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|In Loving Memory of
Pawnee County Sheriff's Dept.
dying in hot police vehicles
may be tragic, but it is not rare.
June, Dutch, a 7-year-old Belgian
Malinois, died after the air
conditioner failed in a Pawnee County sheriff's lieutenant's car in
Oklahoma. The dog was in the car for less than an hour.
ubmitted by Jim Cortinia, Dir.
|In Loving Memory
July 30, 2004
Partner: Sr. Cpl. Alex
Dallas Police Dept.
| An 8-year-old Dallas police German
shepherd, trained to
explosives and previously recognized as a keen burglar-nabber, died
after his handler left him in a hot patrol car for about four
hours. Senior Cpl.
Alex Garcia, 50, a tactical K-9 officer and a 23-year Dallas Police
Department veteran, discovered Queno in the back seat of his patrol car
just before 7 p.m. Friday after a neighbor alerted him that he had left
on some of the car's lights. The officer had arrived at his house in
the 1200 block of San Patricio
Drive near Garland Road just after his shift ended at 3 p.m. He and
Queno had been training at Love Field since 7 a.m. that day. "He's distraught," Deputy Chief Alfredo Saldana said of Cpl.
"Officers bond with these animals. People around here feel like we lost
a member of the department." Cpl. Garcia
has been placed on desk duty during internal and criminal
investigations, said Lt. Anthony Williams, a police spokesman. "Once those investigations are complete, recommendations will
to the chief," Lt. Williams said. Cpl. Garcia
could not be reached at his home Saturday. Dallas'
high temperature Friday was 90 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth
International Airport. Only a portion of Dallas'
approximately 20 police
dogs are assigned to
patrol vehicles equipped with a safety system to help prevent hot-car
deaths. Cpl. Garcia's was not among those
with the technology that
automatically lowers a patrol car's windows and activates a fan to
circulate air if the inside temperature gets too high or if the car
otherwise malfunctions with a dog inside. The system also activates the
car's lights and pages the officer, police said.Queno
began his career in Dallas
in 1997 after a local grocery chain
and a snack food corporation donated him to the police department in a
The dog soon distinguished
in the line of duty. By January
2002, a neighborhood honored him, along with Cpl. Garcia, at the
department's Northeast substation for hunting down and capturing a
suspect in 29 break-ins over two months. For his valiant efforts, Queno
received a plaque - and a basket of doggie treats.
8/2/2004 By JASON
TRAHANthe Dallas Morning News
K-9 Officer Devastated
Over Death of Dog Left in Car
TX - 8/10/2004 - Dallas
Morning News - By JASON TRAHAN
K-9 officer whose dog died after he left him in a hot patrol
car for four hours said he is devastated by the loss but hopes to be
able to work with police dogs again. "I miss
him. This was very much unintentional," Senior Cpl. Alex Garcia
said. He said he
forgot he had left Queno, an 8-year-old German shepherd, in
a patrol car outside his house with the windows rolled up after their
shift ended July 30. The high temperature that day was 90. "I've been
with that dog for seven years," Cpl. Garcia said. "He was my
right hand. The reason I was working was because of him." "Now that
he's gone, I want another one. I want to stay in this squad,
even more now." Cpl.
Garcia, a Dallas officer for 21 years and a dog handler for about
12 years, said he doesn't expect to face criminal charges. Texas'
animal cruelty law states that "a person commits an offense if he
intentionally or knowingly" tortures, fails to provide necessary food,
care or shelter or "abandons unreasonably an animal in his custody," or
"transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner," among other
things. "That's for
people who have intent to harm an animal, not feeding them
or not giving them medical attention," he said. "The way Queno died
wasn't a picnic, I know that. He wasn't tortured." The crime
is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in
prison. But a spokeswoman for Dallas County district attorney's office
said charges are unlikely. "As far as
we're concerned, if it's unintentional, it's not considered
animal cruelty," spokeswoman Rachel Horton said. Both
criminal and internal investigations are under way, and Cpl.
