Wyoming officer charged over death of police dog in hot car

Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:46pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges tied to the death of a dog left inside a sweltering patrol car for more than six hours, local media reported.

Mills Police Department Officer Zachary Miller entered his plea on Friday, a month after drug-sniffing police dog "Nyx" died, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

Citing court filings, the paper reported that Miller left Nyx in his patrol car, parked outside the police station, with the windows rolled up.

Police dogs are prohibited from the Mills police station, the paper said.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charges, Miller faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $750, the paper reported.

Calls to the Natrona County District Attorney's Office, which is prosecuting the case, were not immediately returned on Saturday.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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coolbetty wrote:
wow. he forgot his partner? a misdemeanor for the murder of a highly trained special officer? a $750 fine is disgustingly inadequate. the average purchase price and training expense for one dog is between $10,000 to $15,000 based on length of training and specialty. Miller should have to reimburse the full amount taxpayers invested in Nyx. and never be allowed to have another canine partner again. hopefully he doesn’t forget anyone else who helplessly depends on him in the car either.

Aug 23, 2014 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gsuburban wrote:
Oh please…the alarms idea isn’t necessary. This guy even left the car running? How about fining him and the trainee officer for pollution and wasting fuel and resources too? There’s no excuse for a person who commands a dog and a
vehicle to have “reminder” devices to replace less than common sense
awareness. I also would want to find out who was minding the parking
lot and also just leaving the car continue to run for 7 hours.Trainee or not, both of those cops should be responsible for “common sense”. You shouldn’t be able to escape “common sense” stupidity just because you are a “trainee” or because there is no policy on the matter. How stupid for anyone to think if there’s no official policy on leaving a car running for 7 hours, dog in the car etc that nothing should be done about it. (paid leave?)

The dog most likely wouldn’t have want to be buried on her killers property. This was not an accident, it is total disregard for an animal and police property, the dog and the car and fuel etc. Civilian people do this all the time with their own pets, children and adults and face criminal charges/fines for doing just this. A police officer and trainee should be held to a higher standard for stupidity like this and they should receive the appropriate fine, permanent record of this in their personnel file and face charges just like any other civilian.

Aug 23, 2014 4:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Voteraz wrote:
Police dogs are not welcome in the station!!!!! Why have one when must leave in car to fill out reports or take care of other business at the station? Thought Federal Law working dogs allowed everyplace.

Aug 23, 2014 5:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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