RSPCA to investigate after police dogs left in car die in heatwave
Nottinghamshire police say handler could be prosecuted as it is revealed force spent £300,000 on new kennels
Nottinghamshire police force is being investigated by the RSPCA after two alsatian police dogs died when they were left in a car by their handler during the heatwave.
The force, which reported the animals‘ death to the organisation, had recently spent £300,000 on new kennels, it was revealed today.
The dogs were found dead in a private car which had been left in the car park at Nottinghamshire police headquarters in Arnold on Tuesday afternoon. Their handler, who was on duty, had gone inside some time before the dogs were found dead. The handler, who has not been suspended and is now at home on leave, could be prosecuted, the force confirmed. The maximum sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.
The car park is close to the force’s new kennels. The force has its own dog breeding programme but it is thought the alsatians had been donated by a breeder for public service.
Councillor John Clarke, the chairman of the Nottinghamshire Police Authority, said: “I think there will be some retribution for this at some point in the future. But I know the team will be mortified. It’s a very close-knit team. It’s tragic when you consider we have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on kennels. Unfortunately tragedies do happen.”
Peter Davies, the assistant chief constable, said: “This is a tragic incident and we value the important work our police dogs carry out on a daily basis. That is why we swiftly reported this incident to the RSPCA and we will be working with them very closely.”
A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said: “It was reported to us yesterday by Nottinghamshire police. We are investigating and they are co-operating with us. I am sure this isn’t the first incident and it won’t be the last.”
Police – who laid a bunch of white lilies, chrysanthemums and gypsophila outside their headquarters today – confirmed they had received complaints from angry members of the public.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had received a referral from the force and was deciding whether to investigate.
The Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, said it was “saddened” by the news. A spokeswoman said: “Whilst the cause of death is still to be determined, the charity would like to remind dog owners and police dog handlers that leaving your dog locked in a car can prove fatal, particularly during a heatwave. It can take just 20 minutes for a dog to die and temperatures reach over 40 degrees in some vehicles.”
Dog handler who left two dogs to die in police car escapes jail termMetro
A former police dog handler who left two dogs to die in his boiling hot car has avoided jail because his ruined career was punishment enough.
Instead, Ian Craven was banned from owning or keeping dogs for three years.
The 50-year-old was told by district judge Daphne Wickham: ‘I accept it has brought your illustrious career as a sergeant to an end, it may have damaged your wife’s career and your reputation with all those around you, and that in itself is a punishment.’
Craven admitted causing unnecessary suffering and was also ordered to pay £3,240 costs when he appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court.
His two dogs, a German shepherd puppy and a Malinois-type dog, died in a vehicle outside the Metropolitan Police dog training centre in Keston, Kent, on June 26.
Prosecutor Andrew Wiles said the animals were left in a locked car with closed windows and no water before Craven left to go to another job at the Olympic site in Stratford, east London. Temperatures that day went from 16.1C (61F) at 7am to 22.2C (72F) by 11am, in the shade.
When he later remembered what he’d done he was heard to say, ‘I’ve killed my dogs’. On the way back to Kent by car, Craven jumped out while it was travelling slowly in order to run off.
‘It seems he was subsequently taken into hospital and sectioned under the Mental Health Act,’ said Mr Wiles.
He said Craven, from Staines, had also been reprimanded after a similar event in July 2004 when a young spaniel died in a vehicle at the same location.
Colin Reynolds, defending, said Craven – whose wife is also a dog handler – had committed a ‘sin of omission’ in failing to remember the dogs were in the back of the car.
‘It may just be that this is a man who makes himself too busy,’ he said.
POLICE K9 DEAD AFTER DEPUTY LEAVES DOG IN HOT PATROL CARLife With Dogs
The Mercer County, Ohio Sheriff’s office is grieving a tragedy and mounting an investigation after one of their police canines passed away.
Zak, a sable German Shepard, was found dead inside of hot patrol car. Zak’s handler, Deputy Chad Fortkamp, discovered the dog around 1pm in the afternoon on Wednesday of this week. The Sheriff’s Office released the news on Thursday
Deputy Fortkamp had been in his office working on a report when Zak was left inside the patrol car. This is not regular protocol. When officers are at the sheriff’s office, dogs are to be inside the building alongside their handler or in the car with the air conditioner running.
The initial investigation found that Zak was left inside the car, without it running. As a result, Zak passed away from heat related issues due to the extreme heat inside the car.
A thorough investigation is currently being conducted. Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey, stated, “I am deeply disappointed and apologize to the members of the Moose Lodge, the Eagles of Celina and others who helped fund the K-9 program. In 2010, the Moose Lodge donated $5000 and the Eagles donated $1500 for the purchase of Zak after K-9 Bleck died of an intestinal obstruction. It is my intent to get answers as to what happened.”
Zak joined the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department in 2010. Sheriff Grey noted the bond between the Deputy and the dog saying, “Deputy Fortkamp loved that dog almost like it was his child.” Fortkamp may face disciplinary action once the investigation has been completed. Results of the investigation are expected to be released at a press conference on Monday.