Garcia is on desk duty."It's our intent to refer this to the grand
jury," Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said. "On the administrative
side, I can't presume any potential punishment because the
investigation isn't complete." Dave
Garcia, who investigates animal cruelty cases for the SPCA of
Texas, has said the case is a question of accountability for police
knowledge or intent, it's really hard to determine a lot of times
in cruelty cases I help work around the state," Mr. Garcia said. "He
needs to be held accountable, and if that means criminal charges, then
that's what should happen." Chief
Kunkle has said that he favors installing safety systems on all
vehicles used by K-9 officers. Only a handful of Dallas' 18 dogs are
assigned to officers who drive such vehicles now. The $1,000 system
lowers the back windows, activates lights and pages the officer when
the temperature inside gets too hot for dogs left inside. Officers
routinely leave their dogs inside their vehicles, with the
engine running and air conditioning on, when they eat lunch or
work. Cpl. Garcia
said his patrol car alley lights - clear lights that shine
off the sides of the car - may be what prompted someone, possibly a
neighbor, to knock on his front door, leading him to check the car the
day he found Queno dead in the back seat, his cage open. "I think
that Queno stepped on them and turned them on," Cpl. Garcia
said. "He was probably panicking and running around the car." He said
that he had not been back to the car since about 3 p.m., when
he arrived home after work. Normally, he would then put the dog in the
backyard kennel he and all K-9 officers have at their homes. "I thought,
'Why are those lights on?' " he said. "Then I saw him in
the car. I thought he was in the back yard. It didn't cross my mind
that he was in that car." He said he
broke down when he realized the dog was dead. "I went into
shock," he said. "It was something I didn't expect to see. I think
about that moment every day." Cpl.
Garcia, who handled three police dogs prior to Queno, said he has
wracked his brain to explain how he could have left his dog in the car,
but still comes up short. "I was in
home mode," he said. "That's the only explanation I can come
up with, even to myself. I was thinking that I had put him up. Once you
go into the house, your brain skips steps sometimes. It makes you think
that you did that already, because of years of routine." Queno was
cremated, and officials have not decided how to memorialize
him. Dallas last lost a K-9 on duty in 1999, when someone ran into a
police cruiser killing Baltimore, a 5-year-old German shepherd. Though Cpl.
Garcia said he has received nothing but support, Dave
Garcia said animal lovers haven't been shy about sharing their outrage
with the SPCA. "I've got
about 40 e-mails that I'm going to forward to the chief on
this issue," Mr. Garcia said. "I've only had one e-mail that said
nothing should happen to this officer. All the rest of them are asking
that he be held accountable." In 2000, a
San Diego police officer became what is thought to be the
nation's first officer tried for the on-duty death of a police dog.
Officer Lawrence Cahill was accused of leaving 7-year-old C.J., a
German shepherd, in a police car for more than an hour in summertime
heat. The car's air conditioner failed while he was gone, killing the
dog. A superior court judge eventually dismissed the misdemeanor animal
cruelty charge after a jury failed to reach a verdict.
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
July 14, 2004
Corpus Christi Police Department
321 John Sartain St.
Corpus Christi, Tx 78401
|A similar system apparently failed to save the life of Xena,
Malinois police dog that served the Corpus Christi police. Detectives
there are investigating the handler's claim that the system did not
alert him that the dog was inside July 14. The
Corpus Christi incident is one of several similar police dog
tragedies around the country. A vice president
of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals in Dallas called Friday's incident "unconscionable." "He should be charged criminally," said Dave Garcia, who
animal cruelty cases for the SPCA of Texas. "If John Q. Public did
this, they would be charged, and so should this officer. It's a K-9
officer. That person has to be held to a higher standard than anyone
else on something like this." Neighbors of Cpl.
