Police Killing Their Own K9’s At An Alarming Rate

Cops Caught on Tape

So far this year, 6 officers have killed their own K9’s by leaving them in vehicles with no air conditioning. One officer, as you’ll read below, somehow managed to forget about having TWO K9’s in his vehicle.  According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, at least 37 K9’s have died of heat exhaustion since 2001. Here is a look at the K9’s that have died this year after their handlers left them to die a horrible, excruciating death. (Out of the 19 K9’s that died this year, 2 were killed by other animals, 1 died in a vehicle accident, 1 drowned, 2 died during a fire, 1 was poisoned, 1 struck by a vehicle, and 3 died from gunfire – a total of 8 died of heat exhaustion).  

For years, when a cop left their dog in a vehicle to die, they simply owned up to the fact they forgot about the K9. Now, it seems the phrase ‘malfunctioning air conditioning’ is the excuse. It’s almost comparable to the ‘excited delirium’ police use when trying to explain how an unarmed person in their custody dies mysteriously after being being or tased by an officer.

Green Bay, WI

K9 Wix

K9 Wix, who according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, died as a result of a ‘malfunctioning air conditioning’. It seems that his handler, was ‘on duty’ at a PGA Championship in Kohler. Wix was specialized in explosive detection, and was contracted out for duty that day. Why the dog was left in the Deputy’s vehicle, and not out looking for explosives, is something the Sheriff’s department hasn’t commented on yet.

Muldrow, OK

K9 Zeke

K9 Zeke died as a result of a ‘malfunctioning air conditioning’, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. K9 Zeke was left in his partners vehicle for over an hour while Officer Robert Allen was on the phone. When he went to the vehicle to check on Zeke, the K9 was dead.  The Sheriff’s department defended their decision not to have a safety system in place, which makes an audible alarm in the event of a malfunction, by saying “… the problem is that the equipment is nearly as expensive as the dogs. ” The temperature inside the vehicle was over 130 degrees.

Stockton, CA

K9 Nitro

K9 Nitro died as a result of a ‘malfunctioning air conditioning’, according to Stockton Police.  However, this particular police vehicle had safety equipment that was supposed to prevent this tragedy.  If that’s true, then only two scenarios are possible: (1) All systems failed or (2) the officer never turned on the vehicle/air conditioning. Supposedly, the K9 was only in the vehicle for 15. The temperature was estimated to be at 106 degrees inside.

Hialeah, Florida

K9's Jimmy (left) and Hector (right)

K9’s Jimmy and Hector were left in an unattended vehicle for several hours and died of heat exhaustion, according to the Hialeah Police Department. Officer Nelson Enriquez had went home early in the morning, only to remember the dogs were in the vehicle later that evening.  Though it’s hard to say what the temperature was inside the vehicle, historical weather data shows the temperature that day was 95 degrees. With no air conditioning running in the vehicle, and with the windows rolled up, estimates put the internal vehicle temperature at 140 degrees or more.

Rincon, GA

K9 Baston

K9 Baston’s was left in a vehicle for several hours, as his handler got off work, went inside, ate dinner with his family, and then took nap. The K9 was left in the vehicle with the windows rolled up and with no air conditioning.  Savannah State University officials said that the K9’s handler had remembered the dog was in the vehicle, but decided to eat and hang out with this family first. There is no word on how hot the temperatures were inside the vehicle.

Conyers, GA

K9 Zane

K9 Zane died from  heat exhaustion after being left in a vehicle for 7 hours. The officer only remembered the dog was in  his vehicle, when he returned to the patrol car to retrieve some paperwork, and noticed the dog’s lifeless body. The outside temperature that day approached 95 degrees, meaning the vehicle’s internal temperature was well over 100 degrees.


7 thoughts on “Police Killing Their Own K9’s At An Alarming Rate

  1. Well since they run around blowing away dogs all over the country just for fun, I wouldn’t expect them to show much concern for their own dogs, either.

    What does a dog mean to a cop? Just target practice, and nothing more. What happens if they die in the sweltering car? Not a problem. The taxpayers will buy him a new one.

    They’re sadistic, psychotic, steroid-addicted morons. Why would you expect them to take care of their dogs?

    The “alarming rate” isn’t very alarming to me. I’m surprised any of them survive.

  2. Cops are murderers, plain and simple.
    They have no respect for life, period.

    They should not be allowed within 500 feet of children or animals.
    They should not be allowed within 400 feet of any human beings.

  3. Since killing a “police dog” is paramount to killing a cop; are any cops being held accountable for these crimes? – Wishful thinking.

  4. 6?

    Check out the k9 section of odmp.org officer down memorial page.

    The article must not be counting the more than a dozen where the cop blamed the heat deaths on the AC turning itself to heat or just off.

  5. Isn’t that the equivalent of killing an officer, seeing as how cops believe that a K-9 is the equivalent of an officer and has more rights than people? So how come they aren’t charged with murder but we people would be?

    Yea, I see how it is.

  6. Most people don’t know that they torture their K9’s in various ways. I worked in it for 18 years, through all the cover-ups, the lies, the retaliation for speaking out, but still I have a website that anyone who is interested should see. In public they call their K9’s “partners,” but in private they call them “tools,” and in the department I worked, they joked, laughed, and bragged about torturing their dogs, and taunted me with it because I spoke out. http://www.stoplynching.com

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