The sheriff’s office is planning on suspending the K-9 program after having lost the two canines in the past three years.
Man Sentenced To Same Fate As His Abandoned DogsThe Daily Express Feb 11th 1982
A MAN who abandoned four puppies on a rubbish dump one freezing night is going to find out exactly how they felt.
Tonight and tomorrow, he will carry out a court sentence sitting on the same rubbish dump while police officers cruise by in their warm vehicles to make sure he stays there.
If he chooses to move from the dump before he has finished the two 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. sentences he will have to pay a £125 fine.
The fine was the alternative given to 31-year-old Roland Duchesnaye by a judge in the New Hampshire town of Berlin.
Pet loving Judge Wallace Anctil said he was horrified and distressed at the callous way Duchesnaye had abandoned the puppies.
“That kind of treatment shouldn’t be given to any animal nor any human being,” said Judge Anctil, “but I feel he should get a taste of it.”
And he added, “He’ll be rather lonely and cold.
“The primary thing is the feeling of Isolation and being rather helpless and cold too.
“I wanted it done before the first of March so it will still be quite cold.”
Last night the national weather service said, the night temperature often dips below zero in the town of 13,000 people, about 160 miles from the Canadian border.
Judge Anctil’s sentence forbids Duchesnaye from taking shelter at the dump.
“I think he can bundle up in warm boots, a good warm coat and hat, and I think he’ll be all right,” the Judge said, “He can back out any time but he’ll have to pay the fine If he does.”
A truck driver found the puppies the morning after they were dumped and police recognised them as belonging toDuchesnaye.
One died, but the other three have found homes. One of them was taken on by the town’s Mayor.
Prince Dog-Beater: Outrage as Edward repeatedly lashes out at gundogs with a 4ft stickBy MILES GOSLETT
UPDATED: 22:33, 27 December 2008
Prince Edward has been accused of animal cruelty after losing his temper and lashing out violently and repeatedly at his gundogs with a wooden stick.
The 44-year-old Prince reacted angrily when he saw two black labradors trying to grab hold of the same dead pheasant during a shoot at the Sandringham Royal Estate in Norfolk yesterday.
He approached the dogs with his shotgun tucked under his arm and a 4ft stick raised menacingly in the air. He then brought it down sharply several times towards them.
One of the dogs ran off and was seen cowering as Edward chased after it and took another swing at it.
Prince Edward with his gundogs on a pheasant shoot on the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
Last night Andrew Tyler, director of pressure group Animal Aid, said: ‘Hitting out at a dog makes them fearful, traumatised and breaks any bond of trust. It’s not only morally dubious but it’s counterproductive.
‘If Prince Edward made contact with either dog, it is a breach of the Animal Welfare Act, which makes it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal.’
One onlooker said: ‘It looked as if he took about three swipes at this dog with his stick.
‘It happened when Edward was shooting by himself in a field, with Peter Phillips about 200 yards away.
The Prince takes a vicious swipe at his dog
‘At the end of the drive, the dogs went off to pick up the dead birds, but these two dogs looked like they were squabbling over one pheasant.
‘They clearly were not doing what they were supposed to do so Edward took it upon himself to impose some discipline. It was quite a big stick and it would have hurt the dog if it had been hit with any force.’
Barry Hugill, from the League Against Cruel Sports, said: ‘I would not be at all surprised about Prince Edward mistreating a dog. This is a young man who has been brought up to regard it as his right to slaughter and mistreat animals for pleasure.’
Edward outraged animal rights campaigners in December 2005 when he battered to death an injured pigeon which had been shot during a pheasant shoot at Sandringham.
Edward brandishes his wooden stick menacingly, before bringing it down with violent force
Mr Tyler added: ‘It’s about time the Royals got the message that most people regard the shooting of birds for sport as repellent.
‘The public will certainly be no more tolerant of dogs being picked on because they don’t play their obedient walk-on part in this sick spectacle.
‘He certainly appears to have lost his temper and was acting impulsively without restraint.
But we can’t expect high manners in the context of a sport that is about killing animals for pleasure.’
It is not the first time the Royal Family has been accused of animal cruelty. Last year Prince Philip was part of a shoot in which a fox was clubbed to death with a flagpole, and Prince Harry was questioned by police over the illegal shooting of two hen harriers, Britain’s rarest birds of prey.
One of the labradors slinks away, with Edward in pursuit
Eight years ago the Queen was also accused of cruelty after she was photographed wringing the neck of a pheasant at Sandringham.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said last night: ‘I can confirm there were two dogs fighting over a pheasant. Prince Edward did separate them but no harm was done to either dog.’
Other Royals on yesterday’s shoot included Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Philip and Princess Anne’s husband Tim Laurence.
Autumn Phillips, wife of the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips, was also there, taking part in her first Christmas shoot with her new relatives.
However, the 30-year-old, who married in May, ventured out without the proper ear defenders, and was forced to protect her hearing from the deafening gunshots by clasping her hands to her ears.
Losing his temper: Edward strides after one of the labradors, who were fighting over the same pheasant
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