Beny, a police dog, died from heat stroke while sitting inside a police car for four hours on Sept. 28. in Montville, Ohio.
Montville police say that Sgt. Brett Harrison parked his car at the police station at 10:54 a.m. and went inside to complete some paperwork. When Officer Harrison walked back to his car at 3:13 p.m. Beny was dead, notes Fox 8.
According to Montville police, Sgt. Harrison didn't roll down any windows for Beny or turn on the car air conditioner.
After an investigation found Sgt. Harrison had violated Montville police policy, he was suspended for two weeks without pay and lost 40 hours of his vacation time, reports Cleveland.com.
“This is a loss that words cannot describe, and it is very difficult for everyone involved," Montville Police Chief Terry Grice said in a press release. "There is no doubt that this loss will have a lasting impact on Sgt. Harrison and our entire department. Sgt. Harrison cared deeply about Beny. He worked with him 40+ hours a week and Beny lived with Sgt. Harrison and his family when the two were off duty. Sgt. Harrison is overwhelmed with grief, and is taking this loss very hard.”
Sources: Cleveland.com, Fox 8 (Image Credit: Montville Police Department Media Handout)