been wounded from a single gunshot to the head, to die in pool of his own blood.

“The officer just started backing away, and I thought he was pointing his finger at him, but he pointed the gun and shot,” Rosado said. “Everything happened in less than one minute.”

“Spike died wagging his tail,” Irma Sue Santiago, Serena’s mother, told the Daily News. “It’s the worst thing.”

Immediately after the shooting, Rosado ran out of her apartment and tried to comfort her dying pet. Overcome with distress, Rosado—who was in nothing but her undergarments at the time— then proceeded to confront the officers, slipping over her dogs blood in the process.
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Three male officers then violently forced the grief stricken owner to the ground and pinned her to the stairs. “I was very emotionally upset,” said Rosado. “They jumped on top of me – three men,” she said. “I’m in my undergarments in the hallway.”

“They pinned her down to the stairs,” added neighbor Irma Santiago. “Her whole back was black and blue.”

Rosado, who has said that the incident has left her traumatized, is haunted by the incident every time she leaves the house. “He was a big Snuffleupagus — a gentle giant,” Rosado described Spike to the New York Daily News. “He was a member of the family … He would wag his tail, letting everyone know he was friendly.”

In addition, Santiago has said that her daughter has been “traumatized” by the gruesome shooting, and has had to seek psychiatric help in order to help her deal with the horrifying events that she witnessed.

Since the incident, Rosado has retained attorney David Thompson of the firm Stecklow & Thompson in an effort to seek justice for her beloved pet. “I want the officer to be disciplined for what he did to my beloved because he tore away something, a family member,” she said.

The NYPD have yet to offer Rosado an explanation or apology for the murder of her pet, and have refused to disclose the identity of the officers involved. An unnamed source cited by the Daily News identified the officer as Ruben Cuesta, however, this information has not been verified. According to reports, the officer went to the hospital to be treated for tinnitus.

The incident is currently being reviewed by the Force Investigation Division, according to a statement released by the NYPD. “The incident is being reviewed by our Force Investigation Division and the findings will be subject to a firearms discharge review board,” said a police spokesman.

Cops Kill Man’s Dog in Front of His Children and Refuse to Turn Over Records: Lawsuit

CHICAGO (CN) – Chicago police shot and killed a man’s dog in front of his kids and they refuse to turn over records about the incident, he claims in a Cook County lawsuit.

Antonie Glasper’s attorney, Torreya Hamilton, said Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers showed up at his house in August 2015 and busted down his front door while he was home with his 9-year-old and 20-year-old autistic children.

It “appears that they had a search warrant,” Hamilton said, although they never showed it to Glasper.

Police officers insisted Glasper let go of his dog instead of putting it in another room, and when he did they shot and killed the dog in front of the two kids in their kitchen, Hamilton says.

Glasper was arrested on drug charges but insists no drugs were in his home, and his case was eventually dismissed in criminal court.

According to the Jan. 25 lawsuit, Glasper filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with CPD and the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) for “documents, and audio and video recordings relating to the Chicago police entry and search of plaintiff’s home, the detention of plaintiff and his family, the shooting and killing of this family’s dog, and the unlawful arrest and prosecution of plaintiff.”

OEMC eventually sent a denial of Glasper’s request, claiming “exemptions based on an alleged open and ongoing investigation by the Chicago Police Department, which is a separate public body,” according to the complaint.

Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ruled in November that OEMC’s reasoning is invalid, and ordered that CPD release a police dash camera video of the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

“This is the same type of FOIA exemption that was claimed by the city and rejected by Judge Valderrama in the Laquan McDonald FOIA lawsuit,” Glasper’s 6-page complaint states.

Glasper’s lawsuit adds that the charges against him were dropped in October, so “it is not likely that any Chicago police investigation concerning this incident is on-going.”

He claims CPD never responded to his FOIA request.

Hamilton said her office is “not getting adequate responses” to any FOIA requests and CPD and OEMC are “being told not to respond by the [city’s] legal department.”

“It’s shameful,” Hamilton added, and “it’s just the City of Chicago that’s doing this.” She said that, although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised more transparency, these departments are “being the opposite of transparent.”

Glasper wants a court order forcing the City of Chicago, CPD and OEMC to produce the records he asked for, which Hamilton says are part of discovery for a possible federal lawsuit.

The city’s legal department told Courthouse News via email that it would look into the lawsuit, but it has not yet responded to a request for comment.

St Clair Shores Michigan Cop Caught on Dashcam Plotting to Kill Dog

Michigan resident Brittany Preston is suing the City of St. Clair Shores, police officers David Jacquemain and Jeremy Moskwa, and Animal Control Officer Tom Massey for violation of her Fourth Amendment rights as well as her civil rights in executing her beloved pet.

Preston’s dog, Lexie, was a 45 pound lab mix who was shot multiple times by these officers. The independent necropsy found that she had died from 15 bullet wounds from a suspected 8 bullets fired into her.

According to statements made by Preston, police surrounded the dog as her grandfather tried to let her inside the house.

The police report says the dog charged police and they shot her, however, Preston says witnesses told her that the dog cowered against the house as the officers kept shooting.

Neighbours cried as they filmed the incident.

All of this, over a noise complaint.

The dog was being watched by Preston’s grandfather who suffers from mild dementia and sleeps with a sleep apnea mask on while she worked her overnight shift. He had left her out in the yard and forgot about her.

In the disturbing dash cam footage taken before the incident, the officers are heard outside the residence planning to kill the dog.

“The only thing I’m going to do is shoot it, I do not like dogs.” an officer is heard saying.

Watch the videos below:

After being shot Lexie was still alive for hours, she can be seen here walking into the animal control vehicle

The officers are still currently armed and dangerous on the streets in Michigan.