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Updated: 9:34 a.m. CT Sept 6, 2007

PHOENIX - A suburban police officer is accused of leaving a police dog in a patrol car for more than 12 hours on a 109-degree day, killing the animal.

Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was booked into the Maricopa County jail on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a two-week investigation into the death of a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Bandit. He was released later Wednesday, said Capt. Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s investigation showed Bandit was in Lovejoy’s patrol car from about 9 a.m. to shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 11. During that time, the investigation found, the officer ran errands, napped and ate out with his wife. Lovejoy later found the dog dead in the car.

“I am certain Sgt. Lovejoy has suffered greatly from leaving his police dog in a sweltering car,†Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement. “I do not relish the idea of compounding his sadness. However, Lovejoy must be treated like anyone else in similar circumstances.â€

Lovejoy said Wednesday night that he is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 25 and that his lawyer advised him not to comment further.

“With the sheriff railing on me right now, it’s kind of hard to say anything,†Lovejoy said.

Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler said in a statement that the department respects and supports the criminal justice system and its processes, and that an internal investigation has been launched.

Officer accused of leaving dog in hot car - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.com

 
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I thought officers were very close to their dogs...guess not in his case. Poor dog, that guy is an ass

 
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thought officers were very close to their dogs...guess not in his case. Poor dog, that guy is an ass Exactly what I was thinking. I guess not ALL officers!!
 
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He should have known better than that. This is so sad.

 
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That is unfathomable!!!!! He should be punished to the full extent of the law.

 
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Yea I heard about this on the news. It pissed me off when I heard about it. How could you forget that your DOG is in your car. If hes not in the house or anywhere near you then he has to be somewhere and you need to look for him. GRRR, makes me mad just talking about it.

 
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I can not imagine how horribly that poor dog must have suffered...

 

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