Garcia's said they've never seen the officer treat
the dog with anything but respect and affection. "I've seen
him interact with the dog," said Jill Bright, who lives down
the street. "He had a really good relationship. He would let kids pet
|Police K-9 Dies in
Corpus Christi Police are trying to figure out if a patrol car
malfunction caused the death of a police dog. The dog named Xena
died of heat exhaustion last Wednesday while she was locked inside
officer Robert La Rock's patrol car. Police Chief Pete Alvarez
tells 6 News the incident occurred while officer La Rock was
off-duty. He says the officer put Xena in the patrol car, because
she was barking at some people working at La Rock's home. He said
he left the car running with the air conditioning on, but after
checking back later he found Xena dead. Patrol units like La Rock's are
equipped with special alarms to alert officers if the car is getting
too hot. La Rock says the alarm and the pager didn't got off and
he's not sure what happened. The department is conducting an
investigation of the mishap to determine if La Rock should be charged
with anything. He has since uniform
Xena's death has also raised some questions with folks in the community
who take care of animals. Sherry Dunlap with the Corpus Christi Animal
Rights effort takes care of all these dogs and she was shocked by the
news of Xena's death, "It calls into question, are these officers being
trained adequately for the basic care of these animals." Officer
La Rock says he left the car running, with the air conditioner on, but
Dunlap says that might not have been enough to protect a dog from the
heat, "They can't sweat, they don't sweat and it's harder for them to
cool off and when you have no air circulating the panting is hot air
you know, it's not effective." Police investigators are still trying to
find out what happened. Meanwhile Nueces County District Attorney
Carlos Valdez, who says Police K-9 officers receive special training,
is watching the case closely, "Actually they should be setting the
example on how to treat animals and they should be out in the public been
reassigned to the saying this is the way you should
treat animals, this is the way you
shouldn't treat animals." Animal care givers like Dunlap agree, they
say incidents like this should've never had happened in the first
place, "Why would he, why would you even take the chance knowing the
heat situation the way it is, I wouldn't leave an adult locked in a
car, much less a child or a dog." This is the second incident
involving a police dog in the past month. Back in June we showed you
the face and body injuries to Marty. He's a drug sniffing dog from the
Robstown Police department that was put into a pound. The dog was
returned to its handler when the injuries were deemed self inflicted.
But Valdez is watching both of these cases like this closely, "If you
have another case involving some kind of injury or death of an animal
in the hands of a police department in the next month, then we'll
really have to stop everything and let's take a look at what's
|In Loving Memory of
August 2, 2004
Sniffer Dog Dies of Overdose
LONDON (Reuters) - A police sniffer dog died of a suspected overdose
while out hunting for drugs, British police said on Monday.
Todd, a 7-year-old Springer spaniel, had been looking for drugs in a
field and car in Preston, northern England, when his handler noticed he
was looking unwell.
He was taken to a vet and then rushed to an animal intensive care unit
at Liverpool University, displaying symptoms of ingesting amphetamines,
a Lancashire police spokeswoman said.
He died shortly afterwards.
The death was said to have devastated Todd's handler, Police Constable
Roger Moore, his wife and two young children.
"He (Todd) lived with them and they would all go for walks with him --
he was their dog," Sergeant Peter Crane of Preston's dog unit told the
"He's going to be very difficult to replace, but police work is
dangerous and unfortunately Todd has become a casualty."
Police said a post mortem on Todd was being carried out.
submitted by Selena
|In Loving Memory of
July 5, 2004
Det. Mark W. Holmes
Port Arthur Police
Box 1089 645 4th Street
Port Arthur, Texas 77641-1089
Instructor - Mantrailing
Mark is the Founder and president of Texas
Bloodhound Search and Rescue. A Police Officer for 20 years, Mark has
been a Detective for the last sevin years. Mark holds Instructor
Licenses as a Firearms Instructor and Sub-Machinegun Instructor as well
as a Master Texas Peace Officer certificate.
Mark handles two Bloodhounds. "Bo", (pictured
with Mark) and "Dixie".
Mark and "Bo" have worked numerous high profile cases for
various federal, state, county and local agencies in Texas and
Mark also is a K-9 Mantrailing Instructor for the National
Bloodhound Training Institute (N.B.T.I.) as well as the Texas
Bloodhound Search and Rescue.
August 21, 1999 -
June 1, 2003
Partner: Tonya Slack
(Iowa Search & Rescue)
We brought Ax home as a 4-month-old pup to be the
mascot for our fire department, as well as a family pet. Though Ax was
my husband's dog, I started training with him. Ax and I attended our
first Iowa Search and Rescue practice, and we were both hooked! Ax made
an excellent search dog. He loved it, and it's what he lived for.
Ax started having vision problems just over a year later. We took him
to Ames, where he was diagnosed with juvenile cataracts, so we had to
retire him from SAR at 18 months old. Ax dealt really well with his
blindness, doing everything he had done as a sighted dog. He would do
small searches (on leash for fun), slide down the slide at the park
with the kids, and just have a blast. We had special commands so that
he wouldn't do anything dangerous or run into anything, and most people
couldn't tell he was blind unless I wasn't directing him.
Then, everything was shattered again when he passed away suddenly on
June 1st, 2003. We discovered that Ax didn't have juvenile cataracts at
all. He had a brain anurism that had been affecting his vision, and he
passed away when it ruptured that morning. He
was retired January 2001.
Ax, we love you and miss you. You were an
awesome partner and friend. Someday we'll meet again at the rainbow