I hope they charge the asshole and count the dogs as officers in the case.
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Police dogs die in hot parked car
Last Updated: Thursday, 02 July 2009, 06:33 GMT
Two German Shepherd police dogs have died in the heatwave after being left in a car by their handler.
The dogs were found dead in a police car parked outside Nottinghamshire's force headquarters in Arnold at 2.15pm on Wednesday.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it received a referral from the force and is deciding whether to investigate - the RSPCA is investigating the incident.
A statement from Nottinghamshire Police said the welfare of its animals was "of paramount importance".
It said: "We endeavour to take every measure possible to ensure their well-being and safety."
It takes nine weeks of intensive training and costs more than £7,000 before a police dog can go out on patrol.
The maximum sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.
Nottinghamshire Police said the handler has not been suspended.
Peter Davies, the force's 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."
It is believed the dogs' handler was not on duty at the time and had called in to the force's headquarters at Sherwood Lodge, leaving the dogs to over-heat in the parked car. It is not known how long they were left in the car but temperatures in Nottingham on Wednesday hit 29.4C.
Last Updated: Thursday, 2 July 2009, 09:33 GMT
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Two police dogs die after being left in their handler's car on the hottest day of the year
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:03 PM on 02nd July 2009
source: Police dogs die after being left in car as temperature soars to 29C | Mail Online
Two police dogs died yesterday after they were left in their handlers' car on the hottest day of the year.
The German shepherds, which had been donated to the force, were found dead in the vehicle parked outside Nottinghamshire Police headquarters.
It is unclear how long the dogs had been left in temperatures of up to 29C (84F). The RSPCA said temperatures inside the car could have reached 47C (116F).
Tribute: Police dog handlers lay flowers for the dead animals today outside Sherwood Lodge, Nottinghamshire Police's HQ
The police dog handler was off duty but had called into the HQ at Sherwood Lodge, in Arnold.
Today it emerged the dogs were donated to carry out police work, including tracking down criminals and providing security at major events in the county.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation but the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has handed the case back to Nottinghamshire Police. No-one has been suspended.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000.
Nottinghamshire's Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies 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.'
Tragic: Flowers laid by the force's dog handlers
Nottinghamshire vet Andrew Wilson told the BBC: 'Dehydration would have been a big factor. They wouldn't be able to cool themselves because panting wouldn't be effective any more, there would be no evaporation from the tongue.
'As the core temperature rose as a result of that, and the brain temperature rose, the brain would cease to function and various other organs would fail. This happens certainly within 30 minutes.'
Police refused to confirm what type of vehicle was involved.
The police laid a bunch of white lilies, chrysanthemums and gypsophila outside the force's headquarters today. Members of the public were told they could also lay flowers outside the HQ if they wished.
Nottinghamshire Police Authority has asked the force for a guarantee that action was being taken immediately.
The authority's chairman, Councillor John Clarke, said: 'This is a truly tragic incident. I am deeply disturbed to learn of the deaths of these police dogs, which play such a vital role in the fight against crime.
Probe: Nottinghamshire Police's Sherwood Lodge HQ today
'The RSPCA has been informed and will, I am sure, carry out a thorough and speedy investigation.
'The authority has asked to be provided at the appropriate time with a full report into the circumstances.'
A spokesman for the IPCC said Nottinghamshire Police had referred the case to the commission yesterday and added: 'We have decided it is appropriate for this sad incident to be returned to the police force to carry out its own local investigation.'
A spokesman for the force said: 'Nottinghamshire Police reported the death of two German shepherd police dogs to the RSPCA on Tuesday, June 30, after they were discovered at force headquarters at 2.15pm.
'The incident has also been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
No escape: The dogs were left in a handler's vehicle (file picture)
'The welfare of all animals owned by Nottinghamshire Police is of paramount importance and we endeavour to take every measure possible to ensure their well-being and safety.'
The Nottinghamshire force has no breeding programme and relies on dog breeders putting forward dogs for public service. It takes nine weeks of intensive training and costs more than £7,000 before a police dog can go out on patrol.
An RSPCA spokeswoman warned: 'When it's sunny or warm outside, we would urge dog owners not to leave a dog in a car.
'It can cause health problems and prove fatal. Temperatures can rise to 47C in a car quite quickly and that is enough to kill a dog.'
• The Dogs Trust today warned dog owners during the heatwave to walk their pets in the cooler morning and evening, and to ensure they have access to shade and water. Thick fur should be clipped and canine sun cream should be applied to ears, nose and belly - but human sun cream can be toxic to dogs. Older and overweight dogs are more prone to overheat. Excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapse should prompt an immediate call to the vet. In emergencies, dogs should be soaked with water, fanned with cool air and rushed to a vet.
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