Animal Rights

Police K-9 Dies After Being Left In Handler's Patrol Car For Hours

| by Brendan Kelly

A Conyers, Georgia, police K-9 died on Thursday night when he was left in his handler's patrol car.

According to police, 5-year-old bloodhound Zane had been in the car for nearly 10 hours when he was found dead around 5 p.m. Officer Jerahmy Williams had fallen asleep in his home after feeling sick. Williams said he thought he brought Zane into his kennel before going to sleep, but realized when he woke up that he was left in the car. Police chief Gene Wilson said that he believes this was an accident.

Williams is a patrol corporal who has been with the police department for almost five years. Wilson says that he has a clean disciplinary record.

Zane had worked for the police department for four years, three of those with Williams.

"He truly, truly loves that dog," said Wilson. "And for him to know that it was his actions that caused the dog to perish, it's going to be difficult for him to deal with."

Williams is currently on paid leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation. Possible charges he could face include reckless conduct and animal cruelty.

Sources: CBS 4611 Alive

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