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LunchBox 09-06-2007 02:11 AM

Officer Lovejoy is charged...
 
Lovejoy left his police k-9, his partner in his car for more than 12 hrs last month, which resulted in the dogs death. Initially there was not going to be an investigation, however the maricopa county sheriff stepped in, and found that Lovejoy is guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

I personally had a petition going for this mans prosecution.

Latest article.
http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/0905cr-dogcharge0906.html

BLS33 09-06-2007 02:23 AM

I don't get how anyone could do such a thing. Being a big time dog lover (my earliest memory is of my late shar pei and his passing still affects me today) this makes me sick.

Quasi 09-06-2007 02:34 AM

What was his excuse -- he just forgot?

I'm glad your petition was effective. Hopefully he doesn't get another k-9 partner.

1984cj 09-06-2007 04:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LunchBox (Post 7952)
Lovejoy left his police k-9, his partner in his car for more than 12 hrs last month, which resulted in the dogs death. Initially there was not going to be an investigation, however the maricopa county sheriff stepped in, and found that Lovejoy is guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Isn't a Canine dog considered an officer with all of the protections that are applied to other police officers?
Shouldn't he be considered a cop killer?
If a non LEO had killed this Canine officer wouldn't that person be charged as if he had killed a human police officer?

Just curious.

LunchBox 09-06-2007 01:30 PM

I am a big animal lover... We have 2 labs ourselves. When I heard about this, I was SOOOOOOOO upset. Partly because of what happend to poor Bandit, and partly because it was a police officer, and they were giving him a double standard in which we all know us laypeople would be charged.

LunchBox 09-06-2007 01:33 PM

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/bandits-petition.html

The address to the petition.

cnorman18 09-06-2007 03:49 PM

Too common
 
I live in Dallas. We lose 3 or 4 kids every year to this kind of thing, and God knows how many dogs. The dogs don't even make the news. I suspect the only reason this case got coverage was because it was a K-9. It's tragic. They all are.

Lovejoy is an irresponsible doofus, and has no business wearing a badge or carrying a gun.

I don't think there's a solution for this recurring problem. Last year, a child was left in a van all afternoon and died from it, and it was all over the news. A few days later, there was another one.

As Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid."

pioneer461 09-06-2007 07:19 PM

I'm not certain how the individual states consider K-9s as officers. In my alma mater department, a K-9 is officially an issued piece of equipment and as such, they are expendable. The reason being, sending a canine into a deadly situation is preferable to sending a human into the same situation. That being said, many state and local laws forbid anyone from harassing, annoying or injuring a police animal (includes horses) in addition to animal cruelty laws. Reading the story, it seems to be criminally negligent to keep a dog in a car for 12 hours. I don’t know if he has an explanation for his behavior. He hasn’t been heard from yet.

On another note, the above posting says, “…the maricopa county sheriff stepped in, and found that Lovejoy is guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty.” Lovejoy isn’t guilty of anything, until a court of law says he’s guilty. As a dog owner, and knowing many police K-9 handlers, I believe Lovejoy is suffering at the loss of his partner.

LunchBox 09-07-2007 12:42 AM

Yup Pioneer, that was a misprint on my part.. he hasnt been found guilty YET! And his excuse was

"I FORGOT"

How someone forgets any living breathing creature is beyond me.. "I forget" Just simply dosnt cut it.

ARShooter 09-07-2007 11:19 AM

Well should'nt he also have to pay for the cost of the dog, I know that the training for them is pretty expensive and the dog is not cheap either. If a private citizen plowed into a police car they would have to pay for the repairs, why should'nt Lovejoy have to pay for the property he destroyed?


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