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Sheriff’s Deputy Suspended After Police Dog Dies In Hot Car

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana sheriff’s deputy has been suspended following the death of a police dog that he left for hours inside a hot patrol car.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department says Deputy Courtney Fuller is suspended without pay for 30 days. The department says an investigation determined Fuller didn’t commit a crime but that he violated employee standards of conduct.

Sheriff Don Lauer says Fuller left Mojo in his patrol car outside his home at 3 p.m. July 6. He was distracted by a situation involving his newborn child and forgot Mojo, finding him dead four hours later.

A Purdue University necropsy found the dog’s death was consistent with heat stroke.

The department says Fuller will no longer be a canine handler.

DeKalb County is 150 miles northeast of Indianapolis,

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  1. Shouldn’t he be made to pay for a replacement police dog? I understand that they cost around $10,000 each.

  2. I’m glad the officer won’t be a K9 handler for their department any longer. A month without pay is a slap on the wrist, I think he should be prosecuted for animal cruelty and neglect by the court system.

  3. Mike Tarbert says:

    Not a Crime ? Let me do something like that and I bet “They” could come up with twenty or thirty different crime to charge me with

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